While most laptops come with built-in webcams of their own, there are still plenty of those who prefer stand-alone webcams for the job. The reasons for this are many and they all have something to do with how much more flexible stand-alone webcams are than their static counterparts.
If needed, you can also use a webcam for security purposes, just as long as the webcam meets all the technical standards required for such a task. Over the next few minutes, we’ll try to find out what are the ten best webcams the market has to offer at this point in time and what features to look for when buying one.
10HAVIT HV-N5086 Camera and Webcam
With this particular camera, you can make full video calls on Skype with the sharpest video-call picture possible. It is also one of the smoothest webcams out there, one that can snap high quality pics in any conditions. Furthermore, this webcam is entirely plug & play by design, meaning that you won’t need to install any drivers to get it running. Simply connect the webcam to your PC and proceed using it.
9SANOXY Flexible 5.0 Megapixel USB PC Camera Webcam
This inexpensive webcam from Sanoxy features not only a powerful video sensor but a microphone as well. It also allows you to record & broadcast video feeds at a speed of 30 fps. Needless to say, this rather high as far as webcams go, a feature you should always look for when buying such a device. At the same time, it has to be said that this webcam requires no software or drivers, which is also a big plus.
8TeckNet C016 USB HD 720P Webcam
TeckNet’s C016 uses a high-quality 5-layer glass lens with 6 LEDs on both sides of the lens. Among its many ingenious features, we find an auto face tracking capability, a 5 MB resolution recording capacity, a built-in USB microphone, and much more. It also has an F6.0 mm manual lens focus capability with a focus ranger that goes from 20 mm to limitless. Furthermore, it has a 720p capturing capacity, a feature that definitely makes it stand out.
7Logitech Circle Wireless 1080p Security Camera
Although not a webcam in the traditional sense of the word, Logitech’s Circle is definitely one of the most capable webcams out there. Versatile and reliable, this camera can also be used as part of a security system, one that can be accessed through a mobile device if needed. It also doesn’t require much work to get it up and running, which is definitely something to look for when buying such a device.
6Creative Live! Cam Chat HD 5.7MP Webcam
Creative’s Live Cam Chat HD is definitely one of the most capable, easy to maintain webcams out there. We say this because, on top of being fairly sturdy, this camera is designed to be extremely easy to install. Not only that but it is also one of the most high-end cameras you can get in this price range, seeing how it is capable of smooth HD 720p video capture playback at 30 frames per second.
5Logitech C270 Desktop or Laptop Webcam
There is perhaps no better webcam in this price range than Logitech’s C270 webcam. This ingenious webcam has HD 720p video calling / recording capabilities running a 1280×720 operating resolution that allows it to take crystal-clear 3 MB pictures. As you would expect from such a device, it also features a built-in microphone designed to filter out background noise as much as possible for you to not have any difficulties when having a conversation with someone over the internet.
4Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD Webcam
Thanks to its ClearFrame technology, this webcam will allow you to capture smooth, high-quality videos like no other. As such, this webcam has 720p HD widescreen capabilities, a feature it owes to its 720p sensor. At the same time, this webcam uses a noise-canceling microphone to improve the audio quality of any sounds it records. Last but not least, the camera enjoys a sturdy aluminum body designed to provide it with long-lasting durability.
3Logitech C930e USB Desktop or Laptop Webcam
Logitech’s C930e is a business grade HD video webcam capable of 1080p recording at 30 frames per second. It also has one of the widest fields of view of any webcam out there, along with a UVC H.264 Encoding feature that will save you an awful lot of bandwidth in the long run. Not only that but the webcam also capable of 4x digital zooming, which makes it perfect for any presentations you might want to use if for.
2Logitech HD Laptop Webcam C615
You aren’t likely to experience lag-free, fluid HD 720p conversations without a proper webcam, which is precisely what the C615 from Logitech is. This ingenious camera is capable of not only 720p but 1080p recording as well, all thanks to a premium autofocus feature and to an automatic light correction system designed to provide perfect brightness in dim lighting conditions that might otherwise prove to be an inconvenience when using regular webcams.
1Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
The c920 from Logitech is by far the most popular webcam out there and it’s easy to see why. It is capable of HD 1080p video calling with the use of an H.264 video compression feature aimed at reducing the amount of bandwidth you use while still providing you with a smooth calling experience via Skype or any other messaging service you might use. On top of all this, the webcam is equipped with dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction capabilities, automatic low-light correction settings, and a tripod-ready universal clip designed to fit virtually any laptop or LCD monitor out there.