Webcams have taken a pretty drastic turn in the last year and a half, with more and more high-end, feature-packed models coming out due to the large growth of streaming and video conferencing. It’s become a totally different category from what it used to be in just a short time.
Back then, a 4K webcam felt overkill, with no one but the more successful streamers actually investing in one. That is, if you can get one, since there was one, maybe two, 4K models that were actually worth the money. These days, it makes a lot more sense to get a webcam with a 4K sensor if you can, as they allow for more flexibility in both resolution and frame rate, leading to more flattering video footage. Many also come with advanced AI capabilities that allow it to automatically make adjustments to improve picture quality, sparing you from having to spend hours fiddling with the webcam and messing with your lighting, trying to find the optimal combination.
Here are the best 4K webcams you can get in the market today.
GoHZQ 4K Webcam
This is probably the most affordable 4K webcam you can get. At least, if you want one that actually gets the job done. And yes, it works really nicely, capturing true UHD footage (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps with accurate colors (it has HDR) and surprisingly good lighting. Seriously, it’s very usable even in low-light workspaces with its algorithmic light correction, although with the low price of this webcam, you should save enough money to get an equally decent but affordable ring light, too.
They didn’t skimp on the features, either, as it comes with a pause function that freezes the screen when you want a moment of privacy, dual mics with noise-reduction tech (note: they don’t say noise-canceling for a reason), and even a privacy cover. It comes with a tripod-ready monitor mount that allows for 180-degree rotation. Hands down, this is easily the best webcam you can get at this price point.
Mokose 4K USB Webcam
Yes, it looks like a rugged action cam, but the Mokose 4K is a device specifically designed for webcam use. Well, kind of, since it doesn’t come with a monitor mount, requiring you to either set it down on a stack of books or set it up on a small desk tripod. Then again, it’s hard to get mad considering it gets you a 4K sensor at a very affordable price.
The Mokose 4K USB captures UHD footage (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 30 fps and 1080p at 30 fps, with a 3.2mm 85-degree FOV lens allowing for plenty of flexibility in framing. It’s manual focus only, so it’s a little more hands-on than more premium 4K webcams, which makes it more suited for folks who want a greater degree of control over their webcam footage. A CS-mount allow you to use compatible lenses, making it a viable camera for much more than desktop streams and video conferencing. In fact, the outfit is positioning it as a livestreaming webcam for cooking streams, podcasts, and similar formats, as it supports the use of multiple webcams on the same system, so you can set up your stream with multiple capture angles. It works on various platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux) and comes with a 3-meter-long USB cable. Oh yeah, they also offer a version with an included telephoto zoom lens for just a few dollars more.
Hailed by many as the holy grail of webcams, the Brio is Logitech’s tried-and-true 4K webcam, which has seen numerous incremental improvements since its original introduction in 2017. The current iteration of the webcam delivers true 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, and 720p at 90 fps, all while offering automatic lighting correction and HDR adjustments, ensuring you look your best, regardless of the ambient lighting in your workstation. Basically, this eliminates the need for adding lighting to your desktop setup, unless you’re going a very specific aesthetic that only specialized lighting can deliver. For our money, it brings the best color reproduction, too, all without having to fiddle with a whole lot of settings.
It offers three FOV presets, namely one for closeups, one for a more balanced frame, and a 90-degree wide angle preset to give a fuller context of your immediate setting, with autofocus onboard, so your footage will always look sharp even when you move around the frame. Other features include Windows Hello support (it has infrared sensors), built-in dual omnidirectional mics, 5X digital zoom, a detachable privacy shutter, and software-controlled panning, tilting, and zoom.
Dell Ultrasharp Webcam
Yes, it looks like a monocular. Inside the Ultrasharp Webcam’s tube-shaped frame, however, is a large Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor that allows it to capture much brighter images than your average webcam. It mirrors much of the feature set of the Brio, which makes sense, since they’re positioning it as a direct competitor to the longstanding 4K webcam. That means, you get the same shooting resolutions, frame rates, FOV presets and HDR, allowing you to capture comparably high-quality footage.
It has a video noise reduction feature that eliminates motion blur and grainy images, as well as AI auto framing that can keep you at the center of the frame even when you’re constantly moving the whole time. All the settings can be modified from the companion app, which, sadly, isn’t available for macOS, so Apple users might need to look elsewhere if they want a webcam that will let them dig deep into the settings. Other features include a monitor mount that’s designed to work even with borderless displays and a magnetic privacy cover. There’s no onboard audio, though, so you’ll have to use a separate mic or headset.
This fixed-focus webcam uses an 8.5MP Sony STARVIS sensor, allowing it to capture UHD videos at 30 fps with video quality that far surpassed our expectations, given how unfamiliar we were with the brand. It provides low-light compensation, albeit not as powerfully as the more popular 4K webcams from Logitech and Dell, but it’s good enough that it’s able to provide sufficiently clear and crisp footage even in low light. The AI-powered framing is especially useful as it adjusts the camera’s field of view to keep subjects front and center (it tracks faces), with the ability to track not just one person but even multiple people, zooming out to properly fit everyone in the frame if you’re huddled with a small group. Of course, they also allow manual FOV adjustments (25 to 90 degrees) if you prefer more control over your footage. Other features include built-in dual noise-canceling mics, 10X digital zoom, and onboard flash storage that restores all your current settings the next time you use it. Instead of coming with software for making manual adjustments, by the way, they include a remote (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your personal preferences).
Poly Studio P15 Personal Video Bar
Yes, this is expensive, but if you want an all-around 4K desktop videoconferencing solution, this is the way to go. It has a high-performance 4K image sensor that produces a consistently clean image across the entire field of view, with automatic low-light compensation ensuring you appear clear in the picture, regardless of your ambient lighting situation, and automatic framing allowing you to move around while staying in the center of the frame at all times. Intended as an all-in-one solution, it comes with an integrated speaker (with acoustic suspension and passive radiator) and a three-element beamforming mic array, with built-in noise cancelling tech ensuring those on the other end won’t hear the clicking keyboard on your desk, the barking dog on the lawn, or that loud motorcycle passing through the street.
The companion app (Windows and macOS) expands its capabilities even further, with the ability to tailor settings depending on what you require. Other features include an integrated privacy shutter, dual USB ports (just in case you need the extra connections), a monitor mount, and a tripod slot.