To stay connected with others, smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets have quickly become a necessity in our everyday lives. But while it might not seem obvious at first, webcams can be just as essential, providing one of the best ways to stay connected to colleagues, friends, and family - especially if you have a desktop PC or monitor. Browse OnBuy’s selection of Webcams and stay in touch with everyone you love.
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Although many laptops come with webcams pre-installed, there are still plenty of great reasons to buy an external one - especially if you have a PC monitor without a camera. Whether you need it for business meetings, video streaming, or chatting with your family, getting the right webcam matters. Take a look at the following points and features to help you find the best one for your needs.
Webcam Essentials To Look Out For
Whether you are streaming the newest video game, chatting with your grandparents, or have been pulled into an unexpected meeting, a good quality image is essential. No more stuttering videos and grainy images - this is the future of webcams! Here are some of the basic features you need to look for when shopping for a new webcam.
Resolution: A webcam with a high resolution is a must-have. The lower the resolution, the grainier the image looks on the screen. And no one likes a grainy image. Look for a video capture resolution of at least 720p or higher - a 1080p webcam is even better. Even though you know your teen's uni bedroom isn't clean, you'd still want to see a clear, crisp image of it...right?
Frame rate: A high frame rate is also important. Webcams without high frame rates produce images that stutter and periodically freeze on screen. Frame rate is measured in frames per second, so look for ‘fps’ in the product details. The higher the better.
Lens: The type of lens the webcam has can affect its performance. Some entry-level models have plastic lenses but for the best longer-lasting results, it's wise to stick with a glass lens.
Sound quality: It goes without saying that if you don’t have an internal microphone, you'll want a webcam with one inbuilt so you can be easily seen and heard by all in the conversation. Noise-cancelling capabilities are good to keep an eye out for; you don't want to struggle to be heard over the whirring of your air conditioner or your dog barking at the postman. And you don’t want to have to yell during your Monday morning meeting so make sure you grab one with a decent microphone built-in.