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5 Affordable Streaming-Ready Cameras

Jourdan Aldredge

Check out these practical and affordable camera options for your next livestreaming video shoot.

Livestreaming is one of the most effective ways to communicate and present remotely. Live video, or livestreaming, is quickly becoming a preferred mode of social communication and marketing. For video producers, teachers, and anybody working remotely, it’s important to know about this absolutely crucial tool.

Here are five affordable and practical livestream-ready cameras to consider.

1. Zoom Q2n-4K Video Recorder — $199

A favorite of major corporations, musicians, YouTubers, and virtually anybody streaming to multiple people at once. Zoom’s Q2n 4K is a handy video and audio recording/streaming device that is one of the most affordable on the market. The Q2n 4K has a wide angle lens (160-degrees of coverage that records nice 4K-quality footage). It also features a built-in X/Y microphone that rivals any on the market — even above its price point. It may not be a rough-and-tumble action cam (like some of the ones below), but it certainly is a good offering with excellent sound recording at a price that’s hard to beat.

Cheaper Option: Zoom Q2n — $139

2. HuddleCamHD — $399

Targeting businesses looking for a solid conference call set-up, the HuddleCam could be a sneaky addition to any livestream session, regardless of use. The HuddleCamHD 3X (as its name implies) offers the expected 1080p recording and three-times zoom, but it really stands out for its plug-and-play potential. It has up to 74-degrees field of view (down to 36-degrees with the zoom) and a simple adjustable pan/tilt function that gives you plenty of flexibility in any static set-up.

3. GoPro Hero 7 Silver — $199

As one of the most recognizable names in the action camera (and now livestreaming) industry, GoPro’s HERO7 is another great installment in the vaulted franchise’s lineup of tiny, portable cameras for those looking to create content on the go. There are newer and more powerful options available; however, for the price, the 7 Silver edition is perfect for keeping the price down while maintaining the quality. Obviously, unlike a static camera like the HuddleCam, the HERO7 is for moving around — so the challenge for streamers comes in the connectivity. If you’re an action-person and don’t mind messing with WiFi and syncing through your phone, this is a great option. If you’re interested in how the GoPro7 stacks up against the GoPro8, we recently published a test comparing the stabilization capabilities of the two, you can check it out here.

4. MeVo — $399

The MeVo camera by Livestream is a bona fide livestream-ready camera made by some of the folks who do it best: Livestream. They developed the MeVo with social platforms in mind, and it is fully compatible with Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Twitter, and (of course) Livestream. With 1080p livestream capabilities (and 4K for recording), this discreet and simple camera is powerful, cheap, and perfect for your projects.

5. Logitech StreamCam Plus — $169.99

A known, dependable company like Logitech offers an improved version of their already-powerhouse webcam, the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam. It’s great for anybody working remotely or anyone who needs to be in constant communication with clients or producers. The StreamCam Plus is said to have 1080p video at 60p. The camera also has sharp autofocus and “autoexposure,” too. So, once you have your desk and lighting setup, this camera will take care of everything else.

The StreamCam Plus is about to be released. But for the time being, here is a list of other Logitech cameras to check out:

This post was originally published in September of 2017. We’ve updated it to reflect changes in the industry.

Cover image of the MeVo Camera (via Faith Engineer).

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