The coolest webcams to buy in 2017
Find out which webcam has the best set of features in terms of sound or image quality or both
Despite all laptops sporting built-in HDR webcams these days, most traditional desktop towers don't bear the same luxury. As such, we are still looking for the answer to the age-old question: what is the best webcam for us? While the answer depends largely on whether your sights are set on getting famous on YouTube or simply chatting it up with friends, here are the best webcams for every occasion:
Logitech C922 Pro Stream
The C922 Pro Stream will disappoint anybody hoping for a drastic overhaul of the C920, its predecessor that came out in 2012. Logitech's newest webcam features the same classy design but it's interesting for gamers this time around. It still boasts excellent video quality (up to 1080p) when it comes to hosting video calls, and its automatic low-light correction makes it a great cam for streaming with the lights off.
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
If you need something cheap and cheerful for your video chats and your social network, Microsoft's LifeCam range offers decent p er for m a nc e for a budget price. You don't get 1080p video, but LifeCam HD-3000 comes with auto matic colour correction, a noise-cancelling uni directional microphone and a stand to fit laptops and desktops alike.
Novo Minoru 3D
Fancy a webcam that shoots in 3D? That's the Minoru's USP, and while the specification isn't stunning -it's 800x600 with manual focus and a fixed aperture, so it's only suitable for indoor shooting unless you've got a bunch of filters handy -it looks like a cute robot and enables you to take 3D vid eos. Don't ex pect lifelike, photorealistic 3D avatars.
AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam
If you want a full HD webcam without the full HD price, this little beauty is currently the best buy. It's ridiculously cheap for a Windows webcam with 1080p HD, 12MP stills, a noise cancelling microphone and low light compensation. There's no autofocus and you don't get a big bundle of software.
Nor m a l webc a m s don't work wit h Samsung smart TVs, and by an interesting coinci dence Samsung just happens to have its own proprietary -and expensive -camera for its H, H U, JS and JU models. We wouldn't recom mend buying one for Skype as the smart TV version of Skype is no longer being supported. But if you want to use Samsung's own gesture control features and its virtual mirror for fitness apps, then it's really your only option.
TeckNet's cheap and cheerful products are popular, and the C016 is no exception. It's a webcam with noise cancellation and the ability to rotate 360-degree horizontally and 180-degree vertically. You don't get full HD or autofocus, but the camera offers automatic face tracking and automatic adjustment of exposure and white balance for clearer video in poor light.
The Hue HD is a bit different to other webcams: it's also designed as a document captureprojection camera and a stop-motion camera. And its bendy neck, flexible approach and tough build has made it a deserved hit in classrooms. It works on PCs and Macs, includes a microphone and can double up as a microscope. There's also a .pro-edition that adds LED lights and more powerful software
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