era) A video camera that faces the user. Webcams are built into laptops but are separate units that attach to the monitor of a desktop computer. A Webcam is used for video calling and taking selfies, and although most models include a microphone, many users opt to use headphones for better audio quality. Stand-alone microphones with greater sensitivity are also used for studio presentations.
Webcams, Network Cameras and Home Cams
A Webcam is attached to a computer, whereas network and connected cameras are stand-alone units used for monitoring. Typically a "network camera" is part of a complete surveillance system with several cameras for stores and offices (see network camera
). A "home cam" plugs into the home network like a printer (see connected camera
). See Webcamming
, Webcam blocker
, POV camera
Laptop and Desktop
Laptop cameras are at the top of the screen. Depending on model, the microphone may be near the camera or somewhere on the keyboard. All-in-one desktop computers are like laptops; however, stand-alone monitors require a seperate Webcam that clamps onto the top of the monitor.