If you're looking for an external webcam to enhance your streaming, chatting, or conference call, we have the solution. Whether you want the best webcam that money can buy or prefer a low-cost option, we've rounded up some of the best webcams you can find for your Mac.

4K recording

Logitech BRIO

The Logitech BRIO is a plug-and-play external webcam that films in 4K, meaning you're going to look as crisp as possible while you're using it. It can display two different viewing angles — 65 or 78 degrees — so you can include as much or as little of your surroundings as you want. The BRIO also comes with Logitech's RightLight 3 with HDR technology, which means the color balance and color correction on the webcam is the best out of any Logitech webcam around.

$174 at Amazon

Optical zoom

Tandberg PrecisionHD

While the Tanberg PrecisionHD only films in 720p, it does so at 30FPS, giving you smooth-looking video at all times. It needs no drivers to work, so it's truly plug-and-play. The Tandberg really shines when it comes to the internal optics – the light correction is almost unparalleled, and it even has an optical zoom, meaning resolution is maintained no matter how close you get.

$199 at Amazon

Highest rated

Logitech C920

The $50 Logitech C920 is a wildly popular webcam for a good reason. It records video in 1080p at 30FPS and is certified for Skype HD, meaning you know all your Skype calls are going to have you looking immaculate. It has a pretty wide 78-degree viewing angle and has a fantastic microphone with noise cancellation, meaning the next time you are chatting with your friends they won't hear any of that awful background buzz.

$50 at Amazon

1080p on a budget

Logitech C615

The Logitech C615 is a compact webcam that gives you great bang for your buck. Recording in 1080p, this little webcam has a 360-degree swivel mount, making it easy to find the perfect spot that works best for your desktop set up. With a built-in microphone and easy access to all of Logitech's supportive software, the C615 is easy on the bank account and doesn't leave you wanting more. If recording in 1080p is important to you, but you don't want to spend a lot of money, the C615 has got you covered.

$32 at Amazon

Lowest price

Logitech C270

Best for people who don't need anything fancy, the Logitech C270 has a built-in stereo microphone that features noise cancellation to help deal with background noise, ensuring you always sound as clear as possible. It still records in HD, although it is only 720p.

$22 at Amazon

The Logitech C920 is the best for most people in my opinion, and the user reviews seem to agree with me. Its 78-degree angle means you can fit more than one person into the frame, and it records at 1080p resolution, which is as high as most people need.

All external webcams offer some great benefits over the built-in webcams that come with your Mac. They are more versatile in terms of placement, and depending on which one you get, do a much better job of exposing its video, so you don't end up as some dark blob.

Update September 2018: Swapped out the Logitech C310 for the Logitech C270 as our budget pick.

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