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The best webcams for 2020

With a growing number of people working remotely and an incredible rise in online gameplay, webcams are becoming more technical as the gap between high and low quality steadily grows. We review dozens of cameras per year, and we use our tech experience paired with hands-on testing to help make the right choice. Our current top pick is the Logitech C920S packing a Full HD resolution and a nifty privacy shutter for a great price.

Overall, Logitech typically offers the best webcams, as you’ll see on this list. However, we do list at least one non-Logitech camera targeting product streaming. Read on to discover our picks for 4K, game streaming, business, and more.

The best webcams at a glance:

The best overall: Logitech C920S

Logitech C920S

Logitech’s C920S is a solid camera for a decent price. It supports a 1,920 × 1,080 resolution (30fps) during Skype conferences, and a 1,280 × 720 resolution using Apple’s FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, and more. If you’re simply recording video, you can take advantage of the higher Full HD resolution. Images, however, are captured using a “natural” 3MP resolution or are “software enhanced” up to 15MP.

These abilities are facilitated by an excellent glass lens backed by 20-step autofocus, 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 shutter you can flip down when the cam isn’t used.

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.

The best for 4K: Logitech Brio

If you’re looking for a 4K solution, the Logitech Brio is the camera for you. It supports three resolutions for video calling: 2,160p (30fps), 1,080p (30/60fps), and 720p (30/60/90fps). 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 software.

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, and built-in omnidirectional microphones with noise cancellation. You can mount the camera on a desktop monitor, laptop screen, or use the universal clip to mount the device on a tripod.

Outside the camera’s Ultra HD resolution, it includes a feature called RightLight 3, which 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 direct sunlight. The camera supports Windows Hello facial recognition too.

The best for business: Logitech C930E

The Logitech C930E is a “certified” product optimized 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 1,080p and 720p resolutions, a field of view at 90 degrees, and 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 omnidirectional microphones.

Other notable features include an external privacy shutter, a universal clip for mounting the camera, and compatibility with software that supports UVC 1.5 video encoding for businesses that don’t allow third-party drivers installed on their PCs.

The best for game streaming: Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam

Let’s face it: You can’t use just any webcam for your broadcasts. It not only needs a high resolution and great microphones, but it also needs to support background replacement so all your viewers see is the gameplay and your mugshot. The C922 Pro Stream Webcam does just that for a decent price.

For gamers, it’s optimized for the XSplit and Open Broadcaster Software solutions. It provides 1,080 x 720 (30fps) and 1,280 x 720 (30/60fps) resolutions that are backed by  20-step autofocus, a field-of-view of 78 degrees, two integrated omnidirectional microphones, and automatic low-light correction. It 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 Chromacam technology for its background replacement options, or you can simply run it independently. This camera does not include a privacy shutter.

The best for product streaming: Razer Kiyo

As a mere webcam, the Kiyo impresses. It offers up to 1080p resolution at 30fps and an autofocus component 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 circling the webcam to provide extra illumination. The 5600K light is easily adjustable via the bezel — simply twist it like adjusting a camera lens — to control the brightness levels. It’s designed to work well in low-light settings when necessary.

Razer’s Kiyo is an ideal choice for cosmetics streaming given you need top-quality illumination around your face to stream high-quality content. It also works well for any detailed streaming where you plan to show product details close to the webcam for unboxings, technical instructions, etc.

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