You can always tell who's using the best webcams on a video call! Whether you're on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype, you'll have a higher quality picture to show to other callers. You'll look more professional and sound better too.
To get the highest possible image quality, you'll need one of the best 4K webcams (opens in new tab). But that's not strictly necessary: any of the webcams on our list will almost certainly have better resolution than the one built into your laptop.
Of course, some computers don't come with webcams at all, and one of the best budget webcams might be all you need. For meeting room use, take a look at our guide to the best conference room webcams. And if you're a Mac user you probably have a built-in webcam already, but it's still worth checking out our guide to the best Mac webcams.
The thing is, an external webcam also gives you more opportunity to position your camera in a way that shows you and your home office in the best light. If you're being interviewed, giving a presentation or hosting an online talk or video podcast, that's an obvious must.
Beyond that, you may be looking for webcams with specific features, such as a built-in microphone or built-in light. If you're not sure what you need, first read our section on what to consider when buying a webcam (opens in new tab). Otherwise, keep scrolling to discover the best webcams for home working right now.
The best webcams in 2023
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The Razer Kiyo Pro is our pick as the best webcam for home working overall. It offers Full HD at 60 frames per second, which means the video quality this webcam will provide is simply fantastic. If you're willing to turn down the frame rate to a still-high 30fps, you can also get HDR. The field-of-view ranges from 80 to 103 degrees, and you also get autofocus.
All in all, this is a premium camera that will help home workers look their best in meetings, conferences, interviews and more. However, you will pay for the privilege, and so if you're looking for value, you may prefer the more affordable webcams on our list below. For more info, read our full Razer Kiyo Pro review.
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Short on cash? The Logitech HD C310 is nice and affordable, but will still be more than good enough for most home-working purposes. It's a beautifully simple webcam to set up, even if you've never used an external webcam before. And while it's not Full HD, it's 720p resolution still looks nicer than most in-built webcams.
The microphone is great, too, 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, this is a cost-effective choice for anyone looking for the best webcam.
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If you're seeking a very high resolution picture from your webcam, this quality webcam offers 2K at an affordable price. That's broadly twice the resolution of HD, with a 2560 x 1440 output using a 4MP 1/3in CMOS sensor.
You may not have heard of Depstech, but they are a well-known manufacturer of optical devices such as borescopes (opens in new tab) and otoscopes (opens in new tab) – as well as an increasing range of webcams. What we love about this model is 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 (opens in new tab). For more info, read our full Depstech 2K QHD webcam review.(opens in new tab)
Want the ultimate in picture quality from your webcam? The Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro can record in Ultra HD 4K resolution, and stream in 1080p Full HD at 60 frames per second. 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. And with 5x digital zoom, you can crop a 4K image to 1080p with minimal image quality degradation.
There's also a 90fps option at 720p resolution if you want the ultimate 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.
All that might be overkill for many users, but if you're looking for the highest quality picture and audio quality, this is what you need. Be warned, though, you will need a very reliable internet connection to stream in 4K, otherwise this webcam will be kind of pointless. For more info, read our full Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro review.
Konftel makes 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. You'll get a 1080p (Full HD) picture at 30fps, as well as a built-in privacy cover, and a connector to allow you to mount this on a tripod. But probably the best feature is the 4x digital zoom. That way, you can go in close when you want people to see the whites of your eyes (or not to see what is going on behind you). For more info, read our full Konftel Cam10 review.(opens in new tab)
No-one actually needs to spend $300 on a webcam. But as video calls and meetings continue to be a part of our lives in a way they weren’t pre-Covid, we’re pleased to see Jabra up the ante. Throughout the pandemic we all managed with the grainy quality and lackluster audio of our laptop’s own webcam, or the $25 camera we bought when no other was available. So does it make sense to splash out on an expensive, premium, high-quality webcam?
We really like the hardware, from the metal body to the integrated lens cover, while the video and audio quality are both excellent. A smart stand, USB-C connectivity and included hard-sided case all go some way to justify the price. Ultimately, this is a top-tier webcam, aimed at those who demand the very best and will pay a hefty premium for it.(opens in new tab)
If you're interested streaming via YouTube, Twitch, Instagram or FaceBook Live, 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 keeps exposure metering in check, ensuring you're always lit to look at your best. 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. And the StreamCam doesn't let audio take a back seat, either, with dual front-facing microphones that ensure you sound crystal clear.
The Razer Kiyo had one USP that put it up above the competition - a built-in ringlight - that has turned it into one of the most popular models around. The concept has now been widely copied, but this type of light favored by YouTubers and TikTokers, a ringlight provides an even and balanced illumination that's made to be flattering to the face. The intensity of the twelve LEDs, set in a circle, is adjustable, and the color 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 our full Razer Kiyo review (opens in new tab).(opens in new tab)
Want HD quality for a low price? This budget webcam meets both those criteria, and also provides you with a wide angle view. 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.
This plug-and-play device is as comfortable with Macbooks as with Windows laptops, and features two in-built microphones. The hinge-type attachment is reasonably sturdy, but if you want a more interesting camera angle the eMeet has a handy tripod attachment. For more info, read our full eMeet C960 webcam review.
The neat trick of the Nexigo webcam is that it has a built-in ringlight - that helps to illuminate your face as you talk over Zoom or Teams. The LED illumination is relatively subtle - and in many cases your will already be well illuminated by the room lighting or your laptop screen - but in some situations will definitely give overall image quality a boost. You do get the option of three different lighting intensities, and the abiliity to turn it off if you want to stay in the dark. This is standard 1080P model with a built-in microphone and a 30fps frame rate. In our full Nexigo N680E review (opens in new tab) we remarked that webcam produces crisp and sharp results, while also autofocusing quickly and generally accurately.
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 (opens in new tab).
• 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.
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