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How to Choose the Best Webcam for Video Conferencing


Whether you're video conferencing with coworkers or simply chatting with friends, you want to look your best. Webcams come in a variety of resolutions, have different lenses and sensors, and include various AI-powered features.

Some offer a wide field of view, others zoom in and out at different rates and focus on your head. Some even have built-in speakers and microphones for a complete package.


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It's important to understand how each webcam works and what its strengths are before you decide which one is right for you.

Most webcams are plug and play, meaning you can connect them to your laptop and have them work with most videoconferencing apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or a similar service.

However, some webcams require software to enable specific functionality and to receive automatic updates.

Resolution: The higher the resolution of a webcam, the sharper its image will be. Most basic webcams have a resolution of 720p or lower, while more expensive models have at least 1080p. The highest resolution, 4K, is ideal for professional and semi-professional users who need the crispest image possible.

Framerate: The number of frames per second (fps) that a webcam records at will determine how smooth your video calls are. A webcam with a high fps will be more smooth, while a low fps will cause the camera to lag and blur your video.

Field of View: A wider field of view -- sometimes referred to as FOV -- allows your viewers to see more of the room, which is good if you're in a group call or have a visual aid like a whiteboard. On the other hand, a narrower FOV is better for one-on-one calls and will help ensure that you don't get lost in the background.

A webcam with a built-in speaker will produce audio that's louder and clearer than a model without one. Some webcams also have a mic mute button for when you're in a private conversation.

Image Quality: The best webcams in our tests all produced impressive images. However, the Logitech Brio 500 stood out as the top performer. Its resolution is relatively modest at 1080p, but it produces an outstanding image that's well-exposured and vibrant thanks to its "RightLight 4" auto-adjusting technology. It also has convenient extras like a built-in stand and privacy shutter.

The Razer Kiyo Pro Ultra is another top-performing webcam that boasts DSLR-quality image quality. It's not cheap, but it offers performance that's worth the price, especially for users who'll be using it for content creation or for recording video on platforms like Twitch. It works with Razer's Synapse 3 software, which offers pretty detailed control over the camera's settings such as auto-focus, exposure and color balance.

Sadly, Windows only lets you use the webcam with one app at a time, so switching between programs to adjust the settings can be frustrating.
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