The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 provides a welcome update over last year's LifeCam webcams. The new, bendy design allows for stable positioning on a thin laptop lid, LCD monitor or desk. Its improved image sensor helps the cam do well in low light and with fast-moving objects
The Philips SPC-900NC is a serviceable webcam, with its ability to capture smooth video at 60 frames per second. It also sports the best face-tracking feature on any webcam we've tested so far and very useful lighting presets and adjustments that result in a well-balanced picture
The Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 is a good choice for regular users of Windows Live Messenger or Live Spaces bloggers, plus video conferencing like Skype. The webcam allows you to share photos as well as video with friends, but does it help you communicate as well as the competition?
The Creative Live Cam Optia AF is the ideal webcam if you are looking to record objects other than yourself. Its excellent design makes it easy to record time-lapse happenings around your laptop: your talented pet or your back door or your rose garden, for instance
The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 is a great webcam for both laptops and desktops. Where other cams lean or droop, this one can be manoeuvred to stand up on a desk or to sit on a narrow LCD. Any way you put it, the Logitech takes vibrant, clear images, even in low light
The Logitech QuickCam Fusion's sleek new design and impressive software bundle make it one of the best Webcams we've seen. Though it won't replace your digital camera or video recorder, it takes clear still pictures and video, and it works seamlessly with multiple instant-messaging clients
The Apple iSight is hands down one of the best webcams we've seen. Its sleek style, great image quality, sensitive microphone and flawless integration with iChat and iMovie make it the perfect complement for any Mac computer