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Group test: what's the best webcam?

The best webcams you can buy

PC Advisor tests the best webcams and reports on the visual dimension each adds to online chat.

Webcam reviews

5. Sweex HD Webcam Diamond

  • Reviewed on: 16 December 10
  • RRP: £21 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

If you’re after an inexpensive webcam for your first foray into video-messaging then the Sweex HD Diamond webcam is ideal.

4. FaceVsion TouchCam N1

  • Reviewed on: 19 August 10
  • RRP: £89 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Despite a few problems with graininess, the FaceVsion TouchCam N1 is a great choice for an HD webcam - but only if you're loyal to Skype and are willing to pay a little extra. In comparison with a typical non-HD Webcam, the TouchCam N1's clear video capture and embedded microphones shine. In view of its lack of extra features and effects, this model is ideal for business calls and for casual Skype users who don't require those extras.

3. Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

  • Reviewed on: 15 December 10
  • RRP: £32.96 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Ideal for families, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 ensures PC users can capture good quality HD video, while also having some fun with the images and video they shoot.

2. Logitech C270 HD Webcam

  • Reviewed on: 15 December 10
  • RRP: £24.48 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Those seeking a value-for-money webcam that offers HD video capture will love the Logitech C270 HD Webcam. This model is solidly built, offers 720p video capture and proved capable of taking sharp still 3Mp photos.

1. Philips SPC640NC

  • Reviewed on: 16 December 10
  • RRP: £35 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Philips SPC640NC webcam is an excellent webcam that captures clear and sharp video footage and images. The addition of ArcSoft’s Webcam Companion means children and teens can have fun adding effects to their images. It’s also great value for money.

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