Webcams, long popular at MSN evenings, fell into disuse before coming back to the forefront for two main reasons: the democratization of teleworking and teleconferencing and the massive arrival of streaming. They are all the more necessary in this period of confinement where telework is in place as soon as it is possible. Still, it’s more fun to see each other. Here is our selection of the best webcams for personal computers. As you’ll see, Logitech dominates.
Those who have streamed before know the importance of the lighting. Razer has understood this with his Kiyo, which has the particularity of integrating a ring LED light directly on the webcam. This is a plus if you don’t want to invest in dedicated equipment, and it makes it an excellent webcam to start streaming.
The Kiyo shoots in Full HD and 1080p. It’s a newer hardware that offers a better image quality than the C920. It also has the merit of having a swivel stand, which allows it to be used right at the desk. That can be practical if you have a particular setup. You can get it for 109 euros at Razer.
Launched and tested in our columns a short time ago, the Logitech StreamCam is the right choice for larger budgets. As its name suggests, Logitech wants to make it the ultimate solution for streaming. While it’s perfect for this purpose, it’s just a good webcam.
It shoots at 60 frames per second in 1080p for even more fluidity and, above all, manages colorimetry well for an image that, in addition to being precise and detailed, is well adjusted by default. Its field of view is 78°.
The StreamCam has a USB C connector and does not deliver an adapter to USB A in the box. So your computer will need to have this port.
The Logitech C920 remains the “default” computer webcam, despite the arrival of many models over the years. Inexpensive, but with enough features for most uses, it’s sure to satisfy most people.
It comes in several versions with slightly different numbers, but they all share the same features: they’re capable of shooting Full HD at 30 frames per second with a 78° field of view. That’s enough, most of the time.
Launched several years ago, the 2-megapixel sensor is however slightly out of date, especially in terms of color rendition, which will have to be adjusted in the settings, and its low-light capabilities. But for less than 100 dollars, and sometimes even less than 75 in the marketplace, you won’t find better.