Why do Laptop Webcams Suck??

Publicado el 7 jul 2021
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I've always assumed laptop webcams sucked because it was an easy spot to cut costs, turns out the real answer is a lot more complicated.

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0:00 - 10 years of iPhone selfie cameras
0:35 - Storyblocks
0:47 - Intro
0:54 - This might be my fault...
1:20 - Sensor size matters
3:29 - Facial Recognition can also effect quality
4:44 - Lens Quality & Auto Focus
7:20 - Dell Ultrasharp Webcam
8:00 - Noise Cancellation
8:45 - The Silver Lining
9:10 - Storyblocks again!
9:46 - Outro


  • i just bought a $700 laptop with a 480p screen lol

  • "Shrinking the bezels is the reason why laptop's cameras suck" Future laptops: Behold, the NOTCH on bigger screeens!

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  • What about some of those budget ROG Laptops removing the Webcam altogether?

  • So you’re telling me we can have notches in screens, but not in track pads? Just drill a hole in the track pad and have a sticking out camera.

  • He would look much more normal without those stupid earings

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  • I like large robust displays on laptops; it gives a nice feel and gives room for good electronic equipment such as a camera and microphone.

  • Professional video call users use a Raspberry Pi HQ camera with manual focus…

  • Nothing is an excuse. If a 150$ smartphone can give a much much better, even hole punch cameras within ~8mm thickness with all the other stuff, then there is no excuse for 1500$ laptop. No matter how thin the bezels are

  • Obvious solution: Bigger bezels and thicker laptops. Maybe we can get laptops with optical drives and decent keyboards again? Seems to me the decline in keyboard quality has gone hand-in-hand with the laptop manufacturers' obsession with making them thin.

  • Next macbooks they will have amazing camera a no bezels, then laptops manufacturers won't have more excuses... Stupid manufacturers, always apple has to come to kick their asses. Same happened with battery life, materials, trackpads....

    • Materials such as glue and solder instead of screws and connectors. Yeah, real good there...

  • lets hope when smartphone has under the screen camera , then laptop can inherit the technology also. so my next laptop didnthave potato quality

  • just let the webcam come a little onto the screen like most phones selfie cameras do

  • I love the "Cut in" from Alex about camera size measurements.

  • can anyone give me a tl:dr

  • Because nobody actually cares

  • If Apple or any company wanted to deliver the same Smartphone camera as Webcam. They would've. They just don't want to stretch their hands.

  • Hey now tht u have seen the framework laptops webcam and it is much much better than any OEM ... What happens to this vid?? 😂😂😂

  • Man I only heard too much trash on this video! There is plenty os space to fit an iPhone XS MAX on a laptop monitor frame this is too much trash. The real answer is they are just cheaping out to get the most profit as possible by not including good quality cameras.

  • Seriously, my 2009 Acer has much better webcam than my 2016 asus

  • What if you didn't have size constraints? That's what she said hahahaha

  • Bigger sensors don't collect more light, a scene being 1/250th@f8 on a m43 sensor is still 1/250th@f8 on a fx sensor, or 8x10 large format film, if bigger sensors collected more light it would make an external lightmeters redundant unless they had input for sensor size

  • Good to know that your bezel obsession has caused real harm rather than simple annoyance. Way to go.

  • Yes Linus it's your damn fault!

  • i like the little "tidbits" you're including, and how you're doing it.

  • Linus is giving framework so much traffic you can order one because their site keeps crashing.

  • I don't get it. Are laptop sensors smaller than front facing phone sensors? And why can't laptop manufacturers just cut notches into displays like phones can? The issue isn't that there's not space, but that not enough users want nice webcams on laptops to justify the tradeoff. Let's just hope when computer screens are replaced with HMDs that device sensor packages will improve.

  • You didn't influence it. Nobody signs in with Windows Hello. Laptop webcams are for losers who pay extra for a low spec, poorly cooled computer and wouldn't pay a cent extra for a webcam. The industry found their perfect target audience.

  • I have a perfect example of companies avoiding this problem i got an asus tuf f 15 and guess what? Ni camera no problem

  • And when it comes to cameras.... size matters 😂

  • I knew these reviewers/influencers were responsible for promoting thinner bezels and name-calling laptops with large bezels. I have the webcam of the XPS 15, and while one can drool over the display, the webcam is outright horrible.

  • Explains why video quality on LTT OnlyFans is so bad

  • The camera in your phone also isn't as thick as your phone, so doesn't the phone camera have to be tighter and smaller? So I don't really understand why that tech can't/hasn't transfer over considering my phone has more in it than any laptop screen. I just don't think "not enough space" is a good excuse. I mean they could also do what phones do and add millimeters of added space to the camera for better performance

  • What about underscreen cameras? They are still a thing arent they?

  • I know what the next Apple event will look like ;)

  • Tbh I don't WANT a particularly high quality webcam because it suits me just fine to be lowish res in video calls. I don't need people to be able to sit there and count my pores :P

  • If anyone saw my comment please like 👍👍👍👍👍 To make linus do more laptop reviews and less talking about webcams

    • @Tyler3978 you like webcams reviews in laptops more than the review of the laptop it self?? 😂😂💔

    • Why though?

  • gaming laptops suck also overheats, fingertips getting burned slightly, not surprised their webcams also suck xD

  • If you have a DSLR or Mirrorless with clear HDMI, get a $15 USB Capture stick and use your propper camera as a webcam. I've been using my A6400 as a webcam for the past year and it still stuns people.

  • But yet phones don't have these problems. So this video don't explain anything. If phones can do better, no reason laptops can't.

  • That thumbnail tho

  • Why do laptop webcams suck so much ? It's because laptop makers don't want to increase production costs on something you're just going to disable in bios and place black tape over.

  • So... Why do webcamlaptops suck... we have underscreen stuff in phones now.... *mehmehmeh Shrinking bezels...** get real your shill is showing...

  • My laptop (Acer Aspire 7 one of the 2020 models) has a bezel on it but the webcam quality is pretty good. I don't mind a bezel on my phone or laptop, if it means better camera quality then great.

  • If it's any consolation to you, I blame you too for pushing manufacturers to near impossible standards

  • A laptop have never seen me with a good webcam and the way things are going.. that wont change anytime soon.

  • 5mm is half of a cm not an inch

  • A friend of mine always used an old lg g5 or something as a webcam. 4k 60fps and it looked damn sharp for a video conference. Maybe I will also repurpose one of my old phones soon.

  • what are you doing Linus 3:39🥵

  • There are 2 more reasons. First, webcams use USB bandwidth to communicate with cpu that is not enough for live processing while on mobile phone the connection from camera to processor is so much faster. Second, lack of integrated AI processing in PC cpus makes image processing from camera to be so inefficient.

  • i like seeing the iphone intro going down in production date you should do more of that all the way to the first iphone with a selfie camera

  • So why can’t Apple put a decent webcam in their laptops? They have the bezel space and the already developed tech, so it should be relatively plug and play.

  • I keep getting confused with Storyblocks, up until Linus said that it has stock footage I thought it has everything to do with writing not stock video clips.

  • It would be more interesting if you throw macbook / apple laptops to the mix. Their webcam are much better :|

  • 3:40 whos that handsome Peep over there

  • Oh come on, pull the other one. Selfie cameras on phones have significantly tighter constraints and even they manage to be better than laptop cameras

  • so I have a PC laptop that I'm thinking of attaching an external webcam to, for all the above reasons. What do people recommend at a reasonable price?

  • I was just thinking about this issue. I'm wondering if they could add more then one camera to possibly improve the webcam without spending a lot of money to improve them. I'm sure a decent lens wouldn't hurt. Could they possibly put the light sensor on the bottom bezel which is typically thicker and the camera at the top where the bezel is much thinner.

  • 1:20 Yeah... we are not giving you the camera like that, "Linus Drop Tips".

  • I've been using my phone camera as my webcam using droidcam, and just clipping my phone to the back of my laptop or desktop monitor. It's worked all the way through 2020 till now, and I always have the best picture quality in any zoom room.

  • Why wearing a mask that girl in video? Do you get paid for this pl@ndemic?? Get sick of.you

  • It would be good if it was made more easy to plug your phone into a laptop and use the phones camera, native Windows intergration for it would be great.

  • Out of curiosity, do Samsung laptops have good webcams?

  • Insane 4k video

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  • Yes, but as you (sort of) pointed out, pre-pandemic, no one cared about the webcams on their laptops. They were there if you needed them in a pinch, and the approximately 17 people who used theirs more than twice a year just spent $20 at Best Buy on a Logitech. Instead of clamoring for better webcams, it was far more common to see people with stickers covering them because they didn't trust that they weren't being spied on. While it remains to be seen how much of this teleconferencing will stick around as the world slowly recovers, I don't think I'm in the minority when I say I don't care if it sucks or if manufacturers remove the built in webcam entirely. It's just bloat.

  • It actually the ultimate weapon for students because: Bad webcam = harder for teacher to catch on exam Harder for teacher to catch on exam = Easier to cheat Easier to cheat = Easier to pass Easier to pass = wont get scolded by parents ( pls dont do this in school )

  • just buy droidcam everyone, just give up.

  • the bigger the sensor, the more dust it can collect ( especially if you take off the lens for a long period just like LTT did)

  • My 2021 Blade Advanced feels personally attacked

  • ok so we asked thin bezels but we fucked up our camera nice

  • Linus pls remove your sponsor ads in your videos. I want to subscribe but you have ads in your videos :( Sorry Linus im only subscribing youtubers that don't have ads in their vids.

  • I remember Techquickie had a video about this recently too.

  • Can you please start making again videos where you don't have a deity/celebrity complex? The intelligent people among your viewers are finding your nacissism quite annoying.

  • long story short, just buy an external webcam.

  • There should be optional wireless (perhaps magnetic?) choises for webcams. I've never needed it and I won't use it either. I used to take the cable off, but these newer Thinkpad removed the never-failing magnet to recognize the lid position. Now it is integrated to the camera/microphone module somehow. God I hate them. Where are the retrofit motherboards for old school models?

  • I died at ‘two hands Linus’!

  • To be fair if you're using zoom or something it's not like it matters lol

  • My laptop camera is super weird, the picture turns green on the edges and it looks like nightvision

  • Honestly, I still don't buy this. Make a SMALL bump on the back of the laptop, and jam a phone sensor in there. It's REALLY not that big. Sure... people want "bezelless" but if you advertise that you chose to give a better webcam, instead, most would probably be fine with it. Considering most phone cameras are sandwiched between the backplate and the front screen..... You could totally fit that into a laptop's lid....

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  • Well, to be fair - Linus only demanded thinner bezels, not thinner display lid like the filmsy Touchbar MacBook Pros. iPads can be a solution or more like what intel was (or is) working upon with OEMs to make include the internal parts (and therefore cooling) in the display itself (and therefore make it thicker) while leave the keyboard + trackpad only for batteries or thinner.

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  • I don't know if anything was done differently in terms of production line, but this video just looks stelar. I can't say what in particular which aspect of the video it is, but this video is one of my favorite video LTT has produced. Hats off to Alex, Emily, Mark and Linus for this video, seriously guys great looking video. (Even with youtube's arguably aggressive compression)

  • it’s still better than no webcam. *cough cough* Asus ROG Laptops *cough cough*

  • Users: "I want a thin laptop" Laptop manufacturer: **Make laptops thinner and a thin webcam** Users: "I want a good webcam laptop" Laptop manufacturer: **Make laptops thick to fit a good webcam** Users: "I want a thin laptop" Laptop manufacturer: **Make laptops thinner and a thin webcam** Users: "I want a good webcam laptop" Laptop manufacturer: **Make laptops thick to fit a good webcam** Users: **Trashes Laptop pulls out Tablet** "Nobody uses laptops anyways"

    • @blue2x2x Then dont sell it for a high price

    • @Mohamed Aqil Laptops manufacturers: **Makes Good thin webcams for thin laptops** Users: "Too Expensive!"

    • Then make a thin good webcam ??? Is it that hard ???

  • Laptops suck.

  • Now just make a video on why laptop speakers are so bad

  • She broke with me when I asked her why? she said 1:33

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  • This video is full of lies. Even if you would open aperture to the max on this tiny sensors, depth of field would be fine

  • Nobody ever asked for a laptop with no bezel, the same way nobody ever wanted a phone with no chin.

  • Special coating was difficult? WTF!!! Never seen an ir pass filter? Or even the black plastic on your remote???

  • I can save you nearly 10 minutes with a laymen's answer but tbh, you should watch the full video anyways. They suck because most manufacturers would rather cheap out on the webcam and focus the budget of costs on the laptop itself. Also from a user perspective most people are just gonna use a webcam for basic tasks or office work,school work,etc. If you plan on using a inbuilt webcam on a gaming laptop for the purposes of streaming.. don't.

  • I'm glad that they added "when it comes to cameras," before the "SIZE MATTERS," to make us feel a little better

  • come on smartphone have punch hole design and better sensors in small space and big screen why not try punchhole design