11/06/2022 at 7:20 p.m. by Oliver Jäger – The German manufacturer of streaming equipment Elgato has a new webcam with top resolution on offer with the Facecam Pro. It is the successor model to Elgato’s usual Facecam, but resolves images with 4K instead of 1080p. Customers can call the new webcam their own for 350 euros.
Nowadays it’s not uncommon to try your hand at streaming on the internet. At the moment, such are just springing up and cavorting on what is probably the best-known streaming platform, Twitch. Many of them make it a point to be seen somewhere on the screen behind their desk.
In order for this to succeed, a webcam is a good idea, which ideally delivers razor-sharp images. Elgato, which is one of the best-known providers of streaming equipment in Germany, now offers something like this. Elgato has recently launched another webcam, the Facecam Pro, which is said to be able to offer a maximum resolution of 4K at a frame rate of 60 fps.
Facecam Pro by Elgato – This is what it has to offer
In order to deliver such a result, a strong image processor is required, for which, according to the manufacturer, immediate light correction or automatic noise reduction, among other things, should not pose any problems. 4K60 videos can be saved in H.264 or MJPEG formats, while compressed image signals are transmitted via USB 3.0 Type C. The heart of every webcam is the lens, as is the case with the Facecam Pro. Elgato offers a lens “with a noticeable weight” that offers the following features: a focal length of 21 mm, an f/2.0 aperture, eight elements and anti-reflective coating. A Starvis 4K CMOS from Sony is used as the sensor, which Elgato puts at a size of 1/1.8 inch.
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Furthermore, the Facecam Pro relies on a variable focus, should cover a focal length range of at least 10 cm without limitation and a 90-degree field of view. For comparison: Elgato’s Facecam without Pro comes with an f/2.4 aperture, fixed focus and covers a field of view of up to 82 degrees and a focal length range of 30 to 120 cm. The Camera Hub software is available for editing for both models.
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The Elgato Facecam Pro measures 116 x 38 x 79 mm (W x H x D without bracket) and weighs 240 grams. The Facecam Pro is now available in the Elgato Store and costs around 350 euros. This makes it twice as expensive as the regular Facecam, which you can put in the shopping cart there for just under 160 euros. At Amazon, for example, Elgato’s Facecam is available at a reduced price of 130 euros.