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Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

102 Reviews
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£8.99

640 X 480 pixels
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Sep 2012
A cheap and classic built-in microphone webcam, with good features
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Konig IP Camera

11 Reviews
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£24.96

640 X 480 pixels
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Jun 2012
A bargain price and classic built-in microphone webcam, with good features

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD

126 Reviews
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£45.99

1280 X 720 pixels
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Sep 2015
A top-rated and good spec built-in microphone webcam, with a fair price

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Genius FaceCam 320

7 Reviews
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£5.99

640 X 480 pixels
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Dec 2012
A classic and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with good features
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Razer Kiyo

10 Reviews
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£98.99

1920 X 1080 pixels
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Jan 2018
A very popular and top of the range built-in microphone webcam, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website

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SpotCam HD Pro

16 Reviews
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£129.00

1280 X 720 pixels
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Oct 2015
An award winning and good spec built-in microphone webcam
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Creative Labs Creative Live! Cam Chat HD

138 Reviews
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£17.48

1280 X 720 pixels
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Sep 2016
An amazingly cheap and best selling built-in microphone webcam, with good features and superb user reviews

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Microsoft LifeCam HD‑5000

62 Reviews
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£49.99

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Sep 2012
A multi award winning and good spec built-in microphone webcam

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Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD

117 Reviews
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£62.20

1280 X 720 pixels
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Mar 2012
A fully featured and award winning built-in microphone webcam

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Genius FaceCam 1000X

10 Reviews
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£12.49

1280 X 720 pixels
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Jun 2014
An affordable and classic built-in microphone webcam, with good features
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D‑Link DCS‑8200LH

5 Reviews
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£49.97

1280 X 720 pixels
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May 2016
An award winning but 2 year old built-in microphone webcam, with a Gold award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site

80

V7 Elite Webcam 2000

36 Reviews
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£16.42

1600 X 1200 pixels
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Mar 2011
A fully featured and classic built-in microphone webcam, with a cheap price

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V7 Professional HD Webcam 720P

36 Reviews
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£21.73

2560 X 1920 pixels
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Mar 2012
A classic and powerful built-in microphone webcam

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Creative Labs Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD

29 Reviews
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£137.00

1280 X 1024 pixels
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Sep 2016
An award winning but a little out of date built-in microphone webcam, with good features
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Livestream Mevo

8 Reviews
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£439.98

3840 X 2160 (4K) pixels
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Sep 2017
A best selling and top of the range 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution webcam, with the latest technology and user reviews

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iSmartAlarm iCamera KEEP

79 Reviews
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£92.11

1280 X 720 pixels
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Apr 2017
A relatively new and good spec built-in microphone webcam
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Hercules HD Twist

40 Reviews
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£20.39

1280 X 720 pixels
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Jan 2012
A very cheap and fully featured built-in microphone webcam, with an industry award

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Belkin NetCam HD

487 Reviews
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£99.99

1280 X 720 pixels
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Apr 2013
An award winning and good spec built-in microphone webcam

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Speedlink SL‑6827‑BK

4 Reviews
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£13.79

640 X 480 pixels
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Sep 2016
A positively reviewed and sensationally good value for money built-in microphone webcam, with good features

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Trust Trino

84 Reviews
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£19.70

1280 X 720 pixels
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Jul 2012
A classic and bargain price built-in microphone webcam, with very good features

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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

In total we found 146 webcams ranging from £2 to £459. A new webcam costs on average £51 and 80% of webcams are priced between £9 and £106. The Cisco CTS-PHD-CAM-USB is the most expensive webcam that we found at £459, and the basicXL BXL-WEBCAM2PI is the cheapest at only £3.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

Cisco webcams start at £459 and their most expensive webcam costs £459. The average price of Cisco webcams is £459 which is the highest average price of all webcam brands.

Livestream webcams start at £440 and their most expensive webcam costs £440. The second highest average webcam price out of all brands is Livestream webcams with an average price of £440.

Axis webcams range in price from £386 to £386, and the average price of Axis webcams is £386 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 639 expert reviews and 12,953 user reviews for webcams written online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of webcam.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 78 current offers for webcams from Amazon UK making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 72 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Idealo UK with 27 current webcam offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

Most new webcams tend to be released between February and April. In February 2017 three new webcams were released making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new webcam releases was September, with 27 new webcams released that month. April was the biggest month in 2015 for new webcams, 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 4%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £2 on a typical £51 new webcam 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.

Of the 543 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are webcams with a built-in microphone. 457 webcams out of 543 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.

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.

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

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.

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 Amazon UK. 47 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 Amazon UK. 60.3% of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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