WebCams

Trust 16428 Spotlight Webcam pro

Trust 16428 Spotlight Webcam pro

From £21
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
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Logitech C270

Logitech C270

From £23
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
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Logitech C615

Logitech C615

From £64
  • PC Interface: USB
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Logitech C170

Logitech C170

From £20
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Logitech C310

Logitech C310

From £39
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
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Microsoft HD 3000 Life Cam

Microsoft HD 3000 Life Cam

From £22
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
7 Offers from 3 shops >
Logitech C920

Logitech C920

From £59
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
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D-Link DCS 5222

D-Link DCS 5222

From £95
  • PC Interface: IP
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D-Link DCS 942L

D-Link DCS 942L

From £180
  • PC Interface: Wireless
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Tenvis IProbot3

Tenvis IProbot3

From £39
  • PC Interface: Wireless
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Sogatel Skype

Sogatel Skype

From £14
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1600 x 1200
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Mediatech MT4023

Mediatech MT4023

From £18
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 640 × 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Microsoft Lifecam Cinema

Microsoft Lifecam Cinema

From £46
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
6 Offers from 3 shops >
Samsung SNH 1010

Samsung SNH 1010

From £34
  • PC Interface: Wireless
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
2 Offers from 2 shops >
D-Link DCS 932

D-Link DCS 932

From £124
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
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Hikvision DS-2CE56D5T

Hikvision DS-2CE56D5T

From £106
  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SMARTWARES C924

SMARTWARES C924

From £197
  • PC Interface: IP
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Conceptronic CIPCAMPTIWL

Conceptronic CIPCAMPTIWL

From £67
  • PC Interface: Wireless
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hikvision DS 2CD6362

Hikvision DS 2CD6362

From £502
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
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Foscam C1

Foscam C1

From £44
  • PC Interface: Wireless
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Axis M1145 L

Axis M1145 L

From £291
  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
TechMade TM-FOOT-NAPOLI

TechMade TM-FOOT-NAPOLI

From £14
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Konig SEC CAM35

Konig SEC CAM35

From £18
  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1024 x 728
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Konig SEC CAM12

Konig SEC CAM12

From £32
  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Konig CMP-WEBCAM11

Konig CMP-WEBCAM11

From £24
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 320 x 240
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Foscam Fosbaby P1

Foscam Fosbaby P1

From £85
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
1 Offer from 1 shop >
T'nB Nighty480

T'nB Nighty480

From £21
  • PC Interface: USB 2.0
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
D-Link DCS 6314

D-Link DCS 6314

From £597
  • PC Interface: RJ45 10Base-T/100Base-TX
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
TRENDnet TVIP320PI

TRENDnet TVIP320PI

From £78
  • PC Interface: IP
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D-Link DCS 930

D-Link DCS 930

From £49
  • PC Interface: Wireless
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Trust 20818

Trust 20818

From £21
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1600 x 1200
1 Offer from 1 shop >
D-Link DCS 6111

D-Link DCS 6111

From £104
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Axis T90C10

Axis T90C10

From £233
  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Trust WB-1400T

Trust WB-1400T

From £13
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 352 x 288
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Speedlink SL6882

Speedlink SL6882

From £29
  • PC Interface: USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acorn 5210A

Acorn 5210A

From £168
  • PC Interface: IP
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Logitech C930e

Logitech C930e

From £92
  • PC Interface: USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
TRENDnet TV NVR104K

TRENDnet TV NVR104K

From £300
  • PC Interface: IP
2 Offers from 2 shops >
D-Link DCS-6315

D-Link DCS-6315

From £323
  • PC Interface: IP
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Microsoft 5WH00002

Microsoft 5WH00002

From £57
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Conrad 752315

Conrad 752315

From £45
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Genius FaceCam 1000X

Genius FaceCam 1000X

From £18
  • PC Interface: USB 2.0
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Satzuma UWM200

Satzuma UWM200

From £9
  • PC Interface: USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Konig CMP-NWIPCAM31

Konig CMP-NWIPCAM31

From £69
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
papalook PA452

papalook PA452

From £24
  • PC Interface: USB 2.0
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Logitech PTZ Pro

Logitech PTZ Pro

From £600
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Kinobo B3

Kinobo B3

From £21
  • PC Interface: USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Logitech BCC 950

Logitech BCC 950

From £169
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Foscam FI9831W

Foscam FI9831W

From £99
  • PC Interface: IP
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Axis M 1125 E

Axis M 1125 E

From £348
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sweex Rose WC066

Sweex Rose WC066

From £9
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
D-Link DCS 2132

D-Link DCS 2132

From £69
  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 800
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Foscam FI 9800 P

Foscam FI 9800 P

From £59
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
1 Offer from 1 shop >
D-Link DCS 5010

D-Link DCS 5010

From £129
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Microsoft H5D

Microsoft H5D

From £43
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Creative Live Cam IP SmartHD

Creative Live Cam IP SmartHD

From £49
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Axis P 1354 E

Axis P 1354 E

From £1,017
  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 960
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Emtec EKVOIP300

Emtec EKVOIP300

From £10
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dynamode M 1100

Dynamode M 1100

From £10
  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 800 
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Axis YP3040

Axis YP3040

From £85
  • PC Interface: IP
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Buying Guide - Webcams

Types

A web camera can come in a variety of types.  A typical webcam will connect to a computer via one of the USB ports, and work after installing the appropriate drivers.

Audio/Video Webcams: The basic webcam will offer only video support, with audio normally only being possible via a headset with a microphone.  If the consumer is willing to spend a little bit more money, they can get a webcam with a built-in microphone.

Digital Cameras: Many mid-range digital cameras offer a webcam function, allowing them to be used to take photographs and videos while also offering a high quality stream.  The majority of digital cameras offer component software that allows for video or photo capture, such as Apple's Photo Booth software.

Wireless Webcams: Some webcams offer wireless capabilities, negating the need for messy wiring cluttering up your desk space and offering an increased level of functionality.

High Quality Video Webcams: Not long ago, it was standard for a webcam to offer only VGA quality, but now, two or three megapixels is fairly common.  With the advent of mobile phone cameras, the price of the components used in a typical web camera has fallen significantly, leading to cheaper products offering higher quality.  A multipurpose webcam offering up to HD resolution is not uncommon and can be found fairly cheaply, with prices falling all the time.

Portable Webcams: Many webcams are detachable and run on batteries, meaning they can double as cheap digital cameras.  While this isn't as popular a choice as it once was due to the increase in popularity of mobile phone cameras, filming on a good quality multi-purpose webcam can be significantly easier than using a phone.  It is also typically easier to transfer the videos shot on a webcam to the internet.

Features

A webcam can offer a wide range of features.  Normally, a good quality web camera will offer audio and video capabilities.  Most webcams available on the market today will synchronise quickly and easily with instant messaging programmes such as Skype or MSN Messenger.  The burgeoning popularity of Skype as both a personal communications tool and as a business solution for teleconferencing means that many webcam types come ready for business use.  These types of web camera offer a complete solution for professional use and are priced accordingly.  Other webcam types include proprietary software for photo or video capture, which can easily be transferred to websites like YouTube or Google Videos.

A webcam can also have several other purposes.  A web camera available for computer games consoles such as the Xbox Kinect or PlayStation Eye is multi-purpose and, in the case of the former, also offers depth perception and movement tracking.  A number of 3D webcams are available and will only become more popular as the increase in 3DTV technology continues.

Some webcam types are also compatible with PC gaming.  The Xbox Kinect has recently inspired a series of technological demonstration products showcasing the wide range of uses for the next generation webcam.  The infrared technology available in these new products is cutting edge, and provides a diverse new experience.

Other types of webcams can be used for surveillance and security purposes.  With many being photosensitive or sensitive to movement, it is possible to set up a wireless webcam outside your house or business to capture photos or videos when someone comes in or walks by.  This can be very useful in the field of home security, and many people are starting to use a webcam instead of paying much more for a complete CCTV system in their home.  The webcam has the benefit of only recording when it needs to and storing the video straight to a hard drive, rather than using expensive tapes or discs that require regular replacement.

Web camera technology has progressed significantly in the past few years.  Large news organizations such as the BBC and CNN are now using high end web cameras to record their urgent news from reporters, or to speak to correspondents in far away countries where no other live video communication feed is available.  Webcams are frequently installed on motorways and bridges as well, giving viewers of the online stream a glimpse of a certain landmark, or the ability to check on the traffic before setting out on a journey.

Quality

Webcams are available in varying levels of quality.  Cheap webcams can cost as little as £5 to £15 and will offer reasonable video quality, although colour balance and focus may not be exemplary.  Web cameras in this price range, whilst usually coming with a warranty, may not be as long lasting as more expensive webcams.  They will also rarely offer the visual fidelity required for precision use, and are more suited to communicating with friends or family online.  The webcams available in the next price bracket up - around £20 to £50 - will offer a greatly increased level of picture quality, normally offer audio capabilities, will have great quality colour and may have extra features.  These web cameras are suitable for talking online as well as filming videos in front of the computer in a video blog style.  Quality will usually be sub-HD, but some mid-range cameras will offer HD capability as well.

High end cameras will normally offer HD (1280 x 720 resolution) at the very least for still photographs, with many offering 1920 x 1080 resolution.  Web cameras in the upper price range may offer other functions, such as being battery powered or rechargeable, and have much in common with a standard digital camera.  These webcams will usually come with a relatively high price tag, but considering the feature rich nature of these devices, they can represent excellent value for money depending on the consumer's requirements.

Web camera quality and functionality has universally increased since their advent in the mid 1990s.  Previously, buying a webcam could be a fairly perilous task, with even some of the higher end web cameras offering poor quality and even worse reliability.  The modern webcam offers a good level of quality for the consumer and is typically durable and reliable.