The best camera for streaming in 2024

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The quick list
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Overall: Logitech C299
2. Budget: Razer Kiyo
3. Premium: Sony A7III
4. Webcam: Elgato Facecam
5. AI webcam: Obsbot Meet
6. Outdoor: GoPro Hero 9
7. 4K cam: Sony ZV-E10
8. Vlog: PowerShot G7 X Mark III
9. Youtube: Canon EOS M50 MII
10. Gaming: Sony  PS5 Cam
11. TikTok: iPhone 14 Pro Max
12. PTZ cam: MEVO Start
13. Budget PTZ: Logitech PTZ Pro 2
14. PC Webcam: LifeCam HD-3000
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FAQs
How we test

Choosing one of the best cameras for streaming is essential if you're serious about going live online, you've decided to take up vlogging, or you've created a Twitch account and aren't sure where to start. A basic laptop webcam and microphone can do the job, but the visuals and audio will be of limited quality compared to what the best streaming cameras can offer. 

From our experience, traditional webcams are great for streaming from a computer setup, and are usually the most affordable - but there are other types of cameras to consider too. Below we compare 14 options that we think cover the best cameras for streaming for almost every need. Our expert reviewers have gone hands on to compare their features and capabilities, ease of use, video quality and value. We've included the best action cam and PTZ camera (pan-tilt-zoom).

If you happen to be a photographer or content creator, chances are that the DSLR or mirrorless camera you already own will be just fine for streaming. See our expert picks of the best cameras overall for options for both. If you're more interested in video calls, then see our best conference room webcams guide. We also have a guide to the best camera phones.

The quick list

Don't have much time? Here's our top 3 choices for the best streaming cameras right now, but we recommend you see our full list to make a truly informed choice.  

The best cameras for streaming in full

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The best Streaming camera overall

Best camera for streaming: Logitech C922

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01. Logitech C922

The best streaming camera for most purposes, at a great price

Specifications

Max resolution: Full HD (1920x1080)
Frame rate: 30fps
Streams via: USB
Field of view: 78°

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly easy to use
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Great quality video and audio
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Lots of mounting options

Reasons to avoid

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Can't attach external mic

The Logitech C922 is likely to be the best choice of streaming camera for most users. It's not the cheapest webcam that Logitech offers, and nor is it the most advanced – it hits an optimal sweet spot in the middle to provide the ideal balance between price and functionality. It can capture Full HD 1080p video at 30p, or HD 720p at 60p, and what's more, in a real boon for streamers, it comes with its own tripod. 

We found it to be super easy to set up and use, with good autofocus and light correction that will automatically optimise the image to make you look your best. You can easily alter these functions in Logitech's software if you want to, and while you can't attach an external mic to the camera, you do have the built-in dual omnidirectional microphones that record audio in excellent quality. 

The best budget Streaming camera

Best camera for streaming: Razer Kiyo

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02. Razer Kiyo

A great streaming camera for flattering light

Specifications

Max resolution: Full HD (1920x1080)
Frame rate: 30fps (60fps at HD 720 resolution)
Streams via: USB
Field of view: 81.6°

Reasons to buy

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Built-in ring light
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Full camera control through app
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Video looks excellent

Reasons to avoid

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Can’t attach external mic
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Has been replaced by Razer Kiyo Pro

Many streamers and TikTokers find themselves buying a ring light to enhance the scene and add that polished glow to your face – well, the Razer Kiyo webcam has a multi-step LED built right in! This of course earns this webcam brownie points right off the bat, and it continues to impress with full manual camera controls and Full HD 30fps video that looks excellent.

If you take the resolution down to HD 720p then you can up the frame rate to 60fps (if you want Full HD 60fps, there is a more expensive Razer Kiyo Pro offering this, and a Pro Ultra model that's even flashier ). If you’re the kind of streamer who likes to tweak and fiddle with their image until you're happy with how it looks, the Razer Kiyo will let you absolutely go to town. Available for as little as $39/£65 from select retailers and directly from Razer, we consider this one of the best budget streaming cameras 

The best premium Streaming camera

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, Sony A7 III

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03. Sony A7III

A premium camera for 4K UHD streaming

Specifications

Max resolution: Ultra HD 4K
Frame rate: Up to 120fps in Full HD
Streams via: USB cable to computer
Field of view: N/A (35mm sensor, body only) depends on lens

Reasons to buy

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Can change lenses for the desired effect (fisheye, wide angle etc)
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Record and stream simultaneously
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Extremely high quality 

Reasons to avoid

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Super expensive option
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Will need to buy lenses
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No wireless streaming option

The Sony A7 III is one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market, used by millions of photographers and content creators due to its lightweight body, excellent 4K video capabilities and 35mm full-frame sensor for stunning imagery. It also works great as an option for streaming with the ability to both record and stream high-quality footage at the same time, but you'll need to connect it to a PC or laptop to do so through the HDMI port.  

Sony advises using a third-party HDMI to USB video capture device to stream from a Sony A7 III, as the device can overheat when used for long periods of time. This can be done without a capture card, and simply by using a HDMI and USB cable to connect your A7III to the computer, with free Imaging Edge Webcam software installed. We found the camera's AF eye-tracking and face-detection modes to be super useful for keeping sharp focus; ensure these modes are enabled when you stream.

The best webcam Streaming camera

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, Elgato Facecam

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04. Elgato Facecam

The best high-quality webcam for streaming

Specifications

Max resolution: Full HD (1920x1080)
Frame rate: 60fps
Streams via: USB 3.0, USB-C
Field of view: 83.2°

Reasons to buy

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Buttery-smooth 60p video
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Can fiddle with settings

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively high-priced
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Slight tendency to overexpose

Elgato has spent some time building up a stable of products for a streaming studio, from lights to microphones, so it was inevitable that we’d eventually get an Elgato-branded webcam. As competition to the likes of Logitech, the Elgato Facecam impressed us, but that price tag gives you an indication that it’s targeting a slightly different level of user – if you want 60p video, you gotta pay for it. While having your Full HD video running at 60 frames per second isn't probably necessary, you can’t argue against how smooth it looks. 

The eight-element prime lens on the front of the camera helps the image look as sharp as possible. You’ll undoubtedly look fantastic on streams captured using the Elgato Facecam – really it’s just a question of whether you want to pay the premium for it.

The best AI webcam Streaming camera

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, bsbot 4K Meet

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05. Obsbot Meet 4K webcam

The best compact AI-powered webcam for 4K streaming.

Specifications

Max resolution: 4K reslution
Frame rate: 4K@30fps,1080p@60fp
Streams via: USB-C to USB-C Cable
Field of view: 86°/78°/65°

Reasons to buy

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HDR and auto-exposure technology
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Advanced AI algorithm with auto framing
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4X digital zoom 

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively high-priced

The Obsbot Meet 4K webcam is a great option for those who can afford to have a bit of fun. Primarily intended for conference calls more than streaming for the web or gaming, this cam is impressively equipped with AI features to always keep you centre frame and in the picture. 

It has HDR functions too, and the AI power behind this cam will keep the exposure correct at all times too. We reckon it's a great option for those who spend a lot of time presenting on Google Meets or Microsoft Teams. 

The best outdoor Streaming camera

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, GoPro HERO 10 Black

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An action camera offers high-quality live streaming

Specifications

Max resolution: 5.3K (streaming limited to 1080p)
Frame rate: 60fps at 5.3K; 120fps at 4KF
Streams via: USB-C
Field of view: 132 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Small, compact design
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Versatile for action
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Voice control

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive if only using for streaming

An action camera might not be the first option you think of as a streaming camera, but the GoPro Hero 10 Black has a live streaming resolution of 1080p resolution, and it works with YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Pages. When we reviewed this model, we loved the rugged and compact design, great image quality and its ease of use

If for you're looking to stream fast-paced live-action scenes, GoPro's HyperSmooth 4.0 image stabilization can be activated to keep the footage stable. And you really do need to want it for action as well as streaming, otherwise it's not really worth the price. 

To stream using a GoPro, you'll need the GoPro app for IOS or Android, and to update the camera to the latest firmware via GoPro Quik or manually. You’ll be able to generate a private link to share with your audience through a GoPro Subscription or by using an RTMP URL. Instagram does not seem to be supported. 

See our fuller GoPro Hero 10 Black review for more details.

The best 4K Streaming camera

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, Sony ZV-E10

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Sony's vlogger-focused mirrorless model is great for streaming

Specifications

Max resolution: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
Frame rate: 30fps
Streams via: USB-C
Field of view: Variable (interchangeable-lens)

Reasons to buy

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Streams via USB-C
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Sophisticated mic setup

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly Sony menus
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Rolling shutter when panning

Sony's "ZV" cameras are specifically designed for vloggers who want a well-specced video setup without spending a fortune. The ZV-E10 steps forward as a mirrorless alternative to the fixed-lens ZV-1, giving you a host of great video features as well as access to the excellent E-mount stable of lenses.

In use, we appreciated the ZV-E10's excellent built-in mic setup. While you'll probably want to wire in your own mic to ensure optimal audio quality, having the built-in 3-capsule mic is a great backup, and means you've always got a decent option if your go-to mic packs in. It's easy to set the ZV-E10 up for streaming thanks to the USB-C connectivity, and the footage is right at the quality it needs to be. Some may bemoan the lack of proper optical stabilisation, but as a streamer, you're likely to have the camera locked off anyway and probably don't need to worry about it.

We do wish the menu system was touch optimised, as Sony's famously awkward menu system is difficult enough to navigate as is. Also, be aware that the ZV-E10 is known for some rolling shutter problems when panning – again, since you're probably not moving the camera when streaming, this shouldn't be much of an issue.

See our complete hands-on Sony ZV-E10 review for more on our experience with this camera.

The best Streaming camera for vlogging

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, Canon G7 X III

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08. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

A hugely popular compact camera for streaming

Specifications

Max resolution: 4K UHD (3840x2160)
Frame rate: 30fps in 4K, 120fps in Full HD
Streams via: Micro HDMI
Field of view: 24-100mm equivalent lens

Reasons to buy

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Clean HDMI out
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3.5mm jack for mic

Reasons to avoid

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... but no mic hotshoe
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Pricey for a compact

YouTubers love the Canon G7 X series, and this latest iteration is the most video-focused yet. The fact that it has a clean HDMI out means it’s easy to stream high-quality video, even in 4K UHD if you so desire, and having a 3.5mm mic input means you can attach a high-quality microphone for superior audio (though with no mic hotshoe on top of the camera, you’ll need to find somewhere else to put it). 

Its 24-100mm equivalent lens provides a broad range of framing options, and there’s a pleasing range of frame rate options in Full HD. It’s on the pricey side for a compact camera with a 1-inch sensor, but if you’re a streamer, we think the video features just about justify the price. 

The best Streaming camera for YouTube

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, Canon EOS M50 Mark II

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09. Canon EOS M50 Mark II

The best streaming camera for Youtubers who like to see themselves

Specifications

Max resolution: 4K UHD
Frame rate: 25fps
Streams via: Micro USB
Field of view: Depends on lens

Reasons to buy

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The screen can be flipped for selfies
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Mirrorless and lightweight
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High resolution

Reasons to avoid

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4K video is cropped 
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Needs EF-S lenses
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Will need microphone

Another contender from Canon, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is not only an affordable and user-friendly crop-sensor mirrorless camera, but it can double as a webcam and vlogging companion too. If you're just getting started in the world of streaming and want a decent setup without spending a fortune, then this is the camera for you. 

To stream, you'll need to use Canon's free EOS Webcam Utility software, and connect the camera to your PC or laptop. You might also need a separate microphone, the camera does have one but the utility software when connected doesn't always process audio. 

Ideal for streamers and students, this is probably one of the most affordable options on our list if you plan to use the camera for some general photography too, but if you're only planning to use this camera for streaming then there are much cheaper alternatives and you should probably consider a webcam first. 

The best Streaming camera for gaming

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, PS5 HD Cam

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10. PlayStation 5 HD Camera

Love it or hate it, this works as a streaming camera for PS5

Specifications

Max resolution: 1080p
Frame rate: 120fps in some cases but mostly 60fps
Streams via: PlayStation 5 only
Field of view: 80-120

Reasons to buy

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Background removal 
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Easy to use with DualSense
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Affordable 

Reasons to avoid

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Only has one real purpose
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Not VR compatible
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No built-in microphone

If you want to stream some games directly from your PlayStation 5 console, then we're sorry to report that this is your only real option. This is the only native camera option for the PS5 and sadly Sony let us down in terms of what it could have been been. It can't be used for party chats, it doesn't have a built-in microphone, doesn't support motion, and it isn't compatible with the original PSVR or PSVR 2.

So does it have anything going for it? Well, it does have picture-in-picture broadcasting. The Playstation 5 Camera requires only one cable (a USB-A connector) to connect to the PS5. Since it has no microphone, you'll need to use your headset or the microphone of the DualSense control pad, or an external mic to make the camera functional for its one purpose - streaming. 

The lack of 4K output given that the PlayStation 5 is a 4K console is a little baffling, so it might be a good idea to look into a different setup that doesn't involve directly streaming from the console itself if you want high-quality streaming. The camera can't be used for other purposes, such as video calls via social media channels like Discord, Skype or WhatsApp.

The best Streaming camera for TikTok

Best Streaming cameras: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

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11. iPhone 14 Pro Max

Who said you can't use a smartphone for streaming?

Specifications

Max resolution: 4K video recording
Frame rate: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120fps
Streams via: TikTok App and downloadable software
Field of view: Selfie cam 23mm (wide), front cams, 24mm (wide), 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide) and 77mm telephoto zoom

Reasons to buy

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Apple ProRAW images are great quality fro stills and thumbnails
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Amazing quality camera array. 

Reasons to avoid

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Great if you already own it
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Expensive option if you don't 

Yes, I know this isn't exactly a camera, but the iPhone Pro camera is so good, and in our experience, the easiest way to stream directly to an app like Facebook, Instagram or Discord is through a smartphone. Phone cameras are catching up in quality, and the iPhone Pro can record footage that's plenty good enough for streaming in our book.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is a great option and one of the best camera phones on the market right now. The 48MP main camera is a beast, and depending on if you choose to shoot through the front camera or using the triple-rear array, then you're guaranteed to get a good quality stream. Just make sure you have it set up on a smartphone tripod, gimbal, or something stable enough to keep it steady. It's now been superseded by the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which is also fantastic. But the camera improvements on the 15 aren't really going to make a difference to your streaming, so we'd go for the 14 if you find a good deal.

The best PTZ streaming camera

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, MEVO Start

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12. MEVO Start

The best wireless camera for conference streaming

Specifications

Max resolution: Full HD (1920x1080)
Frame rate: 30fps
Streams via: USB-C, Wi-Fi
Field of view: 83.7° (2.3x max zoom)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent built-in mic
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Impressive app integration
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Stream wirelessly

Reasons to avoid

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Zoom is limited

For wireless streaming and seamless connectivity, we love the Mevo Start. Using the Mevo Camera App, or the Mevo Multicam App for multiple-camera setups, you can control the settings of your stream, switching between shots and editing on the fly. The Mevo Start has excellent built-in microphones that capture audio in great quality from a considerable distance, and it has pan, tilt and zoom functionality – though the maximum zoom is only 2.3x so it’s not exactly a game-changer. 

Thanks to the Wi-Fi integration, it’s possible and even easy to stream completely wirelessly with the Mevo Start; the only reason to plug it in via the USB-C connection would be if you’re worried about battery life. 

The best budget PTZ streaming camera

Product shot of one of the best cameras for streaming, Logitech PTZ Pro 2

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13. Logitech PTZ Pro 2

One of the most affordable PTZ cameras around

Specifications

Max resolution: Full HD (1920x1080)
Frame rate: 30fps
Streams via: USB
Field of view: 90° (with 10x zoom available)

Reasons to buy

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Sharp lens and good image
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Easy USB setup
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Relatively cheap for PTZ

Reasons to avoid

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Autofocus can be hit/miss

While it may look like quite a price jump from a basic webcam, the Logitech PTZ Pro 2 is pretty cheap for a PTZ camera. It’s capable of capturing great-looking Full HD video, and thanks to its high-quality lens unit, can also optically zoom up to 10x, meaning you can get closer without the loss in quality that comes with digital zoom. 

We found that this is ideal for streaming a conference or speaking event, as you can move from a wide room shot to a tight speaker shot with ease, controlling the camera via the hand-held remote. It plugs in via easy USB, and while the autofocus is sometimes a little temperamental, overall it offers excellent value for a PTZ camera. 

The best PC webcam for streaming

Best camera for streaming: Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000

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14. Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000

The best budget streaming camera for PCs

Specifications

Max resolution: HD (1280x720)
Frame rate: 30fps
Streams via: USB 2.0
Field of view: 60°

Reasons to buy

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Very well priced
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Mic has noise cancellation

Reasons to avoid

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Only 720p
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Digital zoom looks bad

You don’t need to spend big money to get started with streaming. The Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000 is available for a fantastic budget price, and we think it really it has all the basics you need to get started. It only captures video in HD 720p, not Full HD 1080p, but this is absolutely fine for smartphone viewing and basic setups, so if you’re streaming more for fun than to make a career, it’ll do the job. 

One piece of advice though – don’t bother with the digital zoom, as 720p doesn’t provide enough pixels for it to look anything other than bad. The built-in mic is decent quality and even has some noise cancellation, which is a nice touch. For a straightforward PC streaming setup that keeps things cheap, we’d definitely recommend the LifeCam HD-3000.

How to choose the best camera for streaming

How should I choose the best camera for streaming?

When picking the best streaming camera, it's worth looking at the specs for each product to figure out exactly what you need. 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 (1920x1080), but HD (1280x720) will do just fine if you're up against it budget-wise.

The other half of the picture is the frame rate of the video. Having 30fps (frames per second) is good, and having 60fps is even better, though once again, you'll need to balance your budget to determine what you can afford. 

FAQs

What is a PTZ camera?

PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras are capable of tracking your movement through different motions using motorized stands, which gives them freedom of movement compared to a fixed webcam. 

Having a camera that can follow you around the room is an advantage, and a PTZ camera will boost the quality of your streaming at home, but they're also a popular choice for web conferences and video production. The main downside of PTZ cameras is that they cost more than standard webcams, and as many of them don't have built-in microphones, you would also need to factor in the cost of audio support.

How we chose the best cameras for streaming

To make this selection of the best cameras for streaming we compared our own hands-on camera reviews, written by experienced photographers and videographers, customer reviews online and an in-depth comparison of the specifications, features and capabilities of the cameras available on the market. We have endeavoured to include different types of cameras that suit different needs and budgets, considering everything from basic webcams to high-end cameras that can produce professional-looking 4K footage and action cameras that can be used for some extreme streaming. 

Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting. 

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