Today, we continue our trip in the world of vlogging with the best cheap webcams for vlogging on Youtube or Twitch in 2018. Because, yes, you can still get a really high quality webcam for a cheap 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 cheap 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, 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 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 2018!
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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Logitech C270 Widescreen HD Webcam
This is the cheapest webcam on our list and one that’s still used by many beginner vloggers out there. And although it’s not one that will fool anybody into thinking that you’re filming with Hollywood-grade equipment, it does its job and offers a really affordable entry point into the world of vlogging.
It is only able to record videos in 720p resolution and takes low quality photos (at just 3MP), but if you’re using it as a video games streamer or anything similar where you don’t need to have it cover the entire screen, then the image quality is still good. As long as the content you produce is high quality, the camera doesn’t have to be the best of the best, especially if you don’t have the budget for it!
This webcam also comes packed with the Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology which gives better colors and smoother video recording, as well as automatic light correction to make sure that you look good even when your room is not well lit. It doesn’t have autofocus though, but at this price you won’t get any better deals!
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 surprisingly good. It can’t compete with 1080p webcams for sure, but those don’t sell for as cheap as this one does!
It’s actually very similar in concept with the camera above, delivering similar image quality. It also has a nice attachment base that gives you easy options when it comes to placing it on your desk or a monitor.
In terms of image quality, it’s able to deliver 720p HD video recording with crystal clear image quality. 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.
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 either, so you shouldn’t move too fast or often when you’re using this!
Logitech HD C615
Logitech is by far the best known brand when it comes to webcams and the company is able to deliver amazing webcams for any price range. Fortunately, budget webcams are included and the Logitech C615 is a really good choice for those looking to get started on Youtube or Twitch or any other platform, actually!
One interesting feature is its foldable design which makes it a perfect choice for travelers or vloggers that are constantly on the move. Apart from that, it has all the goodies you’d expect from a high quality camera: full HD video recording at 1080p, 360-degree rotation, autofocus and automatic light correction, meaning that you’ll still get a decent shot even in poorly lit areas.
All in all, a really good choice for a decent price – and a brand that you know you can trust.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
This is, in my opinion, the best webcam on our list, when we consider the price / quality ratio. This is also Amazon’s choice for the “webcam” keyword at the moment of writing this article, with an amazing rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from over 8,800 reviews. In other words, everybody who gave this webcam a try was extremely satisfied with it!
And you have all the reasons to be satisfied as it offers many features that you can see on professional webcams: a more than welcome 1080p, full HD video recording, it offers 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. 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.
All the webcams listed above are very good – and not just for beginner vloggers, but more established ones as well. As I said, I personally consider the C920 the best on our list, but it’s also the most expensive one so if you don’t have the budget for it, you can easily choose any other on the list.
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!