If there’s one thing you can count on in this world, it’s that if you need a picture or video with image quality that seems straight out of 2015 (or even earlier), you can turn to your computer’s built-in webcam. If we sound salty about this, it probably has something to do with the fact that this past year and a half has had us confronting our grainy, backlit selves on our screens more than anyone should ever have to. The good news is that despite what your built-in webcam would have you believe, you don’t actually have to cringe at your subpar video quality every time you hop on a call. There is another way — using an external webcam. Wait, you might be wondering, haven’t external webcams been around for a while? Aren’t they just as reliably grainy? No! They’re not! We promise better options are out there.