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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique webcams rating which considers: 2,000 UK prices • 32,000 expert & user reviews • 670 product comparisons • 190 industry awards • Score breakdown
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90

Logitech C922

493 Reviews
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£65.80

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Oct 2016
The highest scoring full HD webcam on the market, with a fair price and a great spec.
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89

Logitech C270

3,500 Reviews
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£14.99

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Apr 2011
A best selling and impressive value for money built-in microphone webcam, with multiple awards and a very good spec.
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88

Logitech C615

1,695 Reviews
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£30.85

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May 2011
A top of the range and best selling built-in microphone webcam, with a good price and an industry award.
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88

Logitech C170

167 Reviews
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£13.98

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Sep 2012
A top-value and classic built-in microphone webcam, with a very good spec.
#5

88

TeckNet C018

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£26.99

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Sep 2016
A very good value for money and best selling built-in microphone webcam, with a very good spec.
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87

Logitech HD Pro C920

3,847 Reviews
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£59.98

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Dec 2013
The highest review score full HD webcam on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 6 further awards from other expert sites.
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87

Logitech C525

1,407 Reviews
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£13.00

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May 2011
A very popular and classic built-in microphone webcam, with a great spec and a good price.
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87

Logitech QuickCam

553 Reviews
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£5.99

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Jan 2011
The cheapest full HD webcam around, with a Best Buy award from two expert review websites and 5 further awards from other expert sites.
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Logitech 960000759

299 Reviews
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£15.00

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Sep 2016
A positively reviewed and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with a good spec.
#10

86

Advent AWCAMHD15

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£11.99

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Jul 2015
An impressive value for money and high-quality built-in microphone webcam.
#11

86

Logitech C930e

459 Reviews
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£53.63

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Feb 2017
An award winning and best selling built-in microphone webcam, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites.
#12

86

Razer Kiyo

10 Reviews
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£95.00

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Nov 2017
A high-quality and very popular built-in microphone webcam, with an industry award.
#13

85

Canyon CNE‑CWC2

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£11.99

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Aug 2015
A top-quality and bargain price built-in microphone webcam.
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85

HP HD 4310

91 Reviews
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£10.59

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Nov 2016
An award winning and fully featured built-in microphone webcam, with a good price.
#15

85

Canyon CNE‑CWC3

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£17.84

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Jun 2015
A fully featured and affordable built-in microphone webcam.
#16

85

Trust 21596

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£43.99

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Sep 2017
A relatively new and top of the range built-in microphone webcam, with a fair price.
#17

84

Hercules HD Twist

45 Reviews
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£20.41

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Jan 2012
A low cost and fully featured built-in microphone webcam, with an industry award.
#18

84

Canyon CNE‑CWC1

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£12.00

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Apr 2015
An impressive value for money and fully featured built-in microphone webcam.
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83

Microsoft HD‑3000

1,552 Reviews
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£24.98

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Sep 2016
An award winning and cheap built-in microphone webcam, with a good spec.
#20

83

Logitech BRIO STREAM

11 Reviews
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£167.00

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Jul 2017
The highest scoring webcam under £500, with a very good spec.

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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 89%. Compare all award winning webcams.

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Logitech Webcams 79 £6 - £339
89%
16,131 reviews
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Microsoft Webcams 21 £5 - £72
86%
3,548 reviews
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HP Webcams 27 £8 - £163
82%
311 reviews

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Logitech
C270
£14.99
Four more
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Better brand
Significantly
better expert
reviews
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LifeCam HD-3000
£9.96
£5 cheaper
More popular
A little better
user reviews
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Logitech
C270
£14.99
Better brand
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LifeCam HD-3000
£9.96
£5 cheaper
User reviews
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C922
£65.80
£29 cheaper
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Three more
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Razer
Kiyo
£95.00
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Logitech
C930e
£53.63
£41 cheaper
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Kiyo
£95.00
Expert reviews
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Microsoft
LifeCam Studio
£55.00
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C525
£13.00
£42 cheaper
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User reviews
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£31.55
£23 cheaper
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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 130 webcams ranging from £4 to £399. The average price of a new webcam is £53 and 80% of webcams are priced between £9 and £106. The most expensive webcam that we found is the Livestream Mevo at £399, and the cheapest is the Emtec Snake at only £4.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The average price of Livestream webcams is £399 which is the highest average price of all webcam brands. Livestream webcams start at £399 and their most expensive webcam costs £399.

Digitus webcams start at £393 and their most expensive webcam costs £393. The average price of Digitus webcams is £393 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands.

Rollei webcams range in price from £116 to £116, and the third highest average webcam price out of all brands is Rollei webcams with an average price of £116.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 676 expert reviews and 23,740 user reviews for webcams available online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top rated webcam brand is Logitech with an average rating of 89%. The second best brand is Microsoft with 86% and the third best brand is HP with 82%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 99 current webcam offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 69 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to webcams. Idealo UK is the third biggest retailer with 26 current offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

Most new webcams tend to be released between February and April. If you want the latest webcam technology you may be best waiting until February 2019. Also the price of the current webcams may drop off just before the latest models are released in February. February was the biggest month in 2017 for new webcams, with three new webcams released that month. In 2016 most new webcams were released in September, with 27 new webcams released that month. Eight new webcams were released in April 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

On average webcams drop in price by 7% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical webcam costing £53 you could save on average £4 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 557 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo are webcams with a built-in microphone. 475 out of 557 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.

We found 139 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which makes this the most frequently found maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. 1280 x 720 pixels is the second most common maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. We found 103 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 557 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 451 webcams out of 557 are not full HD webcams and only 106 webcams out of 557 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. 62 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. 62.6% of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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