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The best webcams you can buy
The world is slowly getting back to normal, but virtual meetings might be here to stay. While your laptop probably already has a webcam built-in, it can only do so much. If you want to take your image quality to a new level or work with a desktop, it might be time for a solid webcam. There are plenty of options to choose from, so we’re here to help you narrow it down. These are our picks for the best webcams you can buy.
The best webcams:
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best webcams as new products launch.
1. Logitech C615 webcam
Logitech’s C615 is a great place to start if you’re looking for a webcam. It’s more affordable than most options on the list, but it still produces 1080p quality at 30fps. You can capture still images with the 8MP lens, and the built-in microphone saves you from adding more cables to your setup.
2. Razer Kiyo Pro
Gamers and streamers will love the design the Razer Kiyo Pro offers. The definition is crisp and smooth at 1080p@60fps. Unfortunately, the Kiyo Pro falls victim to the Razer Tax and falls among the more expensive options, but it’s also one of the best webcams out there. The unit benefits from an adaptive light sensor, HDR, an adjustable field of view, and plenty of mounting options. It also comes with a privacy cover to match your tinfoil hat.
3. Microsoft LifeCam Studio
Professionals need a more elegant design with higher quality audio and video. The LifeCam Studio is the most premium option in Microsoft’s line, and it packs a premium glass lens, high-fidelity microphone, and a durable aluminum body. You can capture video at full 1080p quality, and the added TrueColor technology automatically adjusts exposure.
4. Mevo Start
The Mevo Start is the most expensive webcam on this list, but it’s meant to be an all-in-one streaming machine. You can take control of the Mevo Start straight from your phone up to 100 feet away over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Even better, the Mevo can stream to your favorite app and record a full 1080p video simultaneously. It also packs up to six hours of battery life, so you don’t have to spend time fumbling with extra cables.
5. Logitech StreamCam
The Logitech StreamCam has the style, specs, and features to meet all your needs. It’s a bit pricey, but it is easily one of the best webcams around. It can record in 1080p at 60fps, and the camera features quality glass with an f/2.0 aperture. The dual omnidirectional mic setup has noise reduction. Thanks to the small profile, textile touch, and clean design, it will also look gorgeous over any screen.
6. Logitech Brio
This better be one of the best webcams around, considering you have to pay over $200 for it. There is an obvious upgrade when you realize the Logitech Brio can shoot in 4K at 30fps. You can also opt for 1080p at up to 60fps or 720p at up to 90fps. It features 5x digital zoom, HDR, dual omnidirectional microphones, an infrared sensor, and multiple mounting options.
Logitech has a newer version of this camera, rebranded as the Logitech 4K Pro. It’s pretty much the same webcam with a more professional name. It’s also usually more expensive, as you can now have the older Brio for less than its MSRP. This is why we decided to stick with the Logitech Brio; it’s the same webcam for a better price.