The Most Reliable Cameras and Webcams to Live Stream in 2021

Webcams can make or break a stream, depending on the type of content that you are planning on creating. That’s why it’s important to seriously consider what it is that you are trying to produce and what types of specs you will need in order to produce the content that you want.

For instance, if you are planning on simply keeping the screen small while you film your hands and/or facial responses with the gameplay as the main focus, then you could probably get away with using a less fancy webcam. If however, you are planning on producing full-screen IRL or adventure content, you will definitely need a more advanced set up than a simple plug and record single-piece clip-on webcam.

In order to help you figure out which cameras for live streaming you might want to look into buying, we have tried to answer the most common questions that people have regarding cameras, as well as exploring the main aspects of video production that you may not have been aware of. We will also provide you with an overview of a few of the 4 most popular cameras that will be used by Twitch streamers in 2020.

Table of Contents

  • Webcams & Cameras
    • Logitech C920
    • Logitech C922/C922X
    • Logitech BRIO
    • Sony Alpha A6000
  • DSLR VS Webcams
  • Price VS. Quality
  • Other factors
  • Webcam FAQs

Logitech C920

The Logitech C920 is the oldest camera on this list and in term of popularity among streamers it wins by a landslide in comparison to the other cameras mentioned here, although the next on this list does also have relatively decent representation as well.

At ~$63.15 USD on average and sometimes $50 USD special, this webcam meets the basic needs of most gaming streamers who plan on focusing more on gameplay and the occasional chat, over IRL adventures.

Loeya, Nickmercs and Crayator are three Twitch streamers, to name a few, who use this camera.

It is capable of HD 1080p for up to 1920 x 1080p resolution, autofocus and has automatic dual stereo omnidirectional mics with automatic noise reduction. However, it is only compatible with Windows 7 and up, or Mac OS 10.10 and up. It also allows for streamers to record at either 720p or 1080p at 30fps.

Pros:

  • Most affordable option
  • Comes with a great reputation
  • Easy to set up
  • Clips onto monitor or other positions

Cons:

  • Can only broadcast at 720p @ 30fps
  • Inputs can clash if using more than one C920
  • Requires mic for broadcasting

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Logitech C922/C922x

Although the C922x is slightly more popular than the C922, the differences are related to extras rather than the cameras themselves which is why we grouped them together. These differences are that the C922 comes with a tripod and a free three-month trial for XSplit, whereas the C922x comes without a tripod, but does have a tripod rest and has a six-month free trial for XSplit.

The base price for both is at $99.95 USD, but they’re typically on special for ~$78 USD for the C922 and ~$84,70 USD for the C922x.

Otherwise, both allow for ‘background replacement’ meaning that it should remove the need for a greenscreen, which is the only real difference in specs from the C920. However, some streamers do feel that the background replacement feature causes movement to appear a little glitchy at times. The resolution is slightly sharper, though.

KingRichard, Myth and Otzdarva all use this camera for live streaming.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Comes with XSplit trial
  • Easy to set up
  • Clips onto monitor or other positions
  • Resolution sharper than C920. (broadcasts at 720p @ 60fps or 1080p @ 30fps)

Cons:

  • More expensive than C920
  • Background replacement might glitch

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Logitech Brio

This camera is more expensive, at $199,99 USD base and around ~R160 USD on promotion. This is probably why it’s used so much less than the C920 and C922. In addition to the features offered by the C922, this camera also allows for 4k Ultra HD as well as RightLight 3 to automatically adjust the lighting.

Another feature is the ability to zoom in up to 5 times, and to adjust the camera’s field of vision between 65°, 78° and 90°. The resolution quality is better than the C920 and C922, but we advise watching comparison videos to see whether the contrast really matters to you.

AngryPug, RDULive and Ninja all use this camera so its worth checking out their streams out to get an idea of quality.

It is also important to note that the C920 is plug and play, whereas the Brio requires more tweaking to get the quality that you want.

Pros:

  • Zoom feature
  • Adjustable field of vision
  • Auto-adjusts with lighting
  • Superior resolution to C922/x (1980p @ 60fps)
  • Clips onto monitor or other positions
  • Higher capacity to contrast colors and auto-focus than C920 & C922/x

Cons:

  • Settings can only be applied before use
  • Twice the price of Logitech C922

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Sony Alpha A6000

At $548 USD, this camera should probably not be purchased unless you’re an IRL vlogger or bigger streamer. After all, it does an excellent job by providing a far shaper image and superior auto-focus feature than the cameras listed above. However, the price is an investment that has to make sense. It also requires intermediary products such as a cam link connection cable to convert the HDMI signal to USB.

Some big name streamers who opt for the Sony Alpha A6000 are Elajjaz, Pokimane and Just9n.

As for resolution, it can produce full HD 1080p, at 60fps. It provides detail that the other cameras don’t capture, and also accommodates lighting discrepancies more effectively than the other cameras do. But, again, this kind of quality isn’t necessarily crucial to content that isn’t mainly dependent on IRL content, but rather uses IRL to supplement other content. So, if you’re a small streamer, or just starting out, it’s probably better to stick with good-enough, watchable quality while you’re building your base than to throw away money that you’re not sure that you’ll earn back.

Pros:

  • Good for IRL and travel vlogging
  • Superior images and auto-focus features
  • Better auto-adjustments to lightling discrepancies

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Requires additional hardware such as and HDMI cable, camera stand, and capture card

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DSLR vs Webcam

Whether to use DSLR (regular cameras) versus actual webcams is a matter of debate among broadcasters for a number of reasons. A major factor when picking a camera for live streaming is what you want to record and the style of videos that you want to create. Outdoor vlogs vs indoor gaming or chatting streams have different minimum requirements, as portability, light sensitivity and motion capture needs are different. Where gaming is the main focus, with few IRL interactions with chat, it may not even be worth considering a fancier camera, as it won’t really affect the overall quality of your stream.

Price vs. Quality

One a basic level, webcams are far cheaper and intuitive than regular cameras and require far less tweaking and extra parts in order to get them working. They are also usually enabled with autofocus features that ensure that your will never get blurry while you’re moving around. As the resolution quality is generally lower than that of regular cameras, the files produced by webcams are smaller and easier for your PCs to process and upload without the use of a fancier CPU to keep up with the flow of hi-res files.

However, the recommended lowest pixels for decent-quality recording is 1080p, which most of the more mainstream webcams have. The pixel rates of regular cameras are usually higher and capable of handling lower lighting. They are also portable, unlike webcams that require PCs.

Other factors

Regular cameras also have a fixed bitrate, so audio-syncing shouldn’t be an issue. But, many of them do not allow for adding on external voice-recording devices, which could add on extra editing work later on anyway. They do require additional hardware to connect the camera to the PC, as well as software to process it live.

So, while the quality is definitely higher, it may not be necessary for smaller home-streamers.

Another concern are the recording limits that regular cameras have. Camcorders are far more reliable in this regard and also have more zoom capabilities, but they don’t have the flexibility of buying lenses.

Conclusion

Basically, to get all of the features that you want will require a budget to match. So, a real video recorder would probably only be recommended to a YouTuber or live streamer with an established following, or for someone who wants to make IRL streams the main focus of their channel. This is reflected on this page, by our findings of the four most popular cameras among the streamers that we have analyzed.

 

Webcam FAQs

Faqs

Hasselblad X1D-50c. Most consumers are buying either full-frame or APS-C cameras. The highest scoring full-frames are all tied at 100, including the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R 47.3MP, the Nikon D850 45.7MP, the Sony A7R III 42.4MP, and the Nikon Z7II 45.75MP.

Webcams are easy to set up. It’s one reason why they’re such a popular choice for live streaming. Of course, webcams are just one kind of live streaming camera – from camcorders and action cams to DSLRs, mirrorless, and PTZ cameras.20-Oct-2021

– Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. The best mirrorless camera for beginners.
– Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D. The best entry-level DSLR around gets updated with 4K video.
– Fujifilm X-T30.
– Nikon Z fc.
– Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III.
– Nikon D780.
– Panasonic Lumix GH6.
– Sony Alpha A7 IV.

– Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. The best mirrorless camera for beginners.
– Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D. The best entry-level DSLR around gets updated with 4K video.
– Fujifilm X-T30.
– Nikon Z fc.
– Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III.
– Nikon D780.
– Panasonic Lumix GH6.
– Sony Alpha A7 IV.

– Logitech Brio 4K Webcam.
– Logitech C925e Pro HD Webcam.
– ASUS Republic of Gamers Eye Webcam.
– GoPro HERO9 Black Action Camera.
– Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder.
– Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Camcorder.
– Canon XF405 4K Ultra HD Camcorder.
– Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.

Conclusion

Webcams can make or break a stream, depending on the type of content that you are planning on creating. That’s why it’s important to seriously consider what it is that you are trying to produce and what types of specs you will need in order to produce the content that

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