- Razer Kiyo
- Logitech C930s
- Logitech C920s
Webcams are a great tool to be able to see your friends and family from far away. In the covid-19 pandemic, they’ve also helped to keep people connected, although they have been somewhat hard to come by. We’ve assembled this list of the best wired webcams in 2021 to help you get a quality product.
- Comes with privacy cover
- Stereo microphone
- Autofocus lens
- 1080p, 720p
The Logitech C920s is a minor update to the previous C920 model. The “s” version comes with an additional privacy shutter, for no extra cost. Video-wise, the 1080p, and 720p 30fps video won’t blow anyone away for a dedicated vlog, but it’s more than suitable for video calling or for embedding a facecam in a stream.
The stereo microphones offer good quality audio from up to a metre away but don’t include any noise cancelling. RightLight 2 technology also helps this webcam to perform well in poor lighting conditions.
- Built in adjustable ring light
- Native 4:3 resolutions for video conferencing
- Robust braided cable
- Up to 1080p
- 1080p30, 720p60
The Razer Kiyo addresses the cause of many problems that people have with webcams, lighting. It does this by including a ring light in the webcam itself. You can adjust the brightness of the light through three brightness levels by twisting the outside of the ring. 720p60 is generally enough to embed a smooth looking facecam in a stream while the 1080p30 setting gives you a full HD option without the high framerate.
Some features were added or improved via a firmware update available on the product page. This includes the 4:3 support, improved colour balancing, low light compensation, and an improved auto-focus. While the low-light compensation is a good addition, it isn’t compatible with the 720p60 mode. Thankfully, with the built-in ring light, you shouldn’t need to make much use of the low light mode. A newer version is available which supports 1080p60, but that costs twice as much and doesn’t include the ring light.
- H.264 codec support
- Comes with privacy cover
- 4x digital zoom
- 1080p, 720p
- Limited to 30fps
The Logitech C930e is very similar to the C920s covered at the top of the list, but comes with a few extra features and is aimed more at the business market. The 90-degree field of view is a great option if you want multiple people to be visible in the frame at one time. The H.264 video codec reduces the processing power required by the computer over older MP4 codecs.
Some of the features don’t seem to work together well, however. For example, with a one-metre range for clear audio pickup, the 4x zoom won’t really be helpful and while the wide FoV will allow more than one person on camera, you’ll struggle to easily fit three people within the one-metre range. Likewise, the H.264 codec is intended to reduce the file size of high bandwidth video such as 4K or 1080p60, but the C930e only supports 1080p30, where bandwidth wasn’t really an issue before. While some of these features might catch your eye, at almost double the price of the similar C920s, this is a bit of a difficult sell.
- Privacy cover included
- Supports Windows Hello
- Up to 4K
- 4k30, 1080p60, 720p90
- 65°, 78°, 90°
The $199 Logitech Brio is the only 4K webcam on this list. It’s also the only webcam to offer a 90fps mode, although that’s limited to 720p. It offers a huge range of features, including a five times digital zoom, HDR, RightLight 3 lighting correction, and Windows Hello support. The stereo noise cancelling microphone is also great for broadcasting your voice clearly, even when there’s background noise.
The included 2.2 metre cable plugs into a USB type-C port on the webcam and a USB type-A port on your computer. The fact that the cable can be detached however, means you can easily swap it out for a longer cable if needed or for a USB-C to USB-C cable. The almost $200 asking price may be a little steep for most people though.
- Can swivel in its mount to a vertical rotation
- Electronic image stabilisation
- Noise reduction filter
The Logitech StreamCam has a unique mount that allows it to easily swivel between the traditional landscape format and a portrait format. This feature is primarily aimed at social media content production as the vertical orientation is suited to mobile devices. The StreamCam comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C connector which allows fast transfer speeds. The fact that it’s USB-C, however, may mean you need an adaptor as support still isn’t universal.
The 1080p60 video provides both high quality and smooth video while the stereo noise reduction microphones help to keep your voice clear too. Digital image stabilisation will help to deal with small knocks and bumps.
There are many things you could want in a webcam. If you’re just aiming for good quality at a reasonable price, then the Logitech C920s is ideal. If you’re wanting the best of the best and are willing to spend a fair bit to get it, then the Logitech Brio has you covered. Whatever feature set or use case you’re looking for, you should be able to find something to suit you in our list of best webcams in 2021.