One thing that’s always been difficult for online streamers is using a DSLR or action cam as a 4K web camera. This forces content creators who spent hundreds of dollars on a high-end camera to go out and buy a webcam that doesn’t capture at the same quality in order to create the content we all love to watch.
However, there’s a new device that could change the way your favorite Twitch and YouTube streamers create 4K content.
Enter the Elgato Cam Link 4K
Elgato is aiming to fix that problem with introduction of its new Cam Link 4K device. The new device, which retails for $129, allows a wide range of 4K cameras to be used as a webcam. This is an upgrade to existing Cam Link, which could only support 1080p cameras at 60fps. Elgato has discontinued the older model in favor of the 4K version.
Introducing Cam Link 4K.
? Now supports up to 4K 30fps/1080p 60fps
? Now supports interlaced video
? Same great price at $129.95/€129.95
Unleash your camera.
— Elgato Gaming (@elgatogaming) November 27, 2018
The device plugs into any computer’s USB port. On the other side of the dongle, there’s an HDMI port that you plug the camera into. From there, the dongle is able to convert the signal from a DSLR, camcorder, or action camera into a webcam feed that can be used with Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, or other popular streaming platforms.
As for cameras, Elgato put out a complete list of all the supported models. On it are brands like Canon, Sony, Nikon, GoPro, Panasonic, and others. Some supported models have issues such as shutting off automatically after a certain period of time, which makes them not optimal for streaming.
For capturing or streaming in 4K, the video will be 30fps. However, like the older model, the Cam Link 4K still supports 1080p60fps for streamers who prefer a lower resolution and higher frame rate.
How to Get an Elgato Cam Link 4K
The device is currently listed as unavailable on Amazon, though we’d expect it to be listed as in stock soon. However, if you can’t wait, Corsair has the device available in stock.
Does This Change Streaming Forever?
Even if you’re not a streamer yourself, this device could change the way your favorite streamers are able to broadcast. And if you haven’t given streaming a shot, maybe this device opens the door for you, since you’ll be able to get broadcasting with the camera you’ve already invested in.
Speaking of streaming, if you’re interested in giving it a try, make sure to check out these tips that will help you build an audience on your channel.