The best webcams you can buy in 2022

The best webcams you can buy in 2022

In the past year and a half, we’ve been spending a lot more time at home. In-person meetings and gatherings have often been replaced by virtual get-togethers, and it’s become more important than ever to have a good webcam. However, the PC market hasn’t necessarily followed. Be it the result of shrinking bezels or the simple belief that users don’t care about webcam quality, even some of the best laptops still have bad cameras. Sometimes they’re horribly placed, and sometimes they’re just not there at all. If you’re in need of a camera upgrade, we’ve rounded up some of the best webcams you can buy today.

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As usual, we’re going to cover a few different categories to help you find something that fits your needs and your budget. Whether you’re looking to get a super cheap webcam or a very high-end one, we’ve got options for you.

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Best overall: Logitech C920S

Logitech C920S Pro HD webcam

Surprising as it may seem, this webcam from many years ago is still in the spotlight today. There’s good reason for it, too. It handles live video and recordings at 1080p and 30fps, and it features dual microphones for stereo audio capture. The 78-degree field of view isn’t super wide, but if you’re usually alone on camera, it should do just fine. It has autofocus and light correction to adapt to different situations, and there’s even a built-in privacy shutter, which is always nice to have.

You can also use Logitech’s Capture app to adjust camera settings on Windows or macOS, but the camera will also work with Chrome OS. Of course, this isn’t the pinnacle of image quality, but considering its official price tag of $69.99, it’s really good. It will certainly be better than any laptop webcam you’re using right now.

    The Logitech C920S is a fantastic webcam for its price range. Offering 1080p video support, autofocus and light correction, it's great for almost any environment. It's relatively affordable, too.

Also great: Microsoft Modern Webcam

Microsoft Modern Webcam

If you want something a little more recent, Microsoft recently launched the Microsoft Modern Webcam, and this is also a great choice. It’s another 1080p camera, and it costs the same as the Logitech C920s, but it’s packing some modern features like HDR and True Look, which can help you look your best under different lighting conditions. It also has auto focus, so you should look clear at any distance from the camera.

The webcam includes a built-in privacy shutter so you can block unwanted attention, and the camera actually integrates with Microsoft Teams, so if you close the shutter, it turns your video off altogether instead of showing a black image. The opposite also happens if you uncover the camera during a Teams call, too. The camera also has a mounting system that can be used on a laptop, a desktop monitor, or a dedicated stand, you have options for how you want to set up, too.

In terms of compatibility, the Microsoft Modern Webcam will work on any Windows version from Windows 8 onward, as well as macOS 10.15 or newer. However, some features are only available on Windows.

    The Microsoft Modern Webcam is a modern 1080p camera with HDR support and certified for use with Teams.

Best 4K webcam: Dell UltraSharp Webcam

Dell UltraSharp Webcam
If quality is your top priority, you’re not going to find a better webcam than the Dell UltraSharp Webcam. For one thing, it’s a 4K webcam, which is just a very high resolution, higher than most streaming services or meeting apps will support right now, really. Still, that gets you incredible quality, and Dell is using a Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor, which means you’ll still get a very clear picture in dim environments. It supports HDR too, so detail is clear in both light and dark areas of the image.

On top of being a regular camera, the Dell UltraSharp also supports Windows Hello, so you can use it to unlock your PC hands-free. If you’re worried about privacy, it comes with a lens cover that attaches magnetically to the camera so it’s easy to place it and remove it as needed.

The Dell UltraSharp has a 90-degree field of view, which is pretty wide, but you can also change it depending on your use. It can go as low as 65°, which is perfect if you want your face to be the sole focus of the video feed. On top of that, it uses AI to keep you in the frame if you move around, making it easier for people to stay focused on you.

It also includes features like autofocus and automatic white balance so colors look good as the lighting changes. It’s hard to go wrong with this one, even if the $200 price tag is a little steep. Another great option if you want a high-end 4K camera is the Logitech Brio, which may be easier to find at a discount since it’s a slightly older model.

    The Dell UltraSharp offers the best image quality of any webcam you can get today. It supports up to 4K videos and it uses a Sony STARVIS sensor that makes it suitable for very dim environments as well as daytime. Add features like smart framing, autofocus, and auto white balance, and it's hard to ask for much more.

Best for presenters: Obsbot Tiny 4K

Obsbot Tiny 4K webcam facing forward with tracking disabled

Obsbot may not be a name everyone is familiar with, but the company has made a very impressive webcam with the Tiny 4K. This isn’t just a 4K webcam, though. What really makes it unique is how smart it is. This camera has a self-adjusting gimbal, and it can follow you around as you move. It’s not just cropping the frame to zoom in, because the camera itself can rotate and tilt up and down, so image quality is always great. Plus, tracking is very responsive and pretty fast, so you’re always in the frame. Gesture controls make it easier to turn tracking on or off, as well as zoom in on you, and if you use the Obsbot TinyCam software, you have even more options with more manual controls.

Of course, the camera itself is also pretty great. It’s a 4K sensor with very good image quality, and it supports HDR, too. The only downside is that it doesn’t support Windows Hello, which is unfortunate considering it costs $269.99. It’s also fairly large. But if you can stomach those two downsides, the Obsbot Tiny 4K is an excellent webcam for all kinds of uses, whether you’re presenting for a group of people while moving around or you’re just streaming online. We definitely recommend checking this one out.

    The Obsbot Tiny 4K is one of the very best webcams you can buy, with a high-qualtiy 4K sensor and smart AI-powered tracking with a gimbal making it easy to always stay in the frame.

Best webcam with a ring light: Razer Kiyo

Razer Kiyo

If you’re used to hosting live streams in dark rooms, it can be difficult to have a camera that captures you well in the dark. The Razer Kiyo addresses that issues by building a ring light around the camera, so your face is always well lit. That light intensity can be easily adjusted by rotating the dial on the camera, so you can customize it to fit your setup and stay comfortable. As for the design, the Razer Kiyo is foldable so you can more easily store it and take it with you on the road.

The camera can record at up to 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps. The lower resolution and higher framerate are ideal if you’re streaming games, with the game taking up most of the screen. You can customize various image settings with Razer Synapse, and using the app is definitely recommended. You can switch between auto and manual focus, color balance, and more. It also allows you to get firmware updates, which Razer has released to improve the image quality and add more options.

    The Razer Kiyo is a capable streaming camera with a built-in ring light that makes it ideal if you like streaming in dark rooms or at night. You can tweak various settings using Razer Synapse so you always look your best.

Best USB Type-C webcam: Logitech StreamCam

Logitech StreamCam

As USB Type-C becomes more widely adopted, some laptops are starting to ship without USB Type-A ports, as is the case of the Dell XPS 13 or Apple’s MacBooks, which only have Thunderbolt. If you want a webcam you can use without adapters, the Logitech StreamCam is a solid option.

Actually, it’s just a great camera overall — it supports 1080p video at 60fps, which is great. It’s not 4K, but most meeting software or streaming apps don’t support that resolution anyway. It has some versatility, too — you can rotate the camera 90 degrees to record vertical video if you need it.

It has other benefits too, like smart autofocus with face tracking and auto exposure. Plus, you can tweak settings using the Logitech Capture app, which gives you some extra capabilities for streaming and recording. It’s a really solid camera, and with the USB Type-C connector, you’re future-proofing yourself, since we might see more and more laptops ditch USB Type-A ports over time.

    The Logitech StreamCam is a great webcam that supports 1080p video at 60fps, and it includes features like smart autofocus and auto exposure. It also gives you the option to easily rotate the camera to record vertical videos, and the use of USB Type-C makes it a great option for modern laptops without USB Type-A ports.

Best wide-angle: Anker PowerConf C302

All the options we’ve covered so far are pretty good if you’re alone participating in meetings or streaming, but what if you want more people in the frame? The Anker PowerConf C302 has a very wide 115° field of view, so multiple people can show up together. If you’re alone though, you can adjust the field of view with the AnkerWork software, plus the webcam uses AI framing to keep you centered in the frame as you move.

As for image quality, the Anker PowerConf supports 2K video at 30fps, and it comes with some AI features to help it adapt to different scenarios. AI lighting can improve image quality in dim environments, while AI color adjustment and AI exposure can perfect the color balance in the image and make sure you´re clearly visible even in less-than-ideal lighting scenarios. The webcam also supports fast autofocus, though there’s no option for manual focus if you want it.

Another benefit of the Anker PowerConf is its flexibility. The monitor mount has multiple hinges to adjust the angle of the camera, and you can also swivel it at 300° so it can be pointed wherever you need it to be.

    The Anker PowerConf C302 is a great webcam if you're participating in calls with a big group thanks to its wide field of view. Plus, you can adjust its position, and it features solid webcam quality at 2K and 30fps, along with some AI features to improve image quality.

Cheap Windows Hello: Lenovo 510 Full HD Webcam

Lenovo 510 FHD Webcam

If you’re looking to add Windows Hello facial recognition to your setup, this Lenovo webcam is a great and affordable option. In addition to the IR camera, it has a regular 1080p webcam that supports 30fps video, and it has a 95° field-of-view. The camera also offers plenty of adjustability so you can get the right angle, but that’s about all there is to it.

It’s a fairly basic camera, but it has solid video quality, and adding Windows Hello is already a big deal for this price. Plus, it’ll probably look better than most webcam laptops, and it’s fairly cheap. If your laptop doesn’t have a webcam at all, this is an option worth looking into.

    The Lenovo 510 Full HD Webcam is fairly basic as a regular webcam, but it has a big feature -- Windows Hello facial recognition. Considering its price tag, it's a great option for adding facial recognition to your setup, especially if you don't have a webcam at all.

Affordable with a ring light: Tecknet HD 1080p webcam

Tecknet HD 1080p webcam

A ring light can be useful, but the Razer Kiyo isn’t the most affordable webcam out there. If you want something a little more affordable that’s still great, this one from Tecknet seems to be a fantastic deal. For one thing, it’s a 1080p 30fps camera, which is already better than most laptops. And, while it’s not technically a ring, it has a large light bar with three brightness levels so you can stay visible even in in the darkest of environments.

For under $35, this is an insanely good deal, and the reviews from other users are also overwhelmingly positive. This is likely one of the very best webcams you can get on the cheap, and one you can use for meetings as well as live streaming or anything else.

    This Tecknet webcam has a 1080p sensor and 30fps video, and it also has a bing light bar that ensures you stay visible even in dim lighting conditions.

Cheap starter webcam: Wansview 1080p Webcam

Wansview 1080p webcam

Our last option is for the most budget-conscious users out there. This camera from Walfront is very cheap, but it still supports Full HD (1080p) video at 30 frames per second. It has dual microphones for capturing audio, and it’ll work with almost any device.

The webcam has an adjustable head so you can get a better angle for your calls, and you can rotate the lens to change to focus manually if you need to. It also touts low-light correction, though at this price, you probably shouldn’t expect any miracles. Still, it’s better than not having a camera and a solid place to start if you only do meetings every now and then.

    This Wansview webcam is a solid option for first-time buyers or occasional webcam users. It supports 1080p video at 30 frames per second and has manual focus controls. Plus, two microphones for audio capture.

With these options, you should be ready to choose something that suits your needs. When choosing a webcam, you’ll want to consider your budget, how often you use it, and what you use it for. If you’re usually in well-lit environments, the Logitech C920s and Microsoft Modern Webcam are two fantastic choices because they’re relatively affordable and offer great quality for most use cases. But some options like the Razer Kiyo might be ideal if you’re in darker rooms. If you use your webcam all the time and need the very best quality, it may be worth investing in a premium webcam like the Obsbot Tiny 4K.

If you’re buying a webcam and you’re streaming or in meetings while traveling, you may want to get a laptop that stays connected wherever you go. We have a roundup of the best 5G laptops you can get right now, so you don’t have to rely on Wi-Fi all the time.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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