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#1

90

MW1

Mars Gaming MW1

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£10.81

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2560 X 1920 Pixels
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Feb 2017
The highest scoring full HD webcam on the market
#2

90

C525

Logitech C525

629 Reviews + 1 Award
hardware.info - Silver Award
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£26.25

Idealo UK
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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Feb 2017
A very cheap and best selling 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features and exceptional expert reviews
#3

89

C270 HD

Logitech C270 HD

205 Reviews
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£14.99

Amazon UK
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1280 X 720 Pixels
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May 2016
A very popular and low cost 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features and exceptional user reviews
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87

AWCAMHD15

Advent AWCAMHD15

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£16.98

PC World Business
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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Jul 2015
An affordable and high-quality 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
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86

WideCam F100

Genius WideCam F100

47 Reviews
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£34.69

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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Jul 2014
A high-quality and good value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
#6

86

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
A best selling and fully loaded 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a fair price and an industry award
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86

C270

Logitech C270

546 Reviews + 1 Award
hwt.dk - Gold Product of the Year
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£15.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Apr 2011
A top-value and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a Gold award from one expert review website
#8

85

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 scoring webcam under £100, with superb user reviews but representing only moderate value for money
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85

C310

Logitech C310

712 Reviews
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£32.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Aug 2015
An award winning and fully featured 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a reasonable price
#10

85

QuickCam Pro

Logitech QuickCam Pro

139 Reviews + 4 Awards
ocia.net - ApprovedDigital Versus - 5 StarPocket Lint - Hot Productcomputershopper.com - Editor's Choice
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£6.50

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1600 X 1200 Pixels
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Jun 2009
A top-value and fully featured 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam
#11

84

HD Pro C920

Logitech HD Pro C920

669 Reviews
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£49.99

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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Aug 2017
A best selling and multi award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#12

84

QuickCam

Logitech QuickCam

362 Reviews + 15 Awards
01net.com - 5 Starocia.net - ApprovedTrusted Reviews - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Best Buy
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£4.50

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640 X 480 Pixels
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Jan 2011
The cheapest full HD webcam available, with a Best Buy award from two expert review websites and 7 further awards from other expert sites
#13

84

WideCam F100

Genius WideCam F100

47 Reviews
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£34.69

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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Jul 2012
A powerful and best selling 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a reasonable price
#14

84

Viveo HD

Trust Viveo HD

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£13.88

Amazon UK
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1600 X 1200 Pixels
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Mar 2016
An excellent value for money but 2 year old 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
#15

84

CNE-CWC2

Canyon CNE‑CWC2

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£10.99

Falcon Computers
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1600 X 1200 Pixels
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Apr 2016
A great value for money but 2 year old 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
#16

84

HD Twist

Hercules HD Twist

36 Reviews + 1 Award
topreviewshop.com - On Target Award
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£19.53

Amazon UK
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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Jan 2012
A fully featured and low cost 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with an industry award
#17

84

C310

Logitech C310

712 Reviews
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£20.00

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Feb 2017
An award winning and relatively new 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features and a fair price
#18

84

FaceCam 1000X

Genius FaceCam 1000X

10 Reviews
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£11.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Jun 2014
A classic and affordable 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
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84

C170

Logitech C170

384 Reviews
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£13.98

Ebuyer Business
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640 X 480 Pixels
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May 2011
A low cost and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
#20

84

QuickCam Deluxe

Logitech QuickCam Deluxe

12 Reviews
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£4.99

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640 X 480 Pixels
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May 2009
A phenomenally cheap and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with good features

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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 82%.

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Logitech logo Logitech Webcams 39 £4 - £350 82%
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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

We currently list 127 webcams ranging from £3 to £481. On average, a new webcam costs £57 and 80% of webcams are priced between £8 and £108. The Logitech QuickCam is the cheapest webcam at only £4, and Axis M1144-L is the most expensive at £480.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

Axis webcams start at £480 and the most expensive Axis webcam costs £480. The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Axis webcams with an average price of £480.

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

The %8highest average webcam price out of all brands is Digitus webcams with an average price of £277. Digitus webcams start at £111 and the most expensive Digitus webcam costs £443.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 390 expert reviews and 21,145 user reviews for webcams and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of webcam. Cisco is the top rated webcam brand with an average rating of 95%. Logitech is the second best brand with 89% and Gear Head is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 88 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 16 current 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 want the latest webcam features 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 last year for new webcam releases was February, with five new webcams released that month. In 2016 most new webcams were released in March, with six 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, in the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 8%. On a typical new webcam costing £57, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £4.

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.

1920 x 1080 pixels is the most frequently found maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. We found 90 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The second most popular maximum video resolution amongst new webcams is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. 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 248 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 168 out of 248 are not full HD webcams and only 82 webcams (33%) 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 248 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo are webcams with a built-in microphone. 214 out of 248 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 88 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 16 current 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 50 webcams.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of webcam for which they offer the cheapest price is Amazon UK with the cheapest price on 56.8% of its webcams.