As every broadcaster knows, the most important piece of equipment in your production arsenal is your camera. Viewers won’t watch something that’s poorly captured, so as you develop your live streaming strategy, be sure to dedicate proper resources to finding the right camera.

We’ve done the legwork to make your search easier. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite cameras for live streaming at the different scenarios, such as game streaming, ecommerce streaming, video conference, education streaming and professional broadcasting

If you want multiple camera angles for your live stream and don’t know how to make that happen, you should check out our best video switchers for beginner.

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Why it’s good:

  • Oton Hyper C104 Pro offers full HD 1080p30 video capture and output to a live streaming device
  • The five-element glass lens captures razor-sharp, clear images, while the premium autofocus adjusts smoothly and precisely to provide consistent high definition.
  • Equipped with automatic HD light correction, the C104 Pro fine-tunes to the lighting conditions to produce bright, contrasted images even if you’re in a dim setting.
  • Fitted with two microphones, C104 Pro Webcam is able to capture more realistic sound from every angle, so that your voice comes through sounding natural and clear.

Education Tracking Camera – Hyper C100T, MSRP : $999

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Why it’s good:

  • Dual Lens design
  • Intelligent auto tracking
  • Strong anti-interference ability, smooth tracking
  • Strong environmental adaptability
  • Ultra wide dynamic exposure function
  • Multiple tracking modes: movie tracking mode, area tracking mode
  • Low Noise and High SNR
  • H.264/H.265 MJPEGvideo compression
  • HDMI or SDI, USB3.0 and LAN to output video.

Video Conference  – Oton Hyper C7-12-SH, MSRP:$699

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Why it’s good:

  • offers full HD 1080p60 video capture and output to a live streaming device
  • Features HDMI, SDI and LAN port
  • 12X optical zoom lens gives you plenty of zoom capability to focus on your subjects when they’re far away.
  • Allows you to preset up to 255 locations, you can easily switch the location by the included remote control
  • Comes with auto focus, auto aperture
  • adjust image settings, such as focus, ISO, exposure, white balance, aperture, brightness, and color saturation.

E-commerce Live Camera – Oton Hyper C570, MSRP:$799

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Why it’s good:

  • offers full HD 1080p60 video capture and output to a live streaming device
  • Features HDMI, SDI, CVBS, USB2.0, USB3.0, LAN port, giving you max flexibility on connection
  • 12X optical zoom lens gives you plenty of zoom capability to focus on your subjects when they’re far away.
  • Allows you to preset up to 255 locations, you can easily switch the location by the included remote control
  • Comes with auto focus, auto aperture
  • adjust image settings, such as focus, exposure, white balance, aperture, brightness, and color saturation.
  • Features with filter, letting your products looks more attractive and getting more buying leads
  • Features with Embedded video encoding function, you can stream your video directly to service platform such as Facebook Live, Youtube.

Professional Broadcasting – Oton Hyper KC401, MSRP: $2299

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Why it’s good:

  • 4K UHD: SONY CMOS image sensor, 12.4 effective megapixels,4K @ 60fps,
  • Optical zoom lens: 12x optical zoom lens
  • Auto-focus technology
  • Advanced 2D and 3D noise reduction technologies
  • A/V compression standards: LAN-H.265/H.264 ; USB 3.0-MJPG, H264, H265, YUY2, and NV12; A-IN-AAC, MP3 and G.711A
  • Audio sampling frequency of 8000, 16000, 32000, 44100, and 48000, as well as AAC, MP3 and G.711A encoding.
  • Built-in G-sensor supports automatic PTZ turnover and facilitates installation.
  • Network protocols: ONVIF, GB/T 28181, RTSP and RTMP protocols;
  • supporting RTMP push mode with streaming media server (Wowza and FMS); supporting RTP multicast mode and network all-command VISCA control protocol.
  • Control interface: RS422, RS232 input/output
  • Control protocols: VISCA, PELCO-D,PELCO-P, automatic identification
  • 255 preset positions (of which 10 are called for remote control setup).
  • IR remote control or wireless remote control

Though cameras are important, they’re not the only player in the live streaming game. To learn more about switchers, check out Best Live Streaming Video Switcher Mixers