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Logitech HD Pro C920
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90

MW1

Mars Gaming MW1

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£20.58

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Amazon UK
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Feb 2017
The highest scoring full HD webcam around, with a recent release date
#3

84

AWCAMHD15

Advent AWCAMHD15

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£19.98

PC World Business
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Jul 2015
A low cost and powerful 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
#5

83

VG-STC4000

Samsung VG‑STC4000

100 Reviews
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£29.00

Amazon UK
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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Mar 2014
A fully featured and good value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
#8

82

CNE-CWC3

Canyon CNE‑CWC3

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£16.99

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Falcon Computers
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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Jun 2015
A powerful and extremely cheap 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
#10

81

WideCam F100

Genius WideCam F100

46 Reviews
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£44.08

eBay
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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Jul 2014
A top of the range and good value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
#13

79

HD Twist

Hercules HD Twist

9 Reviews + 1 Award
topreviewshop.com - On Target Award
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£10.99

Amazon UK
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Jan 2012
A fully featured and affordable 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with an industry award
#16

78

CNE-CWC2

Canyon CNE‑CWC2

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£15.12

Amazon UK
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1600 X 1200 pixels
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Aug 2015
A fully featured and low cost 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam
#17

78

CNE-CWC2

Canyon CNE‑CWC2

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£9.56

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Apr 2016
A staggeringly cheap but 2 year old 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
#18

77

inPerson HD

Creative Labs inPerson HD

4 Reviews
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£35.68

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Mar 2012
A classic and fully featured 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a fair price

75

WideCam F100

Genius WideCam F100

46 Reviews
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£34.79

Amazon UK
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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Jul 2012
A fully loaded and classic 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a fair price

74

LifeCam Cinema

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

768 Reviews + 7 Awards
benchmarkreviews.com - Goldtoptenreviews.com - BronzeTrusted Reviews - Recommendedhardwareluxx.de - Excellent Hardware
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£39.07

Amazon UK
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May 2011
A multi award winning and best selling 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a gold award from one expert review website and 6 further awards from other expert sites

73

Viveo HD

Trust Viveo HD

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£15.00

Amazon UK
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1600 X 1200 pixels
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Mar 2016
An astoundingly good value for money but 2 year old 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam, with good features

73

HD-3000

Microsoft HD‑3000

97 Reviews
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£16.89

7-day shop
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Apr 2016
A best selling and low cost 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features

72

AWC113

Advent AWC113

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£5.00

eBay
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Dec 2012
A fully featured and very good value for money 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam

71

LifeCam Studio

Microsoft LifeCam Studio

323 Reviews + 5 Awards
IT Reviews.com - Best Buy3dGameMan.com - 100% KickassLes Numeriques.com - 5 Starrwlabs.com - Editor's Choice
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£49.99

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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Oct 2015
A best selling and multi award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 4 further awards from other expert sites

71

FaceCam 1000X

Genius FaceCam 1000X

10 Reviews
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£14.99

Amazon UK
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Jun 2014
A very good value for money and classic 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, but with only average features

71

Digital Eye II PRO

Hama Digital Eye II PRO

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£19.05

Amazon UK
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3200 X 2400 pixels
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Sep 2012
A good value for money and top of the range 3200 x 2400 pixels resolution webcam

69

CNE-CWC1

Canyon CNE‑CWC1

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£8.99

Ebuyer
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1600 X 1200 pixels
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Mar 2016
A remarkably good value for money but marginally out of date 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam, with only middle of the road features

68

LifeCam Cinema HD

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD

124 Reviews
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£47.15

Novatech
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Sep 2015
A highly rated but marginally out of date 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features but representing only average value for money

68

CNE-CWC1

Canyon CNE‑CWC1

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£9.99

Falcon Computers
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1600 X 1200 pixels
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Apr 2015
A very good value for money but 3 year old 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam, with only average features

68

PK-950H

A4Tech PK‑950H

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£29.99

Amazon UK
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1920 X 1080 pixels
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May 2014
A top of the range but only moderate value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam

67

PK-910H

A4Tech PK‑910H

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£24.78

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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Aug 2012
A fully featured but only average value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam

67

Mevo

Livestream Mevo

8 Reviews
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£373.07

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Sep 2017
The latest full HD webcam around, but representing poor value for money

66

Live! Cam Chat HD

Creative Labs Live! Cam Chat HD

253 Reviews
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£19.99

Creative Store UK
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Sep 2010
A best selling and good value for money 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, but with only average features

66

LifeCam VX-800

Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

102 Reviews
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£8.99

eBay
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640 X 480 pixels
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Jul 2011
A low cost but 4 year old 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with not very good features

66

Live! Cam Sync HD

Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD

185 Reviews + 1 Award
computershopper.com - Good For Gaming
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£17.65

Techdna
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Aug 2012
A best selling and cheap 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with plenty of positive recommendations but only average features

65

PK-900H

A4Tech PK‑900H

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£31.75

Amazon UK
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1920 X 1080 pixels
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May 2013
A fully featured but only average value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam

64

A4-GWJ-800

Gembird A4‑GWJ‑800

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£19.44

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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Nov 2010
A low cost and good spec 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam

63

EC103

Esperanza EC103

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£17.99

Amazon UK
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1600 X 1200 pixels
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Jan 2015
A bargain price but only average spec 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam

63

MROS602

MediaRange MROS602

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£17.05

Amazon UK
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1280 X 1024 pixels
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Feb 2015
An affordable but 3 year old 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution webcam, with only middle of the road features

63

Snake

Emtec Snake

3 Reviews
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£4.49

Amazon UK
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1280 X 1024 pixels
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Jun 2012
A low cost but only average spec 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution webcam, with average reviews

62

Vg2437

Viewsonic Vg2437

7 Reviews
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£197.99

Insight
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1920 X 1080 pixels
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Jan 2016
A highly rated and good spec 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, but representing poor value for money

61

Reflect

Speed‑Link Reflect

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£13.28

Amazon UK
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640 X 480 pixels
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Jan 2015
A top-value but 3 year old 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with poor features

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Webcam 500

Manhattan Webcam 500

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£6.00

Amazon UK
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2560 X 1920 pixels
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Jul 2013
An excellent value for money but only middle of the road spec 2560 x 1920 pixels resolution webcam

61

CS0300

V7 CS0300

12 Reviews
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£7.26

Communications Solutions
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640 X 480 pixels
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Jul 2012
A classic and bargain price 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, but with inferior features

61

FaceCam 321

Genius FaceCam 321

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£12.79

Amazon UK
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Aug 2012
A bargain price but only middle of the road spec 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam

61

APPWC03HD

Approx APPWC03HD

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£12.06

Amazon UK
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Aug 2014
A very good value for money but 3 year old 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with poor features

60

Stargazer

Razer Stargazer

15 Reviews + 2 Awards
allround-pc.com - Innovation AwardLaptopmag.com - Editor's Choice
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£169.99

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Nov 2015
An award winning and best selling 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site

59

Trino

Trust Trino

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£21.25

Amazon UK
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1280 X 720 pixels
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Jul 2012
A good value for money but only average spec 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam

58

WK-106

Rocksoul WK‑106

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£24.44

Amazon UK
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Aug 2013
A good spec but only moderate value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam

58

DCS-8200LH

D‑Link DCS‑8200LH

5 Reviews + 2 Awards
redeszone.net - 9 out of 10 Awardvortez.net - Gold
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£113.97

Appliances Direct
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May 2016
An award winning but 2 year old 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a Gold award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site

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ICAM-WHD-01

Gembird ICAM‑WHD‑01

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£43.77

Amazon UK
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Jun 2016
A good spec and relatively new 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, but representing inferior value for money

57

NW-1000

Brother NW‑1000

1 Review
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£28.64

Amazon UK
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Mar 2013
A good spec but only average value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with satisfactory reviews

57

WC035V2

Sweex WC035V2

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£7.99

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May 2013
A top-value but 5 year old 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with not very good features

57

HD Pro

SpotCam HD Pro

16 Reviews + 1 Award
hardwareinside.de - Design Award
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£129.00

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Oct 2015
An award winning but a little out of date 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features but representing not very good value for money

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APPWC02W

Approx APPWC02W

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£9.34

Amazon UK
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Nov 2010
An affordable but only average spec 800 x 600 pixels resolution webcam

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Moblie Style

Kraun Moblie Style

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£8.92

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Aug 2012
A cheap but only middle of the road spec 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam

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PrecisionHD

Cisco PrecisionHD

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£168.00

Amazon UK
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Dec 2015
A fully featured but moderately out of date 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, representing poor value for money

56

Live! Cam Connect HD

Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD

45 Reviews + 1 Award
megaobzor.com/ - Recommended
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£48.99

Creative Store UK
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Feb 2012
An award winning and good spec 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, but representing poor value for money

56

IP Camera

Konig IP Camera

11 Reviews
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£24.96

Amazon UK
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A classic but only moderate value for money 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with inferior 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.

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

The price range of webcams is from £3 to £485 and in total we found prices for 139 webcams. The average price of a new webcam is £53 and 80% of webcams are priced between £9 and £103. The cheapest webcam that we found is the Speed-Link Reflect at only £3, and the most expensive is the Axis M1144-L at £484.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average webcam price out of all brands is Axis webcams with an average price of £484. Axis webcams start at £484 and the most expensive Axis webcam costs £484.

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The %8highest average webcam price out of all brands is Viewsonic webcams with an average price of £198. Viewsonic webcams start at £198 and the most expensive Viewsonic webcam costs £198.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 399 expert reviews and 21,147 user reviews for webcams from across the internet and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top rated webcam brand is Cisco with an average rating of 95%. The second best brand is Logitech with 90% and the third best brand is Gear Head with 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 93 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 82 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Idealo UK with 25 current webcam offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

The most common period for new webcams to be released in is between February and April. If you wait until February 2018 then you might be able to get better features on your webcam. Also the price of the current webcams may drop off just before the latest models are released in February. In March 2016 six new webcams were released making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. April was the biggest month in 2015 for new webcams, with eight new webcams released that month. In 2014 most new webcams were released in February, with 33 new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

New webcams drop in price by an average of 5% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new webcam costing £53, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £3.

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.

We found 90 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which makes 1920 x 1080 pixels the most frequently found maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels is the second most popular maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. We found 90 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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 257 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 173 out of 257 are not full HD webcams and only 32% of webcams are full HD webcams.

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.

The vast majority of the 257 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo are webcams with a built-in microphone. 219 webcams out of 257 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.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 93 current webcam offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest webcam retailer is eBay with 82 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to webcams. Idealo UK is the third biggest retailer with 25 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest webcam prices (found to be cheapest for 52 webcams).

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 55.9% of its webcams, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest webcam retailer.

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