Why Do I Need a Streaming Camera?

It is estimated that the global streaming industry is worth over $50 billion according to Grand View Research. Therefore despite the high level of competition, there is definitely demand for high quality and entertaining streamers. One of the key pieces of equipment that a streamer will need is a streaming camera. There are some individuals that may disagree with this. In this article, we will be answering the question of why you do need a streaming camera.

Why Can’t I Just Use My Webcam?

Of course, every modern computer now includes a built-in webcam. However, webcams are built for casual use. This is the case even if they happen to be integrated into high-end personal computers.

The average quality of an integrated webcam will be around 720p along with mediocre camera sensors for focusing. By buying a camera that is made for streaming, then you can increase your video quality to 1080p full HD. In addition, there are some cameras for streaming that can provide 4K resolution.

The other great thing is that when you buy a streaming camera you do not have to use it just for streaming. You can use it for work, when speaking with distant relatives, and casually gaming with your friends. In addition, due to the fact that a streamer's camera is external, you can attach it and connect it to other devices in the future. While an integrated webcam can be used inside of that particular computing device. A related point is the ability to tilt and angle a camera for streaming towards a wider field of view.

However, there are some potential disadvantages to cameras for streamers. First, you will have to set up your streaming camera which will take a bit of time if you are inexperienced. To add to this, it may be harder to troubleshoot the issues of a streamer's cameras compared to that of an already built-in webcam. To summarize, you can use a webcam at the very start however you should be working towards investing in a reliable streaming camera as soon as possible.

Why is a DSLR Camera Not Ideal?

There is a high chance that if you are interested in streaming or are already involved in streaming that you own a digital camera. Digital cameras are a hefty investment, costing a minimum of a few hundred dollars. Due to this, it may be enticing for you to integrate your DSLR into your streaming setup.

DSLR cameras can be used for streaming but they are not ideal. The first reason is that they are immobile and also very heavy. You will likely need to purchase extra equipment such as a tripod or a bracket mount. This can quickly run into hundreds of dollars worth of extra costs.

Furthermore, DSLRs are not made with streaming in mind. If you want to control them from your computer while you are streaming, then you will need to install third-party software. The issue with third-party software is that it may not work great with all DSLR models and brands. Leading to frequent errors and a lengthy setup process. You will be essentially paying more for a worse experience. The equivalent of using an expensive motorhome for a motorsport race.

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Are More Expensive Cameras for Streaming Better?

A wide choice of streaming cameras exists out there. Some are cheaper than others. However, as with everything, you get what you pay for. The best-case scenario of buying a lower price range streamer camera is that it works but it lacks the extra features that provide for customizability. In the worst-case scenario, the camera quality will be unsatisfactory.

We recommend that you buy a higher-end streaming camera. It is much better to save up for a longer period of time rather than buying a subpar product and then needing to buy the more expensive one anyway.

When you buy a more expensive streaming camera you are getting more 'bang for your buck'. To give an example, the Razer Kiyo comes with a built-in ring light, it is crafted to be easily attached to any computer and can be effortlessly repositioned. Besides this, it is designed to be compatible with the Razer Synapse 3 software which is used for controlling a number of settings such as resolution, color representation, and low light compensation.

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