Based on overall ratings on the Top Ten Reviews website, some of the best webcams to buy are the Logitech HD Pro C920, Genius WideCam F100 and HP HD 4310 models. Other popular webcam brands included in the list are Digital Innovations, Zalman, Rocksoul and Genius.
The signs of a good webcam include the resolution at which it can capture video, the frame rate and the quality of captured still images. For example, the winner of the Gold Award, Logitech HD Pro C920, is capable of capturing videos at 30 frames per second and has a 1920 by 1080 resolution, while the quality it provides for still images is 15 megapixels. The price of the Logitech HD Pro C920 model ranges between $63 and $79, as of February 2015. Other features that shoppers should look into include one-click upload, visual noise reduction and the extent of digital zoom.
The best webcams include technology that allows the device to adapt to conditions featuring suboptimal lighting. Furthermore, they feature face recognition, allowing a user to log in to different services by showing his face before the camera. Webcams that allow manual focusing in addition to having the autofocus feature are popular among users who want full control over the recording process and those who often move in front of the camera.