Kimber Streams has written about tech for six years and been a PC expert for The Wirecutter for more than three years.
Kimber has tested hundreds of laptops, even more storage devices, and way too many peripherals—including wireless mice, mechanical keyboards, and webcams.
Once we narrowed down the field, we took multiple pictures and videos with each webcam under controlled conditions so we could compare them directly.
For our 2017 tests, here’s what we captured with each contender: We then had seven Wirecutter staffers compare the images and videos from the different cameras, without knowing which was which, and rank their quality from best to worst.
After a new round of research and testing, we found that the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 is still the best webcam for most people, and the Logitech Webcam C615 is still the best webcam for less than .
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After researching 19 top webcams and testing six, we think that if you need a webcam for video calls, streaming, or recording, you should get the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920.
We also downloaded and used Logitech’s webcam software for the cameras we tested.
But there’s still no better webcam for the basics, and price drops have only improved the C920’s value—you can usually find it for or less today, a significant drop from the 0 it cost when it was released.
If you need a less-expensive option, or something you can take with you, we recommend the Logitech HD Webcam C615.
Most recent laptops and all-in-one desktops have a decent—sometimes even great—built-in camera, so many people don’t need a stand-alone webcam.
But if your laptop’s integrated webcam is really bad (or broken, or in a dumb place), or if your desktop or display doesn’t have a camera, a USB webcam that sits on top of your screen is the best option.