When comparing pictures taken by the six webcams we examined, our testers consistently ranked the C920 first, beating out even newer and more expensive models like the C922x and the Logitech Brio.
The C920 produces sharp, 1080p-resolution video both locally and streamed through services such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Zoom (though many services default to, or max out at, 720p to save bandwidth).
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 $60 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 $50.
If you need a less-expensive option, or something you can take with you, we recommend the Logitech HD Webcam C615.
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 $50.
In a previous round of testing, we tested (and dismissed) Logitech’s C930e and Microsoft’s Life Cam Cinema.
Once we narrowed down the field, we took multiple pictures and videos with each webcam under controlled conditions so we could compare them directly.
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.
We also downloaded and used Logitech’s webcam software for the cameras we tested.
All of these webcams are automatically detected by Windows 10, mac OS, and other modern operating systems; Windows 10 downloads and installs the necessary drivers for you.
We evaluated 19 current webcams for this update to the guide, including our previous picks, new webcams released since the last time we tested, and best-selling cameras from Amazon.