Game capture hardware maker Elgato has created Cam Link, a tiny and handy device that lets you turn any camera you have into a webcam. Although it’s aimed mainly at gamers who want to stream and record their gaming sessions, you can use it for other purposes as well. You can stream videos on YouTube or just use it as a webcam for video chat. And it’s a pretty affordable gadget.
With Cam Link, you can stream video in 1080p quality at 60fps, and it will get you up and running fast on YouTube, Facebook Live or any other platform. You just plug it into the USB port on your computer, plug in the HDMI cable of your camera, and you have a webcam with high-quality video and sound. And it’s a webcam of all the functions of the camera you’re using, so you can physically zoom, switch lenses and change settings.
The company has already launched several products that enable users to use their DSLR, mirrorless, GoPro or camcorder as a webcam. However, the Cam Link is the smallest and the simplest of their previous products such as Game Capture HD60, Game Capture HD60 Pro or Game Capture HD60 S. It’s also the cheapest and costs $130. One thing to pay attention to is to disable the auto turn-off mode so the camera stays on during the entire stream or call.
There are other solutions to use your digital camera as a webcam. Some of them come with a software, or you can download software from the internet (although I don’t know how reliable they are). But this seems like a simple and affordable solution if you need fast, reliable and high-quality video stream. Or you just want your friends to see how tired you really are the next time you call them via Skype.