Best Webcams - Best Web Camera

Webcams (web cameras) are small video cameras whose images can be accessed using the World Wide Web, instant messaging, or a PC video conferencing application.

The term webcam is also used to describe the low-resolution digital video cameras designed for such purposes but which can also be used to record in a non-real-time mode.

Web-accessible cameras involve a digital camera which uploads images to a web server either continuously or at regular intervals. This may be achieved by a camera attached to a PC or by dedicated hardware.

It is also possible to use a webcam as a security camera and be able to see what is happening even when you are away.

Use of webcams at work and home has become a world wide web cultural revolution and a change in how we communicate with each other.

This technology is now available on thousands of websites world wide making it easier for people to connect online and communicate from anywhere in the world.

People can broadcast or web cast their opinions, interests and stories whenever and as often as they wish. Youtube is a good example of how people can express whatever they feel using their own webcams.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910

Noteworthy Features

• Full HD 1080p video recording

• Fluid HD 720p video calls in 16:9 widescreen

• Precision Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus for razor-sharp video and brilliant 10MP photos

• Noise-canceling dual mics for HD-quality stereo audio—a first for HD webcams

• Convenient cable management system reduces clutter

• 1-click video upload to Facebook and YouTube

• Easy HD calling on included Logitech Vid HD and most major IM services

 

Some times buying cheap it is not the best choice to make

There are numerous web cams available but only some of them worth their value.

You probably could find cheaper ones but you will regret after you try them.

So to avoid disappointments I advise you to buy a digital web camera that beside being cheap it will also satisfy all your needs.

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Webcams make great gifts!

If you can`t decide what to offer someone - Web Cams can also be a great gift.


USB Toy Webcam

BEST GITF: USB Toy PC Camera Webcam For Laptop Computer
BEST GITF: USB Toy PC Camera Webcam For Laptop Computer

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Now I leave you a selection of the best web cams chosen by several Internet forums and informatics magazines.


I have order them alphabetically to prevent any chance of suggestion.


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CP Technologies FlexCam Webcam
CP Technologies FlexCam Webcam

CP Technologies FlexCam Webcam

This CP Technologies webcam it´s a great choice for laptops mainly because it is very portable and easy to adjust with it flexible body.


System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP

Min Processor Type - 200 MHz

Peripheral / Interface devices - 4x CD-ROM

System Requirements Details - Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - RAM 32 MB - HD 80 MB

Technical Details:

Capture Resolution - 640 x 480

Computer Interface - USB


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Creative Technology Video IM Pro Personal Web Camera Skype Edition
Creative Technology Video IM Pro Personal Web Camera Skype Edition

Creative Technology Video IM Pro Personal Web Camera

Very simple and easy to use this webcam from Creative has a very good quality/price ratio.

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP/XP 64-bit

Min Processor Type - 933MHz

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM

System Requirements Details - RAM 128MB - HD 200MB - USB 1.1

Technical Details:

Capture Resolution - 1280 x 960

Video Capture Resolution - 640 x 480 • 800 x 600 Digital Video Capture Speed 30 frames per second

Other Features - VoIP; Skype Certified

Special Features - Automatic Face-Tracking

Included Accessories - USB Cable • Headset

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Creative Labs Live! Cam Optia AF

Creative Live Cam Optia AF
Creative Live Cam Optia AF

Creative Labs Live! Cam Optia AF

Great choice for those wanting to making time-lapses with security purposes.

System Requirements:

Software Included: Creative Live! Cam Suite

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows XP SP 2 / XP 64-bit or above

Min Processor Type - Intel Pentium 4 1.6MHz

System Requirements Details - RAM 256 MB - HD 500MB

Technical Details:

Capture Resolution - 1600x1200 video resolution, still image up to 8.0 megapixel resolution

Computer Interface - USB

Lens Construction - Autofocus lens with Live! View technology

Resolution - live video capture with 30 frames per second when using a 2.0 USB port

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Labtec Notebook WebCam

Labtec Notebook WebCam
Labtec Notebook WebCam

Labtec Notebook WebCam

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP

Min Processor Type - 500 Mhz, or faster

Peripheral / Interface devices - USB port and Windows®-compatible sound card with microphone and speakers

System Requirements Details - RAM 128MB - HD 200MB

Technical Details:

Image Size: Up to 640x480 pixels

Computer Interface - USB 2.0 compatible

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Linksys WVC54GC Wireless-G Internet Video Camera
Linksys WVC54GC Wireless-G Internet Video Camera

Linksys WVC54GC Wireless-G Internet Video Camera

Having a built-in web server makes this web camera the best choice for remote surveillance videos.

The Linksys also comes with motion detection which is a great feature only found on more expensive cameras.

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP

Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher for web viewing, Active-X 8.0 or higher, Windows Media player 7 or higher

Cable/DSL connection for internet viewing

Min Processor Type - 550 Mhz, or faster

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details - RAM 64MB

Wired or wireless network adapter with TCP/IP protocol installed

Technical Details:

Lens Construction - Fixed focus (Effective Focus: 3 mm)

Capture Resolution - 320 x 240, 160 x 128

Field of View - 61.48 degrees

Compression Algorithm - MPEG-4

Brightness - Auto/Manual Adjust

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Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 WebCam
Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 WebCam

Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 WebCam

Perhaps one of the best web camera listed here the 5000 makes great quality images (both video and still pictures).

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP

Min Processor Type - Pentium® P4 1.4 GHz or AMD Athlon® processor 1 GHz

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details - 128MB RAM

USB port

Technical Details:

Capture Resolution - HQ VGA (640 x 480) video and 1.3 megapixel (software-enhanced) images.

RightLightTM technology - Automatically produces the best images possible.

Integrated microphone with RightSoundTM technology - Enjoy limpid conversations, free from pestering echo.

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Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro
Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro

Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro

I would say that the Logitech QuickCam Pro it´s the best quality image webcam from this collection. Definitely a good buying choice.

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows XP or Vista

Min Processor Type - 1.4GMhz, or faster

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details - RAM 128MB (512MB recommended) - HD 200MB

USB port

Technical Details:

Lens - Carl Zeiss optics, Autofocus system

Capture Resolution - Ultra-high resolution 2-megapixel sensor with RightLight 2 Technology

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Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision

Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision
Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision

Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision

With an exceptional image quality this camera works under almost every light conditions.

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista

Min Processor Type - 1.4 Ghz (2.4 recommended)

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details - RAM 128MB (256MB recommended) - HD 200MB

USB port

Technical Details:

Lens Construction - Five precision-engineered lens elements. Includes a 1.3-megapixel sensor and RightLight technology for great images in any lighting situation.

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Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
Logitech Quickcam Pro review by NixiePixel

Pro 9000 Video Webcam Review

Logitech QuickCam® Pro 9000

This Logitech web camera is considered the best one by many.

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Microsoft Windows XP or Vista

Min Processor Type - 1.4 Ghz (2.4 recommended)

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details - RAM 128MB (256MB recommended) - HD 200MB

USB port

Technical Details:

Lens Construction - Carl Zeiss® optics with autofocus.

Capture Resolution - Video calling and sharing 960 by 720 pixels.

Integrated microphone with RightSoundTM Technology: Enjoy clear conversations, free from echo and pestering background noise.

Ultra-wide field of view and intelligent face tracking: Keeps you right in the middle of the action.

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Logitech Quickcam Sphere AF

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Logitech Quickcam Sphere AF

 

System Requirements:

in Operating system - Windows XP and Vista

Min Processor Type - Pentium 4 (or compatible) 1.4 GHz (2.4 GHz recommended) for XP and 2.4 GHz (2.8 GHz recommended) for Vista

System Requirements Details - 200 MB available hard disk space, 128 MB RAM for XP (256 MB recommended) and 512 MB RAM for Vista (1 GB recommended)

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM Drive and USB port

Technical Details:

Capture Resolution - Ultra-high resolution 2-megapixel sensor

Video capture - Up to 1600 by 1200 pixels

Still-image capture: 8 megapixels (with software enhancement)

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Web Camera
Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Web Camera

Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Web Camera

Most reviews say it`s a good camera with a moderate price.

System Requirements:

Min Operating system - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP

Min Processor Type - Intel Pentium® III 550 MHz (Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz recommended) or higher

256 MB of RAM or higher

Peripheral / Interface devices - CD-ROM Drive

Display adapter capable of 16-bit color depth or higher, 2 MB or higher video memory

Technical Details:

Capture Resolution - 640 x 480 pixels (Video: 30 fps)

Photo resolution: 1.3 megapixels (1280 x 960 pixels interpolated)

Computer Interface - USB

Microphone - Built-in unidirectional microphone

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Logitech HD Webcam C310

Logitech HD Webcam C310
Logitech HD Webcam C310

* Video calling in 16:9 widescreen

* One-click upload to Facebook and YouTube

* Auto light correction for dim and harsh lighting, and built-in noise-cancelling mic

* Works with Logitech VidTM HD, SkypeTM, Yahoo® Messenger, Microsoft LiveTM Messenger

 

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Jaelyn profile image

Jaelyn 8 years ago from Sunset District, San Francisco

wow, those are some pretty cool webcams. thanx funride! =)


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elisabeth reid 8 years ago from Colorado

Lots of information, lots to choose from without too much narrative to distract.

Thanks!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

You´re welcome Jaelyn :) I hope you´ll found the best webcam to fit your needs.

Elisabeth - After doing the research and choosing the best ones I decided just to include the system requirements information so everyone could pick one that works with their computer. Thanks for your comment.


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websurfpro 8 years ago

nice hub funride , I bought 3 webcams till now , prices ranging from 20 to 30$ , they are all blurry and I`m not satisfied with them at all. Great information you provided here , next time when I`ll buy a webcam i`ll take a list with the ones listed here :-)


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you for your comment websurfpro.

I hope your next webcam can satisfy you ;)


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Stella213 8 years ago from North Carolina Mountains

hey, its the crazy wedding dress lady. I have a logitec webcam, Love it. Good pictures. Check out my new hubs, The taking.../ Black, White America . I know you want to know what naughty bits she is about


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Stella, thank you for stopover by my hub. I already read your The Taking hub ;) I´m going to check out the other one right now.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

My head is spinning with all the info. LOL I guess I am not a techie lady hmmm funride, which is the best one for me?


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

LOL I suppose that is not a big problem I had the same problem when I started selecting my webcam, to many choices and too many technical details ;)

It depends on your needs and your system. I have buy the CP Flexcam cause it´s a good choice for laptop and because I didn´t need bigger resolution. I also think that Logitech provides a very good selection of webcams.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Honestly my head spins when we talk about techie stuff LOL Will check on Logitech then. Thanks funride. :)


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PearlyWrites 8 years ago from Southeast Florida

I have to agree that going cheap isn't always great. My husband and I did an experiment and he bought a cheap cam and I bought a more expensive one and yes, mine won!!! woohoo! Great Hub!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Michelle, I hope you will find the one that can satisfy your needs ;)

Hi Lisa, thank you for your kind comment. I´m glad you made the best pick and you end up winning :D


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DHunter 8 years ago from Unites States

Great post funride, straight to point without the fluff. You did a great job highlighting the features of each.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks for commenting DHunter! I was wondering about your avatar, is it an accordion? I love the sound of that instrument. BTW, welcome to hubpages ;)


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Wow, so many web cameras...which to choose now?

Which is 'the best' of all here?


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

I don´t know if there is one "the best", it depends on your needs and your system specifications. But if I had to choose I should go for one of the Logitech, good quality/price relation ;)


becky 8 years ago

I have families in the Philippines, Bahrain, Dubai, Italy and here in the U.S. We are planning to do our parent's golden anniversary and have everyone share it via web cam. I am looking for web camera where it can show the party and they can hear and watch the ceremony live. Seem to much? Is it possible?


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Becky, I am sure you can do that with almost any web cam but if you want to have better image definition you should choose a good web camera. As to the sound I think you better use a external mic. This way you´ll have better sound and also the possibility of having people talking with each other. After you got all the equipment you just have to invite all your families to your msn or other network and share all the fun with them.

I wish your parents a happy golden anniversary and lots of FUN to everyone!


no-cam-man 8 years ago

Cool site. but I am looking for a camera that would be good for youtube videos with me singing and I would like if when I moved it would not be blurry. also i want my voice and the picture to be sync. the cheaper the better.

I know this is a lot but Can you help me?


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi no-cam-man, there are better webcams but if you want a good webcam on low budget I would choose the Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX. For better results I advise you to record your singings on miniDV and then upload it to youtube, you´ll find many good video cameras here:

http://hubpages.com/technology/DigitalVideo-Camera...


no-cam-man 8 years ago

hi funride

Thanks a lot for the information i will check it out.


John  7 years ago

Hello,

I am looking at a d-link web cam for my house as a sudo security cam. Do you know anything about these?


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi John, if what you´re looking for it´s a wireless security camera then D-link must be one of the best choices (but also pricey). You can also check out the TRENDnet Wireless cams, they also seem like a good choice ;)

I must admit I did not think about this kind of use when I made this hub but it´s true that this kind of Internet cameras are becoming very popular because you can control what happens from your cellphone or from your PC no matter where you are ;)

Good luck with your security system ;)


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jewelsofawe 7 years ago from Oregon

Great webcams


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rancidTaste 7 years ago

The webcams are very nice. They are very attractive


Tony 7 years ago

I have a webacm built into my laptop and I love it. So handy. Wouldn't be without it.


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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

HI Funride I came by for a visit. You have been busy. This hub is marvelous. Very Well written and informative. I have learned so much from wonderful hubbers in this community. It is a grand place to be. You spent much hard work with this hub and it a blessing for me. I have a hard time with my camcorder stuff. Perfect timing I read your hub. Go check me out I have not seen you in a while.

May God Bless You Richly


disberg 6 years ago

I use the LOGITECH QUICKCAM CONNECT WEBCAM WITH MICROPHONE CAMERA 1.3 (last years model) I paid $69.99 for it new.

I see EBay is selling one(see below) - bet it's hot

Current Bid: $13.99

I hadn't a clue when I went to buy one. So before buying I surfed Future Shop, a couple of local retail outlets and settled on Staples, looking at all the reviews. The logitech webcam I got is sort of in the middle from what I could figure and if there is a downside I haven't found it yet. 1 Vote here for Logitech


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funride 6 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Hi Disberg, I also got a Logitech HD Pro Webcam and still haven`t find any downsides too. It`s possible to find very good deals on Ebay sometimes.


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flipultrahdcamera 5 years ago

I will also try to find a good Logitech deal in Ebay, maybe I'll be lucky:)


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funride 5 years ago from Portugal Author

Hey mate, thanks for stopping by. Hope you`ll find a great deal, good luck!


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thefundu 5 years ago from India

I guess, there is none you can say that its bad. Its kind of creativity here. So many gorgeous cams were up there.


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funride 5 years ago from Portugal Author

That`s it thefundu, only good choices. Thanks :)


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Guvenlik 4 years ago

Recently i bought a Logitech C270.

It records HD video with a very clear image and sound is fantastic (but mono).

If makes diference to you the video works well with linux (but i cant get audio working).

In Brazil it cost half the price of the ‘next models’ in family.


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funride 4 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Guvenlik, thank you for stopping by and commenting! You made a good choice, thank you for sharing its characteristics with us.

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