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The best MacBook webcam in 2021

Best MacBook webcam: Logitech StreamCam
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You might be wondering why anyone would want the best MacBook webcam. After all, surely all MacBooks come with a built-in camera? And yes, that's absolutely correct, but if you've ever actually used it then you'll know exactly why you'd need to plug in an actual webcam.

Apple might put fantastic cameras in iPhones and iPads, but for whatever reason it's decided that MacBook owners can make do with the most basic front-facing cameras known to mankind. So if you want to look good on Zoom calls or if you're streaming, you absolutely need to invest in a discrete webcam, and that's where we can help.

We've gathered together a selection of the best MacBook webcams available right now, from dirt-cheap options that still make the MacBook's built-in camera look silly, through to more advanced with features like autofocus, automatic image adjustment and even 4K resolution if you need it. And if you need even more extras for your MacBook, take a look at our guides to the best MacBook Pro cases and best MacBook Air cases, or simply browse the best Apple deals currently available.

The best MacBook webcams of 2021

Best MacBook webcam: Razer Kiyo

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01. Razer Kiyo

The best MacBook webcam right now

Specifications
Max resolution: 1080P
Max frame rate: 60fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Weight: 200g
Reasons to buy
+Built-in ring light+Choice of resolutions+Easy image enhancement
Reasons to avoid
-Basic microphone

Designed with streamers in mind but suitable for everyday webcam applications, the Razer Kiyo's pretty much the best MacBook webcam you can get in terms of price and features. It'll stream at either 720P/60fps or 1080P/30fps, and it has a built-in multi-step ring light to ensure that you're well lit at all times. 

There's a choice between manual and auto-focus, not to mention the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and white balance, with a selection of image presets to choose from too. The built-in microphone will do for conference calls, but if you're planning on serious streaming you'd be advised to invest in a pro mic; in all, however, this is a well-specced and nicely priced webcam that should keep most people happy.

Best MacBook webcam: eMeet C960

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02. eMeet C960

The best cheap webcam for Mac

Specifications
Max resolution: 1080P
Max frame rate: 30fps
Connectivity: USB
Weight: 133g
Reasons to buy
+Great price+Dual microphones+Image adjustment
Reasons to avoid
-Fixed focus

If price is your main concern when you're looking for the best MacBook webcam then the eMeet C960 is well worth your attention. It's ridiculously cheap but it'll still leave your MacBook's built-in webcam standing, with 1080P video at 30fps and a four-layer anti-glare lens keeping things nice and sharp. 

It's fixed focus only, but its focus range is large enough to ensure that you'll never be an unsightly blur on the screen, while low-light boost, colour boost and exposure adjustment will help you look your best, even in low light. It features two omnidirectional noise reduction microphones for clear stereo sound, and its adjustable base and head make it a cinch to ensure it's pointing in the right direction.

Best MacBook webcam: Logitech StreamCam

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03. Logitech StreamCam

The best webcam for MacBook Air

Specifications
Max resolution: 1080P
Max frame rate: 60fps
Connectivity: USB
Weight: 222g
Reasons to buy
+Light and compact+Does 1080p at 60fps+Image stabilisation
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap

Looking for a lightweight, quality webcam to go with your MacBook Air? We reckon that the Logitech StreamCam is the best fit. It's light and compact, but it'll happily capture 1080P video at 60fps, and it features smart autofocus and auto-exposure that uses advanced facial-tracking AI to ensure that you're always seen in the best light. 

It can be clipped to the top of your MacBook or mounted on a tripod for getting the right angle every time, and it has built-in image stabilisation to reduce camera shake. And if you're planning on using it to produce Instagram Stories, you can simply turn it on its side to record 9:16 vertical HD video.

Best MacBook webcam: Nexigo 1080P Web Camera

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04. NexiGo N60

Another great MacBook webcam at a cheap price

Specifications
Max resolution: 1080P
Max frame rate: 30fps
Connectivity: USB
Weight: 180g
Reasons to buy
+Wide viewing angle+Privacy cover+Noise-cancelling mic
Reasons to avoid
-Fixed focus

Another great option if you need something cheap that'll still do a better job than the MacBook's own camera, the NexiGo N60 has just about all you need. It features a 3.6mm glass lens that gives you a 110 degree viewing angle with a fixed focus that'll keep everything between 19.6 inches and 13 feet away nice and sharp, and it'll stream 1080p video at 30fps. 

It comes with a built-in noise-cancelling microphone, and if you're worried about evil hackers seizing control of your webcam to film you on the quiet, you'll be pleased to note that it also has a privacy cover that you can flip down when your webcam's not in use.

Best MacBook webcam: Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro

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05. Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro

The best 4K webcam for Mac

Specifications
Max resolution: 4K
Max frame rate: 60fps
Connectivity: USB
Weight: 90g
Reasons to buy
+4K resolution+Adjustable FOV+HDR image adjustment
Reasons to avoid
-High price

Need more than 1080P? If you want your viewers to enjoy the sight of you in maximum detail, Logitech's Brio Ultra HD Pro is the best MacBook webcam for you. It'll film you at an impressive 4K resolution (although you'll have to make do with a 30fps frame rate); it'll also capture you in HD at a super-smooth 60fps. 

It has an adjustable field of view that you can set at 65, 78 or 90 degrees, and it uses Logitech's Rightlight 3 with HDR technology to ensure that you're always well-lit even in low-light situations.

Best MacBook webcam: Nexigo 1080P Webcam with Ring Light

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06. NexiGo N680E

A great-value MacBook webcam with a ring light

Specifications
Max resolution: 1080P
Max frame rate: 30fps
Connectivity: USB
Weight: 180g
Reasons to buy
+Built-in ring light+Easy to attach+Good price
Reasons to avoid
-Light could be brighter

Looking remarkably similar to the Razer Kiyo but coming in cheaper, the NexiGo N680E is the ideal choice if you're after the best MacBook webcam with a ring light but want to save a bit of money. It has a built-in three-step ring light with touch control to provide soft, flattering lighting, and its 80 degree wide angle lens features intelligent autofocus and will capture video at 1080P and 30fps. 

It has a noise-cancelling microphone, its versatile mounting clip makes it easy to attach to your MacBook or put it anywhere on your desk, and it comes with a privacy cover to ensure that you can't be seen when you don't want to be.

Best MacBook webcam: AVerMedia Live Streamer CAM 513

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07. AVerMedia Live Streamer CAM 513

A good 4K MacBook webcam

Specifications
Max resolution: 4K
Max frame rate: 60fps
Connectivity: USB
Weight: 390g
Reasons to buy
+4K resolution+60fps 1080p streaming
Reasons to avoid
-Fixed focus-Mac software is lacking

Here's another strong option if you need the best MacBook webcam that can stream you at 4K resolution. The AVerMedia Live Streamer CAM 513 is Zoom-certified and will pump out video at 4K and 30 fps; like the Logitech Brio it'll also do 1080P at a smoother 60 fps. 

It's a fixed-focus webcam that comes with Camengine 3.0 for automatic image adjustment and motion-tracking, however this is Windows-only for now, and MacBook users will have to make do with Camengine Lite which will adjust brightness, contrast, hue, saturation on the fly. Right now the Brio is on offer at a lower price and is the better bet, however at RRP you'll find the CAM 513 to be the more affordable choice if you need 4K.

Best MacBook webcam: Logitech ConferenceCam Connect

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08. Logitech ConferenceCam Connect

The best MacBook webcam for serious videoconferencing

Specifications
Max resolution: 1080P
Max frame rate: 30fps
Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth
Weight: 766g
Reasons to buy
+Prefect for videoconferences+Multi-device connectivity+360-degree sound
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

If you need more than just a dinky little webcam, get a load of the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect. It's one relatively hefty piece of kit that's described as a portable, all-in-one videoconference solution, and it's ideal if you're working with a small team and need everyone to get involved in calls. 

Its 1080p, 30fps camera will autofocus on people and objects, and it can be tilted, panned and zoomed with the remote control. Its built-in speaker delivers 360-degree sound, and it features multi-device connectivity for easy screen mirroring when needed. It's by far the most expensive option here, but if you need the best MacBook webcam for serious business use then it's a great investment.

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