Picking the best camera for streaming is essential if you want to see success – or, at the very least, have the best video quality – on platforms like YouTube or Twitch.
You can obviously (even though not recommended) stick with the native camera on your laptop or desktop computer, but don’t kid yourself – the results won’t even be close to what you can expect from the best cameras that are built for streaming.
Both the video and audio quality are significantly better on a streaming dedicated device, which won’t just elevate your content – but will hopefully also increase your viewership levels.
Types of webcams?
First we have webcams that plug straight into your computer and are a super simple way to stream. If you purely want a camera for streaming or video calls on your computer, these are ideal – but if you want one that you can also use to take photos and video, check out the cameras and camcorder section of the store you are looking at. Both kinds of cameras have pros and cons, so you’ll just have to decide what is most important to you.
We’re talking specifications
When picking your streaming camera, it’s worth looking at the specs to figure out what you want. Having a decent amount of resolution is a plus, but there’s no need to overdo it – streaming in 4K is very data-intensive, and most of your audience probably won’t watch it in that resolution anyway. Ideally, you want to shoot for Full HD, but HD will do if you’re up against it budget-wise.
The other half of the picture is the frame rate of the video. Having 30fps is good, and having 60fps is better, though once again, you’ll need to balance your budget to determine what you can get away with.
Accessories matter a lot too
Most high end cameras out there come with a pretty decent built-in mic, but to get the very best out of your audio it would be a good idea to pick up a microphone for vlogging as well.
You might also want to think about getting a ring light or an LED panel so that your video is well lit. However, if you can only afford to get a mic or a light, I would suggest you go for the mic.
Now that so many people stream content, it’s harder to stand out but investing in the right kit will definitely make your videos more enjoyable to watch.