A good camera is essential for vlogging. As you improve your technique, you can invest in professional A/V equipment or even converters for using your existing DSLR as a vlogging cam. However, DSLR and pro cameras cost hundreds. So while starting out and before you make any serious money, you can use webcams for vlogging, specifically designed for video capture and live streaming.
Some of the best include:
- Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro
- Adesso CyberTrack H4
- Mac Webcam
- Logitech C920 HD Pro
- Dericam Full HD
Each of these great webcams has its pros and cons and is suited to different professional levels. Yet, almost all of them are available for less than £50, making them excellent when starting out as a vlogger or learning how to stream or capture and edit videos in post.
Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro
One of the most potent webcams available is the Brio Ultra HD Pro from Logitech. This expertly crafted device offers unrivalled power at an affordable price. However, it is more expensive than a typical webcam at around £200. However, the extra funds you need to spend on this camera goes a long way. Some of the top features include 5x zoom, 4K UHD video and HDR. Therefore, this model sits among the best available.
Best used for: Professional production where money isn’t a concern.
Adesso CyberTrack H4
On the other end of the price spectrum is the CyberTrack series from Adesso. The latest model, H4, is 80% cheaper than Logitech’s Brio Ultra HD Pro yet offers excellent value for money. The resolution tops out at 1080p at 30fps, and the brightness is a little higher than the standard. However, you can remove defects with minor adjustments in the app or in post-production.
Best used for: beginners looking for an excellent entry-level webcam.
Of course, nothing beats getting something for free. So all Apple Mac devices such as Macbook Air and Pro are fitted with a decent camera. While the Mac Webcam is designed for FaceTime, the specs are impressive for a built-in cam. The 720p internal camera is adjustable according to your recording software. While the resolution is considered low, this cam is an excellent choice while you learn vlogging or save for a better model.
Best used for: novice vloggers learning and experimenting with webcam recording.
Logitech C920 HD Pro
This device is best thought of as the cheaper cousin of the Brio Ultra from Logitech. Although the price is almost that of a budget model, the C920 Pro delivers a clean and crisp image. The quality is nearly as good as a high-end webcam. Yet, while the video capture resolution is limited to 1080p at 30fps, features like auto-correction and a built-in HD microphone make up for its lack of advanced HDR and 4K.
Best used for: beginners looking to take their vlogging quality a little further.
Dericam Full HD
It might be easy to laugh at Dericam and not take the Full HD Webcam model seriously. There are no advanced features like 4K or HDR, and it is very cheap indeed. But don’t let that fool you, as this budget webcam delivers exceptional video quality thanks to its DRC Digital Wide Dynamic application. This intelligent system automatically adjusts the picture for an impressive result. Additionally, the kit comes with a tripod stand, a privacy tab covering the lens and a cleaning cloth. And all for less than £30.
Best used for: limited budget beginners and pros alike.