Logitech BRIO

Best Webcam for Windows PCs Windows Central 2019

While most computers have a built-in webcam of some sort, many still lack quality or just flat-out aren't good. The Logitech BRIO rises to the top of the pile, with a standout feature list that others just can't match right now. If you're hunting for the very best, then this is the one to get.

Our pick

Logitech BRIO

If you really want your webcam video to look its best, Logitech's BRIO is the one. It's one of the only 4K webcams around and also supports Windows Hello.

Who should buy this webcam?

While 4K video is probably overkill for conference calls, creators like YouTubers and streamers, in particular, will get the absolute best footage from this webcam.

Is it a good time to buy this webcam?

Definitely. Even though the BRIO has been on the market for a little while, it's unlikely to be replaced by anything significantly better shortly.

Reasons to buy

  • 4K video.
  • HDR.
  • Supports Windows Hello.
  • Privacy shutter.

Reasons not to buy

  • Quite expensive.
  • Overkill for many purposes.

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.

There's nothing else out there right now quite like it.

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 enjoy 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, but there's nothing else out there right now quite like it.

Alternatives to the Logitech BRIO

The BRIO might be the very best, but there are plenty of other great alternatives that may cater to more specific needs and tighter budgets.

Best mid-range

Logitech C922

The Logitech C922 records crisp 1080p video that's improved from its predecessor, the C920. The new version also does 720p video at 60 frames per second.

Dual microphones pick up your voice rather than the ambient sound around you. A robust 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.

Best entry-level

Microsoft LifeCam HD3000

Entry-level doesn't have to mean horrid video. Microsoft's LifeCam HD 3000 is an excellent choice at a rock-bottom price that still offers HD 720p video.

The TrueColor technology will also ensure things stay bright and colorful. The LifeCam HD 3000 is excellent for use with laptops, as well as desktops, and its universal base allows you to use it alongside virtually any PC with ease.

Best for Hello

LilBit Face Recognition Camera

A generic design maybe, 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 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 accounts with ease.

Best for streamers

Razer Kiyo

The Kiyo has one essential feature: A big ring light on the front. For streamers short on space for lighting, the Kiyo can solve the issue.

The image quality itself is pretty good, too, with excellent contrast and decent sharpness, and it can record in 1080p at 30FPS or at 60FPS if you drop the resolution to 720p. There's also a standard tripod mount on the bottom if you'd rather not mount it to a monitor.

Conclusion

Not everyone will need 4K video from their webcam, but even so, you can't beat the sheer quality you get from the Logitech BRIO. It supports Windows Hello, too, for some added biometric security on your PC and is the top webcam for both home and office environments.

Tighter budgets and other more specific needs aren't left out in the cold, though. Microsoft's excellent Lifecam HD3000 is extremely affordable and offers surprisingly good quality video. If you're a content creator, it's perhaps not for you, but those Skype calls will look great.

Content creators and streamers should check out the Razer Kiyo. 1080p video isn't the reason to, either. This is the first webcam of its kind and includes an integrated ring light which helps illuminate your face if you're tight on space in particular. After all, nobody wants to stream and not be seen!

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Richard Devine Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming.

Daniel Rubino is the executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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