Record video and enjoy Skype calls in 1080p with the best webcam available today: the Logitech C922.

Updated February 28, 2017: Say hello to a new category for 4K webcams and its first entry, the Logitech BRIO.

Best overall

Logitech C922

Logitech C922

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The Logitech C922 records crisp 1080p video that can be saved for later viewing, uploaded to YouTube, or sent to a friend. Improved from its predecessor, the C920, the new version also does 720p video at 60 frames per second (FPS). Dual microphones pick up your voice rather than the ambient sound around you. A strong mounting clip keeps the webcam in place, or you can use the included mini tripod. The party piece is the smart background-removal software that comes with it to act as a virtual green screen. Perfect for streamers without the budget or the space for a real one.

Bottom line: The Logitech C922 is the best webcam you can buy, and it has some neat tricks for streamers.

One more thing: The C920 is mostly the same if you don't want the fancy software tricks at a lower price.

Why the Logitech C922 is the best

The Logitech C922 uses H.264 video compression to lower the burden on your PC when streaming or recording while still maintaining a crisp picture. The dual microphones pick up clear audio thanks to noise filtering, so if even if you're chatting in a noisy room, your voice will come through.

The Zeiss lens has a strong autofocus feature that, when coupled with face-tracking technology, keeps you in the limelight. Recording in low light? No problem — the C922 will automatically adjust to deliver the best picture possible.

The C922 can do either 1080p video at 30FPS or dropped down to 720p it can record at 60FPS. You can easily perch the webcam on to your laptop lid or monitor using the built-in mounting bracket, and the webcam can be tilted up and down. If you'd like to set up something a little more intricate, a great mini tripod is included in the box.

Logitech's newest software allows you to control basic webcam features, but the really neat stuff happens when you use the bundled Personify app. This allows you to implement a virtual green screen to make your background disappear, or replace it with a custom image. And to top it all off, Logitech throws in a three-month premium subscription to XSplit, the popular broadcast software, which has a value of $25 on its own.

Best mid-range

Logitech C615

Logitech C615

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The Logitech C615 webcam is perfect for anyone who is looking for a cheap webcam that records in 1080p and streams in 720p. The camera mounts with a simple mounting bracket, rotates a full 360 degrees, and folds down for easy storage and transportation. You will have no problem fitting it in the pocket of a laptop bag. A built-in microphone will pick up your voice instead of background noise, and a strong autofocus keeps you clear. You'd normally look to pay quite a bit for a webcam of this quality, but it starts at only about $42. (Note: This webcam is not compatible with Windows Hello.)

Bottom line: If you don't mind 720p video chats across all apps, this webcam will save you some money.

One more thing: For a more permanent setup, the C615 can be easily attached to a tripod.

Best entry-level

Microsoft Lifecam HD3000

Lifecam 3000

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Entry level doesn't have to mean horrid, low-resolution video. Microsoft's Lifecam HD 3000 is an excellent choice at a rock-bottom price that still offers HD 720p video in 16:9 for a more "cinematic" feel to your videos. The TrueColor technology will also ensure things stay bright and colorful.

The Lifecam HD 3000 is great for use with laptops, as well as desktops, and its universal base allows you to use it alongside virtually any PC with ease.

Bottom line: A no-frills HD webcam at a terrific price.

One more thing: The microphone doesn't have noise cancellation at this price point, so you might want to invest in a cheap USB mic as well.

RealSense Camera

Intel RealSense SR300

Intel RealSense SR300

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This camera from Intel is designed to work with the free RealSense developer kit. The camera itself has 3D capabilities that make it fully compatible with Windows Hello, and allows you to stream 720p video at 60FPS, or 1080p video at 30FPS. A dual-microphone setup ensures your voice is heard before any background noise, and the lens will stay focused on you no matter what's happening behind you. It starts at about $150 but doesn't come with a warranty or support due to it being part of a developer kit.

Bottom line: For a great camera with Windows Hello support, go with the Intel RealSense SR300.

One more thing: The Intel RealSense SR300 can capture a 3D model of you or anything else, for use later in a 3D printer.

4K webcam

Logitech BRIO

Logitech BRIO

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If you really want your webcam video to look its best, Logitech's new BRIO is the one for you. It's the first webcam to hit the market with support for 4K video, meaning super-crisp footage in apps that support it.

It's also pretty well-rounded, with a neat background replacement feature like the (much cheaper) C922 and support for the important Windows Hello security features in Windows 10. Throw in HDR, a 90-degree field of view and a privacy shutter and you have something approaching the king of webcams. It's pricey, and still not something for the mainstream, but it's impressive nevertheless.

Bottom line: This should be your choice if you're looking for UHD webcam video.

One more thing: The BRIO also supports Windows Hello.

Conclusion

The best all-around webcame is the Logitech C922 for its great balance of features, performance and price. Its bigger brother, the BRIO is starting to take webcams to a whole new level, but at twice the price, you have to really want 4K to choose it.

Best overall

Logitech C922

Logitech C922

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The Logitech C922 records crisp 1080p video that can be saved for later viewing, uploaded to YouTube, or sent to a friend. Improved from its predecessor, the C920, the new version also does 720p video at 60 frames per second (FPS). Dual microphones pick up your voice rather than the ambient sound around you. A strong mounting clip keeps the webcam in place, or you can use the included mini tripod. The party piece is the smart background-removal software that comes with it to act as a virtual green screen. Perfect for streamers without the budget or the space for a real one.

Bottom line: The Logitech C922 is the best webcam you can buy, and it has some neat tricks for streamers.

One more thing: The C920 is mostly the same if you don't want the fancy software tricks at a lower price.