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The best webcams

Business Insider Logo By mgokey@businessinsider.com (Brad Bourque,Joe Osborne) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 5: If you need to join a video conference or conduct a live stream to Facebook or Twitch, you need a decent computer webcam.One of the best webcams has become far more essential of a home item than ever before in recent months, with more people working from home than ever before in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Logitech C920S is a minor update to what has been our top pick for the best webcam for years on account of its excellent 1080p image quality, flexible stand, and incredibly reasonable price — now featuring a privacy shutter.Webcams aren't merely for catching up with friends or dialing into a meeting anymore. Today, they're essential in a ubiquitous work-from-home world. Webcams with 1080p resolution have been readily available since 2012, opening up the door for recordings that look a lot better than the built-in webcam on your laptop.In this buying guide, we've rounded up the best webcams you can buy based on our testing, including the Logitech C920S, Logitech 4K Brio, and Razer Kiyo among others. We also consulted a number of buying guides and first-hand reviews from experts to choose our picks.A great webcam should work right out of the box, and any included software should provide added functionality. The camera should offer a sharp, clean image with accurate autofocus that doesn't jump around too much. It also helps to include a stand with flexible options. Image resolution used to be a bigger issue, but even the most budget-friendly webcams on our list support 720p at 30 frames per second, and the Brio pumps out a full 60 fps at 1080p.Instead of reaching for higher resolutions, most modern webcams have added value with extra features. The Logitech Brio's depth-sensing technology lets you ditch clumsy backdrops and green screens to insert any digital background of your choosing, and facial recognition can unlock your computer the moment you sit down. The Kiyo's built-in lighting takes some of the labor out of streaming. If you do just need something simple for dialing into a meeting, the Logitech C615 and Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 will save you some cash without cutting corners. No idea where to begin? We have some deeper buying advice here.Here are the best webcams you can buy:Best webcam overall: Logitech C920SBest 4K webcam: Logitech BrioBest webcam for streaming: Razer KiyoBest affordable webcam: Logitech C615Updated on 6/25/2020 by Joe Osborne: Added new slide of buying advice for anyone purchasing a webcam. Added new language in introductory paragraphs for timeliness. Checked all links for accuracy.Read the original article on Business Insider

The best webcams

  • If you need to join a video conference or conduct a live stream to Facebook or Twitch, you need a decent computer webcam.
  • One of the best webcams has become far more essential of a home item than ever before in recent months, with more people working from home than ever before in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Logitech C920S is a minor update to what has been our top pick for the best webcam for years on account of its excellent 1080p image quality, flexible stand, and incredibly reasonable price — now featuring a privacy shutter.

Webcams aren't merely for catching up with friends or dialing into a meeting anymore. Today, they're essential in a ubiquitous work-from-home world. Webcams with 1080p resolution have been readily available since 2012, opening up the door for recordings that look a lot better than the built-in webcam on your laptop.

In this buying guide, we've rounded up the best webcams you can buy based on our testing, including the Logitech C920S, Logitech 4K Brio, and Razer Kiyo among others. We also consulted a number of buying guides and first-hand reviews from experts to choose our picks.

A great webcam should work right out of the box, and any included software should provide added functionality. The camera should offer a sharp, clean image with accurate autofocus that doesn't jump around too much. It also helps to include a stand with flexible options. Image resolution used to be a bigger issue, but even the most budget-friendly webcams on our list support 720p at 30 frames per second, and the Brio pumps out a full 60 fps at 1080p.

Instead of reaching for higher resolutions, most modern webcams have added value with extra features. The Logitech Brio's depth-sensing technology lets you ditch clumsy backdrops and green screens to insert any digital background of your choosing, and facial recognition can unlock your computer the moment you sit down. The Kiyo's built-in lighting takes some of the labor out of streaming. If you do just need something simple for dialing into a meeting, the Logitech C615 and Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 will save you some cash without cutting corners. No idea where to begin? We have some deeper buying advice here.

Here are the best webcams you can buy:

Updated on 6/25/2020 by Joe Osborne: Added new slide of buying advice for anyone purchasing a webcam. Added new language in introductory paragraphs for timeliness. Checked all links for accuracy.

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