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#1

90

Professional HD Webcam 720P

V7 Professional HD Webcam 720P

36 Reviews
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£21.73

Una Technology
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2560 X 1920 Pixels
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Mar 2012
The highest scoring full HD webcam around
#2

89

Dualpix Emotion

Hercules Dualpix Emotion

4 Reviews
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£44.97

Gameseek
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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Jul 2010
The best scoring webcam under £50, with very good features
#3

87

Tubiq

Trust Tubiq

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£35.11

Gameseek
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Jul 2012
A top-value and powerful 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
#4

86

Elite Webcam 2000

V7 Elite Webcam 2000

36 Reviews
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£16.42

Una Technology
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1600 X 1200 Pixels
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May 2011
A staggeringly good value for money and fully featured 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam
#5

84

C920

Logitech C920

1,208 Reviews + 7 Awards
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£59.99

Clas Ohlson UK
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Aug 2015
The highest review score full HD webcam available, but representing only average value for money
#6

84

C500

Logitech C500

20 Reviews
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£39.97

Gameseek
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1280 X 1024 Pixels
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May 2010
A classic and cheap 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
#7

82

HD Pro C920

Logitech HD Pro C920

965 Reviews + 8 Awards
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£30.00

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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Aug 2017
A very popular and multi award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 6 further awards from other expert sites
#8

82

MT4028

Media‑Tech MT4028

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£25.54

Gameseek
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1600 X 1200 Pixels
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Sep 2010
A fully featured and low cost 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam
#9

82

Mevo

Livestream Mevo

8 Reviews
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£368.17

Amazon UK
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3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
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Sep 2017
The newest full HD webcam available, with user reviews but representing only middle of the road value for money
#10

81

WC350

Sweex WC350

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£19.33

Techdna
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Dec 2012
The cheapest full HD webcam on the market
#11

81

C920R

Logitech C920R

624 Reviews
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£63.49

eBay
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Dec 2016
A fairly new and fully featured 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, but representing only average value for money
#12

81

C615

Logitech C615

743 Reviews + 1 Award
Lanoc.org - Recommended
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£39.99

Idealo UK
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Aug 2015
An award winning and top-quality 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, but representing only moderate value for money
#13

80

BRIO

Logitech BRIO

24 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£176.49

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4096 X 2160 Pixels
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Jan 2017
A best selling and multi award winning 4096 x 2160 pixels resolution webcam, with a gold award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#14

80

C922

Logitech C922

402 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£77.50

eBay
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Oct 2016
A multi award winning and best selling 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features but representing only average value for money
#15

80

C930e

Logitech C930e

366 Reviews + 3 Awards
techradar.com/au/ - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's ChoiceTechradar - Recommended
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£49.40

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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Feb 2017
An award winning and very popular 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features but representing only middle of the road value for money
#16

79

Link

Hercules Link

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£9.14

Gameseek
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800 X 600 Pixels
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Jul 2011
A good spec and low cost 800 x 600 pixels resolution webcam
#17

79

Stargazer

Razer Stargazer

15 Reviews + 2 Awards
allround-pc.com - Innovation AwardLaptopmag.com - Editor's Choice
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£140.00

Amazon UK
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Nov 2015
A fully featured and award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, but representing only moderate value for money
#18

79

Vg2437

Viewsonic Vg2437

7 Reviews
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£152.99

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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Jan 2016
A positively reviewed and fully featured 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, but representing only average value for money
#19

79

HD 4310

HP HD 4310

64 Reviews + 1 Award
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£39.99

Idealo UK
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Nov 2016
A fairly new and award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features but representing only moderate value for money
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79

C525

Logitech C525

638 Reviews
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£26.25

Idealo UK
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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Feb 2017
A fairly new and critically acclaimed 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with great features but representing only moderate value for money

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What Are The Best Webcam Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every webcam made by each brand and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated webcam brand is Logitech with an average rating of 81%.

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Logitech logo Logitech Webcams 39 £4 - £350 81%
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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 147 webcams ranging from £3 to £481. On average, a new webcam costs £55 and 80% of webcams are priced between £9 and £108. The Speed-Link Reflect is the cheapest webcam at only £3, and Axis M1144-L is the most expensive at £480.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Axis webcams with an average price of £480. Axis webcams range in price from £480 to £480.

The second highest average webcam price out of all brands is Livestream webcams with an average price of £368. Livestream webcams range in price from £368 to £368.

The average price of Digitus webcams is £270 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands. Digitus webcams range in price from £109 to £431.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 398 expert reviews and 19,807 user reviews for webcams available online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top three webcam brands are Cisco, Gear Head and Logitech. Cisco has an average rating of 95%, Gear Head has an average rating of 89% and Logitech has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 89 current webcam offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest webcam retailer is eBay with 77 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to webcams. Gameseek is the third biggest retailer with 31 current offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

February to April is the most common period for new webcams to be released in. For the latest webcam technology you may be best waiting until February 2018. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current webcams cheaper in February once the latest models have been released. Last year most new webcams were released in February, with five new webcams released that month. 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.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 8%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £4 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.

We found 96 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which makes this the most popular maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. The second most frequently found maximum video resolution amongst new webcams is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 96 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. 65% of webcams are not full HD webcams and only 82 webcams (32%) 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. 211 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

We found 89 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 77 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Gameseek with 31 current webcam offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The cheapest shop by number of webcam for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 55 webcams.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on webcams is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 61.8% of its webcams.