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Elgato Cam Link 4K Review

Introduction


Elgato Cam Link 4K

For now, many content creators like ourselves record from our camera directly to a memory card. Then we move those files to the PC to see what we got and get editing. However, for those streaming in real-time, or wanting a more direct to editor approach, what options do you have? The Cam Link from Elgato is a simple device at heart, an HDMI to USB dongle and some software. However, it means you can use your full-fat studio camera and record directly to your computers hard drive.

You will need a camera that has an HDMI output. Ideally, Corsair suggests you use a camera that is compatible with shooting in this way. You wouldn’t want a camera that goes into sleep mode, or that has HDCP enabled, when used in this mode. There’s a handy video below for you to ensure your camera is supported.

Can I Use Cam Link?

Features

On paper, it’s a simple design, but the opportunities it opens up are pretty big. Offering 1080p at 60 or 4K at 30 FPS, it’s more than capable of handling just about any high-end (or low end) camera you throw at it. We have the Sony A6300 that we use for our studio work and YouTube video content, and fortunately, that’s more than compatible. That means we can now go straight from our DSLR or similar straight to YouTube Live, Twitch, or directly into our editing and capture software.

  • Easily connect your DSLR, camcorder or action cam to your PC or Mac
  • Go live on any platform in no time thanks to ultra-low-latency technology
  • Broadcast in stunning quality up to 1080p60 or 4K at 30 fps
  • Shoot and produce within your favourite tools
  • Record footage directly to your hard drive without time restrictions

Specifications

For in-depth specifications, please visit the official Elgato product page here. Be sure to check your camera is also compatible here.

What Elgato Had to Say

“Coupled with Cam Link 4K, your camera appears as a webcam in all your favorite apps. Superb quality at 1080p60 or even up to 4K at 30 frames per second keeps your stream professional. Ultra-low-latency technology gets you up and running on your favorite platform in no time. And your camera has never felt more powerful.”

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Peter Donnell

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