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The best webcam for home office in 2022

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The best webcams for home working are an ideal way to make all those video calls a lot more bearable. If you, like a lot of people recently, have been spending a lot of time on Zoom, or Microsoft Teams, or even (god forbid) Skype, then you're probably more than tired of seeing your own face in all its grainy, washed-out glory. The good news is that a good webcam can really make a difference, and make the image you're broadcasting look sharper, cleaner and all-around better. 

Resolution can be an important step to upgrading - and if you want the best here then do check out our separate guide to the best 4K webcams. But it's not just about video quality. Even setting aside the fact that pretty much any webcam you buy is probably going to have better resolution than the built-in one on your laptop, having a plug-in webcam also lets you adjust your angle and get free with your camera positioning. Great for remote presentations, for interviews where you need to look your best, or simply just for changing things up, a good webcam  is an inexpensive investment that's really worth it for any home or remote worker. 

Different webcams offer different features – there's the nuts and bolts of video spec like resolution, but also whether the webcam has a built-in microphone, or even a built in light. If you're coming at this a relative newbie, click to jump straight to our section on what to consider when buying a webcam, where we run through the basics. The good news for any novices is that webcams tend to be 'plug and play', and will pretty much set themselves up as soon as you hook them up to your computer. 

For this guide, we've picked out a selection of webcams from different manufacturers, all of which we believe are worth the money. Here are the best webcams for home working right now…

The best webcams for home working

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1. Razer Kiyo

Our favorite webcam for homeworking, and best for dingy rooms

Specifications
Resolution: 1080p or 720p
Frame rate: 30fps at 1080p, 60fps at 720p
Field of view: 90 degrees
Size: 69 x 69 x 48mm
Weight: 200g
Reasons to buy
+Built-in LED ring light+Full HD resolution at 30fps
Reasons to avoid
-No external audio support-Hard to find in stock

The Razer Kiyo has one USP that puts it up above the competition: a built-in ringlight, which is made up of twelve LEDs set in a circle. A type of light favoured by YouTubers and TikTokers, a ringlight provides an even and balanced illumination that's made to be flattering to the face. The intensity of it is adjustable, and the colour temperature is daylight-balanced, so you can be sure it will match the environment.  

Of course, none of this would mean much if the camera itself wasn't any good. Fortunately, the Razer Kiyo is an impressive webcam, able to capture video at an impressive Full HD 1080p resolution with30 fames per second. Lower the resolution to HD 720p, and you've got the option of a silky-smooth 60 frames per second. Across the board, this is an impressive camera for home workers, and well worth the asking price. 

See also: Best Mac webcams

Best webcams: Logitech C310 HD Webcam

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2. Logitech C310 HD Webcam

One of the best low-budget options, taking 5MP photos quickly and easily

Specifications
Resolution: Up to 720p
Frame rate: 30fps at 720p
Field of view: 60 degrees
Size: 71.15 x 31.3 x 25.95 mm
Weight: 71.2g
Reasons to buy
+Impressively affordable+Useful noise-suppression features
Reasons to avoid
-Lower resolution than others-Base doesn't pan

Logitech is one of the biggest names in webcams, with models available across a considerable price range. The Logitech HD C310 is on the affordable end of the scale, but will still be more than good enough for most home-working purposes. Its 720p resolution still looks great even if it doesn't match the Razer Kiyo's 1080p, and the Logitech HD C310 is a beautifully simple webcam, setting itself up within moments of being plugged in. The microphone is also excellent, with built-in proprietary noise-reducing technology for cleaner audio and an overall better experience for anyone fortunate enough to be on the other end of your broadcast.

Seamlessly integrating with any mainstream video-conferencing software, the Logitech HD C310 is a cost-effective choice for business users looking for a bargain webcam. 

See also Best Logitech webcams.

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3. Microsoft LifeCam Studio

A professional looking choice for business use

Specifications
Resolution: Up to 1080p
Frame rate: 30fps at 720p
Field of view: 75 degrees
Size: 60 x 45 x 114mm
Weight: 128g
Reasons to buy
+Clips onto your monitor+Wide field of view+Low price
Reasons to avoid
-Only capable of 15fps at 2K-Only one microphone

Given that it looks like a mini CCTV camera, you will either love or hate the Microsoft LifeCam Studio's industrial design. As a top model in the Microsoft webcam range, it's meant for business use and offers 1080p recording or 720p live video calls - easily enough to keep yourself looking sharp on a VC call, while also maintaining smooth stutter-free video. There's a built-in microphone to improve the sound quality of your calls, too. It boasts Microsoft's TrueColor system which is designed to expand dynamic range to ensure you look your best on screen. The camera can also rotate through a full 360 degrees, enabling you to frame the perfect home scene for presenting to the outside world.

Best webcams for home working: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

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4. Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

A good inexpensive way to bump up the quality of your video calls

Specifications
Resolution: Up to 720p
Frame rate: 30fps at 720p
Field of view: 73 degrees
Size: 55.8 x 24 x 45.9mm
Weight: 95.3g
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and small+Hugely affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Maxes out at 720p

This isn't a particularly new or advanced Microsoft webcam, but it is a highly dependable and affordable option for making your video calls look significantly better. It can capture video at a maximum resolution of 720p (30fps), and while this may not seem like much compared to the extravagant digital camera of today, it's more than enough for video calls, and will look good without eating up all your bandwidth. The nice thing about the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is that it's also extremely small and light, so won't clutter up your working space too much. 

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Great quality webcam at a great price

Specifications
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Frame rate: 30fps
Field of view: 90 degrees
Size: 150 x 80 x 40mm
Weight: 80g
Reasons to buy
+Good resolution+Dual microphone+Plug-and-play operation

You may not have heard of Depstech, but they are a well-known manufacturer of optical devices such as borescopes and otoscopes – as well as an increasing range of webcams. What impresses with this model is that it offers a higher resolution than you would usually find at this budget price - offering what it calls 2K resolution, with a 2560 x 1440 output using a 4MP 1/3in CMOS sensor. We also like the fact that the mount allows you rotate through a full 360° – which is useful when either clipped over your laptop stand, or screwed onto a tabletop tripod

Best webcam: Konftel Cam10

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A brilliant all-round webcam, and great for streaming

Specifications
Resolution: 1080p recording
Frame rate: 30fps at 1080p
Field of view: 90 degrees
Size: 118 x 37.2 x 30.8mm (excluding bracket)
Reasons to buy
+Privacy cover & tripod bush+4x digital zoom+Dual mic
Reasons to avoid
-USB-A cable only-High price 

Konftel is probably best known for making some of the best conference room webcams, but the Cam10 is designed for more personal use - offering a well-built, if high price webcam for the home worker. Resolution and frame rate are a basic 1080P at 30fps but there is still a lot to recommend. We liked the fact that you get a built-in privacy cover, and a connector to allow you to mount this on a tripod. But one of the best features is undoubtedly the 4x digital zoom, so you can go in close when you want people to see the white's of your eyes - or not to see what is going on behind you.

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7. Logitech C922 Pro

A brilliant all-round webcam, and great for streaming

Specifications
Resolution: 1080p recording, 720p live streaming
Frame rate: 30fps at 1080p, 60fps at 720p
Field of view: 78 degrees
Size: 44 x 95 x 71mm
Reasons to buy
+Can fit to monitor or tripod+Optional background removal+Stereo microphones
Reasons to avoid
-No external mic support

The Logitech C922 is our favorite camera for streaming and the perfect choice if you also fancy broadcasting live to YouTube, or sharing your gaming exploits via Twitch. The camera simply clips onto the top of your computer screen, or it can be attached to a tripod if you want to get more creative with your angles and framing. You can shoot and stream live in Full HD (1080p) resolution at 30 frames per second, plus there's also a ‘hyperfast’ mode for streaming 720p footage at 60fps. Twin microphones provide great quality stereo audio, and the camera comes with an 18.5cm-tall tabletop tripod.

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8. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

The best budget webcam for home working

Specifications
Resolution: 720p
Frame rate: 30fps
Field of view: 60 degrees
Size: 44 x 39 x 109mm
Weight: 90.7g
Reasons to buy
+Low price+Simple plug-and-play functionality+High-definition streaming
Reasons to avoid
-No 1080p -Out of stock in many places

A fantastic cheap webcam for those on a strict budget, the HD-3000 proves you don't need to spend a fortune to get a decent upgrade over most built-in laptop cameras. Resolution is restricted to 720p HD resolution at 30 frames per second, but that’s still high definition and few friends, family members or work colleagues will notice you're not broadcasting in 1080p or higher. The camera provides face tracking and low-light adjustment, it has a built-in microphone, and it easily attaches to your computer screen. There's also a manual focus option to help you guard against any ugly autofocus hunting moments should reach for something out of shot.

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9. Logitech StreamCam

A great webcam for broadcasting to YouTube or social media

Specifications
Resolution: 1080p
Frame rate: 60fps
Field of view: 78 degrees
Size: 85 x 58 x 48mm
Weight: 222g
Reasons to buy
+Versatile mounting/orientation+Great video and audio quality+Modern USB-C connection
Reasons to avoid
-Pricier than most

If you fancy setting up a YouTube channel or doing some vlogging from home, Logitech's StreamCam is for you. This webcam is capable of live streaming 1080p Full HD footage at a super-smooth 60fps, while automatic face tracking keeps autofocus reliably locked on to you and nothing else. The same AI trickery also keeps exposure metering in check, ensuring you're always lit to look at your best. What's more, the camera's docking holder also lets you easily rotate the camera into portrait orientation to perfectly suit the 9:16 aspect ratio for Instagram Stories. The StreamCam doesn't let audio take a back seat, either, as dual front-facing microphones ensure you sound crystal clear.

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10. Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro

Best webcam for quality with noise cancelling

Specifications
Resolution: 4K Ultra HD, 1080p or 720p
Frame rate: Up to 30fps at 4K, 60fps at 1080p, 90fps at 720p
Field of view: 90 degrees
Size: 63 x 36 x 19mm
Weight: 44g
Reasons to buy
+Ultra HD video quality with HDR+Up to 90 frames per second
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Could be overkill for some users

The Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro is one the highest-quality webcams around. This camera can record in Ultra HD 4K resolution. The lens has different angles of view - 65, 78 and 90 degrees - ensuring everything stays in frame, and can be tweaked to suit your office layout. This webcam can stream in 1080p Full HD at 60 frames per second, and it offers 5x digital zoom that crops a 4K image to 1080p with minimal image quality degradation. There is also a 90fps option at 720p resolution if you want super-smooth video, and the camera can record HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for improved contrast. Two omni-directional microphones and a PC monitor clip complete this brilliant webcam package.

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Cheap ultra-wide 1080p webcam

Specifications
Resolution: 1080p
Frame rate: 30fps
Field of view: 90 degrees
Size: 135 x 80 x 65mm
Weight: 240g
Reasons to buy
+Low price+Plug-and-play functionality+Wider view than most

This newly-introduced budget webcam is an interesting option for those that want to show a wider angle view with your Zoom meetings. The 90° wide-angle lens has a fixed focus that keeps everything up to 5m in sharp relief, with your video being transmitted at 1080p HD at 30 frames per second. The plug-and-play device is as comfortable with Macbooks as with Windows laptops, and features two microphones. The hinge-type attachment is reasonably sturdy, but if you want a more interesting camera angle the eMeet has a handy tripod attachment. 

What to consider when buying a webcam

Below we've listed out some of the key factors to think about when selecting the best webcam:

Resolution. While a resolution of 720p is basic high definition, if your laptop is a cheaper or older model you may well be surprised at the jump in quality. In any case, 720p is Standard HD, while 1080p is Full HD, and beyond that you're getting into 4K territory (see Best 4K webcams). While it might seem like a no-brainer that more resolution is better, in practice, you may find that your internet connection struggles to broadcast a 4K or even Full HD image without stuttering. Ideally, a webcam with multiple resolution options is the best buy.

Audio is probably even more important than video when it comes to conferencing. If you find you are tinny and difficult to understand when talking into your laptop, it's worth knowing that most webcams have a better microphone to help improve sound recording. Some will even offer stereo, allowing your voice to come through nice and clearly, with background noise filtered out. 

• Do check compatibility with your laptop - as not all have the same connection sockets. And if you are an Apple user, do check our guide to the best Mac webcams.

• Controlling your background, as well as how your head is framed, is key to setting a good impression at home. This means that being able to angle/position the camera is really useful, as is the option to zoom in and out.

• Look out for extra features too... our top choice on this list offers built-in ring-lighting, to help you look at your best on screen even in a dingy room.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.