Today, we continue our trip in the world of vlogging with the best cheap webcams for vlogging in 2017. 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 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 amazing 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 pro levels. And now that we have these things covered, let’s check out below which are the best cheap webcams for vlogging in 2017!
Please note that we’re only sharing 1080p webcams below (because you really can’t have a lower resolution for serious vlogging) and the products are listed from the cheapest to the most expensive at the moment of writing this article.
Ausdom Webcam HD
This is the best priced camera on our list and for the dollars you spend on it, you get a lot in return. Apart from the 1080p, full HD video recording that it offers, it delivers 12 megapixel photos (great for those YouTube custom thumbnails!) and a plug in & play mechanics, meaning that you won’t have to install any drivers or additional software for it to work. The camera mount can be adjusted at 180 degrees, while the camera itself can perform a full rotation, meaning that there’s no area in your room or around it that it can’t capture. It has the disadvantage of lacking auto focus, but for this price it can’t be defeated!
– unbeatable price
– good image quality
– manual focus
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 an amazing webcam! 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.
– great image quality (even in poor light)
– portable design
– lower resolution stills (8MP)
– just 720p resolution for video calls (but that’s not a biggie since you want it for vlogging!)
Genius WideCam F100
My first webcam was a Genius webcam and I remember being so disappointed with it. Of course, that happened many years ago and fortunately things have improved drastically. As a result, the company’s WideCam F100 makes it on this list – and what a great webcam they have to offer at a good price!
Offering great HD recording at 30fps, the camera can be rotated and tilted as per your liking, while side-to-side swiveling is limited to preset angles. Still, a camera with great flexibility and high quality image. It lacks autofocus, though, but it’s not the only one on this list which does. All in all, another great budget choice for you with a really wide recording angle.
– wide angle
– great image quality
– 12MP interpolation photo
– lacks autofocus
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
This is, in my opinion, the best webcam on our list, even though it’s a bit more expensive. This is also the #1 best selling webcam on Amazon at the moment of writing this article, with an amazing rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 6,600 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: apart from the now regular 1080p, full HD video recording, it offers face tracking and motion detector sensors, a portable design like that of the C615 mentioned above 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!
– Full HD, great-quality video
– autofocus & low light compensation
– a bit more expensive than the others
All the webcams listed above are amazing – 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, 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, they should be fine as well. If not – you always have other cheap webcams listed above with autofocus!