Best Webcams iMore 2020
Webcams built into your laptop don't have the best quality video. Plus, they are susceptible to malware that can tap into the camera, turn it on, and use it to record you and your surroundings without your knowledge. However, plug-n-play devices can be unplugged when not in use, or secured with a built-in lens shutter to give you more privacy and protection from potential hackers. Plus, they are designed to record sharp video and capture clear audio for use in live streaming, webinars, and face timing. The best is the Logitech BRIO because it is designed to support both live streaming and recording, works with multiple operating systems and is compatible with video conferencing software.
- Best Overall: Logitech BRIO
- Business Webcam: Logitech C925e Business Webcam
- Live Stream Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream
- Portable Webcam: Logitech C615 HD Webcam
- Budget Buy: WEICHA Webcam w/ Microphone
Best Overall: Logitech BRIO
The Logitech BRIO webcam has the best video quality for both live streaming and recording, making it the best webcam currently available. It's versatile and compatible to use with popular personal and business face time apps, like Google Hangouts and Skype for Business. It also works with webinars and live-stream programs like Zoom Meeting. It is effortless to use, too, with a plug and play design that doesn't require a lot of setting adjustments before you start using it.
This Logitech webcam is compatible with Window's facial recognition security program, Hello. Also, it comes with an external privacy shutter that covers the lens to ensure your privacy further when not in use. The webcam also includes a universal clip that lets you mount it to any monitor, laptop, LCD, or tripod. However, it doesn't have a lot of tilt, so setting it on a tall monitor may not be the best since its angle may distort the way you or your presentation look. Also, this is the only Logitech webcam that doesn't compress videos.
- 4K video recording and streaming
- Plug and play
- Compatible with Windows Hello
- Privacy lens shutter
- Limited tilt
- Doesn't support H.264 compressed format
The go-to pick
This plug and play webcam streams and records in 4K, making it good for face timing, live streaming events, holding webinars.
Business Webcam: Logitech C925e Business Webcam
The Logitech C925e Business Webcam connects to most computer monitors, TVs, or sits steadily on a tabletop during video conferences. Its lens captures 78-degrees widescreen shots without having to tilt, pan, or move the camera. The 1080 HD resolution video comes in clear with autofocus and light correction capabilities. Its omnidirectional microphones pick up everyone in the meeting. This Logitech business webcam is certified to work with both Skype and Microsoft's older program, Lync. It also works well with Jabber, WebEx, and several other webinars and video conferencing programs. Logitech is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.
Unlike most other Logitech webcams, the C925e doesn't come with any software. Most users report not needing it because this webcam is so easy to plug in and use. However, for those that do require a program to use this camera fully, Logitech has compatible software available to download from its website.
- Lync and Skype certified
- Omnidirectional microphone
- Widescreen video
- Universal clip
- Software not included
For all your meetings
This business webcam has a 78-degree angle lens and a built-in omnidirectional microphone.
Live Stream Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream
The Logitech C922x Pro Stream webcam records in 1080p and 30 FPS. It's the best resolution for live streaming gaming tutorials, webinars, corporate events, or face-timing. It features automatic light correction, so even in darkened areas, you can still stand out to your audience. There are two microphones built into this camera with filters to block out background noise and reduce popping while you talk.
This live stream webcam has background replacement technology, so you look like your streaming from exciting places or in the middle of the action instead of your bedroom. Plus, it works without using a green screen. However, the background technology is only compatible with Windows operating systems and requires you to purchase and download a third-party app. Despite this drawback, the features and performance of the Logitech C922x Pro Stream make it one of the best webcams for live streaming.
- Microphone filters
- Automatic light correction
- Video streaming for YouTube and Twitch
- Background technology only works with Windows
- Some feature work only with third-party apps installed
Live Stream Webcam
Catch it all live
This webcam is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems and gaming consoles. It's designed for live streaming.
Portable Webcam: Logitech C615 HD Webcam
The Logitech C615 high definition webcam is an older model, but it is still a good choice for face-timing family, friends, and co-workers. It is compatible with both Mac devices and Windows machines and works well with popular video conferencing software like Zoom, Webex, Google Meets, and BlueJeans. It's folding, and compact design makes it an excellent choice for packing around with you and connecting it when needed.
This webcam has a wide lens that records in 1080p and has both autozoom and autofocus, making it really user-friendly. There is also a built-in microphone with some noise-reducing features and speakers to compensate for the lesser quality often found on a computer and mobile devices. You do need to install and sync this camera with the included Logitech webcam software, so it isn't completely plug-n-play, but it is pretty close.
- Compact design
- Compatible with both Mac and Windows
- Works with video conferencing programs
- Older model
- Requires software to work
The Logitech C615 portable webcam records in high definition and has a noise-reducing microphone. It folds close when not in use.
Budget Buy: WEICHA Webcam w/ Microphone
This budge webcam records in 1080p high resolution. It also supports 720p recording and uses five million pixels to create true-color images. Its autofocus feature will capture clear video with you having to push buttons or turn dials, and the six-layer lens reduces distortion of the picture. The built-in microphone blocks out background noise and brings you voice front and center.
This camera will get the job done during video conferencing and works with programs like Zoom, Hangouts, Webex, and Jabber. Because it is a budget-friendly option, the WEICHA webcam won't last as long and higher-quality brands. And while it is designed to mount on tripods and computers, some users have found the process of setting this camera up at the correct angle a bit frustrating.
- HD video recording
- Works with video conferencing programs
- Not covered by an extended warranty
- Tricky to mount
Chatting and recording on a budget
This WEICHA webcam records in HD, has autofocus and built-in microphone. It works with video recording and conferencing software.
Logitech is king when it comes to webcams. The BRIO is the best available because of its ability to both live stream and record in 4K - the highest picture resolution available - compatibility with Windows Hello and easy to plug in and use. It mounts easily to any LCD, monitor, or laptop and can be attached to a tripod. The Logitech BRIO also doesn't cost too much considering all its features and it comes with a three-year warranty. All of these features make BRIO the best option for live streaming, webinars, and recording video for platforms like YouTube and Twitch while also doubling as a handy tool for basic face-timing.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Nicole Johnston is a staff writer for multiple Future Labs brands, including iMore. She has a keen eye for pinpointing good solutions that comes from over 13 years of research and writing experience in both the public and private sector, including seven years testing and reviewing consumer products.
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