Of course, it was always going to be a webcam. Yes, without a doubt, the biggest name in streaming technology finally unveiled Elgato Facecam. This is the company’s first webcam, though it’s really all over the broadcast camera market with the purchase of the phone-based EpocCam app and its serious Cam Link 4K and Cam Link Pro products.
You could argue that the ship has been lost a bit considering that the highest webcam took place during this time last year, but the Facecam is not a reaction to the overall situation. "We didn't start development in response to Covid," Elgato's representatives told us during a previous session about their new camera.
And that’s not just a standard webcam for the masses to get stuck on their monitors, so they can hate each other for having done another dry zoom exam. The Elgato Facecam is more than just a camera for your face, it’s the perfect halfway point for serious series between a $ 50 Amazon camera and installing a DLSR on your platform.
Uncompressed 1080p / 60 video is likely to be the main attraction for streaming, smoothing out the types of artifacts you're likely to get from most other webcams you may have. It’s also a fixed-focus camera, which means there’s no hesitant mid-flow autofocus wraps, cleverly demonstrated by our Jorge in his review.
It also has exceptional software that accompanies the Facecam. The Camera Hub application allows huge control of the webcam using simple sliders and switches.
The heart of Facecam itself is the Elgato optical module, a combination of the Elgato Prime custom lens and Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor. The lens is a glass subject, which apparently includes studio-quality optics, which is attached to a Sony sensor that is already optimized for low-light conditions and is traditionally used in security cameras.
Elgato has told us that it is the basis for the company’s future camera developments, so don’t expect Facecam to be the final word in Elgato’s range of webcams.
The Elgato Facecam is now available for $ 199.99 (£ 189.99). So yes, it’s not cheap, but it’s a beautiful one.