In 2007 werd in het Verenigd Koninkrijk een stuk kaas gedurende lange tijd met een webcam onafgebroken gefilmd om het rijpingsproces zichtbaar te maken.
making them the lowest-cost form of videotelephony.Various software tools in wide use can be employed for this, such as Pic Master (for use with Windows operating systems), Photo Booth (Mac), or Cheese (with Unix systems).For a more complete list see Comparison of webcam software.The most popular use of webcams is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations.Other popular uses include security surveillance, computer vision, video broadcasting, and for recording social videos.In December 2011, Russia announced that 290,000 Webcams would be installed in 90,000 polling stations to monitor the Russian presidential election, 2012.
Webcams can be used to take video clips and still pictures.
Webcams may be installed at places such as childcare centres, offices, shops and private areas to monitor security and general activity.
Webcams have been used for augmented reality experiences online.
Video calling support has also been added to several popular instant messaging programs. Software is available to allow PC-connected cameras to watch for movement and sound, a computer e-mailed images of the burglar during the theft of the computer, enabling the owner to give police a clear picture of the burglar's face even after the computer had been stolen.
Unauthorized access of webcams can present significant privacy issues (see "Privacy" section below).
Sommige computers en laptops, bijvoorbeeld de i Mac en de Mac Book van Apple, hebben een ingebouwde webcam, de Apple i Sight, in de rand boven het beeldscherm.