(Pocket-lint) – Elgato’s Facecam is an enthusiast-level webcam built from the ground up for content creators and streamers. A device that promises to raise the bar with superior quality that’ll help you boost your production quality.
For a start, it uses a Sony Starvis CMOS image sensor – twice the die size of a usual webcam sensor – that’s able to capture a high level of detail to make you look great while you’re streaming or recording content. That, combined with an Elgato Prime Lens, promises to offer studio-quality capture with an f/2.4 aperture and 24mm full-frame equivalent focal length.
Other intelligence includes onboard flash memory that allows you to save settings directly to the camera and store your preferences. That’s because Facecam is a plug and play camera, but it also works with Camera Hub. A software that’s been custom-built by Elgato to enable tweaking of all sorts of things from exposure compensation to white balance, shutter speed, ISO and more. Similar to a proper DSLR camera. And thus giving you a lot of flexibility to adjust the settings to match your environment.
- Optics: Elgato Prime Lens (all-glass)
- Focus Range: 30 – 120 cm (11.8 – 47.2 in)
- Aperture: f/2.4 Focal Length: 24 mm
- 82-degree field of view
- Support resolution: 1080p60, 1080p30, 720p60, 720p30, 540p60, 540p30
The camera also has a fixed focus design, so you’re always clear in the picture and can move around in front of the camera with ease. The wide 82-degree field of view means you can capture as much of your streaming space as you want.
This is a 1080p 60 FPS camera that certainly means business. So much so that you’ll need a USB 3.0 connection to ensure you’re getting the best results out of it. It doesn’t have a microphone (who uses a built-in mic anyway?) but what it does have is support for Elgato’s Streamdeck. With a few clicks, you can change brightness, tweak saturation or add a dramatic zoom to your streams with ease.
Naturally, all this comes at a price, with the Elgato Facecam costing $199.99 or £199.99. But from what we’ve seen you certainly get what you pay for.
Writing by Adrian Willings. Originally published on .