Some high-end webcams are capable of filming in 4K, but they have so far been limited to 30 frames per second. This is the case for example of the Dell UltraSharp or the Logitech Brio Stream. With its Facecam Pro, Elgato wants to go further and now offers a model that can go up to 60 frames per second, a first.
Embedding a Sony Starvis sensor and a lens opening at f/2.0, the focus of which can be adjusted manually from 10 cm to infinity, the Facecam Pro is adorned with a field of vision of 90°. Elgato has integrated a new processor allowing it to film in ultra high definition while maintaining optimal fluidity.
Of course, many adjustments to brightness, HDR and other blur effects can be made directly through Elgato’s Camera Hub software. The webcam can be mounted on a screen using its stand or on a tripod thanks to its standard screw thread and is simply plugged in, using a USB-C cable.
Impressive features, but really necessary?
On paper, the Facecam Pro is interesting, since it would allow you to benefit from good image quality without having to invest in more advanced equipment (a mirrorless camera for example), expensive and complicated to handle if you does not have the technical knowledge. Here everything is plug and play, but we can still wonder if filming in 4K at 60 fps is that important for everyday use. Many youtubers still film themselves in 1080p and on the Twitch platform, no one broadcasts content in 4K, the necessary speeds being very substantial for the creator as well as for the spectators.
Users and future tests will therefore judge the usefulness and quality of the webcam, which is displayed at a steep price for this type of product: it takes 350 € to get your hands on it.