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The best webcam for working from home in 2022

Best webcam for working from home
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The best webcams for working from home really do make video calls easier, more relaxed and more enjoyable. Whether you're on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype, you'll have a higher quality picture to show to other callers, making you look more professional, and you'll sound clearer too.

To get the highest possible image quality, you'll need one of the best 4K webcams. 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. 

And that's not all! 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 reado our section on what to consider when buying a webcam. Otherwise, keep scrolling to discover the best webcams for home working right now.

The best webcams for home working 2022

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The best webcam for home working overall

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Frame rate: 60fps at 1080p
Field of view: 80 to 103 degrees
Size: 68.7 x 68.7 x 48.5mm
Weight: 196g

Reasons to buy

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Full HD at 60fps
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HDR at 60fps
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Excellent field of view

Reasons to avoid

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No external audio support

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.

See also: Best Mac webcams

Best webcams: Logitech C310 HD Webcam

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2. Logitech C310 HD Webcam

The best cheap webcam

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

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Great value
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In-built mic
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Noise-suppression 

Reasons to avoid

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Only 720p

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. 

See also Best Logitech webcams.

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The best 2K webcam

Specifications

Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Frame rate: 30fps
Field of view: 90 degrees
Size: 150 x 80 x 40mm
Weight: 80g

Reasons to buy

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2K resolution
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Dual microphone
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Horizontal rotation

Reasons to avoid

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No privacy cover

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 and otoscopes – 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. For more info, read our full Depstech 2K QHD webcam review

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The best 4K webcam

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

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Ultra HD video 
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HDR
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Up to 90 frames per second

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill for some users

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

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Quality HD webcam with great digital zoom

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

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Privacy cover & tripod bush
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4x digital zoom
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Dual mic

Reasons to avoid

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USB-A cable only
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High price 

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

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6. Logitech StreamCam

A good choice for streaming

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Frame rate: 60fps
Field of view: 78 degrees
Size: 85 x 58 x 48mm
Weight: 222g

Reasons to buy

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Versatile mounting/orientation
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Great video and audio quality
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Modern USB-C connection

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than most

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.

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The best cheap HD webcam

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Frame rate: 30fps
Field of view: 90 degrees
Size: 135 x 80 x 65mm
Weight: 240g

Reasons to buy

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Low price
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Plug-and-play functionality
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Wider view than most

Reasons to avoid

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No privacy cover

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.

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Built-in light brings your face out of the shadows

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Frame rate: 30fps
Field of view: 80 degrees
Size: 71.9 x 62 x 46mm
Weight: 240g

Reasons to buy

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Built-in ringlight 
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Plug-and-play functionality
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Privacy screen provided in box

Reasons to avoid

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View not as wide as some

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 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.

• 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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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.