Best webcams in Australia 2020
Improve your videoconferencing, make more Zoom calls or take your online game streams to the next level with our list of the 5 best webcams available in Australia.
The best webcams in Australia
- Best overall webcam: Logitech C920
- Best budget webcam: Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
- Best presentation webcam: Logitech C922 Pro Stream
- Best gaming webcam: Razer Kiyo
- Best 4K webcam: Logitech Brio Webcam
How did we pick this list?
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on weighting applied to both consumer and professional reviews for a wide array of webcams suited across a range of needs. Our accumulated data was then used to pick each winner in a specific category to match up with the needs of webcam buyers. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.
Best overall webcam: Logitech C920
Why we chose it
Our pick for the best overall webcam in Australia is the Logitech C920.
Logitech sells a lot of different webcam models – more than any other in our round-up by model count, in fact – but the C920 stands out for delivering the best results. It also has the most affordable price, making it an easy pick as the best overall all-rounder for just about any purpose.
Reviewers liked the quality of its primary 1,080p/30fps (frames per second) captures, quick autofocus and high-quality glass lens array. However, the 78-degree field of view isn't super-wide, so it may not be the best for group chats. Also, there's no in-built background detection in Logitech's software for this camera – but that's something you can often handle within your video conferencing app regardless.
Best budget webcam: Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Why we chose it
The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is the best budget webcam you can buy right now.
There are plenty of "cheap" webcams out there, and many of them don't rate well because they're very much a question of getting what you pay for. Microsoft's LifeCam HD-3000 isn't a fancy model, but it's affordably priced while still delivering good essential videoconferencing and recording results.
It will only record at up to 720p, but reviewers praised its quality integrated microphone, ease of installation and the fun effects available through Microsoft's LifeCam software.
Best presentation webcam: Logitech C922 Pro Stream
Why we chose it
If you're working from home, the best webcam you can get is the Logitech C922 Pro Stream. It provides up to 1,080p streaming with automatic low light correction, so even if you are stuck giving a presentation from your kitchen table, you'll still appear clear to your audience.
Reviewers noted its high-quality microphone array and the ability to easily remove background detail as a plus, which is also a good fit for those wanting to appear more professional even if their actual backdrop can't quite support it.
60fps streaming is also supported, but only at up to 720p maximum.
Best gaming webcam: Razer Kiyo
Why we chose it
The best webcam for gaming that you can buy right now is the Razer Kiyo.
Most webcams try to sell themselves towards the game streaming community, but the Razer Kiyo goes a step further, integrating a full ring light into its camera array. Poor lighting can make even the best webcams present you badly, and while you'll need to play around with colour settings to make the most of it, a little work can go a very long way.
Reviewers also praised its highly mobile nature and the overall quality of its 1,080p/30fps or 720p/60fps streaming captures.
Best 4K webcam: Logitech Brio Webcam
Why we chose it
The best webcam for making content is the Logitech Brio Webcam.
The vast majority of webcams can't actually handle something that your phone probably can, and that's 4K video recording. The Logitech Brio is a rare exception because its sensor will allow up to 4K recording, as well as infrared detection if you also want it to do biometric duty for login to Windows 10 via the Windows Hello feature.
However, 4K isn't just data intensive, it's also processor intensive. This means it requires a fairly modern PC or graphics card, and the files it creates will also naturally be much larger, requiring a higher upload speed if you want either live broadcasting or to quickly get them up onto a streaming service.
- We compared webcams that could be purchased online by Australian consumers.
- Webcams that were not easily sourced from Australian retailers or online merchants selling to Australians were excluded from comparison.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
Looking for more options? Use the table below to compare a range of webcams suitable for a variety of needs.
How to compare webcams
The chances are pretty good that if you work from a laptop it's got some kind of integrated webcam. However, these webcams often have low resolution, terrible light pick-up and poor microphones, which is why it can make a lot of sense to invest in a proper external webcam.
Whether you're working from home, making video calls to relatives or gaming online, here's what you should consider when making a webcam purchase:
How you'll use it
There's a huge difference in the expectations between your nanna, your office and even the online streaming world if that's what you're going to target. Video calling and recording is all about making the right impression, so it's not just a question of buying the webcam available at the lowest price.
Your standard laptop webcam probably supports 720p at best, although that could be lower if you're rocking an older model. You can pump that all the way up to 4K if you want, but you'll need a decent broadband connection with good upload speeds to make the most of that.
Most webcams run at a base 30fps (frames per second), which is actually fine for most meetings or video calls. If you're showing off a presentation or want your video to appear slick online, though, you'll want a model that supports 60fps for silky-smooth video.
Stand vs clip
Some models are built to stand on your desk, while others clip to your laptop (or elsewhere), adding portability. Consider where you're mostly going to use your webcam and buy accordingly.
Most modern webcams include a level of ambient noise cancelling, but there's only so much they can do. If you're after particularly crisp audio for any reason, it may be worth investing in an external USB microphone and incorporating that into your webcam set-up.
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