The best 4K webcam in 2024

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Best overall: Brio Stream
2. Best autotracking: Obsbot Tiny 2
3. Best for quality: Dell UltraSharp
4. Best for vertical: Insta360 Link
5. Best budget: Depstech 4K
6. Best for meetings: Panacast 20
7. Best compact: Obsbot Meet 4K
8. Best audio: Poly Studio P15
9. Big rooms: Logitech Rally
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The best 4K webcams are no longer hugely expensive. But what's the best pick for your money? Here, we reveal the best webcams that offer 4K quality, highlighting their key features and capabilities, and explaining which one's likely to suit you best.

We haven't been able to review every product on this page, but we have fully tested all our top recommendations. Other products we have included make the cut because they are from a family of webcams we are familiar with, such as the budget Depstech 4K webcam, or offer unique features that may be important to some people (such as the audio on the Poly Studio P15 Personal Video Bar). 

Regardless of what you’re looking for, one of our top picks is sure to meet your video, streaming, or conferencing needs. Be aware, though, you'll be limited by the service you're using. Many video call services don't support 4K yet, including Zoom. However, that's only really a matter of time, as services like Lifesize already support 4K. 

Our top picks

The best 4K webcams in 2024

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Best 4K webcam overall

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The best 4K webcam overall for most people

Specifications

Size: 102 x 27 x 27mm (mounting clip: 63 x 36 x 19mm)
Weight: 63g (44g mounting clip)
Field of view: 65/78/90 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Superb HDR image
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Multiple field-of-view settings
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Compatible with Windows Hello

Reasons to avoid

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Fewer frame rate options

We'll keep it simple for you: the Logitech Brio Stream is the best 4K webcam on the market today for most people. Because while the 4K resolution is the show-stealer, the reason it gets our top spot is its superb HDR footage. By balancing out the shadows and the highlights, this camera can handle all sorts of tricky lighting situations. So if your video calls are continually disturbed by light from a nearby window, this webcam will go a long way toward rectifying the situation. 

The Brio won over our reviewer with its excellent HDR, smooth frame rate, ease-of-use and good audio quality. You've also got options for three field-of-view settings - 90, 78, or 65 degrees - which allows you to experiment with your framing, so you can show more or less of the room behind you. Add to that dual omnidirectional microphones for improving audio quality, and you have a highly capable, do-it-all 4K webcam.

This isn't the cheapest webcam on our list. And some other Logitech webcams do have more frame-rate options (this one doesn't have the 90fps options at 1080p, which you get on the standard Logitech Brio). But as long as those aren't deal-breakers, this seriously capable 4K webcam will suit practically any user. For more details, see our full Logitech Brio Stream review.

Best autotracking 4K webcam

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The best auto-tracking 4K webcam

Specifications

Size: 62.02mm x 47mm x 44mm
Weight: 96g
Field of view: 85 degrees

Reasons to buy

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AI tracking
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Great in low light
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Variety of control options

Reasons to avoid

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Not a cheap choice 
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Bigger than a standard webcam

Obsbot has established itself as the experts in smart tracking - webcams that follow the person speaking round the room. The Tiny 2 is a third-generation product,  and the best yet, with a larger 1/1.5-inch dual-ISO imaging sensor capable of snappy focusing as well as all the AI tricks well-established. The key advantage over a standard webcam is the motorized pan-tilt head, and a digital zoom, that can crop in to ensure your face fills the frame - even if you move.

When our reviewer put this to the test, it worked very well in practice. The image was crisp, but not aggressively so. The responsiveness of the focus was noticeably better than the camera's predecessor, and the AI tracking, when engaged, seemed to have little problem following him from being sat right in front of the device to the counter behind. Thanks to the larger sensor, if you're exclusively using horizontal format video, it outperforms the Insta360 Link (number 4 on our list). It also boasts features like hand tracking and Obsbot can also sell a dedicated remote control.

The neatly organized but extensive app offers a lot of functionality, including beauty modes and blurred backgrounds if you're so inclined, though it's possible to use the dynamic gesture controls to handle most operations. Check our full Obsbot Tiny 2 review.

Best 4K webcam for quality

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The best 4K webcam for picture quality

Specifications

Size: 42 x 90 mm
Weight: 400g
Field of view: 65/78/90 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Superior picture quality
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AI autoframing

Reasons to avoid

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No mic
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Fewer features on Mac

Looking for the ultimate in image quality? Then the Dell UltraSharp HDR 4K Webcam is tough to beat. Equipped with a large 4K Sony Starvis CMOS sensor, it's capable of drinking in more light than an average webcam, making for a better-quality picture. And, like our number one choice above, it has HDR capabilities, making for a balanced image even in challenging light conditions, aided by internal software.

Our reviewer was seriously impressed, writing: "Thanks to the large sensor and high resolution, video quality is absolutely superb. It produces a picture that is among the best of any webcam we have ever used and, when viewed from the other end of a video call, isn’t too far behind that of a DSLR hooked up to a PC."

There's also AI-powered auto framing, a clever feature that automatically keeps you at the centre of the screen. Once again you have the choice between a 65, 78, or 90-degree field of view. And the Dell UltraSharp HDR 4K Webcam also lets you delve into settings to fiddle with brightness, sharpness, contrast, saturation, and more. This is also where you can control digital zoom or make adjustments to the autofocus. 

The main reason it's not our number one is the lack of built-in microphone. Dell clearly thinks anyone who spends this kind of money on a 4K webcam will probably want to sort out an external one; if that's you, then check out our guide to the best microphone for vlogging. For more details, see our full Dell UltraSharp review.

Best for vertical video

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The best 4K webcam if you need a vertical format option

Specifications

Size: 178 x 108 x 64mm
Weight: 106g
Field of view: 79.5 degrees

Reasons to buy

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AI tracking
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Great in low light
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Noise-cancelling mics

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive 

The Insta360 Link webcam is expensive, and it enjoyed a few months as the Rolls Royce option here. Its gimbal design and AI tracking tech mean the lens rotates to follow you wherever you go, with automatic zooming and framing, but that's something the Obsbot Tiny 2 can match – and it has a bigger image sensor too.

The 1/2-inch image sensor isn't bad, though, and where this does stay ahead is for social media streamers wanting to work in the vertical format, since the camera itself can be rotated. You can control the camera with three simple hand gestures: one to enable AI tracking, one to zoom in/out, and one to enable Whiteboard Mode. 

In use, our reviewer found this webcam close to flawless. Video quality from the large, half-inch sensor was excellent on both sides of video calls. The way it moved to keep everyone in frame worked brilliantly, while autofocus was quick and pin-sharp. 

You get two noise-canceling mics. And the desktop software allows you to manually adjust brightness, exposure, gimbal position, and more. For many people, these pro-level features will merely be overkill, but if they prove useful to you, the Insta360 Link webcam may well be worth its premium price. For more details, see our full Insta360 Link review.

Best budget 4K webcam

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5. Depstech 4K webcam

Best budget 4K webcam

Specifications

Size: 16 x 9.1 x 8.1 cm
Weight: 175g
Field of view: 80 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Dual mics
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Noise cancelling tech
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Strong picture quality

Reasons to avoid

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Unnecessary for quiet homes

The Depstech 4K webcam, which comes with noise-canceling dual mics, will pick up your voice and filter out background noise automatically. Its picture quality is pretty darned good, too, thanks to an 8MP Sony CMOS sensor and intelligent autofocus, making this webcam a great choice for streaming. It comes with a tripod and a flexible clip supporting 360 degrees of horizontal adjustment. Alternatively, if you'd prefer a cheaper model, and don't mind a small drop in video resolution, see our full review of the similar Depstech 2K QHD webcam.

Best 4K webcam for meeting rooms

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The best 4K webcam for meeting rooms

Specifications

Size: 78 x 43 x 25mm
Weight: 136g
Field of view: 90 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Premium build quality
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Zooms automatically  
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Three-mic array

Reasons to avoid

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Pointless for personal use

Want a full view of a room, such as when you’re streaming a physical meeting around a conference table? Then the Jabra Panacast 20 is our recommendation. 

Its AI-powered zooming and panning means it automatically includes everyone on the call, without the physical camera needing to move and distracting you. Plus, while most videoconferencing services don't yet support 4K, the high resolution on offer here means the camera can zoom in on someone (lossless up to 6x) and still produce a Full HD image.

Our reviewer also noted how the camera also uses AI to cleverly adjust the lighting in dim and dark rooms. Many webcams adjust their exposure to tackle particularly dark or bright rooms, but where they tend to be heavy-handed in their actions, while in our tests the Panacast 20 produced video that was nicely balanced without feeling artificial. 

A triple-mic array means you get impressive sound quality, too. And overall this 4K webcam delivers some of the best video call quality we’ve ever seen. While this is an expensive purchase, the build quality is excellent, and you get USB-C connectivity too. For more details, see our Jabra Panacast 20 webcam review.

Best compact 4K webcam

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Specifications

Size: 56 x 44 x 32mm (2.2 x 1.7 x 1.3 in)
Weight: 72g (2.54oz) alone / 133g (4.7oz) with mount
Field of view: 86 degrees

Reasons to buy

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4K video to stream and record
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Obsbot Webcam app offers extensive control
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AI subject tracking without moving parts
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Portable and flexible mount
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Monitor/laptop rest flexible.

Reasons to avoid

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‘Virtual Background’ struggles with untidy hair
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Occasionally slow to react to settings changes

The world has more than its share of dubious quality webcams built into computers, some very small, so there will always be a need for alternatives. The Obsbot Meet 4K is a really rational and balanced choice. Unlike the Obsbot Tiny 2, it does not have a motorized pan-tilt head, so not so well suited to those who prowl around while talking. Even so, it offers a good quality AI-controlled camera and the option of 4K.

Content creators will struggle to find a better device for streaming, especially at this price. The settings afford the ability to work with different kinds of lighting, including pretty gloomy rooms. Our test was created using the ‘Record’ function of OBS – a popular streaming platform – and the fact Obsbot’s control software cause no issues is not to be sniffed at.

The microphone was a little quiet, but most apps allow this to be adjusted or streamers may well be using another anyway. Our only real issue was the slight sluggishness of some settings adjustments, but these are rarely an issue in day-to-day use. It’s also a shame it doesn’t include a nice case like its sibling, but it is a good bit cheaper. That said with no exposed moving parts it can travel safely, and we’d definitely want it in our kit bag. For more details, see our full Obsbot Meet 4K webcam review.

Best 4K webcam for audio

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8. Poly Studio P15 Personal Video Bar

The best 4K webcam for audio

Specifications

Size: 425 x 65 x 78mm
Weight: 770g
Field of view: 90 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Excellent speakers
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Three mics
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USB ports

Reasons to avoid

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Very large

The first thing you notice about the Poly Studio P15 is that it's huge, measuring 425 x 65 x 78mm. But what you get in return are three beamforming mics that provide great audio for the people listening to you, as well as large speakers that provide great sound performance at your end too. 

The picture is great, too, with a high-performance image sensor offering a consistent, low noise image across the entire field of view. We also like the inclusion of USB ports, which you can use to charge other devices. Other benefits include a privacy shutter, and a 90 degree field of view. 

A good choice for streaming large groups and rooms, this webcam may be bulkier than the average, but it offers the kind of features and capabilities normally only found in more extensive web conferencing setups. This includes automatic camera framing to ensure you’re never out of shot.

Because of its size and weight, this is not the best 4K webcam for anyone who's on the move a lot, or who has a small laptop. And for most people, it's going to be overkill. But if you're working with big teams in an office environment, and sound quality is important to you, it has a lot to offer.

Best 4K webcam for big rooms

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9. Logitech Rally

The best 4K webcam for big meetings

Specifications

Size: 182.5 x 152 x 152mm
Weight: 766g
Field of view: 60 degrees (vertical)

Reasons to buy

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Auto-frames participants
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Optimises light balance

Reasons to avoid

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Unsuitable for personal use
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Very expensive

If you want to stream a room with more than eight people – a classroom for example – let us point you toward the Logitech Rally. This is a PTZ camera with proprietary RightSight technology automatically moves and adjusts the lens to frame meeting participants in rooms of all shapes and sizes. 

In terms of image quality, it’s at the top end of Logitech webcams and optimizes light balance to emphasize faces and render natural-looking skin tones, even in dim or backlit conditions. This webcam can be positioned on a table, mounted on a tripod, or secured to a wall with the included hardware. 

FAQs

What is a 4K webcam?

A webcam is a video camera that you connect to your computer to capture and transmit video. A 4K webcam does so at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is commonly referred to as 4K resolution. This means it provides clearer and more detailed video compared to lower resolution webcams. This makes it a useful tool for video conferencing, streaming, and content creation.

Is it worth getting a 4K webcam?

If you have a good internet connection, it is possible to conduct 4K video calls, but 4K cameras have two other uses. A higher resolution opens up the possibility of cropping into the subject digitally without a loss of detail (possibly automatically, using artificial intelligence or AI) so your face fills the screen. The other use is for live streaming/broadcasting, on platforms such as YouTube thaat already support 4K.

How much better is 4K than 720P?

A typical webcam on a webcam captures video at 720P, which produces images that measure 1280x720 pixels (so less than one megapixel). A 4K webcam captures video at 3840 x 2160 pixels (or just over 8 megapixels). So from a resolution point of view, a 4K webcam is over 8x better. Other video resolutions offered by webcams are shown in the following table:

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NamePixel dimensionsOther names
4K3,840 x 2,160Ultra HD, UHD
2K2,560 x 1,440-
1080P1,920 x 1,080Full HD
720P1,080 x 720Standard HD

How to choose a 4K webcam

To choose the right 4K webcam for you, there are several key factors to consider. Firstly, check the frame rate, as higher frame rates contribute to smoother video playback. Look for webcams that offer at least 30 frames per second (fps) at 4K resolution for a seamless and lifelike video experience.

Also check how compatible the webcam is with your computer system and applications. That includes checking the USB connection type; because while USB 3.0 is preferable for faster data transfer, some webcams may work with USB 2.0. Further to that, it's worth thinking whether you'd like additional features such as autofocus, low-light performance, and field of view. Autofocus ensures that your image remains sharp, even if you move. A webcam with good low-light performance is crucial for clear video in dim conditions.

How we test 4K webcams

We test cameras in the most appropriate context – if a product skews toward conferencing, we'll arrange a call over a good connection. If it skews toward streaming, will spend more time on that. One thing is for sure though, we'll make sure we look closely at the picture options in both natural and artificial light, to get a sense of the quality on offer. We will also check the sound quality to see if you'll want to use the microphone!

Many of our reviews include sample recordings, which we will either make using the software supplied or – if the camera is sold with streaming in mind – using a tool like OBS.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 


Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 


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