Kimber has tested hundreds of laptops, even more storage devices, and way too many peripherals—including wireless mice, mechanical keyboards, and webcams.Most recent laptops and all-in-one desktops have a decent—sometimes even great—built-in camera, so many people don’t need a stand-alone webcam.Its video—1080p at 30 frames per second—was crisp and clear in our testing, and the autofocus and auto white balance features worked better than those of any of the other webcams we tested.Logitech introduced the C920 back in 2012, and there’s still nothing better for the price.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.But there’s still no better webcam for the basics, and price drops have only improved the C920’s value—you can usually find it for or less today, a significant drop from the 0 it cost when it was released.It did just as well as or better than the more expensive C922x and the Brio in these tests.By comparison, the less expensive C615 produced darker, less detailed images with too saturated colors, and the C525’s pictures in front of the window were underexposed, making the rest of the room too dark.
We used that data, our findings from the previous version of this guide, and notes from other professional reviewers to settle on our picks.
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.
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.
Kimber Streams has written about tech for six years and been a PC expert for The Wirecutter for more than three years.