The best webcams in 2024 — our top picks

Let me be perfectly honest with you: I don’t exactly love looking at myself during regular video conferencing calls. If you’re anything like me and don’t savor staring at your face, the best webcams can definitely help out; be it through improving image clarity or boosting brightness in low light conditions. 

The best webcams have so many different usage case scenarios depending on your particular needs, too. Whether you want the best 4K webcam, best webcam for streaming or the best affordable webcam that won’t put too much of a dent in your bank balance, our picks of the top cams have you covered. And our current pick for best webcam overall is the Anker PowerConf C200.

Whether you’re pining for the best budget cam that’s going to come in at under $50 or want a top-tier model that will make your mug look amazing in glorious 4K resolution, our choices of the best webcams have all been thoroughly tested and won’t steer you wrong.

The quick list

The best webcams you can buy today 

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The best webcam overall

The best webcam for most people

Specifications

Resolution: 2K
Framerate: 30 fps
Field of view: 65, 78, or 95 degrees
Microphones: 2

Reasons to buy

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Compact, boxy design
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Integrated privacy shutter
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Adjustable field of view
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Excellent low-lighting performance
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Crisp details, accurate colors
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Great price

Reasons to avoid

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No swivel feature

The best webcam under $100 is the Anker Powerconf C200. For the price, you get a 2K webcam that delivers excellent video in all sorts of lighting conditions, an adjustable field of view, and an integrated privacy shutter for those times when you don't want to be seen.

In our review, we found its 5MP camera sensor was great at accurately displaying colors, even if the overall image was a bit grainy. Its dual mics were very sensitive — it could head us from 30 feet away — but its AI noise cancellation was great at blocking out extraneous noise. Anker's software also lets you tweak the image and audio settings very easily, In all, this is a great bargain for an excellent webcam.

Read our full Anker Powerconf C200 webcam review.

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Ratings scorecard
TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualityExcellent 2K images★★★★★
Low-light qualityFantastic in low-light scenarios★★★★☆
SoftwareHorizontal flip, anti-flicker, Pick-up mode★★★★☆

The best 4K webcam

A fantastic 4K webcam

Specifications

Resolution: 4K
Framerate: 30 fps (4K) 60 fps (1080p)
Field of view: 65, 78, and 90 degrees
Microphones: Dual omni-directional

Reasons to buy

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Crystal-clear video
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Autofocus, light correction
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Adjustable field of view
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High dynamic range

Reasons to avoid

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 Expensive 

Rare is the product that gets a 5-star rating, but the Logitech Brio makes the cut. It's simply the best webcam when it comes to video quality. Its 4K camera (2160p/30 fps) produced a crystal-clear image in our tests, but more importantly, its other features — such as face-tracking, High Dynamic Range, and auto light correction — ensured that we looked our best, no matter the conditions.

Other features of this premium webcam include 5x HD zoom, three fields of view (65, 78, and 90 degrees), and the ability to add text to your image, via the Logitech Capture software. You can choose font styles, font colors, and even a background color. Of course, all this comes at a price: The Logitech Brio is $199. But for those who need the best, it's worth the price.

Read our full Logitech Brio review.

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TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualityAstonishingly clear broadcast quality★★★★★
Low-light qualityLacks Logi's auto RightLight 3 tech★★★☆☆
SoftwareThree fields of view, stero-dual omni-directional mic★★★★☆

The best webcam under $50

The best webcam under $50

Specifications

Resolution: 720p
Framerate: 30 fps
Field of view: 60 degrees
Microphone: 1

Reasons to buy

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 Affordable 
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 Solid picture quality 

Reasons to avoid

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 No tripod mounting 
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 Limited to 720p 

A popular affordable option, the Logitech C310 offers solid 720p picture quality within a simple design that should mount just fine on most monitors and laptop screens. The C310 can automatically adjust to lighting conditions to get the best possible picture, and with the included Logitech Webcam Software, you can use it to customize the frame or set the webcam up as a motion detector.

You’ll have to spring for something more expensive if you want 1080p video or tripod mounting options, but if all you need is a solid camera for everyday video calls that costs less than $50, the C310 is one of the best webcams for most people.

Read our full Logitech C310 review.

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TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualityGood enough for quick Zoom calls★★★☆☆
Value for moneyA 720p webcam for under $50? Sign me up!★★★★★
SoftwareSuper easy to setup, but limited control.★★★★☆

The best game streaming webcam

Best for game streaming

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Framerate: up to 120 fps
Field of view: 84°
Microphones: 0

Reasons to buy

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Amazing image quality
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Impressive low light performance
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DSLR-level controls (that can be saved on the camera)
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Hardware is sleek and versatile
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Great price at $149

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-C cable in the box
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Some of the AI post processing can produce weird results
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No built-in microphone

When it comes to game streaming on the likes of Twitch or YouTube, your webcam needs to have an amazing picture quality, a deep suite of customization options to get that image just right, and the versatility to fit in with any setup. Elgato's Facecam MK.2 nails all three, and does so at just $149.

That 1/ 2.5" Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor paired with Elgato's Prime Lens optics gives you a crispy picture that is full of color, and even supports HDR for a cinematic contrasty look. On top of that, the framerate is buttery smooth at 60 FPS by default (going up to 120 FPS at 720p if you want that super slow-mo).

Combine that with the 1/4-inch thread to screw onto your desk with ease, a software suite that gives you DSLR levels of control, and a built-in privacy shutter, you've got all the makings of a solid snapper atop your monitor — provided you can look past the lack of a built-in microphone, and turn off the oddities of AI post processing.

Read our full Elgato Facecam MK.2 review.

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TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualityA fantastically sharp, contrasty picture quality.★★★★★
Low-light qualitySome odd AI post-processing, but great in low light★★★★☆
SoftwareSoftware is complex, but gives you a ton of control.★★★★☆

The smartest webcam

A stellar webcam for serial video callers

Specifications

Resolution: 4K
Framerate: 60 fps
Field of view: 79.5 degrees
Microphones: 2

Reasons to buy

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Automatically tracks subject
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Whiteboard mode great for presentations
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Very innovative software
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Gimbal-mounted camera

Reasons to avoid

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HDR not available in 4K
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Can’t manually adjust field of view
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Expensive

This is the smartest, most innovative webcam we've seen in a long time. The Insta360 Link has a 3-axis, gimbal-mounted camera that can track you as you move around the room. But that's just the beginning: It has a number of AI-enhanced modes, including Whiteboard, in which it will automatically find, and then resize and center, a whiteboard in a room, so that callers on the other end have the clearest view possible. It can also zoom in to just your face, half your body, or show your entire body; you can also have it zoom in and out using hand gestures.

But all of its fancy features would mean nothing if the video was poor; fortunately, its 1/2-inch image sensor delivers some of the best image quality we've seen, day or night. Even in a dark room, it was able to show us perfectly, using nothing more than the light from our monitor. For power users, this is the webcam to get.

Read our full Insta360 Link review.

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TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualityGenerally great, but HDR not available in 4K★★★★☆
Low-light qualityDecent, though not outstanding★★★☆☆
SoftwareAI zoom, auto subject tracking, Insta360 Link Controller★★★★★

The best value webcam

The best Logitech webcam under $100 for conference calls

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Framerate: 30 fps
Field of view: 78 degrees
Microphones: 2

Reasons to buy

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 Excellent picture quality 
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 Handy companion software 
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 Sleek, versatile design 

Reasons to avoid

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No 60 fps recording 
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Field of view not adjustable

There’s a reason you’ve probably seen the Logitech C920s HD in just about any conference room — this is one of the best webcams you can buy overall. The C920s HD records sharp videos at 1080p and 30 frames per second, and has a wide 78-degree field of view that’s ideal for both solo conference calls and large meeting rooms. Its sleek black design is equally ideal for clipping to displays or attaching to tripods, and its companion software offers customizable backgrounds and avatars. And, it has a privacy shutter to physically block the camera's lens.

If you need something higher-end for gaming, the Logitech C922 Pro Stream webcam is an enhanced version of the C920s that touts 60fps video recording at 720p. But if you’re just seeking the best overall quality for video calls, the Logitech C920s Pro HD is the way to go.

Read our full Logitech C920s Pro HD review.

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TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualityVery good for a 1080p cam★★★★☆
Low-light qualityAutomatic light correction excels★★★★☆
SoftwareLogiCapture lets you adjust autofocus and auto white balance★★★★☆

The best streaming webcam

One of the best webcams for streaming

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Framerate: 60 fps
Field of view: 78 degrees
Microphone: 1

Reasons to buy

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 Excellent picture quality and framerate 
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 Attractive design 
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 Offers landscape and portrait recording 

Reasons to avoid

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No privacy shutter

If you’re a serious streamer or avid content creator, the Logitech StreamCam is one of the best webcams you can buy. This high-end webcam records at 1080p at a smooth 60 frames per second, making it ideal for Twitch streams and high-quality YouTube videos. The StreamCam has the unique ability to be mounted in both landscape or portrait modes, so you can use the latter orientation to shoot content for platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

This excellent streaming webcam offers a high-speed USB-C connection, a variety of mounting options and 3 months of XSplit Premium streaming software. Its refreshingly attractive design, which comes in white and charcoal, is also a great touch. We were highly impressed with its image quality; it's definitely worth the premium.

Read our full Logitech StreamCam review.

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TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualitySuperb 1080p/60 fps vibrant performance★★★★☆
Low-light qualityReasonable but shadows can be a problem★★★☆☆
SoftwareLogitech Capture, text overlay, scene effects★★★★☆

The best low light webcam

A great webcam not made by Logitech

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Framerate: 60 fps
Field of view: 80 degrees
Microphone: 1

Reasons to buy

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1080p HD
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Privacy shutter
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4x zoom
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Adjusts in low light

Reasons to avoid

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No adjustable FOV

For just around $100, the Poly Studio P5 presents a compelling alternative to Logitech's many webcams. We were impressed with the P5's 1080p camera, digital zoom, and ability to adjust to low-light conditions. In our tests, we thought it was on par with the Logitech C922.

The P5 only has a single microphone, so it's not as capable of isolating your voice against background noises as webcams with two or more mics — but if you're really concerned about audio quality, you should pick up one of the best microphones. Poly's software also lets you fiddle with various visual settings, too. And, its small size means it won't stick out much.

Read our full Poly Studio P5 webcam review.

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TestNotesHow it stacks up
Picture qualityGenerally good but background noise can be problematic★★★☆☆
Low-light qualityFantastic at adjusting to low-light conditions★★★★★
SoftwarePoly Lens App lets you adjust a variety of gamma, focus and exposure settings★★★★☆

The best business webcam

A quality business-centric webcam

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p
Framerate: 60 fps
Field of view: Up to 115 degrees
Microphone: 2