As with most everything else around us, webcam technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds.  Several years ago for instance, the notions of everyone being able to stream in HD might have seemed like pipe dream, but it is reality now.  In fact, high-quality video communications and recording have now become so commonplace that it’s almost unthinkable to imagine a world without it.  Moreover, the average person now has the tools at their disposal to shoot truly professional videos.  Even better, many specific webcam models offer specific features and perks which make them clearly superior choices.   Speaking of which, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year so far if you’re in the market to buy a new cam.  Specifically, here are some of the best models you’ll find out there (as of early March)…

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

As one of the highest-rated webcams available from the mega online retailer, Amazon.com, Logitech’s HD Pro C920 is a very remarkable device to add your setup.  First and foremost, it provides very smooth and stable full HD 1080p video that’s perfect for any application.  It’s also worth mentioning that it’s highly compatible with a wide variety of PC’s.  Add to this, the ability to take15-megapixel snapshots and the inclusion of a high-quality stereo microphone system and you have an all-around amazing webcam that is capable anything.

Logtiech HD Webcam C525

No, you’re not seeing double, Logitech’s C525 HD webcam is also a great choice if you need great-quality video and portability.  With the ability to capture HD video in 720p, this particular model is perfectly suitable for any and all web-related multimedia projects.  One of its most prominent features is the unit’s autofocus, which not only smoothly transitions from focal point to focal point but also corrects errors in lighting as well.

Logitech HD Webcam C310

What?  Logitech has no less than three entries on this list, what’s the big deal, is this some type of favoritism?  Actually, no; the reason for all the Logitech entries has more to do with the company’s ability to produce amazing products than anything else.  Speaking of which, just like the other two entries above, the C310 is also a really fine webcam that’s worth every penny.  It also shoots in 720p HD and would make a perfect companion for any YouTube / Facebook user out there.  Moreover, you can often pick up a brand new C310 webcam for less than $30 (US), making it an incredible value for the budget-minded social media broadcaster.

Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Last, but certainly not least, we have Microsoft’s LifeCam Studio webcam, which looks a bit like a high-powered telescope of sorts.  Armed with a 1080p HD widescreen sensor, this cam provides incredible sharpness as well as image quality, even in less-than-optimal environments.  Aside from autofocus, the LifeCam Studio actually incorporates two specific technologies to aid in generating top-quality visuals – ClearFrame, and TrueColor Technologies.  The former is a system designed to produce smoother video and the latter, an autocorrecting color process of sorts, which helps deliver a better overall experience regardless of where you might be recording.