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Review: Elgato Facecam

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Corsair’s subbrand Elgato is known for quality products focused on content creators and Youtubers, such as capture cards, microphones, ring lights, stream decks, and so on. The company recently launched its new Facecam, a professional-grade web camera on the market. We recently did an unboxing of the device – so if you haven’t watched it yet, check it out below:

Now, with the unboxing out of the way, let’s deep-dive into what the Elgato Facecam offers.

The Facecam features a studio-quality f/2.4 24-mm, all-glass Elgato Prime Lens. It also uses a Sony Starvis CMOS sensor that features a fixed focus prime lens, an f/2.4 aperture with 24mm full-frame equivalent focal length, and offers a field of view of 82-degrees.

The web camera can shoot at 60fps, offers noise reduction capabilities, and can be used in all sorts of lighting conditions.

The web camera can also be either fixed onto a standard tripod using the quarter-inch thread or attach to your monitor using the low-profile mount, that comes packed in the box. The web camera powers itself up, using a detachable USB-C to USB Type-A cable, that also comes bundled with the Facecam.

The Elgato Facecam is a plug-and-play camera – so in order to start using, it all you need to do is connect it to your PC or Mac using the USB-C to USB Type-A cable and you are good to go. No installation of drivers or extra software is involved to quickly get started with video calls or streaming.

However, if you need to tinker around with the Facecam’s settings, I recommend installing Elgato’s very own Camera Hub app. Now, this app gives you DSLR-like control of settings such as field of view, brightness, and exposure.

With the Camera Hub app, you can also adjust settings such as contrast, saturation, white balance, zoom, and even ISO, which is something you don’t often see on web cameras.

And, the best thing is that all your settings are saved directly to the Facecam, instead of on your PC or Mac, as is the case with most web cameras on the market. So if you want to take the Elgato Facecam around and switch between connecting it to your home PC and work PC, you don’t have to worry about adjusting the settings again.

The Stream Deck plugin from Elgato also provides you with instant tactile control and integration with your entire setup. What’s more, you can use Facecam to record footage using any of the OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) based apps.

The overall build quality and design are top-notch. The Facecam has some heft to it and feels solid. Once you pair the Facecam with streaming software such as OBS, you will be amazed at the overall video quality. That’s because the Facecam offers uncompressed video at 1080p/60fps, which is something streamers out there will be happy about.

For a price of $199, the Elgato Facecam definitely isn’t cheap. However, if you are a streamer or a Youtuber, looking for an able web camera that offers clean and low latency video footage for your broadcasts, the Elgato Facecam should definitely be right towards the top of your list.

Price: $199

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The web camera can also be either fixed onto a standard tripod using the quarter-inch thread or attach it to your monitor using the low-profile mount, that comes packed in the box. The web camera powers itself up, using a detachable USB-C to USB Type-A cable, that also comes bundled with the Facecam.

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