For years now, the only webcam I've (rarely) used is the Logitech C200. This is by far outdated now and I'm looking for a high-quality, powerful webcam that would be ideal for streaming. I've looked through the well-known Logitech webcams, and there are some good ones but not quite what I need. These specs are required:

  • 1080p resolution
  • H.264 video compression
  • manual and/or auto focusing
  • > 30fps (something around 45 or 60 fps is ideal)
  • USB connection
  • 5 or more megapixels (optional, since this is almost nonexistent)

Optionally, an independent stand and built-in stereo mics would come in handy every now and then.

Budget: $100 USD

  • To clarify, are you looking for ≥30 fps (i.e., 30fps is OK) or do you actually mean > 30 fps (i.e., 31 fps is OK, but 30 is not.)
    – derobert
    Oct 5, 2015 at 19:50
  • @derobert Greater than 30 fps. However, it is implied that greater than essentially means much greater than, so something like 60 or 45 fps is ideal and 31 is not.
    – Adam
    Oct 5, 2015 at 19:56

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The best webcam I have used are the various models of Microsoft lifecam. With the lifecam, I have had good success with:

  • HD quality
  • Great color balance (the best I have had with any cam)
  • Very good low light operation and color balance -- best I have experienced.

The Lifecam Studio, which is a notch above the lifecam model I have used, looks to meet all your specs:


  • Is the model linked the one you've had experience with?
    – Adam
    Oct 27, 2015 at 0:46

I would recommend the Logitech C920. It fits perfectly in your budget at $99.99. Here's the features it offers:

  • 1080p Full HD Recording
  • Dual Microphone
  • H.264 compression
  • Tripod mount
  • Low light correction
  • Autofocus
  • Connection through USB
  • I have stated that I've already considered Logitech's webcams.
    – Adam
    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:36
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    @Adam But why does this webcam not meet your requirements?
    – Peter Zhu
    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:39

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