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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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