The Top Streaming Cameras for Every Price Point

A streaming camera should only break the bank if you want it to. 

A sticking point for any decent live stream is a good presentation and the right camera can go a long way to help achieve just this. While it would be easy to assume that the camera can remain as an afterthought, given the captured video stream is usually designated to a small corner of a stream, but you’d be wrong. Quality is important. Of course, having a quality camera doesn’t automatically require you to drop $500 on equipment, but the varying options at your disposal can make it hard to make a decision. Below, we’ve outlined 5 excellent streaming cameras for every budget and some honorable mentions to boot.

Logitech Brio

 Logitech Streaming 4k Webcam
 The Logitech Brio is the "above and beyond" camera without a completely ridiculous price tag.

If you’re feeling spendy, or are just trying to make the investment of a quality camera worthwhile for the long term, the Logitech Brio may be what you’re looking for. This is capable of recording in 4K resolution and streaming in 1080p @ 60FPS, which is an impressive feat for a webcam. There are other 4K options out there, and while increasing the features and functionality of a product can, in turn, increase its use cases, they will fall into the “overkill” category, no matter how you market them.

Positioned as more of a professional conferencing tool than anything else, the Brio ships with all the bells and whistles you’ll find on most of every other camera on this list, but with additional features like an infrared sensor for Windows Hello and compatibility with business softwares from Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber and more. How does this help your stream? It doesn’t, but it certainly extends its functionality, providing more value to the right buyer.

Logitech Brio on Amazon

Honorable mention: If money is no object, then you’ll find a more robust feature set and flexibility with the Mevo Plus, but it would be the embodiment of the term overkill if you’re just looking for a webcam to stream games with at over $400.

Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam - $70-$99

 Logitech C922x Streaming Camera
 Logitech's C922x is the best option for more people

If you’re looking a multiple “Best webcam” articles online, you will have already discovered that the Logitech C922(x) Pro Stream Webcam usually sits at the very top of the list, and for good reason. It’s a solid, well-rounded camera that gets the job done and then some.

Offerings 1080p @ 30FPS and 720p @ 60FPS, the C922x provides a crisp image and impressive low-light capabilities. It also comes with 3 months free of X-Split license.

It’s solid basic featureset notwithstanding, this camera’s claim to fame is its background removal feature, eliminating the need for a green screen. Results can vary and the manual green screen method will basically always looks better, but given that your image will often backed into a corner, it may fit the bill for you.

Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam on Amazon

Honorable mention: If you were to swap out the background removal feature and replace it with a built-in ring light for illumination, you’d have the Razer Kiyo, which you can find for a touch cheaper than Logitech’s offering.

Audsom Full HD 1080p Streaming Webcam - $32

 Ausdom Full HD Streaming Camera
Ausdom gives you the essential features without jacking up the price

If you were to strip all of the bells and whistles from the aforementioned cameras, we wouldn’t blame you if you expected nothing better than a laptop’s built-in webcam. Luckily, Audsom is responsible for very capable, no-frills streaming cameras that aren’t going to break the bank.

For its price range, this little guy brings you 1080p HD @30FPS streaming capabilities, which is the sweet spot you should be looking for within any camera you buy for such purposes. While you won’t find a laundry list of other features, you will be treated to a built-in noise reduction microphone and automatic low light correction.

Audsom Full HD 1080p Streaming Webcam on Amazon

Honorable Mention: If you can live with the fact that you’re buying a 720p camera in a minimum 1080p world (It’s 2019..), then the Microsoft LifeCam 3000 should be more than serviceable for your streaming needs.

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