10 High Quality Webcams for Streaming

Buying a webcam is like buying a used car. It can turn out to be a lemon or your “old reliable”. Even if you bought a used cam, my list of the best webcams will not include any lemons.

In the last decade, video chatting and video publishing has skyrocketed. And although most online videos must be downloaded before viewing, live streaming videos are also very popular.

So I started thinking about what are the best webcams for streaming and not just for recording. I’m not referring to Camcorders, but specifically about cameras made for live broadcasting.

So here they are, and in no particular order:

1. Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam

This webcam is made by Logitech. It’s video resolution is 1920 x 1080p. It has Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology and noise reducing dual stereo mics build right in.

It allows uploading to Facebook and YouTube with a single click. It also has 15 megapixels photo capture and is Skype, Yahoo, Live compatible.
-> Buy on Amazon

2. Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam

This webcam is made by Microsoft. It’s video resolution is 1920 x 1080p. It has Auto Focus lens, TrueColor technology for any lighting situation and ClearFrame technology.

It also has a high-fidelity microphone and is Skype certified. This cam is also Microsoft Lync ready and has 4 GB of Ram for fast streaming. It’s rated 4.1 out of 5 stars.
-> Buy on Amazon

3. HP HD 5210 Webcam

HP 5210 webcam
This webcam is made by Hewlett Packard. It’s video resolution (VGA) is 1920 x 1080 for widescreens. It has premium lens and 2 noise-canceling stereo microphones.

It also has 13 megapixel photo capture, face tracking and HP TrueVision technology. It’s Skype Certified for it’s HD 720P resolution, weighs 6 ounces and rated 3.8/5 stars.
-> Buy on Amazon

4. Logitech B910 Hd Webcam

This webcam is made by Logitech. It’s video resolution is (720 x 1280p) at 30 fps. It has a 78-degree wide-angle field of view. It also has 5 megapixel photo capture capabilities.
-> Buy on Amazon

5. Apple iSight Video Conferencing Webcam

This webcam is made by Apple. It’s video resolution is 640 x 480p at 30fps. It has a Built-in noise-suppressing microphone. It only weighs 2.3 ounces.
-> Buy on Amazon

6. uCorder IRDC250 Wearable Video Camera

imgThis webcam is made by uCorder. This is more of a portable device. It’s video resolution is (640 x 480p) at 25 fps. It comes with a built-in Flash memory of 2 GB. It weighs only 1 pound.


7. iHome MyLife Notebook Webcam

This webcam is made by LifeWorks. It has a 5.0 megapixel max resolution. It also can track motion and comes with a built-In microphone. It weighs 1/4 of a pound.
-> Buy on Amazon

8. Logitech B990 HD Webcam

This webcam is made by Logitech. It’s video resolution is 720p at 30fps. It has a 78-degree wide-angle field of view. It comes with dual mics for natural wide band audio. It weighs 14 ounces.
-> Buy on Amazon

9. Logitech 2Mp Hd Webcam Pro 9000

This webcam is made by Logitech. It’s video resolution is 720p. It has 8 mega pixel photo capture capabilities. It also has a 75 inch wide-angle lens. It has RightLight2, RightSound and AutoFocus Technology.
-> Buy on Amazon

10. Logitech HD Webcam C310

This webcam is made by Logitech. It’s video resolution is 1280 X 720p. It comes with a built-in mic with Logitech RightSound technology. It can do up to 5MP photo capture. Another feature is 1-click Facebook and YouTube HD-upload.
-> Buy on Amazon


The biggest problems with webcams is video quality and hardware encoding. These become serious concerns when considering the output of live streaming video for video chats, seminars, and other important broadcasting.

Often the specific problems include speckling and color gradient inconsistencies. These issues are usually a result of severe processing of the video before it gets to the end user.

The processing of these streams includes compression of the video to allow smoother streaming on multiple devices, which is often done by YouTube when a video is uploaded. These types of treatment is done to live video as well.

If the video is low quality at the time of production, then gets processed a few times before delivery, it will produce a very low grade user experience. Try to create the highest quality videos when possible.

There is also potential USB compatibility and performance issues. Specificly with high quality video, the hardware on your computer must be able to handle the device. It’s the first level of processing and critical.

Community streaming websites like Twitch often require h.264 encoding for improved framerates, which cams like the C920 may be perfect for – read more about this here.

The top webcams on the market can do 720+ pixel HD Video at 15-30fps.

And computers have live firewire and live USB inputs to receive the video data. Most computers have USB 2.0 ports, so no need to worry about that.

Firewire based cams are great for streaming and can be used with Camcorders as well.

Check your computer for the Firewire port before buying anything. Check the package of your webcam or camcorder for the Firewire connector, it is often supplied.

No Firewire port? You can install a PCI card with Firewire ports. There must be an available slot on your motherboard for this upgrade.

Remember, it takes lots of CPU power to encode videos in real time for good quality streams.

You should review the detailed technical specifications of these cameras on retail websites to make the best choice for your situation.


These are some of the best webcams for streaming, but there may be better cams on the market. I didn’t personally try all of these webcams. Based on the specs, user feedback, and my personal experience with webcams, they stack up well against lesser quality/cheaper devices.

The device you choose to go with is based on your situation. I guess the only way to find out is with trial and error.

Remember, choose a cam that is compatible with the provided input of your computer.

H.264 video compression is the popular encoding format today, so make sure your camera can do this as well.

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