What To Look For When Buying A Webcam

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Communication is important, we all know that, and we are glad that the Internet exists because it makes communication easy. While most of the people don’t have problems communicating by typing, some people enjoy being seen and being able to see the person they are talking to.

There are many different webcams out there, and we won’t tell you which one to purchase, but we will help you make your decision. Read on and learn what it is that you are supposed to look for when buying a new webcam.

1. Resolution

The resolution determines how sharp your image will be for the person looking at you. Most webcams come in one of the two HD resolutions:

720p (1280×720) – called “HD”
1080p (1920×1080) – called “Full HD”

Most of the time, 1080p cameras cost more than the 720p cameras, but the price is worth it. Make sure that your Internet is fast enough to stream 1080p video without hiccups before purchasing a Full HD camera.

2. Lens

The lens captures the light on the subject, and the camera’s sensor turns it into a digital image. This means that higher quality lens leads to better-quality images.

Webcam Lenses

Cheap webcams use plastic lenses, which is not bad, but if you want the best image quality, spend a bit more money on a camera with a glass lens.

3. Frame Rate

The frame rate is the speed at which a webcam captures and displays still images in a fluid stream. If the frame rate is low, the movement will look choppy. Most of the HD webcams have a frame rate of 30FPS (Frames Per Second), which is good for video chatting and streaming. Some of the webcams can reach 60FPS, but you should think whether you can put it to good use or not before buying.

4. Autofocus

While many webcams out there come with autofocus, there are still others with a fixed focus. Our suggestion is to pay a bit more for a webcam which comes with autofocus. Webcams with autofocus will do a better work of tracking your movements and adjusting the lens focus – this will produce a crispy image.

5. Microphone

New-USB-2-0-50-Megapixel-HD-Webcam-Camera-Web-Cam-Digital-Video-Webcamera-with-Microphone.jpg_640x640Most, if not all, webcams come with a built-in microphone, but that doesn’t mean that all of them can produce high-quality audio. Low-quality microphones will produce metallic audio, while a quality microphone will make your voice sound natural.

The problem is that you can’t tell from the box whether the microphone on the webcam is good or bad. The best way to combat this problem is to pay a bit more for a higher-end webcam.

We hope that our guide will come useful during your next webcam purchase. Remember to think about what you will be using the webcam for, and then you will easily find a suitable model for yourself.

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