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Kagoo Score - Our unique webcams rating considers: 2,200 UK prices • 31,000 expert & user reviews • 670 product comparisons • 170 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Logitech QuickCam Pro

231 Reviews
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£6.50

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Feb 2010
The highest scoring full HD webcam around
#2

90

Logitech C270

3,500 Reviews
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£12.50

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Mar 2013
A bargain price and best selling built-in microphone webcam, with a Best Buy award from two expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#3

89

Logitech C170

167 Reviews
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£7.99

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Sep 2012
A classic and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
#4

89

TeckNet C018

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£18.99

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Sep 2016
A very popular and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
#5

88

Logitech C930e

459 Reviews
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£53.18

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Feb 2017
The top rated webcam under £100, with a reasonable price and great features
#6

88

Advent AWCAMHD15

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£10.00

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Jul 2015
A powerful and affordable built-in microphone webcam
#7

88

Logitech HD Pro C920

3,847 Reviews
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£56.99

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Dec 2013
The highest review score full HD webcam on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 6 further awards from other expert sites
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88

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD

143 Reviews
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£20.00

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Sep 2015
A top-value and excellently reviewed built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
#9

88

Logitech C615

1,695 Reviews
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£39.92

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May 2011
A top of the range and award winning built-in microphone webcam, with a good price
#10

88

Logitech C525

218 Reviews
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£25.37

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May 2011
A best selling and classic built-in microphone webcam, with a good price and very good features
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88

Logitech C310

1,468 Reviews
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£18.00

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May 2010
An award winning and very good value for money built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
#12

88

Logitech 960000759

299 Reviews
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£15.00

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Sep 2016
A very highly rated and excellent value for money built-in microphone webcam, with good features
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88

Logitech QuickCam

388 Reviews
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£5.99

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Jan 2011
The cheapest full HD webcam available, with a Best Buy award from two expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
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Razer Kiyo

10 Reviews
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£89.99

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Nov 2017
A very popular and fully featured built-in microphone webcam, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
#15

87

Microsoft LifeCam HD‑3000

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£8.76

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Sep 2012
A cheap and best selling built-in microphone webcam, with great features
#16

87

Microsoft HD‑3000

1,552 Reviews
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£24.98

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Sep 2016
A very popular and great value for money built-in microphone webcam, with good features and an industry award
#17

86

Trust Viveo HD

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£15.37

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Mar 2016
A very popular and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
#18

86

Canyon CNE‑CWC2

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£11.99

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Aug 2015
An excellent value for money and top of the range built-in microphone webcam
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86

Genius WideCam F100

67 Reviews
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£41.36

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Jul 2014
A good value for money and fully loaded built-in microphone webcam
#20

86

Creative Labs Creative Labs Live! Cam

351 Reviews
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£19.99

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Oct 2016
A top-rated and very cheap built-in microphone webcam, with good features

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What Are The Best Webcam Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every webcam and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated webcam brand is Logitech with an average rating of 89%. Compare all award winning webcams.

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Logitech Webcams 78 £5 - £339
89%
16,131 reviews
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Microsoft Webcams 21 £5 - £68
86%
3,548 reviews
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HP Webcams 27 £8 - £136
82%
311 reviews

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Logitech
C270
£12.50
Four more
awards
Better brand
Significantly
better expert
reviews
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
£4 cheaper
More popular
A little better
user reviews
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Logitech
C270
£12.50
Better brand
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
£4 cheaper
User reviews
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Logitech
C922
£65.80
£24 cheaper
More popular
Three more
awards
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Razer
Kiyo
£89.99
Expert reviews
are moderately
better
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
£9 cheaper
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A little better
user reviews
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Logitech
C310
£18.00
Better brand
Expert reviews
are appreciably
better
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Microsoft
LifeCam Cinema
£37.99
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Logitech
C615
£39.90
Better brand
User reviews
are moderately
better
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
£9 cheaper
Considerably
better user
reviews
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Logitech
C310
£18.00
Better brand
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
£17 cheaper
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Logitech
C525
£25.37
Better brand
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Logitech
C270
£12.50
£25 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are moderately
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Microsoft
LifeCam Cinema
£37.99
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
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User reviews
are moderately
better
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Logitech
C170
£7.99
£1 cheaper
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
£31 cheaper
User reviews
are a bit
better
VS
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Logitech
C615
£39.90
More popular
Better brand
Expert reviews
are appreciably
better
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Microsoft
LifeCam HD-3000
£8.76
£16 cheaper
More popular
Better brand
VS
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HP
HD 4310
£24.56
Expert reviews
are better
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Microsoft
LifeCam Studio
£50.00
£13 cheaper
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Logitech
C925e
£62.90
Better brand
Marginally
better user
reviews
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Logitech
C925e
£62.90
£268 cheaper
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Livestream
Mevo
£331.20
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Microsoft
LifeCam Studio
£50.00
£103 cheaper
Two more awards
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Logitech
BRIO
£152.68
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Better brand
Considerably
better expert
reviews
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Logitech
B525
£29.95
£16 cheaper
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Microsoft
LifeCam Cinema HD
£45.99
Marginally
better user
reviews
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HP
HD 4310
£24.56
£128 cheaper
User reviews
are better
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Logitech
BRIO
£152.68
Two more awards
More popular
Better brand
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Microsoft
LifeCam Cinema
£37.99
More popular
VS
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Logitech
C525
£25.37
£13 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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Logitech
C310
£18.00
£28 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are better
VS
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Microsoft
LifeCam Cinema HD
£45.99
Seven more
awards
Expert reviews
are better
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Logitech
C925e
£62.90
Better brand
More popular
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Microsoft
LifeCam Cinema HD
£45.99
£17 cheaper
User reviews
are better

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 131 webcams ranging from £4 to £459. On average, a new webcam costs £53 and 80% of webcams are priced between £8 and £106. The Emtec Snake is the cheapest webcam at only £4, and Cisco CTS-PHD-CAM-USB is the most expensive at £459.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Cisco webcams with an average price of £459. Cisco webcams range in price from £459 to £459.

Axis webcams start at £393 and their most expensive webcam costs £393. The average price of Axis webcams is £393 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands.

Digitus webcams range in price from £393 to £393, and the average price of Digitus webcams is £393 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 681 expert reviews and 23,740 user reviews for webcams available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of webcam. Logitech is the top rated webcam brand with an average rating of 89%. Microsoft is the second best brand with 86% and HP is the third best brand with 82%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 98 current offers for webcams from Amazon UK making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 71 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Idealo UK with 27 current webcam 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 technology you may want to think about waiting until February 2019. Also the price of the current webcams may drop off just before the latest models are released in February. Three new webcams were released in February 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new webcams, with 27 new webcams released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new webcam releases was April, with eight new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 7% on average. That means that on a typical webcam costing £53 you could save on average £4 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Built-in Microphones

A webcam with built-in microphone allows you to record sound and video at the same time.

Of the 557 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are webcams with a built-in microphone. 476 webcams (85%) 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.

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.

The most popular maximum video resolution amongst new webcams is 640 x 480 pixels. We found 160 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. We found 113 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, making this the second most frequently found 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 557 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 81% of webcams are not full HD webcams and only 18% of webcams are full HD webcams.

Full HD indicates that the webcam can record at a fairly high resolution, resulting in a sharper picture.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying webcams. For each retailer it shows the total number of webcams where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying webcams. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Amazon UK. 63 of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for webcams by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of webcam prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's webcam prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 64.3% of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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