In our previous webcam guide, we mentioned some of the best premium offers available on the market.
Most of the cameras we described, however, tended to have prices in the €100-200 range, which may understandably be too high for up-and-coming webinar hosts, especially when compounded with all the other potential costs of preparing and hosting a webinar.
We like to give choices for everyone here, which is why this guide will focus specifically on quality budget webcams for your webinar needs.
None of the models outlined below will cost more than €50, although some may have a quality high enough to get away with much higher prices. Here are our picks:
Gear Head WC8500HD
The Gear Head has the lowest price point on our list, but still boasts a fairly decent selection of features.
The webcam has a good audio standard, and is able to reach 1080p resolution (although we would advise 720p for a smooth stream).
Additionally, the Gear Head WC8500HD has a very unusual addition for a device this affordable: light correction software.
This is a really effective function which, compounded with the camera’s glass lens, allows shooting relatively high quality video for its price.
Creative Live! Cam Chat HD
With a similar budget in mind, the Cam Chat HD is another affordable webcam option with a couple of nifty features up its sleeve.
Indeed, this model can make use of noise-dampening technology for its built-in microphone, guaranteeing a more professional audio recording experience.
On the flip side, potential customers should keep in mind that the maximum resolution for this model is 720p, so higher-end monitors may view the video feed as slightly grainy.
Genius WideCam F100
The WideCam F100 offers a suite of useful features to justify its slightly higher price placement.
These include a 360° fully rotatable base, dual microphones for stereo recording and 30fps 1080p enabled video recording software.
It also features noise eliminating tools similar to the Cam Chat.
Despite its useful array of functions, the camera falls short in a very specific area: zoom.
With no automatic zoom or face tracking tech, this webcam relies on proper planning before your stream and little movement of the host once the webinar has begun.
Still, if this is not an issue for you, the WideCam F100 is definitely a solid offering.
Hue HD Camera
The Hue HD Camera is quite different from its competitors.
Its design is atypical, with a small camera mounted atop along, flexible neck.
This choice shows the dual use its developers had in mind when their designed it: as both a webcam and a document camera.
The model features both noise and light correction technology, ensuring a reliable video output.
This output will have to be 720p unfortunately, as the camera does not support higher resolutions.
Ultimately, with an unusual design this model has pros and cons, but may find a suitable niche of users interested in its functionalities.
HP HD 4310
Priced at a similar level, the HP HD 4310 is one of the strongest contenders in the budget webcam space.
It offers its users a high video and audio quality, comparable with some of the higher-end options available.
This includes 1080p video at 30 frames per second, as well as many additional features to improve the video quality. It does, however, rely on a plastic lens instead of a glass one, and lacks face recognition software.
However, the good definitely outweighs the bad in this case.