Where would we be without webcams in 2020? Just think about it — we rely on them for everything these days in the age of coronavirus, from work meetings to workouts to streaming games to chatting with family and friends.
Now that we’re spending all our time on Zoom and Google Hangouts, we need a camera that can keep up with us. Of course, most laptops and phones have built-in webcams, but getting a dedicated webcam has plenty of perks. For one, the picture will be much crisper and cleaner.
There is a wide range of webcams out there, from bargain options that cover the basics for everyday calls to splurge models that have customizable cameras and software options. Here are the best webcams for every budget:
Wansview USB 2.0 Web Camera
Get ready for some serious high def. The Wansview PC webcam boasts an enhanced CMOS image sensor to bring 1080P high definition image and video so that your video calls, conference games or whatever else you use it for come in crystal clear. It has a wide 90-degree-view angle and advanced H.264 video compression technology so that everything is wider and smoother. There’s a built-in microphone that captures audio within 20 feet while reducing background noise. It also has automatic light correction so that you’ll even be seen in the dark. All it needs to easily connect to your computer is a USB 2.0 cable — no driver needed. Super versatile, it’s compatible with most software, including Skype, Zoom, Facetime, Facebook, YouTube and more, as well as several operating systems. $34.99, amazon.com
Amcrest 1080P Webcam with microphone and privacy cover
What makes this Amcrest webcam a standout is its versatile placement, as it comes with a mounting clip and ¼ tripod thread, so it can be used practically anywhere you can think of. Boasting full HD 1080 pixels, the USB webcam has a wide 70-degree viewing angle, so optical distortion is never a worry. For peace of mind, the Amcrest webcam comes with a privacy cover for when the webcam isn’t in use. The built-in dual noise reducing microphone has terrific sound for both audio and recording. It works on a range of devices and platforms. In case of any technical glitches, it also comes with a full one-year warranty and lifetime support provided by Amcrest directly. $49.99, amazon.com
Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Webcam
Certainly a worthy splurge, this webcam has all the bells and whistles, making for excellent video quality. It has a top quality glass lens, 4k image sensor, high dynamic range and autofocus. With HD zoom up to 5 times, there are three field of view options to choose from. Faking perfect lighting is a no-brainer, as it automatically adjusts to nix glare and backlighting. $254, amazon.com
eMeet C960 Full HD Webcam
This is one of the best cameras for work use, streaming at 30 frames per second and has a four-layer anti-glare glass lens for the ultimate picture. There are two microphones that cancel out background noise, and as automatic low-light correction technology. The tripod-ready universal clip can be attached to any TV or computer. $59.99, amazon.com
GESMA Webcam with microphone
All you have to do is plug in this webcam via a USB 2.0 connector and you’re good to go. There’s no need to download software. The built-in microphone automatically filters out background noise so that everything sounds crystal clear. The full HD 1080p webcam has panoramic resolution, designed for professional video use. To ensure you get the perfect angle, it can be rotated 90 degrees. Widely compatible, it can be used on a range of platforms. $38.99, amazon.com
Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam
Clear, rich, sharp and smooth are the best words to describe the visual experience with this full HD 1080 pixel webcam. Logitech teamed up with Skype to get top resolution for the C920 model, with recording capabilities of 30 frames per second. The cameras capture and show everything in real world detail, including bright colors, thanks to Logitech Fluid Crystal technology. $159.95, amazon.com
Walfront 1080P Webcam
Whether you’re calling friends or your boss, this webcam works equally well thanks to its topnotch video quality, live streaming and recording up to 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. The only thing required is a USB 2.0 port; it’s compatible with most operating systems like YouTube, Skype and Facebook, to name a few. The 360-degree rotating threaded base and adjustable mounting clip make it a cinch to get the perfect shot from anywhere. Automated features do the heavy lifting for you, such as facial beautification, noise reduction via the built-in dual digital stereo microphone and auto-focus technology. $32.90, amazon.com
Qtniue Webcam with microphone
This webcam boasts full HD 1080 pixel resolution to deliver high definition video at 30 frames per second, 2 million high definition image sensors, automatic white balance and light correction, making it one of the best webcams out there. With a picture so clear and bright, it’s great for everything from making video calls to streaming to recording. There are two microphones that filter noise. All you have to do to get it started is plug it into any USB drive. The 360-degree adjustable bracket helps you work the best angles every time. $39.97, amazon.com
NexiGo AutoFocus 1080p Webcam
You don’t have to be a pro to work this webcam — it has an autofocus feature to ensure you’re always looking crisp and clear, along with 1080 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. The privacy cover for the NexiGo PC Webcam covers the lens when you aren’t using it, which does double duty to protect you from hackers and keep the lens clean of dirt and debris. Another perk is the built-in noise canceling microphone. $59, amazon.com
Hrayzan 1080P HD Webcam
At 30 frames per second, every detail will shine through, making it one of the best webcams at this price point. It captures everything in 1080 full HD at a wide angle of up to 110 degrees, so it’s ideal for video chatting and recording. The built-in audio will pick up your voice as far as 5 yards away and has automatic noise reduction. A tripod-ready universal clip is included. There’s also a privacy cover to keep you safe from hackers spying on you. $49.99, amazon.com
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