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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every webcam on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 586 webcams, 15,700 reviews and 1,600 prices. Last updated 25 July 2017.

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#1
C200

Logitech C200

The top scoring webcam under $50
Reviews
97
13 Reviews
Value for Money
99
Excellent
Features
84
Fully-Featured
Age
69
7 Years Old
Overall Score
90
Excellent
No
Yes
Jun 2010
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $5.00
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#2
4310100

Digital Innovations 4310100

An affordable built-in microphone webcam with very good features
Reviews
96
33 Reviews
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
82
Fully-Featured
Age
64
4 Years Old
Overall Score
87
Excellent
No
Yes
Oct 2013
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $11.99
    Save $23.29 (66%)
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#3
C170

Logitech C170

A very good value for money built-in microphone webcam with a recent release date and fantastic user reviews
Reviews
95
224 Reviews
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
81
Fully-Featured
Age
63
6 Months Old
Overall Score
87
Excellent
No
Yes
Feb 2017
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $12.07
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#4
LifeCam Cinema

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

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An affordable built-in microphone webcam with very good features and multiple awards
Reviews
95
8 Awards
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
81
Fully-Featured
Age
62
6 Years Old
Overall Score
86
Excellent
No
Yes
May 2011
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $14.68
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#5
QuickCam Messenger

Logitech QuickCam Messenger

A bargain buy built-in microphone webcam with great features
Reviews
93
24 Reviews
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
80
Fully-Featured
Age
61
7 Years Old
Overall Score
85
Excellent
No
Yes
Jun 2010
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $5.99
    Save $14.00 (70%)
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#6
C525

Logitech C525

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An impressive value for money built-in microphone webcam with an industry award and a recent release date
Reviews
94
1 Award
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
80
Fully-Featured
Age
60
6 Months Old
Overall Score
85
Excellent
No
Yes
Feb 2017
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $14.99
    Save $7.01 (32%)
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#7
C270

Logitech C270

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A top-value built-in microphone webcam with great features and two industry awards
Reviews
92
2 Awards
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
80
Fully-Featured
Age
60
1 Year Old
Overall Score
85
Excellent
No
Yes
Feb 2016
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $5.99
    Save $19.50 (77%)
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#8
LifeCam VX-800

Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

A top-value built-in microphone webcam with good features
Reviews
0
102 Reviews
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
79
Good Features
Age
59
8 Years Old
Overall Score
84
Excellent
No
Yes
Aug 2009
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $19.94
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#9
C510

Logitech C510

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An award winning built-in microphone webcam with good features and very affordable price
Reviews
94
3 Awards
Value for Money
94
Excellent
Features
78
Good Features
Age
56
7 Years Old
Overall Score
83
Excellent
No
Yes
Jun 2010
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $16.00
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#10
LifeCam Cinema HD

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD

An impressive value for money full HD built-in microphone webcam with good features and marvellous user reviews
Reviews
92
124 Reviews
Value for Money
94
Excellent
Features
77
Good Features
Age
55
2 Years Old
Overall Score
82
Excellent
Yes
Yes
Sep 2015
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • $19.00
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Logo Brand Number of Webcams Price Range Average Rating
Logitech logo Logitech Webcams 34 $5 - $584 84%
Other brands Other Webcam Brands 44 $4 - $300

Finding the Right Webcam

Most laptops have a built-in webcam these days, although PC owners are not so lucky. Finding the right webcam does not have to be difficult and web cameras are cheaper than you might think.

With so much competition between manufacturers like Logitech, Microsoft, HP and Genius, the quality of web cams is constantly improving and some great bargains can be found.

The first step in finding the best webcam to buy is to identify the features you need.

Simpler and cheaper webcams will have fewer features and are ideal for staying in touch with friends and family.

For professional use, might want a more expensive webcam that supports video conferencing and is capable of producing a high quality image.

Video Resolution (Megapixels)

The resolution of webams has been improving and is no longer as much of an issue as it used to be. Most webcams today have 720p and 1080p Full HD resolution. A higher video resolution will result in a clearer image.

If you want to use your webcam for high quality streaming video make sure you choose a cam with at least Full HD (approximately 2 megapixel) or higher resolution such as 2560x1920.

Still Image Resolution (Megapixels)

Many webcams can take higher resolution still images compared to their maximum video resolution. This is ideal if you want to use your webcam to take high quality photos.

Frame Rate

The frame rate states how many images per second your webcam can take, which are then com. Aim for at least 30 frames per second (fps) for standard use to ensure your webcam’s streaming video appears smooth and without judder. For an even smoother, higher quality moving image choose a webcam with 60fps or above.

Not all webcams can retain a high frame rate and a high resolution at the same time. The maximum frame rate you can stream also depends on your video chat application.

Lens Material

Cheaper webcams will have a lens made out of plastic, which is sufficient for Skype calls. Better quality webcams use glass lenses, which produce a higher quality and more vivid image.

Low Light Quality

Some webcams such as those with Logitech’s RightLight Technology can ensure video recorded in low light conditions has sufficient contrast and clarity. If you plan to use your webcam mostly in the evenings or with a reduced light environment, make sure that it can handle low light conditions.

Microphone

Make sure your webcam has a built-in microphone (most do). While the sound quality of a small built-in microphone won’t be great, it will be perfectly sufficient for Skype calls.

Higher end models support noise cancelling. If you are planning on recording seminars or tutorials to post on YouTube you might want to consider investing into an external microphone which will give a much better sound quality.

Remote Control

Some higher-end webcams aimed a video conferencing include a remote so you can control the webcam when sitting in a meeting. Depending on the webcam you can control camera pan, tilt and zoom, volume adjustments and answering and ending calls.

Autofocus, Manual Focus and Face Tracking

Your webcam will attempt to focus on a subject in a scene to make sure the image stays sharp and clear.

Face tracking webcams will find your face and stay focused on you. Even if you move around, the camera will quickly refocus on you.

If there is a lot of activity in a scene and your webcam does not support face tracking, the autofocus can get confused and focus on the wrong part of the picture. In this case a webcam that allows manual focussing might be a better solution.

Included Software & Video Effects

Some webcam models come with software that allows you to get creative (or silly!) while recording.

You can also use your cam with software that was included with your comouter or that you purchased independently. For example, Dell’s FastAccess is a facial recognition program that eliminates the need to enter passwords. Using your webcam, your computer will recognise your face and open your email or other applications as soon as you sit on your computer.

Supported Operating Systems

Most webcams include drivers for popular operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OSX.

Make sure the webcam you are looking to buy supports the type and version of computer operating system you have installed, particularly if you are running a less common OS like Unix, Linux or older versions such as Windows 8 or Windows XP.

Manufacturer’s Warranty & Support

Check the length of the manufacturer’s warranty before buying a webcam. Most manufacturers also allow you to download drivers, updates and webcam manuals from their websites.

Other Considerations When Choosing a Webcam

Keep in mind that the image quality you will experience does not only depend on your webcam. The speed of your Internet connection, how fast your computer and graphics card can process and display video, and the resolution of your screen or monitor all affect the final result.

Webcam Retailers, Prices and Features

Webcam Prices

Webcams range in price from $5 to $375 and in total we found prices for 65 webcams. A new webcam costs on average $63 and 80% of webcams are priced between $13 and $178. The Logitech C200 is the cheapest webcam at only $5, and Axis M1144-L is the most expensive at $375.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

Axis webcams range in price from $375 to $375, and the highest average webcam price out of all brands is Axis webcams with an average price of $375.

The average price of Cisco webcams is $350 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands. Cisco webcams range in price from $350 to $350.

Samsung webcams range in price from $179 to $179, and the third highest average webcam price out of all brands is Samsung webcams with an average price of $179.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 344 expert reviews and 11,287 user reviews for webcams available online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top rated webcam brand is Digital Innovations with an average rating of 95%. The second best brand is Logitech with 89% and the third best brand is HP with 86%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 63 current webcam offers from eBay. The second biggest webcam retailer is Overstock with 7 offers. That means eBay is over 9 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to webcams. Curacao is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

Most new webcams tend to be released between February and March. Four new webcams were released in March 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. In July 2015 11 new webcams were released making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. February was the biggest month in 2014 for new webcams, with 31 new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

On average webcams drop in price by 13% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of $8 on a typical $63 new webcam if you wait 6 months before buying.

Full HD

A Full HD webcam can record video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD indicates that the webcam can record at a fairly high resolution, resulting in a sharper picture.

Built-In Microphones

A webcam with built-in microphone allows you to record sound and video at the same time.

A built-in microphone is essential when using the webcam for video calls and you will not need to attach an external microphone to your computer or laptop. If you want to use a webcam to record images only, a built-in microphone is not required.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 63 current webcam offers from eBay. The second biggest webcam retailer is Overstock with 7 offers. That means eBay is over 9 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to webcams. Curacao is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The cheapest retailer by number of webcam for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 58 webcams.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 92.1% of its webcams, eBay is most frequently the cheapest webcam store.

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