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Kagoo Score - Our unique webcams rating considers: 2,200 US prices • 19,000 expert & user reviews • 620 product comparisons • 150 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Digital Innovations 4310100

39 Reviews
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$10.29

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Oct 2013
The top rated webcam under $50, with great features
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90

Logitech B525

12 Reviews
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$12.99

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Aug 2011
The highest scoring full HD webcam on the market, with great features
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90

Logitech C170

438 Reviews
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$7.00

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Sep 2012
A bargain price and classic built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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90

Logitech C270

1,305 Reviews
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$14.99

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Dec 2013
An award winning and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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Logitech QuickCam

400 Reviews
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$5.00

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Jan 2011
The cheapest full HD webcam on the market
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89

Logitech C615

744 Reviews
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$19.99

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Aug 2015
A top-value and award winning built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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89

Logitech C525

673 Reviews
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$20.00

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Feb 2016
An award winning and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with great features
#8

89

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

37 Reviews
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$14.95

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Sep 2012
A cheap and multi award winning built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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89

Logitech C310

960 Reviews
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$8.99

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Feb 2016
A bargain price and award winning built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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88

Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

102 Reviews
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$17.95

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Feb 2014
A bargain price and classic built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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87

Logitech HD Pro C920

1,518 Reviews
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$35.00

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Dec 2016
The highest rated webcam under $100, with very good features
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Microsoft HD‑3000

95 Reviews
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$19.95

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Sep 2016
A very highly rated and bargain price built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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87

Logitech C110

38 Reviews
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$11.00

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Dec 2011
An affordable and classic built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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87

Logitech C260

369 Reviews
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$6.50

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Mar 2012
A classic and affordable built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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87

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000

345 Reviews
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$15.00

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Jul 2009
An affordable and multi award winning built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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HP 1300

101 Reviews
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$23.87

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Jun 2012
A bargain price and classic built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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Logitech 3000

19 Reviews
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$13.00

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Apr 2010
An award winning and affordable built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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Logitech C510

253 Reviews
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$19.99

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Apr 2011
An award winning and impressive value for money built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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Logitech C922

468 Reviews
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$65.00

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Feb 2017
The highest scoring webcam under $500, with great features
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Logitech B500

10 Reviews
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$16.49

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Jul 2013
A classic and top-value built-in microphone webcam, with great features

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What Are The Best Webcam Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every webcam and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated webcam brand is Logitech with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning webcams.

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10,279 reviews
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HP Webcams 27 $10 - $370
82%
303 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a Full HD Webcam?
AA Full HD (High-Definition) Webcam is one capable of recording video at a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
QWhat is face tracking on a webcam?
AFace tracking is special software to allow the webcam to recognise the face of the user, and automatically swivel and move to keep their face centre-frame.
QWhy is a microphone useful on a webcam?
AMicrophones are useful extras for a webcam, since they can then be used for full video calls via Skype or Facetime.

Webcam Buying Guide

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Webcam Retailers, Prices and Features

Webcam Prices

The price range of webcams is from $3 to $516 and in total we found prices for 146 webcams. The average price of a new webcam is $63 and the 80% of webcams are priced between $11 and $123. The Logitech C200 is the cheapest webcam at only $4, and Logitech CC3000e is the most expensive at $515.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The average price of Livestream webcams is $249 which is the highest average price of all webcam brands. Livestream webcams start at $249 and their most expensive webcam costs $249.

Panasonic webcams range in price from $30 to $390, and the second highest average webcam price out of all brands is Panasonic webcams with an average price of $167.

The average price of Cisco webcams is $141 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands. Cisco webcams start at $141 and their most expensive webcam costs $141.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 615 expert reviews and 14,303 user reviews for webcams available online and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of webcam.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 104 current webcam offers from Amazon US. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 100 offers. That means Amazon US is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to webcams. Pricefalls is the third biggest retailer with 10 current offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

The most common period for new webcams to be released in is between February and April. Three new webcams were released in February 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. In September 2016 26 new webcams were released making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. In 2015 most new webcams were released in April, with nine new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 32%. That means that on a typical webcam costing $63 you could save on average $20 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Built-in Microphones

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

The vast majority of the 543 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo are webcams with a built-in microphone. 457 webcams (84%) are webcams with a built-in microphone.

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.

Full HD

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

Of the 543 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 80% of webcams are not full HD webcams and only 106 out of 543 are full HD webcams.

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

Maximum Video Resolutions

A higher maximum video resolution will increase the sharpness of the images the webcam is recording. A Full HD webcam will have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Amongst new webcams, the most frequently found maximum video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels. We found 129 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. 1280 x 720 pixels is the second most popular maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. We found 106 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A higher maximum video resolution will generally result in sharper and higher quality video, although it is not the only factor contributing to the overall image quality of the webcam.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying webcams. For each retailer it shows the total number of webcams where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying webcams. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 77 of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for webcams by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of webcam prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's webcam prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 77% of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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