Logitech BRIOSource: Windows Central

Best Webcam for Windows PCs Windows Central 2019

While most computers have a built-in webcam of some sort, many webcams still lack in video quality or just flat-out aren't good. The Logitech BRIO webcam has 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.

Best Overall - Logitech BRIO

Logitech Brio 4KSource: Windows Central

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.

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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Overkill for many purposes

Best Overall

Logitech BRIO

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

Best Mid-Range - Logitech C922

Logitech C922Source: Windows Central

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 (FPS).

The included dual microphones pick up your voice rather than the ambient sound around you, while a robust mounting clip keeps the webcam in place. You can also use the included mini tripod.

The C922 has been around for a while, but it maintains its popularity among general PC users and streamers thanks to its balance of quality and affordability. It's not the fanciest webcam around, but it does what it needs to do extremely well, and will always be worthy of recommendation.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Overkill for many purposes

Best mid-range

Logitech C922

A good webcam for everyone

An always dependable, good quality webcam that has the added bonus of a very attractive price.

Best Entry-Level - Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Lifecam HD-3000Source: Microsoft

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 the picture stays 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.

The quality of this webcam combined with the low price makes it good for not only home use but a perfect camera to attach to the office PC for those regular Skype calls.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Easy to attach to monitor or laptop
  • HD video
  • Noise-reducing microphone

Cons

  • The software can be temperamental

Best Entry-Level

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

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

Best for Hello - LilBit Face Recognition Camera

LilBit webcamSource: Kaysuda Technology Co.

Windows Hello is a fantastic tool to help you easily log in and secure your PC. Whether it's a desktop or laptop, it's built into Windows 10 so long as you have the right hardware, which is where this webcam comes in.

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.

It'll be fine for video conferencing, but ultimately this is a strong, affordable choice to add Windows Hello to your otherwise Hello-free PC.

Pros

  • Dual microphones
  • IR camera with depth-sensing
  • Supports Windows Hello
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Average video quality
  • USB cable not very long

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.

Best for Streamers - Razer Kiyo

Razer KiyoSource: Windows Central

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. Despite its size, the adjustable light can get very bright, bringing your face right into your streams.

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 are no software requirements either — it's a simple plug and play affair, and you can adjust settings from within your streaming software.

There's also a standard tripod mount on the bottom if you'd rather not mount it to a monitor. Wherever you place it you'll have a crisp, well-lit stream.

Pros

  • Built-in ring light
  • 1080p video
  • Optional 60 FPS
  • Plug and play operation

Cons

  • Quite large
  • Sometimes erratic auto-focus

Best for Streamers

Razer Kiyo

Light yourself up with the Kiyo

Up to 1080p video is paired with an adjustable ring light making this a perfect webcam for Twitch or Mixer streamers.

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.

You're also future proofing to some extent. Sure, you may not need 4K video from a webcam now, but these aren't products that go out of date very quickly. Your 4K webcam today may well come into its own in a couple of years, particularly if you're a streamer.

Logitech webcams are also incredibly good quality. There's a reason so many have trusted them for so long, and the BRIO is just another notch on the belt.

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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