A Blurry webcam is irritating, especially in a video conference meeting. There are many reasons why your webcam is showing you a blurry picture or video. If the lens of your webcam is dirty or there are some scratches on your camera lens. Other causes include corrupted webcam drivers, graphics card drivers, etc. In this article, we will see how to fix a blurry webcam on Windows 11/10 PC.
Fix Blurry webcam on Windows 11/10 PC
The following solutions may help you fix a Blurry webcam on Windows 11/10 PC:
- Check your camera lens
- Run appropriate troubleshooters
- Check for Windows Update
- Update or reinstall your webcam driver
- Update or reinstall your graphics card driver
- Turn off autofocus for your webcam
- Turn on HD in Zoom
Below, we have explained all these fixes in detail.
1] Check your camera lens
As explained earlier, the primary cause of blurry pictures or videos by a webcam is the dirty camera lens. If the lens of your webcam is dirty, clean it with a soft lint-free cloth. This will fix the problem. But if the lens of your webcam has scratches, you may have to replace your webcam.
2] Run appropriate troubleshooters
Windows 11/10 PCs have built-in troubleshooters that help users fix some common problems on their computers. Your webcam is showing you blurry images and videos. Therefore, running the following troubleshooters can help:
- Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
- Camera Troubleshooter
- Video Playback Troubleshooter
You will find troubleshooters in Windows 11/10 Settings. The following steps will help you:
- Open Windows 11/10 Settings.
- Go to “System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.” In Windows 10, you will find Additional troubleshooters in place of Other troubleshooters.
- Look for Camera and Video Playback.
- Run the troubleshooters.
The Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter is not available in Windows 11/10 Settings. Therefore, you have to execute a command in the Command Prompt to launch this troubleshooter.
3] Check for Windows Update
Some users have reported that the issue was occurring because their systems were outdated. You should also check if an update is pending on your system or not. Go to the Windows Update page in Settings and check for updates. If an update is available, download and install it.
4] Update or reinstall your webcam driver
Corrupted device drivers cause several problems. We suggest you update or reinstall your webcam drivers and see if it helps. To check if an update is available for your webcam driver, go to the Optional Updates page in Windows 11/10 Settings. If an update is available, it will be shown there.
You can also try to restore the previous version of your webcam driver on your system by using the Roll Back Driver feature in the Device Manager. If this does not work, uninstall the webcam driver and install it again. The following steps will help you with that:
- Open the Device Manager.
- Expand the Cameras branch.
- Right-click on your camera driver and select Uninstall device.
- After uninstalling the camera driver, download the latest version of your camera driver from the manufacturer’s website and install it again.
5] Update or reinstall your graphics card driver
If the problem still persists, the issue might be associated with your graphics card driver. In this case, you should update or reinstall your graphics card driver. The steps to update or reinstall the graphics card driver are the same as described in the previous fix. You will find the graphics card driver under the Display adapters node in the Device Manager.
6] Turn off autofocus for your webcam
Autofocus is a feature in webcams that adjusts the camera focus. If it keeps adjusting the focus of your camera, it will cause your video to look blurry. If you have turned on autofocus, turn it off. This should fix the issue.
7] Turn on HD in Zoom
If the issue is occurring only in Zoom, you can turn on HD in Zoom settings. Let’s see how to do that:
- Open the Zoom app.
- Click on the gear-shaped icon on the top right side to open Zoom Settings.
- Select the Video category from the left side.
- Select your camera from the drop-down and select the HD checkbox.
Why is my webcam fuzzy?
If your webcam is fuzzy, first, check its lens. If the lens of your camera is not clean, you will see blurry or fuzzy images and videos. If your webcam supports the autofocus feature, make sure that it is disabled in your camera settings. We have explained some fixes to resolve this issue in this article.
How do I update my webcam driver on Windows 11?
In Windows 11, the driver updates (if available) are shown on the Optional Updates page in Windows 11 Settings. Alternatively, you can download the latest version of your webcam driver from the manufacturer’s website and install it manually.
You can also use some best free driver updater software to update your webcam and other drivers on Windows 11. The driver updater software automatically detects your system hardware components and hardware devices connected to your system and searches for the driver updates. If the driver update is available, you will be able to download and install them.
I hope this helps.
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