5 Best Webcams for Mac in 2019

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Maybe you want to get a better front facing camera than the one that comes with the MacBook or you want to use a webcam while using an external monitor.

Whatever the reason read on and we’ll discuss the best webcam options for Macs.

The Best Webcams for Mac

Product

Features

Price

HD Pro Webcam 4K/1080P

  • Great quality image
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to set up
  • Great wide angle

ELP 5-50mm Varifocal Lens 8Megapixel 4K USB Camera

  • Sony sensors are great
  • 4K performance
  • Varifocal

HD Webcam 1080p With Privacy Shutter

  • Great performance
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Dual mics
  • Crisp image
  • Privacy shutter

Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam

  • Provides its own lighting
  • Great low-light performance
  • Compact design

HXSJ USB Webcam 480P HD Video

  • Manual focus
  • Very affordable

HD Pro Webcam 4K/1080P

HD Pro Webcam 4K/1080P, Akyta 8MP PC Laptop Computer Camera USB Webcam with Microphone, Auto Focus Web Camera for Video Conference OBS Twitch YouTube XBOX ONE Game Streaming TV Skype (4K webcam)

Starting strong, our first webcam for mac is an extremely high def 4K device that also boasts auto focus and a slick design/. Best of all is that this is still an extremely affordable product.

This webcam can only offer 15fps at 4k (30fps at 1080p), which means that the framerate is choppy when you reach the highest fidelity. Really though, this shouldn’t be a problem when you consider the way that most of us use webcams: primarily as talking heads.

That higher fidelity though does come in extremely useful for a variety of situation – such as when you’re trying to show a document through the camera. This is why the camera actually advertises itself as a video conference option, among other things!

The camera is 8MP and the image really does come out nice and sharp. We were also impressed by the viewing angle of 75 degrees. This is a very useful feature in a webcam, especially when trying to fit a lot of people into a room.

Autofocus works well and light correction is also good. Of course, these things always work better when you have the right set-up, but on the whole this camera is highly adaptable.

Pros

  • Great quality image
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to set up
  • Great wide angle

Cons

  • Slightly flimsy design
  • Only 15fps at 4k

ELP 5-50mm Varifocal Lens 8Megapixel 4K USB Camera

ELP 5-50mm Varifocal Lens 8Megapixel 4K USB Camera with Sony (1/3.2'') IMX179 8mp Webcam for Android Linux Windows Industrial Video

You know when you’re on a holiday trip taking photos of an amazing view on your smartphone, then someone comes along next to you with a huge professional-looking camera? You know how the lens is always as long as your arm?

This is a webcam that looks kind of like that! It uses a 5-50mm varifocal lens, which is capable of delivering 4K video, via an 8MP sensor. The result is that you can alter the focal distance to ensure that the image is much crisper, and this makes a huge difference to the overall quality of the picture.

Again, if you want to show a document in high definition, then this is a great option. But it can even also be used to show a bokeh effect! This is all made all the more appealing thanks to the Sony IMX179 sensor, which is an extremely high performer.

Why would you want fancy effects from your webcam? Well, if you are a social media content creator for example, then this could prove extremely useful.

It also comes with 3 meters of USB cable, meaning you can set it up anywhere in your home. And it has the advantage of working with Android, iOS, and other platforms. It’s commonly used for surveillance, so if that is what you need, then it will be a good fit.

It’s not perfect though: one of the biggest issues is that the only way to clean the lens involves completely taking the device apart!

Pros

  • Sony sensors are great
  • 4K performance
  • Varifocal

Cons

  • Lens needs to be removed to fix
  • Autofocus and auto exposure are poor

HD Webcam 1080p With Privacy Shutter

HD Webcam 1080p With Privacy Shutter, Pro Streaming Web Camera With Dual Microphone External USB Computer Camera for PC Laptop Desktop Mac Video Calling, Conferencing Skype Xbox One YouTube OBS

The image quality takes a small hit for this webcam that can only perform at 1080p. But as any photographer knows, the resolution is not everything when it comes to the quality of the picture. 1080p is also more than enough for the majority of applications!

What this one has that others don’t, is the optional privacy shutter. This means you can close the lens when the webcam isn’t in use, giving you piece of mind that no one is using it to watch what you’re doing.

That’s a huge advantage for those that are privacy conscious, and it really is worthwhile seeing as it’s actually very easily for cyber criminals to take control of a webcam remotely.

This webcam also attaches very seamlessly to the top of your monitor or laptop, and it is very simple and easy to use.

Another great feature is the stereo mic, which allows you to record better quality audio without worrying about additional peripherals. It’s one of those devices that “just works.”

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Dual mics
  • Crisp image
  • Privacy shutter

Cons

  • No 4k

Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam

Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam: 1080p 30 FPS / 720p 60 FPS - Ring Light w/ Adjustable Brightness  - Built-in Microphone - Advanced Autofocus

We mentioned earlier in passing that webcams tend to perform best when the conditions are perfect. That means a well-lit room with good acoustics and no sudden changes in lighting.

This isn’t always possible though of course, which means that even the best cameras will sometimes deliver a subpar final image.

That’s where the Razer Kiyo comes in. This model brings its own lighting via a ring light, and that helps to ensure that the subject (that’s you) is always well lit. It means you can stream at night – great for late-night gaming sessions – and it means that you can create a more professional final image.

The camera also comes with superior low-light performance and generally crisp imagery thanks 1080p at 30fps.

There is lots to like about the design of this model too. It lets you control the brightness easily with a swivel, and the compact folding design is very useful for “on the go content creators.”

Pros

  • Provides its own lighting
  • Great low-light performance
  • Compact design

Cons

  • Light can occasionally be harsh

HXSJ USB Webcam 480P HD Video

HXSJ USB Webcam 480P HD Video with Microphone Web Cam USB Plug and Play, Recording for PC Computer Laptop for Mac Windows XP / 7/8 / 10 and Android TV

If it is value that you’re looking for and you’re on a tight budget, then you may want to consider the HXSJ. Despite its very low cost and relatively low resolution (just 480p), it still delivers a high quality image that is above average for the cost. There’s more to like though, too.

For one, the webcam can manually adjust focus, allowing you to choose precisely where you want the sharpest point of the image to be. It supports almost all software on Mac and Windows, and it has a built in microphone with some rudimentary noise cancellation. Not bad for the extremely low price!

The device of course looks rather simple, and it doesn’t attach in quite as convenient a manner as other options on this list – requiring a little adjustment to get that angle just right. Nevertheless, this doesn’t take away from its ability to do a basically good job when it comes to capturing video. It also does feel a little budget though.

Pros

  • Manual focus
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Only 480p
  • A little more fiddly to angle

Buyer’s Guide

So, which of these devices is right for you? 

The answer will depend on your precise needs, as well as your budget. For those that are looking for something that can be used professionally – as a creator, as a business owner, or in security – then spending more on a 4k device with a higher framerate will be a good decision.

For those looking for a budget device, you can certainly make do chatting with friends and family without spending anywhere near that much. There are options on this list that really won’t break the bank!

The majority of people though should stick to the 1080p options with 30fps. This is more than enough for the majority of applications and will provide a crisp enough image.

Just remember that resolution isn’t everything, and you also need to consider factors such as focus, lighting, auto exposure, and more.

Secondary concerns include things like the look, the build quality, and whether or not it will attach neatly to your monitor. These things can help to provide a more seamless experience.

One last tip: if you have particular software that you intend to use, be that Skype, Zoom, or another program entirely, it’s always worth researching whether the device you have in mind is actually going to be compatible.

Closing Comments

Any of the webcams on this list will be a brilliant addition to your Mac setup, allowing you to have conversations with friends and family around the world, all while actually being able to make out what their expressions are saying!