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Elgato's new Cam Link 4K is ready to make streamers look crisp

Elgato's original Cam Link offered up an interesting proposition for streamers: $130 to use your regular camera as a high-end webcam to (hopefully) get a crisper image than a standard webcam could serve up. Now Elgato is spiffing things up with the Cam Link 4K (opens in new tab), which, as the name suggests, allows you to broadcast 4K video from a compatible camera.

The pricing remains the same, coming in at $130 or €130, making it a no-brainer for anyone who was already considering the original Cam Link. For the money, you'll get the ability to stream 4K video at 30 frames per second, or 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The dongle also now supports interlaced video, Elgato says.

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The dongle itself is a pretty simple device. Working with a USB 3.0 port on your PC, the stick takes a signal from your camera via HDMI. You may need a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable, depending on your camera's port selections, but they're fairly cheap to pick up (opens in new tab).

You'll also want to make sure your camera is compatible with the Cam Link 4K. Fortunately, Elgato has a handy list of supported cameras.

The Cam Link 4K is available now for $130.

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