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Logitech C615

694 Reviews
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£59.11

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Mar 2012
The highest scoring full HD webcam available, with an industry award
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HP HD 4310

86 Reviews
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£47.29

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Nov 2016
The highest scoring webcam under £50, with great features
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Razer Kiyo

10 Reviews
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£89.77

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Nov 2017
The newest full HD webcam around, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
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Advent AWCAMHD15

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£16.98

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Jul 2015
A bargain price and top-quality 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
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Logitech QuickCam Pro

230 Reviews
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£8.00

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Jun 2009
An affordable and fully featured 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam
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Logitech HD Pro C920

1,373 Reviews
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£50.99

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Mar 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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Logitech C925e

6 Reviews
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£47.80

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May 2016
A fully featured and highly rated 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a reasonable price
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Logitech C170

438 Reviews
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£13.98

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May 2011
A low cost and classic 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
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Logitech C270

1,145 Reviews
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£14.99

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Dec 2012
A very popular and very good value for money 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features and multiple awards
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83

Genius WideCam F100

67 Reviews
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£53.99

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Jul 2012
A classic and top-quality 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a reasonable price
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Logitech C525

633 Reviews
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£37.49

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Sep 2012
A good value for money and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
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Trust 21596

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£49.99

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Sep 2017
A new and high-quality 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution webcam, with a good price
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83

Hercules HD Twist

40 Reviews
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£20.99

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A fully featured and bargain price 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with an industry award
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Creative BlasterX Senz3D

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£29.99

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Sep 2016
A great value for money and fully featured 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
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Canyon CNE‑CWC2

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£15.00

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A fully featured and affordable 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam
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Logitech B525

12 Reviews
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£30.76

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An excellently reviewed and cheap 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
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Canyon CNE‑CWC3

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£17.35

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A great value for money and top-quality 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
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Canyon CNE‑CWC1

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£10.49

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A fully featured and very good value for money 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam
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Logitech C922

468 Reviews
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£76.30

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A very popular and multi award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
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A4Tech PK‑900H

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£14.10

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A top-quality and bargain price 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam

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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

Webcams range in price from £3 to £449 and in total we found prices for 159 webcams. The average price of a new webcam is £55 and 80% of webcams are priced between £10 and £107. The most expensive webcam that we found is the Livestream Mevo at £448, and the cheapest is the Logitech QuickCam at only £4.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

Livestream webcams start at £448 and their most expensive webcam costs £448. The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Livestream webcams with an average price of £448.

The second highest average webcam price out of all brands is Axis webcams with an average price of £372. Axis webcams range in price from £372 to £372.

Cisco webcams range in price from £216 to £216, and the average price of Cisco webcams is £216 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 657 expert reviews and 13,568 user reviews for webcams written online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of webcam.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 84 current offers for webcams from Amazon UK making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 68 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Idealo UK with 29 current webcam offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

Most new webcams tend to be released between February and April. That means that most of the latest webcam technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. February was the biggest month last year for new webcams, with three new webcams released that month. 26 new webcams were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. In 2015 most new webcams were released in April, with nine new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 14% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £8 on a typical £55 new webcam by waiting 6 months before buying.

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.

The most common maximum video resolution amongst new webcams is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 88 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 88 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, making 1920 x 1080 pixels the second most frequently found maximum video resolution amongst new webcams.

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 285 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 200 out of 285 webcams are not full HD webcams and only 84 webcams (29%) 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 285 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo are webcams with a built-in microphone. 254 out of 285 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.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying . For each retailer it shows the total number of 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. 51 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 by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 60.7% of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.