Find yourself a top piece of webcam tech with this handy guide. Get the best webcams for live streaming and make top video content that will be the envy of all your viewers. Don’t worry about the budget – whether you are looking to splash out on some fancy tech or you need a low-cost camera that will do a great job, we’ve picked out something below that will suit you.
Why the fuss about webcams?
Live webcam feeds are extremely popular, with people all over the world tuning in to watch the craziest of things. Perhaps the most famous live webcam of the moment is April the pregnant giraffe, who attracts over 150,000 viewers a day. There are cameras in Times Square and in central London, and even on in the Las Vegas wedding chapel! YouTube is another popular service, with live video content and pre-recorded video clips attracting millions of viewers a day. Fancy being part of this video revolution? All you need is a webcam!
Webcams are also a great way to keep in touch with people all over the world. Whether you need to hold a business meeting, want to connect with a relative, have a question for an overseas specialist or are interviewing for a job, a camera and a computer can be almost as good as being there in person.
Logitech BRIO 4K Ultra HD Webcam
- 10.2 cm x 2.7 cm x 2.6 cm
- 86 g
If you are looking to make an investment in some long lasting, state of the art camera technology, you can’t go far wrong with the Logitech BRIO. This is one of the best cameras on the market for professionals who still have a budget to consider. If you make your money through YouTube videos and other online video content, the 4K HD camera will give your current filming set-up a serious boost and help you create crisper, clearer content without distortion and other glitches. A preferred model for the medical and corporate consulting industries where accuracy counts, the BRIO is a top choice for executives who network and communicate through video. There are a huge range of features which make this worth the money, including RightLight technology, facial recognition security software and a 5x digital zoom for wide shots and group video streams.
Logitech C920 HD Pro USB 1080p Webcam
- 9.4 cm x 7.1 cm x 4.3 cm
- 79 g
The second appearance from Logitech on our list, this model might be more suited to the average wallet! Retailing at around £90 and available on sale through many retailers at around £60, the C920 has the quality and performance you would expect from a high-end camera, but it won’t break the bank. Enjoy video calling and live streaming that has 1080 pixel HD quality, so you can see every detail of your video calls and enjoy magical moments with loved ones, even when you are far away. It is also ideal for making recordings and video clips, with pitch perfect audio and a steady auto focus that prevents blur and distortion. When uploading video clips and streaming to the internet, the internal file compression feature makes a big difference. It speeds up the upload process and ensures there is very little delay during video calls and other PC to PC streaming.
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 USB Port Webcam
- 4 cm x 14 cm x 7.4 cm
- 91 g
Designed for use in widescreen, this cool little Microsoft camera is perfect for use with laptops, computers and television screens. It has a default screen ratio of 16:9, which should suit most standard monitors. The 720 pixel camera records using True HD technology and delivers a sharp, bright picture with accurate colours and minimal blur or distortion – even when scaled up for the big screen. It connects with any laptop, notebook or PC thanks to the universal base attachment. and it just needs a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port in order to connect and go. The camera features in-built TrueColor technology, which adjusts the light levels to balance the picture. For voice calling and video creation, the omnidirectional microphone and the acoustic filter will be appreciated by the user. These work together to keep out atmospheric sound and to focus clearly on voices.
TeckNet C016 USB HD 720P Webcam
- 5.3 cm x 7.3 cm x 5 cm
- 59 g
For just over £10, you can get a great little webcam that is perfect for making video calls and shooting home video clips at your computer or laptop. It shoots in 1280 x 720 pixel resolution through a 5 megapixel lens, while also producing still images at a full UHD rate of 2560 x 1920 pixels. That is some great tech for such a low price! The camera itself can be manually focused or set to auto-adjust – the response is relatively good, although it can be slow in clips that are very active. The stream it produces is consistent making it great for Skype calls and live social media updates, and the lightweight little camera connects easily to your laptop or PC through the USB connector. Impressive features include the noise-cancelling microphone which has a range of around 15 metres, and the five-layer lens which is specially designed to give clearer, sharper pictures.
KKmoon USB 2.0 12 Megapixel HD Camera
- 12 cm x 10.2 cm x 6.8 cm
- 100 g
The budget buys don’t stop there! This amazing little KKmoon camera costs less than £8, but it performs just as well as a more expensive model would. If you want a handy little webcam which the family can use to make calls, or which the children can use to make video clips, this inexpensive but powerful model is a superb choice. The camera is available in a number of bright colours, it can be turned on its base a full 360 degrees and it adjusts to almost any angle, without losing picture quality. The internal tech is really quite good – the camera has a full 12 megapixels so you can shoot in HD, and there is a built-in microphone which can pick up a range of close to 10 metres. It is probably better used for video calling than for live streaming as it does have a notable dip in quality when compared with more expensive models, but it offers extremely good value and is a great starter camera.
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