Securing an online teaching position, being a YouTuber, or conducting online webinars require you to be on your A-game! You must put your best face forward. Using up-to-date equipment is a vital part of the game plan. It is important to have the best computer camera/webcam!
Oh sure, you may be thinking, I have a fairly new laptop, and it has a built-in video camera, and that may well be true. BUT, is it the best computer camera/webcam for you and your online ESL job, your podcast, or your social media presence?
If you are new to the game or just looking to up your game, using a webcam can make a difference in how you appear online. Some webcam users have mentioned that their webcams have improved their appearances and that they are producing better quality videos and video content. Many of the best computer cameras/webcams are able to shoot lowlight video, unlike their built-in counterparts. With new technologies and HD features, webcams can be the “go-to” to develop and cultivate your online presence.
Before you rush off in search of the best computer camera/webcam, there are a few things to consider: your purpose, your preference, and your price point.
What is your purpose?
Consider what you are trying to accomplish with your new webcam? Are you using it for streaming, video chatting, or training? Knowing how you plan to use your webcam can help you prioritize your needs. Your purpose should help drive your selection of the best computer camera/webcam bell and whistles.
What is your preference?
If you are streaming, then you may need high resolution and frame rates.
According to Eugen, high resolution and high frame rates are essential features when considering a webcam.2 Resolutions of 720 or higher are vital for streaming and provide clear details in video snapshots. Also, frame rates of 30 frames per second produce better images. Frame rates (FPS) describe the number of individual frames per second in a video.
Other key points to consider are:
Features – Are there customizable features?
Focus – Are you looking for razor-sharp images?
Light correction– Does the camera have automatic light correction to address various lighting situations?
OS – What operating system is needed to be compatible with my laptop?
Sensors – Are there high-quality sensors that will help balance the white light?
Software – Does it automatically download the software, are there drivers that need to be installed, or what does the software allow or accomplish?
Sound – Is there an onboard microphone with the webcam – does it produce clear sound?
Ease of Use – Last but not least, and this is a significant area for me — Is the camera and software easy to use? Do I have to be really tech-savvy to use the software and webcam, or is there ease of use for novices? Ease of use is a game-changer for me!
What’s your price point?
Some online users purchase webcams strictly based on price. Whether you have a tight budget or a generous one, knowing what you want helps determine that for which you are willing to pay! Some of the best computer cameras/webcams come in various price ranges.
Our Top 3 Computer Cameras/Webcams
The Razer Kiyo is a popular camera among YouTube Vloggers most likely because of the built-in ring light, which provides even light across the face and illumination in low light. This camera is ergo-dynamic and is easy to use. It boasts lightning-fast autofocus and a display resolution of 1080p resolution and 30 fps. The recording resolution can be set to 1080p with 30 fps or 720p with 60 fps. For anyone who has to teach or record in an area with little light, the Razer Kiyo is an excellent choice.
One of Logitech’s newest webcams, this HD camera is well known to the online teaching crowd. It is economically priced and its design is very similar to its predecessor, the C920. Anyone wanting to upgrade from the C920 will feel comfortable making the switch. What differentiates this model from the C920 is that it handles low light correction even better and its display resolution and recording resolution is higher featuring 1080p with 30 fps. With excellent autofocusing and crisp imaging, this is a good all-around computer camera/webcam that will meet the needs of most people.
This webcam is an economical choice featuring an HD resolution of 1080p and 30 fps. What makes it an attractive choice for webcasters and online teachers in addition to its low price is its decent performance in low light and its microphone. This camera features a noise-reducing mic that holds its own when compared to the mics of higher performance webcams, so this camera is perfect for those looking for a lower price point without sacrificing quality sound.
No matter which camera you buy, remember to consider your options first. There are a plethora of webcams out there, you just have to find the best computer camera/webcam for you to meet your purpose, your preference, and your price point.
Hi there! My name is Tanya Pittman. I live in the great bluff city of Memphis, Tennessee. It is located in the southeastern part of United States. I have been an elementary school teacher for 25+ years. I have taught grades two through five. I have been an online ESL teacher for 16 months. I have a Masters of Education and a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Literacy Studies. I love teaching reading, it is like giving a child a lifelong gift. I enjoy reading, sewing, traveling, and spending time with my family.