To no one's surprise, video cameras have recently boomed in popularity. There's been huge demand for them ever since people have started working from home, making video conferences the new norm to collaboration in the workplace. With so much of our day-to-day life moving to online spaces, having clear video conferencing sessions is becoming an essential requirement to our computing setup. While many of our laptops, mobile phones and tablets do come with a built-in camera, many would still find a video camera with high resolution an appealing proposition. So, here are our top picks for webcams to use during WFH in 2021.
1. Logitech C920: All-in-one Solution
New products have come and gone, but the Logitech C920 has remained ahead of the game. Since its release in January 2012, it has consistently beaten competitors - and for good reason. A fan favourite across the board; from streamers, content creators, and office professionals alike, this camera promises high quality that's worth the price point to deliver the best results. With crisp 1080p HD resolution and fantastic lighting and color detection at an affordable price, it is no wonder that this camera has remained at the top spot amongst some of the best performing webcams available in the market today.
2. Microsoft LifeCam Studio: Office-ready
The Microsoft LifeCam Studio camera was made for business conferencing and presentations, with its 1080p recording, 720p live video calling and wideband mic to deliver crystal clear sound. To top it off, it even comes with 360-degree rotating capabilities and Microsoft’s TrueColor system, which will shift the exposure dynamically to keep you well lit. This camera is compatible with any PC, from Windows to Mac, and is sure to deliver pristine quality for your work meetings.
3. Logitech HD Webcam C310: Bang for your Buck
If you’re not trying to bleed your wallet dry for a decent camera, this is the option for you. The Logitech HD Webcam C310 is a great option for those who aren’t looking to splurge on a webcam, and just need to get onto that Zoom or Skype call and be seen clearly. While it does only shoot in 720p, the C310 does come with Logitech’s RightLight 2 auto-light correction technology so you’ll always be shown in the proper light. With its noise-reducing mic, you’ll also be heard clearly from up to 5 feet or 1.5 meters away. It's probably not the go-to for streamers and content creators, but it definitely gets the job done.
4. Logitech C930e: Work from Home
The C930e boasts some of the most advanced specs for a HD camera, and it comes with a price point to match. However, what makes this camera worth it is that unlike the normal camera which relies on the PC to do most of the work, this one does the video encoding on its own. This helps it deliver some of the best video quality in the market. This camera comes with a 90 degree field of view that makes it well-suited for business video conferencing and presentations, to make your home office look as professional as possible.
5. Razer Kiyo Pro: Let there be Light
If you just can't seem to get that lighting fixed no matter how to angle your camera, then look no further - the Razor Kiyo Pro was made to solve this very problem. This camera has a light ring running all the way around the lens, to illuminate your face and give you clear vision even in a room with less than ideal lighting. You can adjust the lighting with a twist of the ring that runs around the webcam, which is useful as it also gives you more balanced, professional-looking images when you’re streaming under normal light conditions. The autofocus keeps the picture sharp, and you have a choice of streaming in 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps. This feature also makes it highly popular with streamers and content creators. It's only downside - the microphone can be a little too quiet for some.
No matter where you go, these cameras will be sure to help you in a pickle when you need good quality video. Whether you’re calling your co-workers from the office, attending meetings from home, or expanding as a streamer, there is a camera that's perfect for you.