Adding a face cam to your stream is an option that many streamers utilize as it allows viewers to feel more connected to the streamer and adds an element of interaction that isn’t possible with voice alone. Some streamers use multiple cameras (one for their art, for example and one for their face). Camera options for streaming aren’t limited to just webcams. Webcams, camcorders and DSLRs can all be used to stream, and below is some basic information and options for each type.
Webcam – Logitech c922 / c920
As far as basic webcams go, these are two of the best options currently on the market. Both cameras have:
• 1080p/720p video resolution
• H.264 video compression
• Low-light correction
The c922 has a background replacement feature, which allows you to remove your background without having a green screen. The c922 also can shoot 60fps (when at 720p) which allows for more fluid motion.
Camcorder – Canon Vixia HF 700
A camcorder is another option to upgrade your webcam to a higher quality cam. Unlike the c922 webcam, the Vixia HF 700 can shoot 60fps at 1080p. Using a camcorder does require using a capture card, such as the Elgato. It’s best to use a capture card with low delay to avoid audio/video sync issues.
DSLR – Canon Rebel
Although DSLR cameras weren’t created to use as live streaming cameras, if you have one and would like to use it to stream, it is possible. You will need an AC power adapter and USB cable, as well as a software to capture the live view (such as Sparkocam).
Here is a tutorial on how to stream with a DSLR:
Good lighting can definitely take the quality of your stream up a notch. Ideally, you can use blackout curtains to keep any natural light from entering your room so you can have consistent light no matter the time of day. Using two lights (one as your main, or ‘key’ light and another to as a ‘fill’ light to fill in any shadows created by your main light) or one ring light is a great way to achieve better lighting and an instantly more professional looking setup.