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Best webcams 2021: top picks for working from home

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It's no secret that the best webcams are becoming incredibly difficult to find these days, with prices for previously cheap webcams skyrocketing due to demand. Despite the difficult market, we're determined to get you online and on camera by frequently updating this page with links to webcams that are currently in stock.

Whether it's calling family, streaming games, or for professional use, visual communication is still an important part of our lives. With so much of our day-to-day life moving to online spaces, having clear video on calls is becoming an essential requirement to our computing setup.

Those using laptops or all-in-one computers are already doing better than most, but with so many of these devices equipped with low-resolution cameras, you may still wish to upgrade to a dedicated web camera. Anyone using a desktop PC will need to buy a separate webcam regardless, but thankfully, the best webcams will more than cover their needs. And, because they come in a variety of resolutions as well as budgets, there’s something to fit every demand, whether it’s for daily video meetings or to connect with loved ones.

Because of the increase in people looking for webcams, we found some of the best webcams today. We also highlighted some webcam deals from lesser-known brands at the top of this page. These webcams are in stock and offer decent alternatives to the better-known products in our list - and at greatly reduced prices as well.

Best webcam deals in the US

Best webcam

Logitech C920 webcam: $107.99 $92.99 at Amazon
This webcam often appears in lists for top webcam, and it's little wonder why. Often used by content creators, this HD webcam is fluid, smooth, and reliable. View Deal

Zealinno 1080P webcam: $31.99 at Amazon
This webcam comes with a wide-angle lens, dual microphones and can handle 1080p at 30fps. While it can't compete with premium webcams, it's a great deal cheaper and gets the job done.View Deal

Cheapest US webcam

Walfront 1080P webcam: $18.49 at Amazon
If you need a simple, cheap webcam to get you through working from home then this is a great deal. It can handle 1080p at 30fps, has dual microphones and a physical cover for maintaining your privacy.View Deal

Best webcam deals in the UK

Teaisiy USB Webcam with Microphone: £26.89 at Amazon
This webcam operates in HD 1080p video at 30fps, and even turns 360 degrees should you need it. No additional drivers are required, so you can simply plug in and make video calls with little fuss where needed.View Deal

eMeet webcam with microphone: £39.99 at Amazon
This is a pretty good webcam for people who do a lot of meetings, with a wide-angle view that allows you to fit in more people. It also features dual microphones for better sound quality, especially if lots of people are in the room.View Deal

Cheapest UK webcam deal

wansview 1080P webcam: £22.99 at Amazon
If you want a budget webcam that can still handle 1080p resolution, then this is a good webcam deal, and it's currently in stock. It also comes with a built-in mic for those who don't have access to other means of audio recording.View Deal

Razer Kiyo 1080p webcam: £124.95 at Amazon
This popular streaming webcam combines 1080p 30 FPS or 720 p 60 FPS recording with a built-in adjustable ring light. Don't limit the capabilities to just content creators though, with these specs it makes for a fantastic business webcam too.View Deal

Logitech C270i webcam: £82.50 £45.25 at Amazon
If you're set on getting a Logitech webcam, but don't want to break the bank then this could be the choice for you. With a 720p 30fps camera and noise-reducing microphone, the C270i is a great choice for zoom calls.View Deal

AUKEY 1080p HD webcam: £39.99 £29.99 at Amazon
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Aukey is currently offering £10 off this 1080p HD webcam, perfect for anyone needing a cheap camera without compromising on visual quality.View Deal

The best webcams of 2021:

Logitech StreamCam

Logitech StreamCam has many tools to offer for your content creation needs. (Image credit: Logitech)

1. Logitech StreamCam

Best for content creation

Resolution: 1080p
Features: Smart auto-focus and exposure, AI-enabled facial tracking, 9:16 format, built-in electronic image stabilization, USB Type-C connectivity
Reasons to buy
+Content creation features+Facial tracking+Auto-focusing
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap

Our top pick for the best webcams is more than just a webcam. The Logitech StreamCam won’t just have your back when you’re video conferencing, video chatting with families and friends, and live streaming your games. This feature-rich 1080p webcam has many tools to offer for your content creation needs as well, including auto-focusing, smart exposure, facial tracking, up to 60fps frame rate, and a flippable design so you can take photos and videos in 9:16 format. You can even mount it on a tripod, and it uses USB Type-C for fast and more efficient video transfer speeds.

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is one of the best webcams out there. (Image Credit: Microsoft)

2. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Cheap, cheerful and ideal for Skype

Resolution: 720p
Features: Colour correction, noise cancelling
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
-720p only

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is one of the best webcams out there. Aimed at pro users with large displays, it features a familiar configuration of 1080p recording and 720p live video calling. It rotates 360 degrees, and can be mounted on a tripod with autofocus. The wideband mic delivers crystal clear audio, and Microsoft’s TrueColor system will shift the exposure dynamically to keep you well lit, making it a great choice for business conferencing and presentations.

Razer Kiyo

Razer Kiyo focuses on what matters most to game streamers and YouTube vloggers. (Image Credit: Razer)

3. Razer Kiyo

A spotlight on streaming

Resolution: 1080p
Features: Ring light, Compatibility with OBS and Xsplit
Reasons to buy
+Convenient ring light+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid

The Razer Kiyo might look weird, a testament to Razer’s unique designs, but it’s still one of the best webcams out there for streaming – which is unbelievably popular in this day and age. With the Razer Kiyo, Razer has stripped away a lot of the bells and whistles that more premium webcams offer, focusing instead on what matters most to game streamers and YouTube vloggers – good image quality and lighting through a “Light Ring”. You don’t need to spend a ton of time configuring the stream – just plug in the Razer Kiyo and get to work.

Logitech C922 Pro Stream

The Logitech C922 Pro Stream features the same classy design as its predecessor, but with something interesting for gamers. (Image credit: Logitech)

4. Logitech C922 Pro Stream

It's game on for Logitech's newest webcam

Resolution: 1080p
Features: Background removal, Low-light correction, 720p/60fps video while streaming, Stereo audio, autofocus, auto light correction
Reasons to buy
+Great low-light capabilities+Background removal feature+Supports 720p/60fps streaming
Reasons to avoid
-Same design as the C920-No RealSense capabilities

The Logitech G922 Pro Stream features the same classy design as its predecessor, the C920, but it’s especially interesting for gamers this time around. The C922 still boasts excellent 1080p video quality, great for hosting video calls, and its automatic low-light correction makes it a fantastic cam for streaming with the lights off. It also supports background removal, making it ideal for budding YouTubers.

Should you buy the Logitech G922 Pro Stream?


Mevo allows you to capture footage live, no matter where you are in the world. (Image Credit: Mevo)

5. Mevo

Livestreaming on the go

Resolution: 2160p
Features: 4K recording, Mobile device compatibility, Live video and audio editing, Bluetooth 4.1
Reasons to buy
+Portable+Compatible with variety of devices
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

If you’re an aspiring journalist, or even if you’re just trying to capture footage in the wild, Mevo might be one of the best webcams for you. Either the Mevo or Mevo Plus will allow you to capture footage live, no matter where you are in the world – as long as you can connect to a mobile network. Plus, because Mevo is small and inconspicuous, it won’t distract your subject during an interview.

Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Microsoft LifeCam Studio is made for business conferencing and presentations. (Image Credit: Microsoft)

6. Microsoft LifeCam Studio

A pro camera for pro people

Resolution: 1080p
Features: Colour correction, hi-fi microphone, Skype
Reasons to buy
+Wide field of view+Wideband mic for better sound
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Really designed for corporate types

It isn’t the most attractive webcam, but the LifeCam Studio isn’t really designed to be attractive. Instead, it’s made for business conferencing and presentations, with its 1080p recording, 720p live video calling and wideband mic to deliver crystal clear sound. This is a serious peripheral – one that requires a powerful PC for max settings – but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking bells and whistles. For instance, it comes with 360-degree rotating capabilities and Microsoft’s TrueColor system, which will shift the exposure dynamically to keep you well lit.

Read the full review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio

logitech brio

(Image credit: Logitech)

7. Logitech Brio Webcam

Bringing 4K to a webcam near you

Resolution: 2160p
Features: 4K recording, 5X HD Zoom, Windows Hello, HDR
Reasons to buy
+4K Ultra HD+Windows Hello
Reasons to avoid
-Maybe a little too high-res

Have you ever looked at a webcam in disgust because it just can’t hold up to your smartphone? Well, the Logitech Brio might be the webcam you’ve been looking for. With a 4K UHD resolution and HDR, the Logitech Brio has brought high fidelity to the world of the best webcams. If that wasn’t enough, it also boasts Windows Hello functionality and an easy to use stand, which will let you position it to capture your best side.

Logitech HD Webcam C310

(Image credit: Logitech)

8. Logitech HD Webcam C310

Webcam for those on a budget

Resolution: 720p
Features: Noise reduction, Auto light correction, Zoom and Skype compatible
Reasons to buy
+Very affordable+Auto light correction
Reasons to avoid
-Only 720p-Mono mic

The Logitech HD Webcam C310 is a solid option for those who just can’t splurge on a webcam. It's perfect for anyone just needing to get onto that Zoom or Skype call and be seen clearly. And, while it does only shoot in 720p, the C310 does come with Logitech’s RightLight 2 auto-light correction technology so you’ll always be shown in the proper light. With its noise-reducing mic, you’ll also be heard clearly from up to 5 feet or 1.5 meters away. This may not be a streamer’s top choice but it’s a quality pic for anyone on a budget.

Logitech C930e

Logitech C930e is Logitech's most advanced HD webcam yet. (Image Credit: Logitech)

9. Logitech C930e

It costs a lot, but it does a lot too

Resolution: 1080p
Features: On-board processing, Zeiss lens, wide angle lens
Reasons to buy
+On-board video processing+Wide field of view
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-The 920 comes very close for a lot less cash

The C930e claims to be Logitech's most advanced HD webcam yet, so it isn’t surprising that it's also one of Logitech’s most expensive offerings. However, unlike traditional webcams, which rely on the PC for all the heavy lifting, this unit does the video encoding itself, which should in turn result in better video quality. The wide, 90-degree field of view means it’s well-suited to business video conferencing and presentations. And of course, it’s Skype-certified for PC and Mac.

AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam

The AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam boasts resolutions of up to 1080p HD while supporting 12MP stills. (Image Credit: Ausdom)

10. AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam Camera with Built-in Microphone

1080p Full HD for less than £21/$27? Oh yeah

Resolution: 1080p
Features: Built-in microphone with noise reduction, low-light enhancement tech, flexible stand
Reasons to buy
+Full HD+Price
Reasons to avoid
-Manual focus-Probably not made of titanium

If you’re looking for a full HD webcam without that hefty price tag, this may be one of the best webcams for you. Boasting resolutions of up to 1080p HD while supporting 12MP stills, a noise-cancelling microphone and low-light compensation, this camera is feature-rich. There’s no autofocus, and you don’t get a big bundle of software, but that bargain price more than makes up for any shortcomings, which is why it’s earned a place on our best webcams list.

Bill Thomas has also contributed to this article

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Microsoft LifeCam Studio