About a month ago, I shared some of my personal favourite USB microphones to use for content creation. So, now you have your mic, what’s your next step? Well, for many, it’s to grab yourself a webcam! While they are by no means compulsory, it can enhance your content and make your viewers feel more connected to you. So, here are 5 of my favourite cameras for content creation. These vary in cost and ease of setup, to give you a good variety of options to weigh up.
This is often the webcam of choice for many content creators, and for good reason. It’s not the cheapest webcam on the list, coming in at around just under $200, but the quality and ease of use definitely makes it worth it. This webcam provides you a good reliable 1080p quality, allowing you to broadcast in full HD. It also features a handy background remover. So, for those of you who like the green screen look, but don’t have the space for one for example, this camera can do it for you without one. You can also attach this webcam to a tripod if you don’t have a monitor it can sit over. This is a really good quality, reliable webcam that will serve you well if you choose to go with it. It isn’t cheap though, which is its main downside.
The Razer Kiyo is a really cool offering from Razer, and is a far cheaper option than many of the other web cams on this list. Offering 720p at 60fps, with a bit of tweaking this camera can supply you with a super good quality picture, and can also stream at full HD. On top of this, it comes with an inbuilt on camera illumination. So, if you haven’t got the best lighting set up, this webcam might just be perfect for you. As it’s a Razer product, it also integrates really well with your other Razer products, working with Razer Synapse.
This is the cheapest webcam on the list, costing around $70, so do keep than it mind. This is a very basic webcam, and I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone wanting to do full screen content. While it does provide 720p resolution, it definitely won’t be as crisp as the C922, however it will certainly get the job done if you just want to be in a box in the corner of the screen. It is simple, affordable and super easy to set up. But like I said, you get what you pay for. With some extra good lighting, you could definitely make this camera seem even better, but that depends on your current lighting set up.
A DSLR Camera + the Elgato Cam Link
This can be by far the most expensive option, however if you already have a good DSLR camera, then it might be worth looking into. Elgato (and a few other companies) produces a device known as a Cam Link, which essentially can make streaming software register a DSLR as a webcam. Without this, these programs simply won’t detect the DSLR as an option to stream with. This is by far the best-looking web cam set up you can run with for quality, as a DSLR will certainly make you look nice and crisp. The biggest draw back is if you don’t already own a DSLR camera, a good quality one can be quite pricey. On top of this, the Cam Link itself can be pretty pricey, sitting at around two hundred dollars or so, which isn’t an option for everyone.
Rounding it out with the most expensive web cam option, the Logitech Brio will give you some of the best-looking quality. Drawback is though, it is PRICEY, sitting at around three hundred dollars. This is mainly due to it being a 4K webcam, meaning it will offer some of the crispest quality a webcam can supply. It has a 5x digital zoom in full HD and looks incredibly sleek and futuristic. The biggest draw back of course is the price, and the fact that often with some good lighting, you can probably make many of the other cameras on this list look almost as nice anyway. But if you are a big 4K buff, money is not an issue, and you want the best of the best, then this is it!
So, there were 5 awesome cameras for content creation!
The best way to choose is to weigh up your budget, what kind of lighting set up you’re running with, and what content you are creating. If you’re mainly focusing on full screen chatting content, then investing in a good webcam is pretty essential. But if you are mainly gaming and tucking yourself to the side of the screen, then perhaps it’s not as vital to have a great camera as the game will be the main focus.
But, regardless of whether you pick one of these, a different camera entirely, or go with none at all, happy content creating!