After researching 19 top webcams and testing six, we think that if you need a webcam for video calls, streaming, or recording, you should get the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920.
It takes better pictures and video than any of the other models we tested, beating even newer and more-expensive models.
It has sharp, 1080p video at 30 frames per second with fast autofocus and quick, accurate auto white balance; it’s simple to install and use; and at around it doesn’t cost much more than lesser budget webcams.
After a new round of research and testing, we found that the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 is still the best webcam for most people, and the Logitech Webcam C615 is still the best webcam for less than .
We have a new pick for game streamers: Logitech’s C922x Pro Stream Webcam.
It can record 60 fps at 720p (up from the standard of 30 fps), comes with a tripod, and has a fun background replacement feature.
The C920 has been around since 2012, and it doesn’t include fancy, high-end features like 4K video, 60 fps recording, or Windows Hello face authentication.
Its video quality doesn’t match the C920’s—the picture isn’t as sharp, the frame rate is lower at full resolution, autofocus is slower, and auto white balance isn’t as accurate—but the C615 is just as easy to set up, provides 1080p resolution, and has the best quality of any webcam under .
Its mount also folds around the camera to protect the lens, making the C615 a better portable option than the C920.
If you regularly use your webcam to stream to sites like You Tube or Twitch, and want to be able to put smooth 60 fps video of yourself on top of your 60 fps game footage, you’ll like Logitech’s C922x Pro Stream Webcam.
The C920, our top pick, is less expensive and our testers preferred its picture quality, but the C922x was a close second and it uses an identical microphone and monitor clip.
It also supports smoother 60 fps video at 720p, it includes a tripod, and it supports (on Windows only) a background replacement feature that simulates a green-screen effect.
Andrew Cunningham has spent more than six years writing about PCs and other gadgets for Anand Tech and Ars Technica, and before that he spent five years in IT helping people buy the best tech for their needs.