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These Are the Best Webcams For Any Budget

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Whether you have a crammed schedule full of video calls or you're starting your first game streaming channel on Twitch or YouTube, a quality webcam is just about as important as having a quality microphone. When you're connecting with people on video calls or with an audience while streaming games, the ability to show the…
These Are the Best Webcams For Any Budget

Whether you have a crammed schedule full of video calls or you’re starting your first game streaming channel on Twitch or YouTube, a quality webcam is just about as important as having a quality microphone. When you’re connecting with people on video calls or with an audience while streaming games, the ability to show the people on the other end of the internet a clear stream of what you’re doing is a vital piece of making a strong connection.The kind of webcams you’ll find on most laptops generally are the bare minimum of what you can use to get the job done. And, while you can try a solution like using your phone as a webcam over an IP connection, a proper webcam will be a simpler and more effective solution. The dedicated hardware of a standalone webcam can offer a clear picture with minimal latency, and some even go above and beyond by delivering 60fps or 4K video. You’ll quickly notice the difference, and so will the people watching your stream. Plus, most webcams have handy mounts for attaching to the top of your monitor for good a viewing angle.We’ve picked out a great bunch of webcams that can step up your streaming and video calls, especially if you pair them with a quality microphone for streaming. (Note: Web cameras are in extreme demand so we’ve highlighted multiple retailers but they might temporarily be out of stock.)TL;DR – These are the Best Webcams:

1. Logitech C920S HD Pro Webcam
Best WebcamOur PickLogitech C920S HD Pro WebcamRight now, just about any quality webcam you can get your hands on may feel worth it. The Logitech C920S HD Pro Webcam is a top contender for its balanced offering. With any luck, you’ll be able to get it for about $80, as that’s how much it should cost. That said, the webcams that are available right now tend to have their prices inflated a bit by the serious demand.Even if you do have to pay a bit above retail value, the Logitech C920S will give you strong performance. This webcam delivers Full HD video at 30fps, ensuring you have crisp video for your work calls or game streaming. It also supports stereo audio. The mounting stand included with the C920S will make it easy to set up on top of your monitor. And, its excellent autofocus will help keep you clear even if your setup isn’t consistent. All that said, with prices all over the place, you may find the C920S priced close to some of its higher-end competitors, so don’t forget to check out the other webcams below. 2. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Best Budget WebcamMicrosoft LifeCam HD-3000The LifeCam HD-3000 may not offer full HD resolution—it’s a 720p at 30fps affair—but it does have very nice picture quality, a built-in stand, and noise-canceling for its onboard mic. Microsoft touts this cam’s TruColor technology as producing more realistic colors and skin tones, and it seems to do fairly well in low-light situations too.If you’re looking for a basic webcam for your desktop or one that performs just a little better than the one built-into your laptop, Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is an excellent choice. And at only around $40, the LifeCam is the most affordable option on this list.3. Aukey PC-LM1E Full HD Webcam
Best Ultra Cheap WebcamAukey PC-LM1 Full HD WebcamWebcams can be surprisingly expensive. They’ve been around for ages and may seem like something that should come cheap, but to get a good one, it’s not nearly as cheap as you might think (especially if you want 1080p video). And, prices have only been worse recently thanks to a surge in demand. But, if you’re on a budget and still want the good stuff, Aukey has you covered with the PC-LM1E webcam.This webcam offers up a 1080p resolution with stereo mics, so people will be able to see and hear you just fine. It comes on a stand that lets it easily mount onto laptop displays and external monitors, or it can sit on a desk. With an adjustable angle and a 65-degree field of view, it’ll be easy to frame your video feed. This webcam works with Windows, Mac, and even Android devices.4. Logitech C922 Pro Stream
Best 60fps Webcam

No, you’re not seeing double, but you would be forgiven for thinking that’s the case. The Logitech C922 is almost identical to the C920S but with a few extra improvements for game streaming to justify (debatably) its increase in price. You can still record 1080p video at 30fps, like its predecessor, but the C922x also adds 720p resolution streaming at 60fps—meaning it can match the refresh rate of your 60fps gameAnother streamer focused feature is this webcam’s integrated ability to remove the background around you. The effect looks convincing enough but a physical green screen will always look better. The C922 also adds a higher quality glass lens and better low-light correction. We still think the original C920S is a better value, but if those extra features are important to you, the C922 is a great option.5. Razer Kiyo
Best Streaming WebcamThe Razer Kiyo is similar to the Logitech C922x in that it can stream 1080p at 30fps, or 720p video at 60fps. But what sets the Kiyo apart is its integrated light ring, which allows for a more professional looking capture even in a dimly lit environment. Ring lights have been a semi-secret tool in videographers’ kits for years, as they have a tendency to make subjects look more evenly lit and in turn softens skin tones and features. There’s a reason they’re nicknamed Diva Lights.6. Logitech Brio
Best 4K WebcamSure, full HD is great, but what if you’re looking to future proof your video setup with 4K resolution and even HDR compatibility? Well, the Logitech Brio is the webcam for you. With a 2160p resolution running at 30fps—or 1080p resolution at 60fps—the Brio is one of the highest resolution webcams on the market right now. Plus, it’s capable of recording in High Dynamic Range (HDR) if you’ve got a compatible display.The included stand for the Brio is also pretty nice, and opens up more possibilities for positioning the cam around your desk environment. It actually reminds me a bit of the stand under a PlayStation 4 camera. The only downside? It’s incredibly expensive.7. Logitech C930e
Best Webcam for Work

Okay, this might look like we just added the same Logitech webcam for the third time between C920S and C922, but stick with us here because the Logitech C930E is by far the best webcam for work. Although it records videos at the same 1080p and 30fps as a few of our picks, this webcam comes with a premium Carl Zeiss lens. It also has one of the widest pictures thanks to the lens’ 90-degree field of view.The end result is video calls that look cleaner, sharper, and bigger. Its perfect for group meetings or family video calls if you have multiple people in the same room as you. Of course, that nice lens comes at a premium and it costs nearly twice as much as the C920S.8. Logitech StreamCam
Best High-End Webcam

The Logitech StreamCam is just about the only webcam on the market that lets you record both at 1080p and 60fps. The StreamCam also features a fancy built-in omnidirectional microphone complete with a small noise filter.The SteamCam has auto-exposure and auto-focus features, and it comes with a completely streaming software suite. You also get a tripod mount along with the regular monitor mount, and you can even rotate the camera if you prefer to shoot smartphone-style video in a portrait orientation.More Expert Tech Roundups
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspamWas this article informative?Read More

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