*Best according to the editorial board. About the selection criteria. This material is subjective, not an advertisement and is not a buying guide. Before you buy, you need to consult with an expert.
Once upon a time webcams were just for making video calls. As such, they were not required to have advanced features and a great matrix. Now the situation is different. From now on, webcams are used by streamers. And people like you need high resolution, face tracking, and a few other advanced features. Let’s take a look at the webcams that are best designed to meet gamers’ needs.
Rating of the best webcams for streaming
|Best Webcams for Streaming||1||Logitech |
io Stream Edition
|16 123 €|
|2||AVerMedia Technologies||14 990 €|
|3||Logitech C922 Pro Stream||6 810 €|
|4||Logitech StreamCam||8 703 €|
|5||Creative||4 420 €|
|6||Microsoft||3 480 €|
|7||Canyon CNS-CWC5||2 318 €|
|8||Microsoft||1 890 €|
|9||Genius QCam 6000||2 400 €|
io Stream Edition
You regularly stream, but you are not yet making any money from it? In this case, there is no point in spending money on an expensive webcam. For sure you will have enough opportunities, which are provided by the model called Logitech C922 Pro Stream. It has the usual fixing, thanks to which the device is stably fixed on the monitor or TV. Connects to your computer via USB 2.0 – this webcam does not have any special requirements in terms of interface bandwidth. Too bad the cable length is less than 1.5m. However, you can buy a USB extension cable even in the most remote corners of our homeland.
Interestingly, the mount placed here can be used in the manner of a tripod. This means you can put the device on absolutely any flat surface. If that’s not enough, in the box with the camera is a full-fledged metal tripod, albeit very small.
Inside this tiny thing is a two megapixel CMOS sensor. Modest, but this sensor is enough to capture a 1080p image at 30fps. If you want a higher frame rate, you’ll need to lower the resolution to 720p. If you stream games and your face is in a small window, these parameters will be enough for you. For example, a resident of Lugansk, who posted a detailed review of the Logitech C922 Pro Stream on the Otzovik website, has no complaints about the webcam’s performance. And here’s what a buyer of the online store DNS wrote: “Loves the light. The more light, the better image quality”. Indeed, the American manufacturer has limited his creation to a simple lens and a narrow aperture, as the result the webcam has become unsuitable for use in the dark.
This model does not require any special software as opposed to a specialized solution produced by the same company. As a result, the webcam can work with any computer, no matter what operating system it has. And if you use the OTG adapter, you can connect the camera to your smart phone.
- Not bad picture quality in good light;
- It uses a well-thought-out fastener;
- Can be paired with any computer;
- Not the greatest size and weight;
- Comes with a metal tripod.
- Not the best result in low light;
- The software does not know how to blur the background;
- The lens is not augmented with a shutter;
- The price will not suit everyone.
This square webcam has a convenient monitor mount. Connects to your PC with a 1.5 meter cable. At its end is a USB Type-C connector. For some people this will be an unpleasant surprise. If you have a pretty old computer, you’ll have to look for an adapter or a USB hub. However, this webcam is not designed for such a PC. First, it requires a USB 3-compliant bandwidth.1. Secondly, in order to make all the features were available, you need a powerful “iron.
This model can be mounted on a tripod. For this case is a special device, which comes with. As for the tripod itself, the manufacturer did not splurge on it.
This webcam shoots video at a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. But it does it at 60 fps. This should suit the vast majority of streamers! Especially if the customer is going to stream a game when their face will only be in a small window.
Inside the webcam is the usual two-megapixel CMOS-matrix. The lens installed here offers a 78-degree angle of view. As to the aperture, it is opened up to f/2.0. As a result, even without using special software, the camera slightly blurs the background.
The main advantage of a webcam Logitech StreamCam was best described by Ekaterina, who left on “Yandex.Marketer’s review is as follows: “Quick plug-and-play. Exactly for streaming – the best option. At least do not forget about the medium light.
- Comes with a pad for attaching to a tripod;
- The assembly is of high quality;
- Shooting at 60 fps;
- Well-working autofocus;
- Not a bad microphone is used;
- A wide opening aperture;
- Rich proprietary software.
- Not a lot of manual image settings;
- USB Type-C connector will not suit everyone;
- The cost can not be called low;
- There are still problems in the dark.
This model has a two-megapixel sensor. Any expert will tell you that this is more than enough to capture video in a fair F
- HD. The only pity is the lack of any powerful processor that would “digest” such a picture at high speed. Alas, the owner of the Canyon CNS-CWC5 will be available at 30 fps, not more than that. Not even lowering the resolution to 720p helps.
- A noise cancelling microphone is used;
- No special requirements to the PC;
- It uses a convenient mount with a hinge;
- Low cost;
- Extended warranty period.
- The frame rate does not exceed 30 fps;
- Average quality of video in the dark;
- I would have liked a wider viewing angle;
- Not the longest USB cable.
- feCam HD-3000
The Genius brand produces a wide variety of computer peripherals, the hallmark of which is an affordable price tag. For example, for webcam QCam 6000 in Russian stores ask about 2000 rubles. Also the device stands out due to the existence of several color options.
This model has a tiny size. However, this did not prevent her to get a relatively good matrix. However, there’s a feeling that the manufacturer’s 1920×1080 pixels resolution is achieved only by interpolation. The webcam actually shoots video at a resolution of 640×480 pixels. However, this is good enough for when a person’s face is just a small window in the corner of the screen. And that’s how you usually spend streaming. We can only regret that the frequency here is 30 frames per second. I would like more.
The webcam must work with any PC, no matter what operating system it runs on. Connected via USB 2.0. It is assumed by default that the device will be on the monitor – it comes with a suitable mount. Also, it is impossible not to note the lack of additional software. This can be considered as an advantage, because the user will not have to deal with unfamiliar to him program. But this can actually play into the disadvantage – the device doesn’t offer any image adjustments at all.
- Uses a convenient mount;
- A good microphone is built in;
- There are no special computer requirements;
- Modest size and weight.
- There is no additional functionality;
- It is better not to shoot in the dark;
- I would have liked a wider angle of view;
- Low video resolution;
- Not a particularly high frame rate.
Now you know what webcams should suit the majority of gamers. The devices discussed in this article are obliged to make any streaming better. All that remains is to decide how much you are willing to spend – you may have noticed that some models have an inhumane price tag.
This webcam has several undeniable advantages. The most important of them was told by Rima, who left in the online store “M.Video” review of the following: “There were no problems with installation, just plugged it via USB to a computer with Win 10 and it was immediately detected. I also liked the nice, sensitive microphone. The customer also noted the two-year warranty period. As for the microphone, it is supplemented with a noise-canceling system. So the viewer’s attention will be focused on your voice, not on external sounds.
The device does have some disadvantages. For example, it doesn’t perform best in the dark. Alas, but affected by the low resolution of the matrix and average by modern standards lens. The latter can be complained about the angle of view, which is only 65 degrees.
After purchase, we recommend that you immediately update the driver by downloading it from the manufacturer’s official site. In this way you can avoid focusing problems, which were encountered by those who bought this web-camera before the others.