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How To Improve Laptop Camera Quality

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Laptop camera quality is vital for quality video calls, Zoom, and conference meetings, and even for effective presentations during such meetings. Unfortunately, the laptop camera quality is affected by the same factors that allow us to capture and produce the best still and moving images.

Quick Answer

You should optimize factors like the lens, Internet speed, camera settings, and lighting to improve a laptop’s camera quality.

As you continue reading this blog post, you will see other factors that affect laptop camera quality. Also, you will learn how to control these factors and adjust them for excellent laptop camera quality.

How To Improve Laptop Camera Quality

Everything your laptop requires for capturing images and videos will affect its quality. Hence, to improve your laptop camera quality, you must make these factors at their 100% best. These factors are broadly divided into the hardware parts, software parts, and the environment from which you take these images.

Hence, this article will touch specifically on all these parts. You should follow all the steps accordingly to get your laptop camera quality to its maximum best.

Method #1: Clean Your Laptop Camera Surfaces And Edges

Many people ignore cleaning their laptops with low camera quality.

You should get a microfiber or a soft cloth and clean the edges and surfaces of your laptop camera. You can use waterisopropyl alcohol, or a cleaning spray to clean it.

Method #2: Check Your Internet Connection Speed

When video conferencing, the internet speed affects the bandwidth per second (data quality) sent from the sender to the receiver. Hence, your audiences may complain of a blurry video or image in a video call. For most video calls, you need nothing less than 1Mbps to 1.5Mbps. Therefore, you should ensure your network speed doesn’t fall below 1mbps.

Method #3: Use an External Webcam

External webcams are available for individuals who want to improve their video quality experience to an amazingly high level. These external webcams are also suitable for users with old laptop models whose camera lens produces not too clear images.

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If you have troubleshot all options without success, or your camera lens is faulty, you should use an external webcam.

Method #4: Update Your Camera Software

Social media companies like Zoom and WhatsApp regularly improve existing versions for better video quality and bug fixes. When the version of these applications is outdated, you should update it to have a better video-sharing experience.

Method #5: Update Your Camera Drivers

Your camera drivers allow your camera software application to interact with your camera lens or external webcam. Go to the settings of your camera drivers in your Control Panel and update it if a new version is available.

Method #6: Adjust Your Webcam and Other Application Settings

You can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance, hue, exposure, and sharpness on your webcam settings. You should play around with these settings until you get your desired video quality.

Method #7: Change Your Screen Resolution

A large screen resolution reduces your video’s sharpness and pixel density (PPI).

You can adjust or reduce your screen resolution by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting “Properties” > “Appearance and Personalization” > “Display” > “Screen Resolution“.

Method #8: Use Sufficient Illuminating Light

Above all image settings, the source of light is the most important. Without any light source, the laptop will capture no image.

A dark room will need a better light source than a room having a reflection from the sunlight. Move the light source nearer or closer to you in a moderately illuminated room until you get a satisfactory brightness. You could get a red or blue object and move the light nearer or closer, adjusting it until the image shown on your laptop screen almost matches it.


When using laptop webcams, ensure that the light source is always at the back of the camera and facing you.

Method #9: Use Moderate Light Source

With too much light, the image will produce an excessively bright image with many light ray reflections. Hence, you must soften the light intensity in an overly bright room.

Method #10: Use Appropriate Background

Too many elements in the background reduce the point of focus and create background noise in photos. They also reflect and absorb light causing your overall light exposure to be altered. A simple background with slight reflection is the best.


A good laptop camera is necessary for clear and compelling presentations in video calls, meetings, conferences, and many more. The image quality is affected by the light exposure, camera settings, software, and hardware. This article has explained the various ways to fix and improve laptop camera quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my laptop camera so low-quality or grainy?

Unclean lenses, faulty lenses, outdated software for camera functions, and inappropriate light exposure are among the reasons for grainy images.

Can I upgrade my laptop camera?

Yes, there are newer webcam versions available for upgrade. Also, you could change your laptop lens or get an external webcam.

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