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5 Best Webcams for Twitch Streaming in 2018

Achieving Twitch stardom is not easy, and it may be downright impossible without a high-quality webcam. While poor video quality may have been acceptable in the early days of YouTube, the ever-widening audience on Twitch has different expectations.

Product Brand Name Price
LogitechLogitech HD Pro Webcam C920Buy on Amazon|$49.99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
LogitechLogitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam – Full 1080p HD Camera – Background Replacement TechnologyBuy on Amazon|$79.99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
RazerRazer RZ19-02320100-R3U1 Kiyo - Full HD 1080P Streaming CameraBuy on Amazon|$99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
LogitechLogitech C930e 1080P HD Video Webcam - 90-Degree Extended ViewBuy on Amazon|$69(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
LogitechLogitech BRIO – Ultra HD Webcam for Video Conferencing, Recording, and StreamingBuy on Amazon|$176.71(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)

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To meet them, you need to purchase a webcam that can output high-definition video, record at least 30 frames per second so that you can easily synchronize it with gameplay footage, and cope well with poor lighting conditions. Listed below are five such webcams.

 

Logitech C920

The Logitech C920 is one of Logitech’s most successful products. This compact webcam can record Full HD video at 30 frames per second and apply H.264 video compression on the fly. Its dual stereo microphones automatically suppress background noise, making your voice stand out even if there are other things going on around you. At the bottom of the Logitech C920 is a standard tripod screw thread, so you can mount it on any tripod with a compatible screw.

There is no shortage of positive reviews of the Logitech C920 from professional tech reviewers and Twitch streamers alike, who praise not only its video quality and value but also its compatibility. Being perhaps the most popular prosumer-grade webcam in the world, the Logitech C920 is compatible with all major operating systems, applications, and services.

Buy on Amazon|$49.99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)

 

Logitech C922x Pro

The Logitech C922x Pro is basically an upgraded version of the extremely popular Logitech C920, with several extra features that streamers may find useful. One such feature is called Background Replacement, and it allows you to integrate your live image, together with any background scene, right into your stream. It also sports a glass lens and premium autofocus mechanism to consistently deliver sharp video even in poor lighting conditions.

Apart from these few differences, the Logitech C922x Pro is the same webcam like the Logitech C920. Depending on where you look, you might be able to get the older Logitech C920 for $20 to $30 cheaper, which is something you should consider if you don’t see yourself playing with the Background Replacement feature too often.

Buy on Amazon|$79.99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)

 

Razer Kiyo

The Razer Kiyo is an innovative webcam with a built-in ring light that effectively removes harsh shadows. The webcam can record Full HD video at up to 30 frames per second or 720p video at up to 60 frames per second. The Razer Kiyo is fully compatible with Open Broadcaster Software and Xsplit, so you can use whichever streaming platform you prefer.

The Razer Kiyo is designed to be used together with the Razer Seiren X condenser microphone. The Razer Seiren X dampens vibrations to protect your stream against audio artifacts with its built-in shock mount, and it sports a super-cardioid polar pattern to record sound at a tight angle, so nothing but your voice comes in.

Buy on Amazon|$93.91(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)

 

Logitech C930e

We’ve already recommended the C920 and C922x Pro webcams from Logitech, but there’s one more Logitech webcam you should consider: the C930e. Whereas the two previous webcams have a field-of-view of 78 degrees, the C930e amazes with its super-panoramic 90-degree field-of-view. The wide field-of-view makes it perfect for giving whiteboard presentations, but it’s also great for Twitch streamers who play with a friend and would like to get both people in the picture with a single webcam.

The C930s is a plug-and-play device, and it’s compatible with all popular streaming, as well as conferencing, applications. The webcam offers multiple mounting options, allowing you to easily clip it onto your monitor, laptop, or mount it on a tripod.

Buy on Amazon|$69(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)

 

Logitech BRIO

If you’re after the best video quality money can buy, the Logitech BRIO is what you need. This 4K webcam has a high-quality glass lens, high dynamic range, extensive digital zoom, pan, and tilt options, and features an advanced automatic exposure adjustment system that optimizes your image on the fly and ensures proper exposure. If you’re willing to lower the resolution to Full HD, the Logitech BRIO will allow you to record at 60 frames per second.

The Logitech BRIO works best with Windows 10 as it supports facial recognition with Windows Hello, but you can also use it with a Mac or Chromebook. The only problem with this camera is the fact that you need a fairly powerful computer to support it. Recording 4K or 1080p/60 fps video and streaming it in real-time is very demanding, especially when playing a game at the same time.

Buy on Amazon|$176.71(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)

Product Brand Name Price
LogitechLogitech HD Pro Webcam C920Buy on Amazon|$49.99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
LogitechLogitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam – Full 1080p HD Camera – Background Replacement TechnologyBuy on Amazon|$79.99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
RazerRazer RZ19-02320100-R3U1 Kiyo - Full HD 1080P Streaming CameraBuy on Amazon|$99(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
LogitechLogitech C930e 1080P HD Video Webcam - 90-Degree Extended ViewBuy on Amazon|$69(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)
LogitechLogitech BRIO – Ultra HD Webcam for Video Conferencing, Recording, and StreamingBuy on Amazon|$176.71(Price as of 09/23/2018 22:00 ET)

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