The world of webcams has just received a new king. Today, Elgato launched Facecam Pro. It is the first webcam that records in 4K resolution and 60 frames per second (FPS). This means professional streamers don’t need to choose between having an ultra-high-definition image and smooth-motion video.
But image resolution and frame rate aren’t all Facecam Pro has to offer. The new device also comes equipped with a 1/1.8-inch Sony Starvis sensor, the largest sensor ever in a webcam. This sensor provides higher dynamic range and better noise performance, resulting in much clearer images for your videos.
Eglagto’s premium AF lens lets you enable autofocus (so you can move around while you shoot) or set it to manual control for steadier shots. The ability to do this means you can potentially use Facecam Pro for shots that require you to stand further away from the camera.
One of the most useful features for video creators is the ability to stream in 1080p (platforms like Twitch and Zoom are limited to that resolution) and record in 4K simultaneously. This is possible because Facecam Pro downscales 4K to 1080p at the hardware level. This allows for more versatility when editing broadcast highlights or simply having a UHD backup of your content for future use.
Facecam Pro also includes digital PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) controls and Stream Deck support. All of this adds up to as many options as possible for content creators to record and stream their content. But it comes at a higher price: $300.
While all of this is great, it’s not the only high-quality option out there. DSLR cameras are often overlooked as a webcam option. And while they are more expensive than the Facecam Pro and are no longer being developed by major manufacturers, they are still available now (plus you may already have one) and you can take them with you for non-webcam purposes.
Source: Elgato via the edge