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The Best Webcam For 2021: Top Picks For Streaming On Twitch And YouTube
Here are the best webcams to consider if you're looking to livestream your face on Twitch and YouTube.
Streaming on Twitch and YouTube is as popular as ever, but it can be difficult to know what you need to provide an entertaining and professional-looking stream. There are a lot of great Twitch streaming accessories out there, and one of the most important is your webcam. Having a PIP (picture-in-picture) of your face on top of your gameplay provides your viewers with the opportunity of seeing your reactions as you make your way through new games or your all-time favourites.
However, there are a lot of webcams on the market, and while pretty much any webcam will work for your livestream, there are some that stand above the rest. We've tested all of the following webcams you see below, so you know they're worth your money and time.
Plus, there are a number of webcam accessories that can help make your feed and stream better. These include key lights to make sure your webcam is well-lit, green screens to remove your background from your stream, and Elgato's Cam Link to let you use a DSLR camera as a webcam to get the best visual quality possible.
The prices shown below indicate a product's regular list price and don't reflect any current discounts or fluctuations. Amazon discounts products all the time, so you may be able to get any of these webcams for much cheaper than they usually go for. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and many people working from home, the best webcams have been hard to find in stock. There are a number of webcams you can buy right now, but unfortunately, some of the products below may not be available at the moment.
While you're thinking about your streaming setup, be sure to check out our guides to the best gaming headsets, the best budget gaming chairs, and the best gaming desks that excel in quality and comfort. We've also got guides to the best capture cards, the best gaming mouse, the best VPNs for streaming, and much more.
Other key webcam accessories
Key lights are a must if you want to get the best image. These will help eliminate shadows, especially around your eyes, letting your viewers get a better look at you and providing an overall more professional look.
If you want to eliminate your background and take up as little screen real estate as possible, a green screen is the way to go. However, if you choose a bad-quality one, it'll only make your stream look worse. You'll also need to make sure the green screen is wrinkle-free and one colour throughout. You can achieve this by nailing your lighting setup, eliminating any shadows that make parts of your green screen darker.
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