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The 10 Best Webcams - July 2017

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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 584 webcams, 15,300 reviews and 2,560 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
FaceCam 320

Genius FaceCam 320

A good value for money built-in microphone webcam
Reviews
50
2 Reviews
Value for Money
87
Excellent
Features
29
Missing Some Features
Age
22
5 Years Old
Overall Score
50
Average
No
Yes
Dec 2012
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
#2
Live! Cam Connect HD

Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD

megaobzor.com/ - Recommended
An award winning and fully featured built-in microphone webcam
Reviews
85
1 Award
Value for Money
32
Mediocre
Features
58
Average Features
Age
20
5 Years Old
Overall Score
52
Average
No
Yes
Mar 2012
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
#3
HD-3100

HP HD‑3100

A fully featured built-in microphone webcam
Reviews
67
3 Reviews
Value for Money
5
Mediocre
Features
53
Average Features
Age
20
7 Years Old
Overall Score
38
Mediocre
No
Yes
Oct 2010
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • £99.99
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#4
CNE-CWC1

Canyon CNE‑CWC1

Built-in microphone webcam
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
1
Mediocre
Features
33
Missing Some Features
Age
57
2 Years Old
Overall Score
33
Mediocre
No
Yes
Apr 2015
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
#4
C500

Logitech C500

A fully featured built-in microphone webcam
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
43
Mediocre
Features
47
Average Features
Age
20
7 Years Old
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
No
Yes
May 2010
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • £19.25
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#5
TV Cam HD

Logitech TV Cam HD

01net.com - 4 StarPocket Lint - Hot ProductLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Star
A multi award winning full HD built-in microphone webcam
Reviews
98
4 Awards
Value for Money
40
Mediocre
Features
49
Average Features
Age
32
4 Years Old
Overall Score
57
Average
Yes
Yes
Aug 2013
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • £30.03
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#6
LifeCam VX-800

Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

A classic and fully featured built-in microphone webcam
Reviews
87
102 Reviews
Value for Money
1
Mediocre
Features
51
Average Features
Age
20
8 Years Old
Overall Score
41
Mediocre
No
Yes
Aug 2009
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • £8.99
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#7
B500

Logitech B500

A good value for money and fully featured built-in microphone webcam
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
62
Good
Features
50
Average Features
Age
20
8 Years Old
Overall Score
48
Mediocre
No
Yes
Nov 2009
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
  • £13.80
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#8
FaceCam 1000X

Genius FaceCam 1000X

A classic and great value for money built-in microphone webcam
Reviews
78
10 Reviews
Value for Money
94
Excellent
Features
45
Average Features
Age
46
3 Years Old
Overall Score
68
Good
No
Yes
Jun 2014
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date
#9
C170

Logitech C170

A best selling and great value for money built-in microphone webcam
Reviews
87
224 Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
67
Good Features
Age
86
5 Months Old
Overall Score
83
Excellent
No
Yes
Feb 2017
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Release Date

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Logo Brand Number of Webcams Price Range Average Rating
Logitech logo Logitech Webcams 27 £4 - £420 83%
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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 110 webcams ranging from £4 to £442. The average price of a new webcam is £52 and 80% of webcams are priced between £10 and £113. The cheapest webcam that we found is the Eminent Ewent at only £4, and the most expensive is the Axis M1144-L at £441.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

Axis webcams start at £441 and the most expensive Axis webcam costs £441. The average price of Axis webcams is £441 which is the highest average price of all webcam brands.

The average price of Digitus webcams is £207 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands. Digitus webcams range in price from £73 to £342.

The average price of TomTom webcams is £190 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands. TomTom webcams start at £190 and the most expensive TomTom webcam costs £190.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 354 expert reviews and 11,848 user reviews for webcams and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top three webcam brands are Digital Innovations, Logitech and HP. Digital Innovations has an average rating of 95%, Logitech has an average rating of 89% and HP has an average rating of 86%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 73 current webcam offers from eBay. The second biggest webcam retailer is Amazon UK with 56 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to webcams. Techdna is the third biggest retailer with 16 current offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

Most new webcams tend to be released between February and March. March was the biggest month last year for new webcams, with four new webcams released that month. In 2015 most new webcams were released in July, with 11 new webcams released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new webcam releases was February, with 31 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 11%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £6 on a typical £52 new webcam by waiting 6 months before buying.

Full HDs

A Full HD webcam can record video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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.

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 73 current webcam offers from eBay. The second biggest webcam retailer is Amazon UK with 56 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to webcams. Techdna is the third biggest retailer with 16 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on webcams is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 43 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 58.9% of its webcams.

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