Best webcams 2019: the top webcams for your PC

Best webcams

While many of the best laptops and all-in-one PCs have HD webcams built in, desktop PC users are generally left behind. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a way around it though – you can pick up one of the best webcams yourself for a similar – or even better – experience than their laptop brethren can offer.

So, what should you look for in the best webcams? Well, like most things, it’ll boil down to how you use it. Are you looking to become the next Twitch celebrity? Or, do you just want to have some friendly video calls every now and then?

No matter what you’re looking for, we’ll help you find the best webcam for your needs. From webcams with quirky and beautiful aesthetics to traditional cameras that are all about that sweet fidelity, we found the best webcams you can buy today. So, sit back, relax and get ready to find the best webcam for your needs.

Logitech C922 Pro Stream

1. Logitech C922 Pro Stream

It's game on for Logitech's newest webcam

Resolution: 1080p | Features: Background removal, Low-light correction, 720p/60fps video while streaming, Stereo audio, autofocus, auto light correction

Great low-light capabilities
Background removal feature
Supports 720p/60fps streaming
Same design as the C920
No RealSense capabilities

Logitech's newest webcam, the Logitech G922 Pro Stream features the same classy design as the C920 before it, but it’s especially interesting for gamers this time around. The C922 still boasts excellent 1080p video quality when it comes to hosting video calls, and its automatic low-light correction makes it a great cam for streaming with the lights off. It also supports background removal, making it ideal for budding YouTubers.

Razer Kiyo

2. Razer Kiyo

A spotlight on streaming

Resolution: 1080p | Features: Ring light, Compatibility with OBS and Xsplit

Convenient ring light
Easy to use
Expensive

The Razer Kiyo isn’t just a weird-looking webcam, it’s one of the best webcams for streaming – something that’s all the rage these days. However, with the Razer Kiyo, Razer has stripped away a lot of the fancy bells and whistles that higher-end webcams offer and focused on what matters most to game streamers – good image quality and lighting with the special Light Ring. This ensures that you don’t need to spend a ton of time configuring your stream – just plug in the Razer Kiyo and get to work.

3. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

3. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Cheap, cheerful and ideal for Skype

Resolution: 720p | Features: Colour correction, noise cancelling

Cheap
Cheerful
720p only

If you need something cheap and cheerful for Skype, Messenger, Facebook or AOL, Microsoft's LifeCam range offers decent performance for a low price. You don't get 1080p video at this price point, but you do get automatic color correction, a noise-cancelling unidirectional microphone and a stand to fit laptops and desktops alike. It's a cheap way to solve the problem of a PC without a camera or even with a camera that isn't up to snuff.

4. Mevo

Livestreaming on the go

Resolution: 2160p | Features: 4K recording, Mobile device compatibility, Live video and audio editing, Bluetooth 4.1

Portable
Compatible with variety of devices
Very expensive

If you’re trying to do some live streaming, or you’re trying to capture the magic of the real world, Mevo might be right up your alley. If you’re an aspiring journalist, you’re going to want to keep an eye on the Mevo or the Mevo Plus, as either of these webcams will let you capture footage live, no matter where you are in the world – as long as you can connect to a mobile network. As an bonus, Mevo is small and inconspicuous enough to not distract your subject in the middle of an interview.

4. Microsoft LifeCam Studio

5. Microsoft LifeCam Studio

A pro camera for pro people

Resolution: 1080p | Features: Colour correction, hi-fi microphone, Skype

Wide field of view
Wideband mic for better sound
Expensive
Really designed for corporate types

Aimed at pro users with large displays, the LifeCam Studio features a familiar combination of 1080p recording and 720p live video calling. It rotates 360 degrees, and can be mounted on a tripod with autofocus. The wideband mic delivers crystal clear sound and Microsoft’s TrueColor system will shift the exposure dynamically to keep you well lit. It’s a great choice for business conferencing and presentations. 

Read the full review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Logitech Brio Webcam

6. Logitech Brio Webcam

Bringing 4K to a webcam near you

Resolution: 2160p | Features: 4K recording, 5X HD Zoom, Windows Hello, HDR

4K Ultra HD
Windows Hello
Maybe a little too high-res

Have you ever looked at webcam in disgust because it doesn’t push the same amount of pixels as your smartphone? Well, you’ll love the Logitech Brio Webcam. With a 4K UHD resolution and HDR, the Logitech Brio has brought high fidelity to the world of the best webcams. And, if that wasn’t enough, it also features Windows Hello functionality and an easy to use stand which will let you position it wherever you need.

Creative Labs Senz3D

7. Creative Labs Senz3D

The Webcam of the future

Resolution: 1080p | Features: Background removal, Low-light correction, Windows Cortana and Hello compatibility, Facial tracking

Windows Hello
Seamless background removal
Expensive

Creative may not be the first company you think of when you’re looking for the best webcams, but after the Creative Labs Senz3D, that will change. This space-age webcam has more features than you can shake a stick at, and the high-tech 3D scanner and facial tracking tech promises to lead to some intriguing things in both AR functionality and even gaming. It isn’t cheap, but you’re getting all the bells and whistles with this Creative webcam

7. Logitech C930e

8. Logitech C930e

It costs a lot, but it does a lot too

Resolution: 1080p | Features: On-board processing, Zeiss lens, wide angle lens

On-board video processing
Wide field of view
Pricey
The 920 comes very close for a lot less cash

The C930e claims to be Logitech's most advanced HD webcam and it's also one of the most expensive ones on the market. But, unlike traditional webcams, which rely on the PC to do the heavy lifting, this unit does the video encoding itself, which should in turn result in better video quality. The wide, 90-degree field of view means it’s well-suited to business videoconferencing and presentations, and of course it’s Skype-certified for PC and Mac.

8. Samsung VG-STC5000

9. Samsung VG-STC5000

Need a camera for your Samsung TV?

Resolution: 1080p | Features: Works on Samsung TVs

Does what it says on the tin
Rival devices don't work on Samsung TVs
Skype on TVs is being phased out
Overpriced, even on eBay

Samsung smart TV’s aren’t compatible with most of the best webcams. Luckily, though, Samsung has its own proprietary camera for its H, HU, JS and JU models. We wouldn’t recommend buying one for Skype, as the smart TV version of Skype is no longer supported, but if you want to use Samsung’s own gesture control features and its virtual mirror for fitness apps, then it’s your only real option.

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Logitech C930e 

10. AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam

10. AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam Camera with Built-in Microphone

1080p Full HD for less than £21/$27? Oh yeah

Resolution: 1080p | Features: Built-in microphone with noise reduction, low-light enhancement tech, flexible stand

Full HD
Price
Manual focus
Probably not made of titanium

If you’re looking for a full HD webcam without the full HD webcam price, this little webcam is currently pretty cheap. Bolstering resolutions up to 1080p HD while supporting 12MP stills, a noise-cancelling microphone and low-light compensation, this camera is feature-packed yet frugal. There’s no autofocus and you don’t get a big bundle of software, but the low, low price more than makes up for any shortcomings. 

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Microsoft LifeCam Studio 

Bill Thomas has also contributed to this article