In the past, webcams have typically been viewed as recreational devices. When they were first marketed to us, they were presented as a way to connect with family and friends in different time zones.

Owning a webcam meant you were a WiFi signal away from seeing a friendly face. Now they're also a staple of the modern workplace – they've become as commonplace as a stack of sticky notes or reusable water bottles.

Webcams in the workplace are a necessity for connecting with distant clients, debriefing off-site executives, and checking in with remote employees. For remote employees, a reliable webcam with fluid streaming and clear sound is a requirement of the job.

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Choosing a webcam can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Below, we've compiled some of the best webcams to take your professional interactions to the next level in 2020.

Webcams are video cameras that stream video and images in real-time. They're often placed on the conference room table, or attach to an in-room screen or computer monitor. Here are some of the best webcams for your conference room.

1. Meeting Owl Pro

The Meeting Owl Pro built upon the original Meeting Owl design and became even smarter to create an even more immersive teleconference experience. It features a 2X sharper camera with 1080p resolution and 2X louder 360 ̊ in-room sound that provides the most productive and inclusive experience for remote workers, satellite, and global offices.

In addition to the Owl Intelligence System that autofocuses on the person speaking, the Meeting Owl Pro magnifies the speaker as well, making it easier to follow the conversation. It's also enabled for Smart Meeting Room features and allows the Meeting Owl Pro to receive new smart features and applications to help your team be even more productive.

2. Meeting Owl

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The Meeting Owl is the original 360° smart conferencing camera. It's an easy-to-use camera, mic, and speaker device and the ideal webcam option for huddle rooms and intimate conference room meetings. With its 360 ̊ camera in 720p with a 12-foot radius audio pickup, the Meeting Owl excels at making any room immersive and video calls become like face-to-face experiences. Simply plug your Owl into your laptop or computer and it will focus on those in the room who are speaking, creating a natural conversation experience for all involved, no matter how far away they are.

3. Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

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This webcam has been around since 2012, and although it doesn't include extensive, fancy features such as 4K videos or 60fps recording, it offers all the basics you'd typically look for in a webcam. Whether you're video chatting with colleagues or clients, you'll appear in clear details and vibrant colors with fluid video thanks to the Full HD 1030p at 30fps.

4. Logitech C615 Fold-and-Go HD Webcam

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Traveling for work? The Logitech C615 is a good option if you're looking for a webcam that can easily be attached to a laptop when you're on-the-go. It's portable, provides 1080p resolution, and boasts the best quality of any webcam under $100. To accompany the lifestyle of the webcam owner on the go, the fast autofocus means your video will stay sharp when you're moving around. Its built-in noise-reducing mic makes sure your voice comes across clearly, no matter your surroundings.

5. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

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The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is ideal if you're looking for a webcam under $50. It offers a widescreen video format in 720p HD. With a noise-canceling microphone and Microsoft's TrueColor framework, your sound will be clear and your video will be bright and colorful.

6. Microsoft LifeCam Studio

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The LifeCam Studio is made with business conferencing and active presentations in mind. With 1080p chronicle, 720p live video calling, and a wideband mic to transfer clear sound. It also features 360° pivoting abilities and Microsoft's TrueColor framework.

7. Razer Kiyo

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The Razer Kiyo may look odd, but it remains a standout amongst the best webcams out there for streaming. It strips away the extravagant accessories that increasingly premium webcams offer, focusing instead on what is the most important aspects of streaming: great picture quality and lighting. A desktop streaming camera with a powerful, multi-step ring light that you can dim or brighten on command, with the ability to stream at 60fps the Razer Kiyo is a good choice for streaming.

When it comes to equipping your team with the best technology has to offer, Smart Meeting Rooms are going to be the standard for hybrid teams in 2020. Owl Labs' Meeting Owl Pro can make any room into a Smart Meeting Room, empowering your employees with the ability to start smooth, effective, smart video conferencing meetings within seconds.

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