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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every webcam on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 596 webcams, 17,000 reviews and 2,810 prices. Last updated 22 September 2017.

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#1 Logitech C270

C270
hwt.dk - Gold Product of the YearExpert Reviews - Budget BuyPC Advisor.co.uk - Best Buy
An affordable and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a gold award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites
89
Reviews
3 Awards
82
Value for Money
Excellent
54
Features
Average Features
31
Age
5 Years Old
68
Overall Score
Good
No
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jun 2012
Release Date
Currys £24.99
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£14.07

#2 Logitech C260

C260
A classic but only middle of the road value for money 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with poor features
91
Reviews
94 Reviews
60
Value for Money
Good
36
Features
Missing Some Features
27
Age
7 Years Old
57
Overall Score
Average
No
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Mar 2011
Release Date
eBay £14.07
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£13.90

#2 Mars Gaming MW1

MW1
A top of the range and bargain price 2560 x 1920 pixels resolution webcam
95
Value for Money
Excellent
95
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
7 Months Old
86
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
2560 X 1920 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Feb 2017
Release Date
Amazon UK £13.90
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£26.25
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£10.00

#3 Logitech C200

C200
A classic and cheap 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, but with inferior features
90
Reviews
15 Reviews
73
Value for Money
Very Good
37
Features
Missing Some Features
28
Age
8 Years Old
60
Overall Score
Good
No
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jun 2009
Release Date
eBay £10.00
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£48.19

#3 Logitech C920

C920
The top rated webcam under £100, with a reasonable price and outstanding user reviews
95
Reviews
4 Reviews
71
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
2 Years Old
85
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1920 X 1080 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Aug 2015
Release Date
eBay £48.19
Currys £59.99
7-day shop £62.59
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£14.99
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#4 Advent AWCAMHD15

AWCAMHD15
A very good value for money and top-quality 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
97
Value for Money
Excellent
95
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Age
2 Years Old
83
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1920 X 1080 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jul 2015
Release Date
eBay £14.99
Amazon UK £15.90
PC World Business £19.98
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£29.00

#5 Samsung VG‑STC4000

VG-STC4000
A fully featured and bargain price 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
89
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
53
Age
4 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1920 X 1080 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Mar 2014
Release Date
Amazon UK £29.00
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£6.00
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#6 Logitech QuickCam

QuickCam
futurelooks.com - Editor's Choicetweaknews.net - Top Rank Awardhwt.dk - Bronze Product of the YearHowstuffworks.com - Best Buy
The cheapest full HD webcam on the market, with a Best Buy award from two expert review websites and 8 further awards from other expert sites
86
Reviews
10 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
63
Features
Good Features
34
Age
7 Years Old
74
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jan 2011
Release Date
eBay £6.00
Amazon UK £18.30
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£34.89

#6 Logitech C525

C525
An affordable and positively reviewed 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
87
Reviews
626 Reviews
90
Value for Money
Excellent
64
Features
Good Features
86
Age
8 Months Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Feb 2017
Release Date
eBay £34.89
Ebuyer Business £37.49
PC World Business £43.46
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£30.00

#8 Logitech C310

C310
IT Reviews.com - Recommended
An award winning and good value for money 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
86
Reviews
1 Award
82
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Age
2 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Aug 2015
Release Date
eBay £30.00
Ebuyer Business £32.99
BT Shop £41.91
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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

In total we found 131 webcams ranging from £4 to £469. On average, a new webcam costs £55 and 80% of webcams are priced between £9 and £107. The most expensive webcam that we found is the Livestream Mevo at £469, and the cheapest is the Emtec Snake at only £4.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Livestream webcams with an average price of £469. Livestream webcams range in price from £469 to £469.

Hanwha webcams range in price from £374 to £374, and the second highest average webcam price out of all brands is Hanwha webcams with an average price of £374.

The average price of Cisco webcams is £303 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands. Cisco webcams start at £168 and the most expensive Cisco webcam costs £438.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 426 expert reviews and 20,166 user reviews for webcams and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top rated webcam brand is Digital Innovations with an average rating of 95%. The second best brand is Cisco with 93% and the third best brand is Logitech with 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 95 current webcam offers from eBay. The second biggest webcam retailer is Amazon UK with 81 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to webcams. Misco is the third biggest retailer with 19 current offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

The most common period for new webcams to be released in is between February and March. If you want the latest webcam technology you may want to think about 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. The biggest month in 2016 for new webcam releases was March, with six new webcams released that month. In 2015 most new webcams were released in July, with 11 new webcams released that month. February was the biggest month in 2014 for new webcams, with 31 new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

New webcams drop in price by an average of 6% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new webcam costing £55, 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 88 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which makes 1920 x 1080 pixels the most common 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 88 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 260 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 171 webcams out of 260 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.

Of the 260 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are webcams with a built-in microphone. 84% of webcams 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 95 current offers for webcams from eBay making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 81 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Misco with 19 current webcam offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on webcams is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 62 webcams.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest shop by number of webcam for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 65.3% of its webcams.

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