Today, we continue our trip in the world of vlogging with the best webcams for vlogging on Youtube or Twitch in 2020. Because, yes, you can still get a really high quality webcam for a low price and shoot amazing videos in your room!
Have in mind that we’re not covering regular cameras in this article (we’ll have a different one coming soon): just the best webcams for vlogging in front of your desk… or wherever you take you vlogging laptop with you.
I personally believe that going for a webcam, if you are just starting to vlog or live stream, is the best thing you can do: not only that it easily allows you to add your face over a screen capture (which is great if you are a gaming vlogger, for example), but it can also offer great quality image capture for a fraction of the cost of a regular camera.
There’s always time to upgrade later if you really need the portability and extra features of a regular camera! But first, start with an amazing cheap webcam and work your magic for your subscribers!
You should always have in mind that most webcams – even the best of the best – are not good when it comes to recording sound. The same can be said about regular cameras, so no matter what you do, you will still have to buy a good microphone for vlogging if you want to keep everything at high standards.
And now that we have these things covered, let’s check out below the best cheap webcams for vlogging in 2020!
Please note that the products are listed from the cheapest to the most expensive at the moment of writing this article – do check them all and do your own diligence as prices might change over time.
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We’ll start by listing the webcams below in an easy to see table in case you’re in a hurry, but if you are not you can find out more about each model below.
|Logitech C922x Pro||Editor’s Choice|
1080p, autofocus, tripod mount
|Check price here|
|LarmTek 1080P||1080p, no autofocus, no tripod mount||Check price here|
|Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000||720p, no autofocus, tripod mount||Check price here|
|Logitech HD Pro C920||1080px, autofocus, tripod mount||Check price here|
|Razer Kiyo||1080px, autofocus, tripod mount||Check price here|
LarmTek 1080P Full HD Webcam
The cheapest webcam for streaming and vlogging on our list is pretty solid for its price and comes with a feature that privacy fanatics will definitely enjoy: a cover for the lens to make sure that nobody’s ever spying on you!
LarmTek’s webcam offers 1080px video streaming quality, as the name suggests and has a pretty wide lens too, which can capture a larger amount of space. The image quality is good overall – and you definitely can’t have any complaints at this price range.
It lacks some of the premium features that other webcams have – the most important being the lack of autofocus, but it also doesn’t have a mount hole for a tripod.
On the other hand, it’s extremely cheap and the video quality it provides is really good, so if you’re on a very, very tight budget, you can pick this one and upgrade later when you have more money available.
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
This one is a true classic. I’ve actually passed my Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 on to my parents who are still using it today when they video chat with me and other friends and the image quality is still surprisingly good. It’s incredible to see that after all these years on the market, this model is still here on our top list!
It’s main advantage is the really low price – so if you’re on a very tight budget, you have this one to turn to, but understand that it has its limitations due to both its age and low price.
In terms of image quality, it’s able to deliver 720p HD video recording with crystal clear image quality though. Again, it’s better suited for those who want a small insert on the screen with their face, but can also be used as the main source of image if required. However, in this case, you’d definitely be better off with another webcam – one that offers full HD.
It also comes with various goodies to improve the image quality, such as the True Color feature that boosts colors and offers crisper images, as well as digital pan, digital tilt, vertical tilt, swivel pan, and 4x digital zoom. No autofocus though, so you shouldn’t move too fast or often when you’re using this!
Remember that this model – although extremely cheap – has been around for years, so it doesn’t have the most modern set of features to offer. But for its price and in specific situations (like when you only need the small insert in a corner), it’s perfect!
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
This is another classic, one that many vloggers have probably seen and used sometime during their career. It’s extremely popular after all these years – and for all the right reasons. I haven’t seen people who have tried this one out and weren’t satisfied.
Unlike the other “classic” on or list – Microsoft’s webcam, this one offers 1080p, full HD video recording, as well as face tracking and motion detector sensors, a portable design and amazing image quality.
It also has a smooth autofocus that works great even in low light conditions. Plus, it is tripod ready, which gives you even more options when it comes to recording and especially where to place it.
It’s simply amazing and with so many people being extremely satisfied with it, it certainly is a great choice, while still not breaking the bank. It also has one of the better microphones that webcams offer, so you could avoid investing in a dedicated microphone if the funds are really tight.
Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam
Even though Razer are not particularly famous for their webcams, they are a company that has products designed with gamers in mind and this webcam follows suit as well.
Although – like most Razer products – it’s a bit more expensive than the previous recommendations, it offers high quality for the money and some interesting features as well. It’s also designed for streaming, so you know that you’re getting a dedicated streaming webcam for Twitch or Youtube if you buy it.
It offers video streaming at 1080px and the biggest feature it has – something that we haven’t seen before and is more than welcome – is its ring light. This allows you to instantly control the brightness in your room (or wherever you’re streaming for) without the need of additional equipment.
The ring light is pretty strong – perfect for low light environments – but it can also be quickly adjusted by simply rotating the light itself. A feature that you never knew you needed before!
Even though not as famous as the other products on this list, the Razer Kiyo is definitely a winner in my books and a really pleasant surprise for you, without a doubt.
Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam
This is the bigger brother of the previous Logitech model that we recommended above and our Editor’s Choice for the best webcam for vlogging. You really can’t score a better one, especially at this price. Logitech really knows what they’re doing!
This model has been specifically created for video streaming on social gaming platforms like Twitch or Youtube. It delivers professional-grade quality for a really low price and you will surely be surprised to see how well it behaves and performs.
The 1080px image quality is crystal clear and nearly flawless, vibrant and beautiful. It comes with autofocus (probably the best you’ll get on this list) and also has a pair of microphones that’s as good as the ones above.
You can mount it on a tripod as well if you need to and the cable offers decent room for positioning this webcam wherever you need it (5 feet-long).
The Logitech C922X Pro is also Amazon’s choice, as well as one of their best selling webcams at the moment of writing. It also has glowing reviews – so it’s not just us who consider it the best option out there. Definitely give it a try if you have a bit more to spend.
All the webcams listed above are very good – and not just for beginner vloggers and streamers, but more established ones as well. It all depends on what you need them for: if it’s just to insert a small rectangle over an existing gameplay video, they’re perfect. For recording more complex videos… they might not be ideal.
Just have in mind that those without autofocus can become pretty annoying if you change positions a lot when recording – but if you just sit on your chair and work your magic there, they should be jut fine. If not – you always have other products listed above with autofocus!