The company behind popular streaming accessories like the Stream Deck XL is back with another new accessory. On June 15th, the Elgato Facecam will be launched, a Full HD 1080p webcam designed from the ground up with features specifically designed for content creators.
At $ 200, the Elgato Facecam isn’t your average webcam. It has a top notch design and loads of advanced imaging features to ensure you look your best during your Teams and Zoom calls. The special thing about it is the high-quality lens and the DLSR quality sensor as well as the integrated configuration flash memory.
Elgato uses an 8-element fixed focus lens with an aperture of f / 2.4 and a focal length of 24 mm. This maximizes the sharpness of the image area, reduces aberrations, and improves contrast and sharpness, and even reduces lens flare. The sensor under the lens is a Sony Starvis CMOS sensor, which helps to reach the diagonal field of view of the webcam of 82 degrees.
For strangers, this sensor is used in Dell’s Ultrasharp 4K webcam. It is also a sensor that is used in the cameras by filmmakers and photographers.
Interestingly, for situations where the environment around you gets too hot, the webcam even has a heat sink to keep the webcam cool. Elgato also thought of saving your settings. The webcam has built-in flash memory so you don’t have to keep changing the settings when plugging and unplugging the webcam between different PCs.
One of the best features of the Elgato Facecam is the processor that is hidden inside. Thanks to an advanced image engine, the Camera Hub software lets you optimize exposure compensation, white balance, and shutter speed. Facecam also provides the sensor’s ISO readout so you know how to optimize your lighting around you. Elgato claims this is the first for a webcam.
The Elgato Faceam does not have a microphone on board, as creatives and professionals are expected to use a dedicated microphone. And the webcam is limited to 1080p and does not take 4K images. According to Elgato, this is because “Facecam is designed to deliver the best possible Full HD 1080p image at a smooth 60 frames per second.”
The Elgato Facecam is connected to PCs or Macs via USB-C and can be clamped to a display using a 1/4 inch thread or attached to a tripod. It supports uncompressed resolutions of 1080p at 60 frames per second or 30 frames per second. It also makes 720p at 60 frames per second or 30 frames per second. For the lower end, it can handle 540p at 60 fps or 30 fps.