The past year has resulted in a significant portion of the population doing their jobs remotely. Because of this, consumers are focusing on improving their webcams to better present themselves during meetings or calls with relatives. While the built-in webcams in most laptops or desktops can get the job done, they aren’t always the best, and Apple is notorious for adding potato-quality cameras to its line of Mac devices.
With the exception of the iMac Pro released in 2017, the 2020 27-inch iMac refresh, and the all-new 24-inch M1 iMac, every Mac device still has a 720p webcam. In this article, we’ve listed nine options that you can consider when looking to enhance your Mac’s video feed for work or home setup.
Please note: When the fourth generation MacBook Pro came out, Apple changed every data port on the laptop to the USB-C port. A few years later, almost every Mac device has adopted this change. So, if you are a new user, you may need accessories to use some webcams.
The Logitech StreamCam is one of two devices on this list that come with a USB-C port from the start. Its design allows you to change the camera orientation 90 degrees so you can shoot in portrait or landscape without changing the settings. The camera is connected to a 1.5m USB-C cable and has a universal tripod mount so you can swap out the base clip if you ever have problems.
It can stream footage in 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. You can configure the device’s software-based customization features and capture footage using the Logitech Capture application on your device.
StreamCam is a great option for those who need to use a camera in multiple orientations. It is available in two colors for your desired look. The USB-C port makes it easy to use with newer Mac models.
NexiGo N940P is a traditional looking webcam that promises image quality that not many devices on this list claim to offer. It has a simple rectangular design that sits on top of a monitor or laptop with a base that rotates 360 degrees. It can be connected to laptops using the supplied USB-A cable and is also supplied in the box with a USB-C adapter.
This webcam can stream footage with a maximum quality of 1440p at 30 frames per second. If you reduce it to 1080p, you can shoot at 60 frames. Its zoom function only works when the camera is streaming in 1080p at 30 frames per second. The supplied remote control enables control of the built-in microphone, the zoom functionality and allows the video feed to be mirrored or mirrored.
NexiGo N940P is a great option for those who need different shooting options depending on the situation. The included USB-C adapter reduces the need for a dedicated hub and the remote control makes it easy to control the device.
The N930AF is another simple looking option from NexiGo. The sensor of this webcam has a starting focus that is seven cm away from its attachment point. Unlike other options on the market, it offers the option of autofocus, which can help keep your footage looking great, especially if you move around a lot in front of a camera.
It records footage in 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second and transfers it over a USB-A cable that is 2 feet long.
NexiGo N930AF is an affordable option for those in need of a plug-and-use device. Since there are technically no configuration options, most users can place it and focus on their tasks.
This clip-on webcam from NexiGo can recognize subjects from a distance of 19.6 inches from the screen. Its unique feature is its wider field of view, which allows it to see more details within its frame. It can record and stream 1080p footage at 30 frames per second.
This clip-on accessory brings a wide field of view to the table, which can come in handy when you’re on the phone with your family. It can also come in handy when you want to use it with your Android TV.
If the previous option’s resolution and frame rate combination didn’t meet your needs, the N980P upgrades it with a 120 degree field of view and the ability to capture 1080p footage at 60 frames per second. The device also has lowlight correction that works without additional software, but keep in mind that it does not offer autofocus.
This option is perfect for those who want to capture a larger area around themselves without losing the smoothness offered by higher frame rates.
If affordability is a factor to consider, the IFROO HD is an option to look up as it offers features that are comparable to expensive webcams. You can shoot 1080p footage at 30 frames per second, and the brand claims there is no fish-eye effect, a defect some may suffer from on cheaper devices. Quite a few of his reviews confirm this fact and speak positively about the product, although it may not feel as sturdy due to its cheap build.
The IFROO FHD is perfect for the budget conscious and a product that promises and delivers certain features, but we recommend being careful with the hardware to avoid replacing it.
Regardless of how good the recording quality of your webcam is, the amount of light available plays an important role in the recorded footage. Lack of proper lighting can result in grainy footage and lost detail that can come across as unprofessional. The NexiGo N680E is a webcam with built-in light to ensure you are always clearly visible and takes pictures in 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. If not the N680E, you can use the NexiGo N930E or Razer Kiyo.
This webcam has a built-in light module that can switch between three levels to brighten the subject and ensure that the camera does not miss any detail.
Logitech C922x Pro
This option from Logitech is an option you can choose for the high quality camera and microphone system. It can record footage in 1080p or 720p resolution at 30 and 60 frames per second, respectively. It has a 78 degree field of view and a dual microphone setup that records stereo audio.
Support for stereo audio recording, 1080p footage, and software-based light correction makes this webcam an option worth considering when looking to buy a device from a well-known brand.
The NexiGo N660P is probably the most versatile option on this list. Its specifications allow 1080p footage to be recorded at 60 frames per second while autofocus and automatic adjustment of exposure and white balance are performed. The webcam also comes with a 6-foot USB-A cable to connect to your Mac.
N660P is an option that can record high resolution footage at 60 frames per second. Its long connection cable also makes it useful in any environment.
Which one should you choose?
If you are looking for a device that offers variety and convenience at the same time, we recommend purchasing the Logitech StreamCam. Not only because of the ability to change the orientation, but also because of the USB-C based connection and universal tripod mount that allows you to change the mounting mechanism if you have one case on your Mac. However, if you are looking for a wallet-friendly webcam, this is it NexiGo N660P offers a great combination of features and would be our top pick from this list.
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