Hey there Sea Changers. Today we are going to check out another key part of our blogging arsenal with my 3 best webcams for bloggers to record with in 2021. In general, blogging is traditionally undertaken via written posts on websites and social media etc. however on more and more occasions, video is being incorporated into these steps as well.
This means that on most occasions, you will need a webcam for your video blogging undertakings (often referred to as Vlogging) however there are other uses for a webcam here including:
- YouTube/Tik Tok/Twitch videos
- Live Streaming
- Video conferencing
And, as with most computer hardware these days, there are a few variations in options so grab yourself a drink and let’s check them out…
My 3 recommended webcams for bloggers
I will review these in more detail below but if you just want to get moving without all the carry on, my 3 are listed here for your convenience:
|Nexigo 1080P Business Webcam||$||CURRENT PRICE|
|Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam||$$||CURRENT PRICE|
|Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Webcam||$$$||CURRENT PRICE|
What is a Webcam?
Ok, so this is probably a basic question, but for those completely new to the world of online video creation, a webcam is a portable a video camera that feeds or streams video content over the internet. They can also be used to record videos for uploading as well.
In most cases, a simple laptop for blogging will contain an inbuilt webcam that will more than handle anything that most of us creating simple videos will need. As usual however, there are some variations in componentry that you can look into when it comes to a webcam.
- Lens – As with a normal camera, webcams contain a lens by which it captures images. There is a lot of information to digest when it comes to a good camera lens as they control options such as input light, focus and many, many other influences on video quality. In terms of a webcam, look for component construction (glass or plastic) and whether they incorporate:
- Auto focus
- Auto zoom
- Auto adjust light and colour to natural settings
- Widescreen abilities
- Microphone – Again, most laptops will include an internal microphone that will record sound. However, many webcams also contain internal microphones for a little better quality and the ability to voice sync as well.
- Connection – This can be via a USB port or wireless connection.
- Resolution – I could probably have included this within the Lens section above however I have kept it separate here due to the fact that this appears to be where the greatest variation – and difference in price points – lies. The resolution descriptions of a webcam mirror those of a television such as 1080hp and 4K high definition. They are also measured in terms of frames per second (FPS) which is the rate of single images that run each second with 24 to 30 being standard or up to 60 for super fast or super slow motion needs.
There is a lot, lot more to this of course. However, the above should give you some idea of what to keep in mind as you look through your options. As some extra assistance, I found this article which may be helpful to you here as well
What should you be looking for?
Now, before you go headlong into your purchase, as always there are some things to think about as you look for something that will suit you as you build out your blog in whatever subject or niche that you are working in. These are:
The main thing to keep in mind here is the realistic uses that you will have for your webcam. My advice is to get the highest resolution settings that you can afford as sites such as YouTube (the second largest search engine in the world) pay a lot of attention to high quality videos. Not to mention the extra SEO boost your written blog posts will get if you add videos to them as well – and even more so if they are easy to watch and not all ‘grainy’ and ‘jumpy’.
There are however some other variations to consider as you plan your webcam purchase. These include:
Connection requirements – As above, most connect via a USB port whether it be a USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB-C connection. Ensure your laptop or PC can accommodate these.
Movie editing – If you are shooting in high resolutions such as 4k, you will need to ensure that your PC contains higher memory and graphics card settings that may be needed to allow for these videos to be processed.
Portability – Whilst not many are large enough to be a problem here, but if you are moving around you will need to make sure that your webcam can be easily moved as well.
Compatibility – When it comes to computers, there are two main operating systems that manage the interface – the screen you see and ‘click around’ on. These are Microsoft Windows (IBM) and iMacs (Apple). Most plug and play components are compatible with both these days however it will always pay to double check compatibility prior to purchase.
What do I use?
I use a Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Webcam (the third option below) with 4K capabilities and automatic exposure adjustment. And whilst if I am being honest, the resolution capabilities are probably a little bit of an overkill for what I use it for (YouTube videos and online conference calls), its light adjustment and auto focus work perfectly in my office where there is varying light and shadow.
However I will say that it is extremely easy to use in that I simply plugged it in and it worked with both my PC and the recording software that I have installed without the need for any further drivers etc.
My three recommendations broken down
So, based on the information above, and my own experience, I recommend the following:
1. Nexigo 1080P Business Webcam
This first option is a good one for those who want something that is easy to use and will handle all general video needs without any fuss. It will record in HD, has internal microphones and is compatible with most online video software. Its specifications include:
- Capture Resolution – 1080p FHD up to 1920 x 1080 at 30fps
- Connection – USB 2.0 and up – no drivers needed
- Microphones – Noise cancelling built in
- Compatibility – Mac OS X 10.7 and higher/ Windows 7, 8, &10;/ Android 4.0 or higher/ Linux 2.6.24 / Chrome OS 29.0.1547 / Ubuntu Version 10.04
- Lens – 3.6mm glass
- Optional video editing software included
- Privacy protection cover
- Optimized for a range between 19.6 inches and 13 feet
Why have I chosen it?
This is a great option for those who want a simple, cost effective webcam that will allow them to undertake their video blogging activities simply and easily in a number of locations. It will also work perfectly for such platforms/uses as Zoom, video calling, Twitch, YouTube, conferencing, gaming, streaming and online school as well.
2. Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam
My second option comes from a well-known and trusted brand and good for those looking for a little more quality in their video recordings, online gaming videos or social media uploads. Its specifications include:
- Capture Resolution – FHD 1080P video at 30Fps/ 720P at 60FPS
- Connection – USB 2.0 and up – no drivers needed
- Microphones – 2 built in mics for rich stereo audio capture
- Compatibility – Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, macOS X 10.9 or higher, XBox One, Chrome OS, Android v5.0
- Lens – Full HD glass lens
- 78 deg. field of view
- Automatic light correction for clear video recording in dim or poorly backlit setting
- 5 foot cable length
Why have I chosen it?
This is the perfect option for those after a cost effective camera that will provide professional quality videos for entertainment sites such as YouTube and Twitch. It will work without the need for extra software and compatible with most editing software programs necessary for the above needs.
3. Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Webcam
As above, the third unit I have chosen is a the exact model I use to for all of my video needs with crystal clear 4K recording in both bright and dull light. It again works without the need for any extra software however does come with an optional online platform to allow for setting adjustment and configuration. Its specs include:
- Capture Resolution – Up to 4K streaming and capture
- Connection – USB 2.0, 3.0 and USB 3 – (USB 3.0 needed for 4k video)
- Microphones – 2 built omni-directional noise cancelling
- Compatibility – Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Mac OS 10.10 or higher, Chrome OS Version 29.0.1547.70 and higher
- Lens – Premium HD glass lens
- Right light 3 automatically adjusts exposure and contrast
- Secure facial recognition for Windows Hello
- HD 5X zoom
- 65°, 78°, and 90° field of view settings
- 7.2ft cable
Why have I chosen it?
As above, this is the exact option I use and have found it to more than manage everything I need. However, for those who want the absolute peak quality and resolution in their videos, then you could not go past this one.
So… There are my 3 best webcams for bloggers to record with in 2021. I hope it has been helpful for you as you look to work with your own video creation processes and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share. Oh, and especially comment if you have any experience with these, or any other hardware options as well.
Until next time
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