Best overall

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 doesn't come cheap though, with a price approaching $160.

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.

Why the Logitech BRIO is the best webcam for Windows

Do you really need a 4K webcam right now?

Probably not, but that doesn't make the BRIO any less impressive. If your needs stretch to the highest quality video, then it has to be top of your list.

But besides 4K, the BRIO ticks about every box you'd want from a webcam. Streamers will love the integrated background replacement feature. Everyone will love that it supports Windows Hello, and the more security conscious will appreciate the privacy shutter.

You're also getting HDR, so the video quality isn't just limited to resolution. It's not the cheapest webcam at around $160, but there's nothing else out there right now quite like it.

Best mid-range

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.

It's well priced, too, at around $90.

Bottom line: The Logitech C922 is one of the best webcams you can buy at any price.

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

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. Yours for around $27.

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.

Best for Hello

LilBit Face Recognition Camera

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This camera has a pretty generic design that's used by a number of brands, but more importantly, it has 3D capabilities that make it fully compatible with Windows Hello.

It won't break any records for video quality since you're limited to 720p, but the price of $70 offsets that shortcoming a little. It promises one-second recognition for fast access to your PC, as well as having multi-user support for a shared computer. Everyone can then log in to their own accounts with ease.

Bottom line: It's a solid, well-priced Windows Hello-capable webcam.

One more thing: Multi-user support allows your whole family to log in to the same PC with Windows Hello.

Use any camera

Elgato Cam Link

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You may already have a perfectly good camera that shoots perfectly good video, be it a DSLR, mirrorless, action or compact camera. Wouldn't it be good to use that camera with your PC instead of investing in a dedicated webcam? For $130 this Elgato Cam Link will do just that.

Sure, it's more expensive than many webcams, but if you truly care about the quality of your video, it's a must buy. Dedicated cameras will always be better than a webcam, and the Elgato Cam Link brings that to your PC with ease.

Bottom line: Use any camera as a webcam with the Cam Link.

One more thing: Should work with most cameras that have a video output.

Conclusion

While paying a premium, if you really want the absolute best webcam then you want the Logitech BRIO. Not only is it the first 4K webcam but it bundles features from Logitech's other successful webcams as well as supporting Windows Hello. There are great choices that meet other needs, but the BRIO ticks every box.

Best overall

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 doesn't come cheap though, with a price approaching $200.

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.

Updated November 20, 2017: The Logitech BRIO is our new top pick and the LilBit Face Recognition camera appears for the first time as our pick for Windows Hello.