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

Updated 1 December 2016: We have a new best entry-level webcam: the Microsoft Lifecam HD3000.

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 the C920, its predecessor, is 720p video at 60 frames per second. Dual microphones pick up your voice rather than the ambient sound around you, and 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 with some neat tricks for streamers.

One more thing: The C920 is mostly the same webcam 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 once atop to the monitor. If you'd like to set up something a little more intricate, a great mini tripod included in the box.

Logitech's newest software allows you to control basic webcam features, but the really neat stuff is 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 that 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 any more. 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 also great for laptops as well as desktops, with its universal base allowing 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 perhaps invest in a cheap USB mic as well.

Best for Hello

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 60 frames per second, or 1080p video at 30 frames per second. 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 that can be later used in a 3D printer.

Best for gaming

Razer Stargazer

Razer Stargazer

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Gamers should be really excited about this webcam. Not only does it stream 720p video at 60 frames per second and 1080p video at 30 frames per second, it can effectively remove the background behind you and replace it as if you were seated in front of a green screen. This is perfect for gamers who like to stream with a small window of themselves in the corner — but don't want to broadcast the mess behind them. The Stargazer is compatible with Windows Hello, and has a dual-microphone setup that captures your voice rather than background noise. This webcam is positioned with a mounting clip for your monitor or laptop lid —it starts at about $150.

Bottom-line: For the best gaming webcam with a virtual green screen, you have to go with the Razer Stargazer.

One more thing: When playing multiplayer games, any friends with a Stargazer will be visible to you — this is a whole new level of teamwork.

Conclusion

For the best budget webcam with 1080p video, check out the Logitech C615. For the best Windows 10 Hello webcam, the Intel RealSense SR300 is a great option, and gamers out there will not want to miss the Razer Stargazer. For the best overall webcam, have a look at the Logitech C922 — you won't be disappointed.

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 the C920, its predecessor, is 720p video at 60 frames per second. Dual microphones pick up your voice rather than the ambient sound around you, and 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 with some neat tricks for streamers.

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