The Best Webcams for 2020


Whether you’re broadcasting gameplay or conducting a video conference, there’s always the need for a webcam, and that’s where our list of the best webcams comes in. Digital Trends has reviewed hundreds of cameras over the years and our product review process is a combination of extensive background research and hands-on product testing to find the best choices — and those are often Logitech cams!

Logitech is even the manufacturer of our top pick, the Logitech HD Pro C920S. We consider it the best overall due to its decent resolution, reasonable price, and features such as its 20-step auto-focus, automatic noise cancellation, and automatic low-light correction. If the Logitech HD Pro C920 isn’t the right fit for your needs or budget, be sure to scroll further down to check out our other webcam picks.

At a glance

Logitech HD Webcam C920S

The best

To kick off our roundup, Logitech provides a solid camera for a decent price. It supports a 1,920 × 1,080 resolution at 30 frames per second (FPS) while video conferencing with Skype for Windows, and a 1,280 × 720 resolution using Apple’s FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, and other clients. If you’re simply recording video, you can take advantage of the higher Full HD resolution due to support for the H.246 video compression codec. Images can be captured using a “natural” 3MP resolution, or “software enhanced” up to 15MP, and you can record video at full HD, 30fps.

These abilities are facilitated by the excellent glass lens, which includes 20-step auto-focus, automatic low-light correction, two integrated microphones with automatic noise cancellation, and a 78-degree field of view. If you’re worried about cam privacy, there’s a physical privacy shutter you can flip down when you aren’t using the cam, so even if your cam does get hacked you’ll still be protected while you figure out what’s going on.

There’s a universal clip for attaching the cam anywhere you need, but the 72-inch cable requiring at least a standard USB-A 2.0 port on the parent PC. You’ll also need an Intel Core 2 Duo 2 processor at the very least to stream video at 1,280 x 720 resolution or higher. Logitech’s downloadable software for Windows includes face tracking, motion detection, controls for pan, tilt, and zoom, and controls for capturing video and photos. It doesn’t filter out your background, but there are plenty of other settings to adjust including gain and white balance. The cam is rated to work on a variety of platforms, including MacOS, Chrome OS, Android, Xbox One, and more.

Requirements

  VGA Minimum VGA Recommended / HD Minimum HD Recommended
OS: Windows 8.1/10
MacOS 10.6+
Chrome OS
Android 5.0+
Windows 8.1/10
MacOS 10.6+
Chrome OS
Android 5.0+
Windows 8.1/10
MacOS 10.6+
Chrome OS
Android 5.0+
Processor: 1GHz CPU or better 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo or better 2.6GHz, quad-core i7 or better
Memory: 256MB 2GB 4GB

Logitech Brio

The best for 4K


If you’re looking for a 4K solution, the Logitech Brio is the camera for you. It supports three resolutions for video calling: 4,096 x 2,160 (30 FPS), 1,920 x 1,080 (30/60 FPS), and 1,280 x 720 (30/60/90 FPS). It also provides a default field of view of 90 degrees, but you can adjust the camera to 65 and 78 degrees using Logitech’s downloadable software. This free software provides pan, tilt, and zoom controls as well.

As for other features, the camera provides a 5x digital zoom when using the Full HD resolution, an image resolution of up to 9MP, auto-focus, an external “privacy” shutter so the camera isn’t always staring at your face and surroundings, and built-in omni-directional microphones with noise cancellation support. You can mount the camera on a desktop monitor, laptop screen, or use the universal clip to mount the device on a tripod. It requires a USB-A 2.0 connection for all resolutions except for Ultra HD, which requires a faster USB-A 3.1 Gen1 port.

Outside the Ultra HD resolution support, Logitech’s camera includes a feature called RightLight 3. This component relies on High Dynamic Range technology to provide the best image, whether you’re sitting in a low-light office, in a high contrast area, or in direct sunlight. The camera includes both optical and infrared sensors, enabling owners to take advantage of password-free Windows 10 access via Windows Hello and facial recognition. The camera ships with a custom carrying case for safe travels during business trips.

Requirements

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
MacOS 10.10+
Chrome OS 29.0.1547.70+
Memory: 2GB
Connection: USB-A 2.0
USB-A 3.1 Gen1 for 4K

Logitech C930E

The best for business


Although Logitech’s Brio is great for office environments, it’s also more expensive. The Skype-optimized Logitech C930E is “certified” for business, serving as an official compatible product for Skype for Business and Cisco Jabber. According to Logitech, the camera also provides “enhanced integrations” with other business-class communication software such as Zoom, BlueJeans, Lifesize, and several other solutions.

On a hardware level, the camera supports video calling at 1,920 x 1,080 and 1,280 x 720 resolutions, a field of view at 90 degrees, and a 4x digital zoom in 1080p mode. It relies on the H.264 codec for video compression, and RightLight 2 technology to produce the best visuals in low light, high contrast, and direct sunlight conditions. It’s backed by two integrated omni-directional microphones although the product page doesn’t mention noise reduction.

Other notable features provided with Logitech’s business-focused camera include an external privacy shutter to prevent the weird boss from watching your every nose pick, and a universal clip for mounting the camera on a desktop monitor, laptop screen, or tripod. It’s even compatible with software that supports UVC 1.5 video encoding for businesses that don’t allow third-party drivers installed on their Windows PCs. The camera requires a USB-A 2.0 connection or better.

Requirements

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
MacOS 10.7+
Chrome OS 29.0.1547.70+
Memory: 2GB
Connection: USB-A 2.0

Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam

The best for game streaming


Let’s face it: you can’t use just any webcam for your broadcasts. It not only needs a high resolution and great microphones, the camera needs to support background replacement so all your viewers see is the gameplay, and your pretty mugshot. The C922 Pro Stream Webcam does just that for a decent price, providing a highly-optimized streaming and recording experience for any broadcaster, whether the subject is gaming or a giving a Windows how-to demonstration.

For gamers, it’s optimized for the XSplit and Open Broadcaster Software solutions. It provides a 1,080 x 720 resolution at 30 FPS, and a 1,280 x 720 resolution at 30/60 FPS. These resolutions are backed by a 20-step autofocus, a field-of-view of 78 degrees, two integrated omni-directional microphones, and automatic low-light correction. The camera connects to the parent PC via a 72-inch cable with a USB-A 2.0-compatible connector, and even includes a tabletop tripod if you don’t want to mount the camera on your screen.

Most stream management features are handled through the Logitech Gaming Software desktop client, such as setting the zoom, white balance, gain, exposure, and so on. The cam does integrate with Chromacam technology for its background replacement options, or you can simply run it independently. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work in complete darkness, and there’s no on-board storage for saving your settings directly to the device. There’s also no privacy shade either, so make sure the broadcast ends before picking at your face. It’s compatible with Android and the Xbox One consoles.

Requirements

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
MacOS 10.9+
Chrome OS
Android 5.0+
Xbox One

Razer Kiyo

The best webcam for product/cosmetic streaming

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As a mere webcam, the Kiyo impresses, offering up to 1080p resolution at 30fps and including a handy autofocus that comes in handy when moving closer to the cam or adjusting its position. The Kiyo is also compatible with Streamlabs tools, OBS, XSplit, and other popular platforms for customizing your streaming setup just the way you like.

But the real draw here is the light ring around the webcam to provide some extra illumination. The 5600K light is easily adjustable via the bezel (you twist it like adjusting a camera lens) to control the brightness levels, and is designed to work well in low-light settings when necessary. It’s an ideal choice for cosmetics streaming, where you need top quality illumination around your face to stream high-quality content. It also works well for any detailed streaming where you are going to be showing product details close to the webcam for unboxings, technical instructions, etc.

Requirements

OS: Windows 7+
Memory: 500MB
Connection: USB

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