Zoom meetings have become the new normal, and even as we start heading back to work, there’s a good chance that virtual meetings and get-togethers will still have their place. Whether you have gotten into vlogging, streaming, or just want to have a chat with grandma, a webcam can seriously improve your video quality. Here are some of the best webcams you can buy to help make one part of life a little clearer.

Check out quick info below on the top webcams, then scroll deeper for buying info and full reviews of these models.

Why Get a Webcam?

Even if you have a $2,000 laptop, chances are that its camera is still way worse than the one on your phone. With most of them stuck at 720p resolution and under 5 megapixels, you are left with less-than-impressive image quality—disappointing when you paid for a top-notch screen. Unlike phones that have gradually taken the place of our cameras, laptop cameras are typically overlooked. As bezels shrink further, many laptops are left with smaller camera modules, often placed in weird positions or taken out altogether. While video quality may not have been your priority in the past, Zoom calls are becoming increasingly important for both business and pleasure. The upshot: If you wish to have a remotely decent image, invest in a dedicated webcam.

Webcams will also give you the option to be a bit more in control and creative with your filming. Many have the ability to filter, autofocus, zoom, adjust to lighting, and even take photographs. Some even have built-in mics that can help give you a better quality of sound as well. If you are a content creator or streamer, a it would be wise to make the investment in a webcam as it’s a relatively inexpensive way to make a serious improvement in your video quality.

How We Selected and Rated Them

We researched expert sources such as PC Mag, PC Gamer, and Tech Radar, as well as 4,500 consumer reviews to select the top four webcams of the year. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of customers who rated the product at least four out of five stars on retail and review sites like Amazon, Walmart, and manufacturers’ websites.

Note: Because of the pandemic keeping everyone home, webcams have become a hot commodity. Due to the demand, some of these product listings may cost more than their original sale price. They’re also likely to sell out more quickly and may be currently out of stock, but we’ll do our best to ensure our recommendations are in stock.


Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Consumer Score: 77% gave it 4 stars or more
Everything you need for your everyday use.

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Microsoft amazon.com

  • Affordable
  • Built-in filters

  • Only 720p resolution

If you’re looking for a solid camera that can up your video chatting but won’t cost a fortune, this is a great option. It has 720p resolution, which isn’t as crisp as some other options, but it does have some features that your computer camera doesn’t. It comes with a bunch of filters for when you want to look like you’re tuning in from the Bahamas and not so much like you’ve spent the past seven months inside. The LifeCam also allows you to capture photos and record video, and is even Skype-certified for clear and lag-free video chat.


Mevo Start 1080p

Consumer Score: 90% gave it 4 stars or more
Take high quality streaming wherever you go.

Mevo Full HD 1080p Camera
Mevo amazon.com

  • Portable and wireless

  • Pricey

For frequent travelers, or those that want to chat on the go, this is the webcam for you. All you need is a network to connect to and your phone and you are all set to chat. The camera allows you to pan, tilt, zoom, and even cut between wide and close shots without being tied down by wires. Plus, it can run for up to six hours on a single charge. It also features 1080p video, which leaves you with an incredibly crisp image, great for professional work or remote interviews on the go. While this is certainly more expensive than other webcams, you’re paying for superior image quality without having to worry about where you can and cannot video chat.


Logitech Brio 4K

Consumer Score: 85% gave it 4 stars or more
The best definition you will ever get from a webcam.

Logetich BRIO 4k Ultra HD Webcam
Logetich amazon.com

  • 90 degree view
  • 4K video

  • Expensive

It’s easy to get caught up in the 4k definition of the Brio, but that’s not all it has to offer. In addition to its incredible image quality, it has a 90-degree field of view, which can capture an entire room (so beware when taking important Zoom calls!). It also has features like autofocus and supports HDR capturing for incredible resolution on your screen. Unfortunately, while you may be able to enjoy the 4k quality on some virtual calling services, it won’t carry over to platforms such as Youtube where 4k resolution isn’t supported yet. The one real downside seems to be the autofocus, which reviewers at PC Gamer found to be spotty at best.


Ausdom 1080P HD

Consumer Score: 74% gave it 4 stars or more
Get great sound quality with your videos.

AUSDOM FHD 1080P Webcam
$59.99 (14% off)

  • High definition
  • Great sound quality from mic

  • Spotty autofocus

While most webcams will give you a solid image, not all of them have a built-in mic. This one in particular gives you both 1080p and a noise-reduction microphone. It’s easy to use with a versatile moldable clip that attaches to a variety of surfaces, and it connects with a USB 2.0. And while the autofocus is spotty at best, it does have low-light enhancement and takes HD photos. Plus, it’s on the affordable side of the webcam price spectrum, coming in just under $70.