You have several options when it comes to selecting a camera device for live streaming. It all just depends on the device availability and your budget!
USB Webcams are the easiest to install and set up, but they may lack in terms of video quality. We recommend getting a webcam that can stream in at least 720p and 30 frames per second.
Here are some of the webcam brands that are commonly used for streaming:
- Logitech C922 Pro
- Logitech StreamCam
- Logitech BRIO
- Razer Kiyo Pro
- Elgato Facecam
Mirrorless cameras are a great option that provides you great quality video almost similar to what a professional camera can provide, but for a cheaper price range. If you are planning to use a mirrorless camera, make sure your model can accommodate longer recordings and offers a clean HDMI output that hides any icons while streaming. Your camera should also be connected to a video encoder so it can send the HDMI output to online streaming platforms.
Here are some recommendations for mirrorless cameras:
- Panasonic Lumix GH4
- Sony Alpha a7 III
- Sony A6100
- Canon EOS M200
Another option you have is to use your mobile phone as your webcam. Most mobile phones nowadays can produce good quality video and are a much better option than the built-in webcam on your laptop. All you need is to download and install third-party software to convert your camera into a webcam.
Check out this YouTube video on how to use your phone as a webcam: