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Top Affordable Microphone & Webcam Setups for VOD Business 25 April 2022

 

The streaming sector is expanding quickly creating new opportunities for various streaming businesses – entertainment to media. Be it industry-grade conferences or e-learning classes, streaming has become an integral part of every sector. 

To bring the best out of your every streaming content, not only you need a competitive streaming platform but also the proper set up. Capturing good quality audio and video should be on the top of your priority list. There is no well-defined guide for choosing the best streaming equipment. But based on our research, we have listed out the top affordable microphone and webcam setups to optimize the viewing experience for your end-users.

 

The Top Affordable Microphone & Webcam Setups for streaming: A Go-to List

 

Microphone Setups

Be it a podcast or a music concert or a simple online tutorial – good quality audio is a basic requirement for any type of streaming. Here’s a list of the top affordable microphones for streaming.

HyperX SoloCast

The HyperX SoloCast microphone is a low-cost option that captures audio quality as good as the mics costing twice as much. Though it’s not that flashy as HyperX’s other mics, it’s equipped with all the basic features to offer high quality audio at just US $60.

Specifications
  • Power Supply: 5V/100mA (USB)
  • Working Current: 47mA
  • USB Specification: USB 2.0 (full speed)
  • Sampling Rates: 48kHz, 44.1kHz, 32kHz, 16kHz,8kHz
  • Bit-depth: 16-bit
  • Compatibility: Windows 7 & above, Mac OS, PS4, PS5
  • Directivity pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -6dBFS (1V/Pa at 1kHz)
  • Noise (RMS): ≤-74dBFS (A-weighted)

Top affordable microphone & webcam setups

Blue Yeti Condenser Mic

Equipped with a gain dial, mute button, condenser capsules, and more, Blue Yeti Condenser Mike is a good fit for professional streaming. It is priced at US $130 and compared to the features it offers, the price is quite reasonable. All you need to do is set it up once to simplify the streaming.

Specifications
  • Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA.
  • Sample Rate: 48 kHz.
  • Bit Rate: 16-bit.
  • Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules.
  • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo.
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz.
  • Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)

Rode NT-USB-Mini

The Rode NT-USB-Mini microphone is one of the good quality microphones in the range of US $100. Not only it’s simple to use but also equipped with a digital mixer Rode Connect Programme. It allows up to four NT Minis to be linked into a single computer without having to jump through hoops. 

Specifications
  • Polar patterns: Cardioid
  • Connectivity: USB (mic), 1 x 1/8″ (headphones)
  • Microphone Type: Electret Condenser
  • Max SPL: 121dB SPL
  • Recording sample rate: 48kHz
  • Frequency response: 20–20,000Hz
  • Other Features: Zero-latency monitoring, mute & headphone volume controls

Razer Seiren Mini

Priced at US $50, Razer Seiren Mini comes in black, pink, and white color and is equipped with a built-in flexible desktop stand. The top half of the microphone is entirely made up of speaker grille, with a recessed micro USB port on the back panel. It offers quality audio as well as has some additional features like LED illumination.

Specifications
  • Polar Patterns: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response Range: 20 Hz – 20 KHz
  • Recording Sample Rate: 48kHz  
  • Bit Depth: 16-bit
  • Connector Type: USB
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Compatible Devices: Personal Computer, Camera

 

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Webcam Setups

Next we will list out the top affordable webcams for streaming. Let’s have a look.

Logitech C922 HD Pro

Logitech C922 HD Pro is a good fit for the streamers at an affordable cost. It delivers 1080p video quality along with a broad field of vision and excellent autofocus. Not only it performs well at low light settings, but it’s also highly compatible with the ChromaCam background replacement programme. Priced within US $100, it can be a good choice for beginners as well as advanced level streamers.

Specifications
  • Capture Resolution: 1080p
  • Capture Speed: 60fps
  • FOV: 103, 90, 80 degrees
  • Max Resolution: 1080p/30 fps – 720p/ 60 fps
  • Mic Range: Up to 1 m
  • Diagonal Field of View (dFoV): 78°
  • Special Features: HDR-enabled, omnidirectional mic, adaptive light sensor

Microsoft Lifecam HD – 3000

High video quality to good adaptability – Microsoft Lifecam HD – 3000 offers an all-in-one solution to the streamers from diverse sectors. It captures quality video upto 720p, as well as audio. Priced at just US $30 it’s a decent choice for streaming within a budget. 

Specifications
  • Compatibility: Mac, PC
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Features: High Definition
  • Frame Rate: 30 fps
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Megapixel: 1 Mpx
  • Maximum Frame Rate: 30 fps
  • Maximum Video Resolution: 1366, 768 px
  • Maximum Image Resolution: 1280, 800 px

ClearOne Unite 20 Pro

ClearOne Unite 20 Pro is quite an efficient webcam for streaming in the range of US $30. Because the Unite 20 Pro has a 120-degree field of vision, you can fit a lot more into your frame than typical webcams. Furthermore, it is suitable for diverse use cases – streaming a large group for a DnD session to streaming a product roadmap video.

Specifications
  • Capture Resolution: 1080p
  • FOV: 120 degrees
  • Special Features: Privacy cap, microphone
  • Compatibility: Mac, PC
  • Features: High Definition
  • Frame Rate: 30 fps
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Logitech C920 Webcam

If you are looking for the optimum features and solutions within a tight budget, then Logitech C920 webcam can be your choice. Not only can it record high-quality video of up to 1080p at 30 fps but it is also equipped with additional solutions. Also, it works excellently in natural light settings. Priced at only US $60, it can be the webcam to start your streaming journey with.

Specifications
  • Max. Resolution: 1080p / 30 fps – 720p / 30 fps
  • Focus Type: Automatic
  • Built-in Microphone: Stereo
  • Compatibility: Mac, PC
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Features: High Definition, Autofocus, With Stereo Microphone
  • Frame Rate: 30 fps

 

Wrapping Up,

It is often hard to pick up the right equipment for streaming, especially if you are a beginner or have a tight budget. The above guide will help you no matter in which sector you are operating or what the level of your expertise in the streaming industry is. However, to justify your right choice of webcams and microphones, you must opt for a quality streaming platform.

Muvi, the all-in-one streaming platform provider, offers a compact solution for streaming. Muvi is equipped with unlimited features and solutions such as built-in CDN, SEO tools, analytics & insights, robust multi-DRM security, and many more. And not only this, it offers dedicated streaming solutions focused on diverse industries – enterprises to e-sports. Take a 14-day free trial today to try it firsthand (no credit card needed)!

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ishita
Ishita is a Content Writer with Muvi Marketing Team. Apart from business writing, she is also an acclaimed author of three best seller romantic thriller novels. In 2020, she got featured in The Hindustan Times, a leading news portal as an inspirational Indian author.

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