Which webcam is best for online teaching?

The best webcam for home office & homeschooling

Friedrich Stiemer

The corona lockdown will force many back to work from home. Schoolchildren and students must be prepared for home schooling - new German "homeschooling". A webcam for video calls is indispensable for this. We give purchase recommendations for every budget and explain what you should consider when buying and operating.

Several studies have already confirmed that webcam conferences increase the attentiveness of the participants and that the topics discussed are more likely to lead to success. Especially for the home office, the small video cameras should be part of the standard equipment. Since the market is overflowing with different models on the one hand, but on the other hand many models are sold out due to the increased demand, we have selected recommended & available models for you. In addition, you will find out below what you should generally bear in mind when video chats and when buying webcams.

For the price-conscious: Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

EnlargeFor the price-conscious: Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

The Aukey 1080p webcam for 45 euros already records in 1080p (FHD), but only at 30 frames / s - which is definitely sufficient in practice. A surprisingly passable stereo microphone is also integrated, which ensures a clear and natural sound. Like most Wegcams, the Aukey model is also "Plug & Play", so you only have to connect the webcam to a USB-A port on your PC or notebook using the included USB cable - device detection and driver installation then run automatically under Windows from.
Alternative: Logitech HD C270 from 50 euros

From the middle class: Trust GXT 1160 Vero

EnlargeFrom the middle class: Trust GXT 1160 Vero

The Trust GXT 1160 Vero for around 50 euros is an 8-megapixel webcam that records in 1920 x 1080 pixels (full HD), which means that the image is quite high-resolution. A microphone is also integrated here so that you don't have to use a microphone or headset. There is also an automatic white balance on board, which makes you appear natural and rich in detail, even in changing light conditions. There is no screwing device for tripods, but the clamping device is quite flexible and holds the webcam securely at various angles. For around 60 euros, this is a good alternative for even clearer recordings.
Alternative: Logitech HD C920 from 100 euros

Including lighting: Razer Kiyo

EnlargeIncluding lighting: Razer Kiyo

The Razer Kiyo for around 120 euros is one of the few webcams on the market that has a lighting ring to put yourself in the right light. The LEDs can be regulated in stages in order to be able to adapt to the prevailing light conditions. The 4-megapixel webcam records in either HD or Full HD. The special feature: If the transmission is in 720p, the frame rate is a smoother 60 frames per second. If the transmission takes place in Full HD, then typically at 30 frames per second. I also have the Kiyo screwed onto a tripod, which is particularly interesting for streamers - which Razer actually designed the Kiyo for, but is also consistently suitable for the home office. An automatic white balance also takes place here, which is particularly important in conjunction with the LED ring. Otherwise, for example, you could quickly be shown overshadowed by the other person. The price of 117 euros is not cheap, but okay for the range of functions.
Alternative: Logitech C930e from 190 euros

For the discerning: Logitech Brio

EnlargeFor the discerning: Logitech Brio

The Logitech Brio for 270 euros is a technical jack-of-all-trades and, among other things, even certified for Skype for Business. The 16-megapixel webcam can record video with a resolution of up to 4096 x 2160 pixels in 30 frames per second, which corresponds to the crisp 4K standard. In Full HD it is 60, in HD even up to 90 frames per second. "High Dynamic Range" (HDR) and the in-house "RightLight 3" technology, which optimally displays you in a wide variety of lighting conditions, are also supported. The 5x digital zoom also ensures the correct image section. There are also two built-in microphones with echo and noise suppression for better voice recordings. The connection is made via contemporary USB Type-C and the perfectly functioning, flexibly adjustable clamping device can also be unscrewed to mount the Brio on a tripod. For 239 euros, the Logitech Brio leaves little to be desired.
Alternative: Logitech BRIO Stream from 240 euros.

At least HD on webcams

In general, you should opt for models that record videos in at least HD. If you have a powerful laptop or PC and the internet connection is fast enough, then go for cameras that record with Full HD or even in 4K. The clearer and sharper the picture arrives, the more professional and serious you appear to the other participants.

The right frame: you are the star