Being connected to the internet helps you connect to every corner of the world. While the simple act of surfing the web makes it possible, there is no other better way to connect with others than to see them on your screen in real-time with a webcam.
The introduction of the webcam made a huge mark on humanity. It can serve as one’s virtual pair of eyes that provides sight of other individuals settled in distant places. The boom of Zoom proves it and as more and more communication platforms start to sprout, we know that webcams would stay there for a really long time.
If you own one, it must be the time to assess whether it is the right time to replace it and find an upgrade. Due to the fast-changing world, innovations affect everything and the webcam is no exception to that. The webcam model you acquired years ago might probably have a more impressive update now that offers better performance.
If you have finally decided, we are glad to assist you in finding the right one. Just have a look at the five best webcams we rounded with a SolidSmack expert after a series of tests and comparisons of their specs. In case you want to check on their prices, just click on the buttons below to get their best ever deals on Amazon!
1. Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam
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Skype is one of the well-known video communication platforms that is being widely used around the world. With 4 billion users, it is not a question why Logitech has created a webcam that specializes in this application.
“It is very brilliant of Logitech to create a webcam model that serves a specific purpose,” said Jimmy Black, a Solid Smack editor and an industrial scientist, “Products like this are more likely to attract a wide audience which, in this case, are Skype users. By specifically using it to Skype, you can expect a great quality of videos at 1080 P at considerable frames per second. At 30 FPS, the delivery is smooth and crisp which is why the market is patronizing it that well. Also, great autofocus as the cam perfectly highlights the face of the user.”
Furthermore, Black said that it is very nice of Logitech to use a glass lens on this model instead of a plastic one. Given the nature of glasses, the camera tends to be more efficient and has little to no chance of giving you undesirable blurry images.
Black also applauded the fact that the cam has an omnidirectional audio feature. With this, compared to its sibling, the Logitech C270 Widescreen HD Webcam, the audio it delivers is more solid and clearer. That said, given these bombastic features and the reasonable price it comes with, you have an all-in-one webcam that will certainly satisfy you in every Skype call you’ll make!
2. GESMA 1080P HD Webcam
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“GESMA 1080P HD is one of the best webcams on the market. It standout for basically two main reasons: convenience and price. It is very unbelievable that it is at least half the price of those famous webcam brands but still manages to bring you great results. Imagine just plugging it on your computer. No software needed. No need to download anything. No tweaking. It’s an absolute plug-and-play computer accessory that makes setting up a cam a true joke,” Black commented.
According to him, the webcam works perfectly on both Skype and Zoom platforms which makes the unit very versatile at a low cost. Speaking of versatility, the cam is capable of a 90-degree rotation for an optimal viewing angle. Moreover, the 1080 P video offers great clarity and brightness and the build is pretty compact and solid.
Also, it boasts an omnidirectional audio feature that claims to have noise reduction technology. And although the sound isn’t as perfect as Logitech C920’s, Black said that it is still a ‘great deal’ given that it is one of the cheapest models in the market. Of course, who can’t say no to a great steal? Probably no one. With that, we can say GESMA 1080P HD deserves this spot because of its great set of features at a ridiculously low price! Great, great, great steal!
3. ToLuLu 1080P Webcam
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ToLuLu 1080P webcam excels when it comes to the flexibility it has to a variety of systems and applications. Besides using it on well-known platforms like Skype, it can also perform well on Zoom, GoToMeeting, Webex, Microsoft Teams, and more!
The webcam is also very easy to install. Just attach it to any monitor you have and plug the cable and you’ll instantly have a functional webcam with a 110-degree wide-angle view. You can even make a few tweaks in OBS if you want to change its field of vision and quality.
‘The price is really great and you won’t be disappointed with the video quality. At 1080 P, it gives just the right amount of details, tones, and color. If you would use it in a well-lit room, it can deliver great crisp of images. But the great big selling point of this model is the audio. Really clear and does perfectly what it should do. Clear and very modulated audio. Really great purchase and highly recommendable,” Black said.
4. NexiGo N930AF FHD 1080P Webcam
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Next to the winning price of GESMA 1080P HD webcam are the NexiGo webcam models. The good thing about this brand is that it is trying its best to produce and meet the needs of the market at an affordable price: audio, visuals, great build, and flexibility.
“NexiGo N930AF is pretty much great for its price just like GESMA 1080 P,” Black stated, “The image quality comes at a considerably good condition whether day or night. Of course, it isn’t that impressive as you would expect from cameras with bigger lenses, but given that it is a small cam, you would be amazed at its performance if you would use it with additional lighting like a studio light.”
Trying the camera with additional lighting, NexiGo N930AF managed to give crisp and details you would love. It improved the color and made it appear like a luxurious branded camera. However, Black mentioned that despite the ‘improved’ color under additional lighting, it was very apparent that the camera was struggling with the accuracy of the colors.
Nonetheless, the camera makes up in other sections, especially when it comes to its build. The cam comes with a non-detachable tripod thread at the bottom. The head is very flexible that you can tilt it up and down and twist it from left to right without any struggle. Also, it comes with a detachable sticky-tape privacy cover and 76-inch wire. This is longer compared to the 60-inch wire of Logitech C920 so you’ll get better flexibility when it comes to the placement of this model. All in all, given the said features and the price, it is still a great choice to consider.
5. NexiGo N60 1080P Webcam
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NexiGo N60 has a pretty much more preferable build over NexiGo N930AF. Its head can also be easily tilted which means flexibility and the privacy cover seems more reliable than the other model mentioned. It delivers the same spec of lens and resolution but there are things that need to be mentioned here.
“If you would compare N60 and N930AF, you would probably choose this one as the build is a lot better and seem to be sturdier,” Black said, “However, be informed that when it comes to the quality of the images, I would greatly prefer N930AF as it has a more vivid color.”
According to Black, N60 has a problem when it comes to saturation and a bright environment. Nonetheless, it is still a decent webcam that can efficiently deliver 1080 videos at 30 FPS with a 110-degree field of vision. The audio is pretty great, though not as good as Logitech C920 that is higher in price. That said, if you don’t mind the said flaws, N60 is another decent webcam at an affordable price.
Best Webcams - Buyer's Guide
The resolution of the camera is a very important factor to consider. Ideally, webcams should at least be able to offer you 1080 P (at 30 FPS) resolution. The 720 P resolution would still do good but the former is the standard and more preferable nowadays as they allow clearer and smoother moving details.
Thankfully, the cams mentioned above come at 1080 P, so selecting among in terms of this point is easy. However, you should also consider the quality of the video.
Bigger and more famous brands like Logitech will certainly deliver great crisps and color. However, there are some brands that are still getting some challenges delivering the right tone of colors in their cameras such as NexiGo. The good this about it is that it can be corrected with some tweaks.
There are also some models that offer 4K resolution but they are not very ideal for live streaming purposes as they tend to affect the performance and delivery of the video. When it comes to video recording, however, 4K webcams can equate to the quality of point-and-shoot cams. With this, a 1080 P web camera is a more preferable choice for daily usage.
Having a webcam with autofocus will also be beneficial. Most Logitech models offer this feature. Though the said brand has higher prices than some budget-friendly webcams, it offers more reliable and faster autofocus that recognizes and highlights faces.
The field of view or FOV of the camera is measured in degree and one of the common specifications of a webcam. This determines the width of the area covered by the lens of the cam.
The FOV comes in a wide variety of sizes from 60 degrees (ideal for a one-person video) to 90 degrees (group of people). There are also some models like NexiGo’s that offer 110-degree FOV which allows a wider view. However, this poses a problem to some users. With this, make sure to check that the webcam has just the right size of FOV for you.
The webcam’s mount determines how flexible the cam head would be. Make sure to check that the head can be tilted or twisted to various angles of your choice. This will allow easier and better framing of video shots when the unit is being used.
The webcams are commonly mounted on the top part of the monitor but there are also models that come with an additional tripod such as the ToLuLu webcam.
Also, check if the unit comes with a privacy feature that will allow you to cover the lens when not in use. Though you can simply turn the camera off, having a cover will allow instant privacy which translates to convenience.
Most webcams nowadays come with at least one built-in mic. However, this is not very ideal as the audio quality tends to come at poor quality. With this, make sure to have at least two built-in microphones in your webcam. Also, check for some features of the unit if it has noise-reduction features that will benefit you more.
Always make sure to have glass lenses instead of plastic ones. This allows clearer images. Plastic lenses, though much affordable, tend to blur easily which can affect the quality of the video even if it comes at 1080 P.
Best Webcams - FAQs
Yes, you can use your camera unit as a webcam. This depends nonetheless if the model of the camera is capable of this function. Currently, there are brands like Canon that releases models equipped with this capability.
When the computer is turned off, the camera won’t function. If it is in hibernation, sleep mode, or completely turned on, some individuals with sinister motives can hack your computer and your webcam. With this, it is important to have a privacy cover on your lens when it is not in use.
An external webcam means additional expense to you. However, it allows you to have better flexibility in framing yourself in the video due to the camera head that can be tilted. Furthermore, an external webcam tends to have a higher quality of resolutions and settings that can be tweaked.
The video of the webcam becomes grainy when there is not enough light. The camera tends to deliver fewer details which result in grain. Nonetheless, there are also some factors that can affect it such as improper settings, compression of video files, and more.