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Best Webcam 2024: PTZ, budget and streaming options tested

Nowadays, most laptops and tablets come with built-in webcams – it’s even possible to do some video conferencing via your phone if you so wish – but for the best webcam experience possible, it’s worth investing in a dedicated option.

Part of the problem is that too many built-in webcams are capped at a 720p resolution which doesn’t exactly push the boat out when it comes to making you look your best on camera. By comparison, there are tons of 1080p webcams on the market and even a handful of 4K options that can help you to stand out on your next video call.

We’ve reviewed numerous webcams over the years, and so have picked the highest scoring options for you to peruse in this very list. We’ve also made sure to pick a variety from budget options to those that excel at streaming.

If you’re looking to upgrade more than just your webcam, you can also check out our round-ups of the best monitors as well as the best wireless keyboards. For all things webcams, just keep on reading.

Best webcams at a glance

How we test

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We use every webcam we test as our main device for video conferencing throughout the review period, while also running its proprietary software through its paces.

We’ll also check the device’s compatibility with more widely available software for professionals and content creators, as well as testing all the features.

Logitech StreamCam

Best overall webcam
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  • Sleek, grey design
  • Convenient mounting solution
  • Smooth and detailed output


  • No HDR can cause images to lack a bit of pop
  • Lack of 4K output may turn some off

The Logitech StreamCam scored an almost faultless 4.5 stars from us. It offers a sleek and modern design, with our reviewer noting that the size and shape make it the centrepiece of your streaming setup. The StreamCam is predominantly made of plastic and carries a reassuring heft which reinforces the excellent build quality. We liked the inclusion of fabric around the lens as it added some more texture and personality to the otherwise plastic shell. 

We found mounting the StreamCam to be easy as it comes with a secure-clip-in system that gives you the chance to use it in portrait and landscape orientations. It also comes with the standard tripod thread at the bottom, giving it even more versatility. 

This webcam is capable of outputting video in Full HD (1080p) at 60fps. We felt that it provided an excellent amount of detail and smooth motion, making it a joy to use for streamers. The face-tracking and Auto Framing features were particularly coherent, making it very easy for us to stay in frame and in focus even while moving around. 

If you are interested in a high-end webcam, you might want to consider the Insta360 Link or HP 960 4K Streaming Webcam, both of which can capture content in 4K resolution. As you would expect, these 4K webcams are a lot more expensive than the StreamCam, so you’ll have to decide if a higher resolution is more of a priority than an affordable price tag. 

Overall, if you’re after smooth footage and a polished and mature design, the StreamCam ticks all these boxes. It may even be the best choice for streamers who are first starting out or those who are constantly engaged in work calls since it has support for all third-party video call services including Zoom and Microsoft Teams. 

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Logitech StreamCam review

Logitech MX Brio

Best 4K webcam
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  • Sleek, modern looks
  • Detailed images at a range of light levels
  • Extensive software customisation


  • Misses out on some software features
  • Over-eager low light compensation

If you’re relying on a cheap webcam, or the default snapper in your laptop, chances are that the video feed is going to look a little grainy due to the low resolution. That won’t be the case with the Logitech MX Brio, which is capable of recording video in 4K.

It also has an excellent HDR mode that we found to provide sharp contrast and colours. We were impressed with the camera’s performance in both low light and standard environments. 

Despite its quality, the Logitech MX Brio takes up little space, being able to perch atop your monitor and swivel up to 90 degrees to make sure it captures your entire face. The camera even comes with a privacy shutter to cover the lens when not in use. 

If you simply want the best webcam capable of capturing video in 4K, then the Logitech MX Brio gets our shout. But if you want more advanced software features, and are prepared to spend more, then it’s worth considering the Insta360 Link too. 

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Logitech MX Brio review

Logitech Brio 100

Best budget webcam
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  • Compact frame is easy to mount
  • Decent detail on displayed images
  • Options+ offers solid customisation


  • Uninspiring looks
  • Privacy shutter attachment is a little odd

Logitech is at the top of the mountain when it comes to home working peripherals and its range of webcams is a key part of that. It doesn’t just do high-end either, and we rate the Logitech Brio 100 as the best budget webcam you can buy.

Affordability really is what makes the Brio 100 such a great pick but, of course, that has to be backed up by quality to make it value for money. It comes with a 1080p resolution and up to 30fps. We found the visuals to be up to a good quality, especially for such a cheap option. It’s auto-light balancing feature also worked like a treat too. The Brio 100 comes with a built-in microphone, which was crisp and clear.

The frame of the webcam makes it easy to mount on a monitor, while the Logi Options+ software brings handy customisation options. And, for your peace of mind, there’s a privacy shutter attachment too.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Logitech Brio 100 review

HP 960 4K Streaming Webcam

Best streaming webcam
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  • Excellent video output
  • Solid microphones
  • Sleek, modern design


  • Comparably expensive to other 4K webcams
  • Large stand won’t fit on laptop screens

What do you expect of a 4K streaming webcam? Well, the HP 960 4K Streaming Webcam does exactly what it says on the tin. Stunning video quality, that’s here. Crisp and clear microphones, absolutely present. These are the two key factors that make this high-quality webcam our favourite for streaming.

The 4K resolution is paired with 30fps capabilities and offers boosted colour through HDR (high-dynamic range). If you’re after a smoother frame rate then you can drop down to 1080p for 60fps too. The wide FOV and Auto Frame functions are ideal for setting up your frame perfectly, ideal for streamers who like to move around or want their whole set-up shown. Additional features like the HP Accessory Center offer a bunch of handy configuration options as well.

The compact webcam doesn’t look half bad either, with an understated modern design. It’ll sit neatly on top of your monitor and can be easily linked up using USB-C.

The biggest issue with this HP webcam is that it’s expensive. The Elgato Facecam MK.2 is a great alternative, with lower capture quality at 1080p/60fps, but with plenty of clever software that still makes it ideal for streamers.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: HP 960 4K Streaming Webcam review

Logitech Brio 300

Best small webcam
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  • Cool cone-shaped design
  • Mounting system is nice and secure
  • Good quality output with solid motion


  • Dated 1080p/30fps combo
  • Logi Tune software is light on options

After a webcam that doesn’t cost the Earth and, perhaps most importantly, doesn’t add an unsightly chunk to the top of your monitor, the Logitech Brio 300 is the pick for you.

The stylish, cone-shaped design makes this a webcam that you won’t be embarrassed to have seen atop your display. At 53.1 x 45 x 65.6mm, the Brio 300 is positively dinky, meaning you could easily take it on the go if needed.

The results are strong too, with the Logitech Brio 300 offering up accurate colour across its 1080p resolution, and a smooth 30fps. There is a 70-degree field of view as well, providing great angles for video conferencing. It is, of course, not as good as a dedicated mic but the singular microphone onboard offers good clarity if you don’t fancy donning a headset or shelling out for a full microphone.

Along with looking stylish, the Brio 300 has the environment in mind, with each model being built with, at least, 48% post-consumer recycled plastic. The design also affords users an integrated privacy shutter for peace of mind.

Logitech’s handy Logi Tune software is included with the Brio 300. The software isn’t as complex as its more powerful options for creators or gamers but many will welcome the simplicity. A key feature it retains is Auto Light Enhancement, aiding the look of your camera feed by fixing overexposed images.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Logitech Brio 300 review

Nacon Full HD Webcam

Best webcam for low-light rooms
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  • Thoughtful design
  • Ring light makes a difference in low light conditions
  • Reasonably detailed output


  • No additional software
  • Cheaper feeling construction

Some webcams shoot fantastic video in daylight, but struggle to produce decent results when faced with a dark, dingy room. It’s possible to buy a camera with an advanced enough sensor to tackle such conditions, but they’re usually very expensive. The Nacon Full HD Webcam has a clever solution, featuring a light-up ring to brighten up your face. 

The light ring can be controlled by a little pad on the webcam’s face, with three available modes with varying levels of brightness and temperature. It’s a versatile webcam in terms of design too, capable of being propped on top of a monitor, or even attached to a tripod. 

It shoots video in 1080p at 30fps, which isn’t particularly exciting, but we nevertheless found it to offer a solid amount of detail with reasonably natural colours. The Nacon struggles in low light though, making it really important to make use of the glow-up ring in such conditions. 

The Nacon Full HD Webcam is a pretty simple webcam truth be told, but with the glow-up ring, built-in microphone and reasonable capture quality, it’s still a worthy buy at its affordable price point.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full Review: Nacon Full HD Webcam Review

Obsbot Tiny 2 Lite

Best value webcam
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  • Affordable pricing
  • Excellent image quality
  • Feature-packed software


  • Sensor is too small to create much bokeh
  • No roll adjustment
  • Status indicator is harder to see

While there is a separate ‘best budget’ option on this list for those who might be strapped for cash, the label of ‘best value webcam’ is bestowed to a device that offers tons of features at a price that manages to undercut a fair amount of the competition. With that in mind, the Obsbot Tiny 2 Lite fits the bill perfectly.

In the past, if you’ve wanted a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) webcam then you will have had to part with a serious amount of money for the privilege. For instance, excellent Insta360 Link has an RRP of £318.99/$299.99, but the Tiny 2 Lite comes in at just £149/$179, making it far more affordable for most people.

Despite the lower price, the tracking hardly feels compromised as the webcam was able to follow our reviewer around the room without hassle, so you won’t have to worry about falling out of the frame during a Zoom call.

The only thing missing is that it can’t rotate at a 90-degree angle like the Insta360 Link can for the purpose of shooting vertical video, but unless you’re a specific type of content creator, it’s hardly a feature that you’ll find yourself clamouring for.

The detail is also quite impressive with a capture resolution of 4K, so you can zoom in without it hampering your footage. There’s also HDR available which makes skin tones look a lot more natural on-screen.

With a 1/2-inch sensor, the Tiny 2 Lite isn’t quite capable of delivering the same level of natural bokeh found on more pricey webcams, but as a concession there are plenty of filters that can be applied with Obsbot’s accompanying software.

While the Insta360 might offer better specs across the board, there’s no denying that for most people, the Obsbot Tiny 2 Lite just offers much better value for money, so if you want great tracking and high resolution for less, this is your best bet.

Reviewer: Luke Baker
Full Review: Obsbot Tiny 2 Lite Review


Is a 4K webcam worth it?

If you’re looking for the very best image quality available, then a 4K webcam is definitely worth considering. They may cost a fair bit more than a more standard 1080p option though.

Should I buy a 720p or 1080p webcam?

We’d say to go for a 1080p webcam, given the large boost in resolution and therefore picture quality that they offer. In addition, if you’re using a laptop, these typically have 720p webcams inside, so going for one wouldn’t represent that much of an upgrade.

Is a webcam better than a laptop camera?

A dedicated webcam will generally be better than a laptop camera, given the higher resolutions they typically offer for more detailed and better quality images, as well as (in some cases) the additional features with an additional suite of software.

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