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If you have any intentions of being a YouTuber, the best webcam for YouTube on a very tight budget is arguably the Logitech HD Webcam C270. It has decent light correction performance, which comes in handy when you’re recording videos. Outside of that, you can expect HD video calls, too.
An affordable, yet strong choice for any fledgling YouTuber, the Logitech HD Webcam C270 hits many of the right strides: HD video, internal storage, and wide compatibility.
Related: For those who want a more innovative unit, check the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 review
To keep its price low, the Logitech C270 HD Webcam uses plastic material for its lens. There’s a slight image quality improvement by using glass instead, but you won’t notice the difference. However, it does autofocus, which leaves you to focus on recording rather than messing with the webcam. Measuring 9.85 x 4.94 x 6.45 inches and weighing 6.7oz, it’s bigger than the Microsoft LifeCam Studio For Business.
A native resolution of 720p is a double-edged sword, on one hand it’s good enough for YouTube and video calling, while being cost effective. On the other hand, 1080p is just so much sharper and higher quality. On a good note, light correction is solid—so long as you have decent white lighting. The Logitech Brio shoots in 4K, however.
What hurts the Logitech HD Webcam C270 the most isn’t its resolution, but the lack of a tripod-ready base. Without one, your webcam is subject to using the clip-on, which isn’t always the most reliable if you’re constantly moving.
Related: You may also read the Logitech HD Webcam C310 review
While optical zoom isn’t an option, 200MB of storage is! You don’t see that all too often with budget webcams, so it’s a nice little bonus. It does have a built-in microphone with noise cancellation, but there’s still a noticeable level of static. Even a cheap external mic will do better.
With everything the Logitech HD Webcam C270 has to offer, it’s still a decent option. Dropping $40 on this little number isn’t a huge hit and puts you right on track for getting your YouTube career started. It might leave you wanting though. For satisfactory results, we suggest the Logitech C922X; it hits all the marks the C270 doesn’t.
The Logitech HD Webcam C270 does fall short in just about every field, but does just enough that you won’t feel cheated if you decide to cut your losses and take a suboptimal option. You get a bit of internal storage and 720p. That’s not 1080p, unfortunately, but still just fine in a YouTube setting.