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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 595 webcams, 17,000 reviews and 2,820 prices. Last updated 22 September 2017.

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#1 Logitech C615

C615
Lanoc.org - Recommended
The highest scoring full HD webcam available, with an industry award
88
Reviews
1 Award
94
Value for Money
Excellent
95
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
2 Years Old
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1920 X 1080 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Aug 2015
Release Date
eBay £36.96
Amazon UK £40.00
PC World Business £59.98
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#2 Logitech C920

C920
The best scoring webcam under £100, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 5 further awards from other expert sites
95
Reviews
4 Reviews
77
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
2 Years Old
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1920 X 1080 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Aug 2015
Release Date
eBay £36.95
Currys £59.99
7-day shop £62.59
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#3 Logitech C270

C270
hwt.dk - Gold Product of the YearExpert Reviews - Budget BuyPC Advisor.co.uk - Best Buy
A very popular and top-value 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with two industry awards but only average features
95
Reviews
3 Awards
95
Value for Money
Excellent
59
Features
Average Features
74
Age
2 Years Old
82
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Feb 2016
Release Date
eBay £12.99
base.com £17.99
Ebuyer Business £19.98
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£10.99
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£22.39

#4 HP HD 2300

HD 2300
A top-rated and remarkably cheap 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with good features
91
Reviews
51 Reviews
96
Value for Money
Excellent
65
Features
Good Features
69
Age
2 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Sep 2015
Release Date
eBay £22.39
UK Office Direct £23.99
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#5 Advent AWCAMHD15

AWCAMHD15
A fully featured and top-value 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
96
Value for Money
Excellent
95
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Age
2 Years Old
81
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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£30.00

#6 Logitech C310

C310
IT Reviews.com - Recommended
A low cost and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
85
Reviews
1 Award
85
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
68
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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£29.99

#7 Logitech B525

B525
A very popular and excellently reviewed 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a very reasonable price and good features
91
Reviews
9 Reviews
90
Value for Money
Excellent
63
Features
Good Features
66
Age
2 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jul 2015
Release Date
eBay £29.99
Ebuyer Business £32.99
Ebuyer £35.48
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#8 Logitech C525

C525
A relatively new and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a good price and good features
90
Reviews
626 Reviews
81
Value for Money
Excellent
61
Features
Good Features
85
Age
7 Months Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
No
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Feb 2017
Release Date
Amazon UK £26.25
Ebuyer Business £37.49
PC World Business £43.46
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£15.00

#9 Canyon CNE‑CWC3

CNE-CWC3
A low cost and fully featured 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam
96
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Age
2 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Yes
1920 X 1080 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jun 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK £15.00
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#10 HP HD 4310

HD 4310
elektroniktest.dk - Silver
A relatively new and award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with good features and a reasonable price
81
Reviews
1 Award
75
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Features
Good Features
82
Age
10 Months Old
78
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Yes
1920 X 1080 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Nov 2016
Release Date
Argos £39.99
Misco £41.94
Amazon UK £81.00
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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

The price range of webcams is from £4 to £444 and in total we found prices for 129 webcams. A new webcam costs on average £51 and 80% of webcams are priced between £10 and £110. The cheapest webcam that we found is the Logitech QuickCam at only £4, and the most expensive is the Cisco PrecisionHD at £444.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

Cisco webcams range in price from £168 to £444, and the average price of Cisco webcams is £306 which is the highest average price of all webcam brands.

The average price of Viewsonic webcams is £198 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands. Viewsonic webcams start at £198 and the most expensive Viewsonic webcam costs £198.

The average price of TomTom webcams is £188 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands. TomTom webcams range in price from £188 to £188.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 466 expert reviews and 21,058 user reviews for webcams from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top three webcam brands are Digital Innovations, Cisco and Logitech. Digital Innovations has an average rating of 95%, Cisco has an average rating of 93% and Logitech has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 94 current offers for webcams from eBay making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 72 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Misco with 19 current webcam 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 wait until February 2018 then you might be able to get better features on your webcam. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current webcams tend to drop off when the next models are released. The biggest month in 2016 for new webcam releases was March, with five new webcams released that month. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new webcams, with 11 new webcams released that month. 31 new webcams were released in February 2014 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 6%. That means a saving of £3 on a typical £51 new webcam if you wait 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 88 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, which makes this the most frequently found maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. We found 88 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, making 1920 x 1080 pixels the second most common 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 255 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 174 out of 255 are not full HD webcams and only 81 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 255 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo are webcams with a built-in microphone. 86% 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

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 94 current webcam offers from eBay. The second biggest webcam retailer is Amazon UK with 72 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to webcams. Misco is the third biggest retailer with 19 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest webcam prices (found to be cheapest for 63 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 eBay with the cheapest price on 67% of its webcams.

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