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10 Best Webcams for Ubuntu in 2020

If you have Ubuntu installed on desktop computer then you need to install Webcam externally for making work related video conferencing, connecting with loved ones or broadcasting your video gaming skills to the world. In recent years developers have made much advancement in Ubuntu OS to support more webcams in the market but before buying one for Ubuntu you must make sure it integrates well with Ubuntu drivers.

There are many reliable and high on quality webcams available in market from makers like Logitech, Pro Stream and LOETAD. But there are some things you must consider buying one for your Ubuntu.  So before starting with list of webcams for Ubuntu, let’s have a roundup of things you must consider before buying a webcam.

Know Exactly What You Need

There are many webcams available in market and each of them is different from each other in some or other ways. If you often stream videos or engage in continuous video conferencing then you must know Ubuntu offers support for UVC (USB Video Class) drivers. Having the webcam supporting one of its drivers is necessary for seamless video streaming.

Driver Installation

In most of the cases, Ubuntu installs required drivers for the webcam automatically but there might be few exceptions where you may need to install them manually for particular webcam. So assessing the webcam for driver support is necessary before buying.

Third Party Application Support

Having the full support for third party software’s such as VLC Media Player, Mplayer for seamless video streaming and recording. Today YouTube, Facebook and Twitter videos are also becoming popular especially among vloggers. So checking the webcam for the popular third-party apps is good idea.

Pro Stream Webcam

Priced at $49.99, Pro Stream Webcam is an ideal webcam for streaming, game recording and video conferencing as it supports 1080P Full HD video recording. It integrates really well with Ubuntu and other Linux distributions running latest versions.

It comes with Auto Focus HDR sensor with F/2.0 aperture and facial-enhancement technology for beauty effect. Best thing about this webcam is that it works fantastic in low-light and artificial lighting conditions.

Talking about the design, it ships with pair of built-in mics which supports automatic noise cancellation.

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Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

Logitech is very popular for manufacturing computer accessories and it offers some really great and value for money webcams. C920 Logitech HD Pro webcam is priced at $57.99 on Amazon and arguably this is one of the best webcams in this price range.

It works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode which means you can use it on Ubuntu too with installing few drivers for the webcam. It supports various popular video calling apps such as Skype and Facebook messenger with 1080P Full HD video output. Two microphones are placed on the either side of the webcam so that it captures crystal clear stereo audio.

It also comes with automatic low light correction feature which helps webcam to automatically adjust in artificial lighting conditions.

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Angetube Streaming Webcam 1536P

1536P Webcam from Angetube is an excellent 1080P Full HD Webcam especially developed for HD video streaming and gaming. It ships-in with 100 degree wide angle lens which makes it ideal webcam for group video calling and organizing business meetings through video conferencing.

It records high quality videos with compressed file size thanks to support for h.264 video compression. This feature makes video uploads and streaming smooth.

It also comes with background replacement feature which works really great with video calling apps such as Skype, Gameshow and Google Hangouts, etc.

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Razer Kiyo

Razer Kiyo is exactly what the gamers and YouTube creators as well as vlogger’s want in their webcam. Many might find the look of webcams weird thanks to unique designs from Razer.  It supports video recording at 720P 60FPS and 1080P at 30FPS which makes it ideal streaming.

What makes it different from other competitors is that it comes with light ring around the camera which makes video recording easier in low light conditions. With this rotating bezel you can also adjust brightness level with need of going into software settings. Design of the webcam is compact and low light performance is best in the range which makes a perfect webcam for content creators.

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Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam

Logitech C922x Pro Stream is especially designed for video game streaming and YouTube creators. You can stream and record high quality videos with this 1080P HD webcam at 30FPS and 720P at 60FPS.

Webcam is equipped with full HD glass lens for sharp and vibrant video and dual mic setup for recording crystal clear audio. Video recording and streaming is excellent even in low light conditions thanks to automatic light correction feature.

If you are hardcore gamer or a YouTube creator then I would recommend you to go with this webcam as it works perfectly fine with Ubuntu. Also you will get 3-months free premium XSplit License if you buy it from Amazon.

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Vitade 928A Pro Webcam

Vitade 928A is an ant-spy webcam which comes with shutter cover to protect you from hacking attacks. It comes with 80 degree wide angle lens which full 1080P HD videos at 30FPS.

It also comes with real-time autofocus which capture moving object automatically and light auto correction which helps you capture high quality videos even in low lighting condition.

Design wise it is one of the best in range; you can rotate the camera 360 degree which makes it ideal for business meetings and video conferencing. It also comes with tripod ready universal clip which is compatible with all the old and new computers and laptops.

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Logitech Conference Cam BCC950

As the name suggests, Logitech Cam BCC950 is especially designed for business and professional use. Webcam is powered with Carl Zeiss Optics autofocus lens which is a giant in camera lens manufacturing.

It can record and stream HP videos at 720P and crystal clear audio for video conferencing and group business meetings. It also comes with built-in speakerphone and plug-n-play support. 78 degree wide lens can cover up to 4 people in the video.

It is compatible with third-party apps such as Skype for business, Broadsoft, Fuze and other major video streaming applications.

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Unzano 1080p HD Webcam

Unzano HD webcam is another webcam in this article which comes with privacy shutter. For smooth streaming experience it comes with the support of H.264 compression technology which helps faster uploads and live streaming even on low speed internet connectivity.

It captures great videos even in low lighting conditions thanks to automatic low light correction technique and F/N2.1 large aperture. Its HDR sensor and autofocus feature helps you captures every detail of the picture. It also comes with the face beauty function which helps you look fresh and confident.

Plug and play feature makes it easy to use and compatible with various operating systems including Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

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Anivia W8 1080p HD Webcam

Anvia W8 is another reliable and highly recommended webcam for video streaming and conferencing. Priced at just $26.90, it is one of the best webcams you will find in this price range. It is compatible with third-party video calling app such as Skype, etc.

Body design is best in class and sports universal mounting clips and a tripod thread. It is also equipped with mic that captures excellent audio even from distance thanks to excellent noise reduction technology.

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Logitech C615 HD Webcam

Logitech C615 is a 360 degree swivel webcam which captures sharp and vibrant 1080p Full HD videos. This webcam offers flexibility and fluidity with great performance that only few webcams can match.

It sports 360 degree full motion rotational camera with autofocus feature for razor sharp images and built-in microphone which filters out background noise of best quality foreground voice recording.

Recording in low light condition is also quite good thanks to automatic light correction technology.

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So these are the best 10 Webcams you can buy for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. Some of the webcams listed here might need some tweaks to get them working on full in Ubuntu. Feel free to share your views and queries at @LinuxHint and @SwapTirthakar.

About the author

Swapnil Tirthakar

Swapnil Tirthakar

A Software Engineer who loves football and passionate about traveling. I often spend my free time playing with gadgets and exploring new possibilities in tech world. I am Linux enthusiast and have about 6 years of experience in web development. I have good command on Python, Java, SQL and system security.