Top critical review
Not bad at all, especially for the price
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
I was able to compare this webcam directly against the Logitech C920, which is considered the best webcam on the market right now. After adjustments, I was able to make this Amcrest webcam look better to me than the Logitech. I say "after adjustments" because the default settings tended to have blown highlights and washed out colors.
I tested on a Macbook Air in Google Meet and in Zoom. The Logitech has better sharpness and less noise but the Amcrest has better colors. Skin tones look more natural than on the Logi. I would say that if colors are more important to you than sharpness, you may like this camera.
The Logitech camera should be much better as it costs nearly twice as much. If you're on a budget, you should give this one a look. If you primarily want to do video conferencing, this is a good enough camera and probably better than the in-built one in your laptop (not saying much as the MacBook Air camera is horrid). If you want to shoot high quality videos for social media, you should look elsewhere.
I also tested on a Chromebook. In ChromeOS, this camera works fine but there is no way to adjust the settings (that I know of but maybe there is a Linux app somewhere). There is no way to adjust the Logitech settings in ChromeOS either but the Logi looks much better with default settings than the Amcrest does. If you have a room where you can adjust the incoming natural light or if you have good studio lighting, you may be able to get what you want that way. I was able to adjust my plantation shutters to make the video quality acceptable.
I am giving this camera 3 stars and I consider that a thumbs up rating and for the money, I recommend it. I dock it 2 stars because out of the box settings are not great and the picture is noisy and lacks sharpness (I believe because it is a single-focal lens so it's never in focus, where the Logi is multi-focal with good AF). I would give the Logitech 4 stars, mainly for its autofocus/sharpness, but docking it one star because the colors just aren't great for skin tones. The Logitech settings software also keeps forgetting your settings, requiring you to constantly load them over and over. A third party solution can help with that, but it still couldn't help me get the colors I wanted, with the Amcrest doing better in that category.
Right now, you are lucky to even find a webcam with them all being sold out everywhere. I think you should scoop up one of these Amcrest webcams now while they have them in stock. I think they will disappear quickly at this price.