Cam4 is not your typical adult webcam site. It is more akin to a virtual strip club than its more traditional cousins such as Flirt4Free and Imlive. The site is dominated by amateurs and exhibitionists who enjoy others watching them engage in sex acts. On Cam4.com, viewers are encouraged to be broadcasters as well. Anyone can join the party and even make a little money to boot. The basic membership is free and you can have a lot of fun on Cam4 without investing any money at all. However, there are some limitations to what you get for free. Read on for complete details.
Cam4 has a surprisingly large number of performers online, typically around 2000 during peak hours and 1400 during off-peak times. These performers are mostly amateurs working for tips and also trying to attract the most viewers so that they can win one of the monthly cash prizes that the site awards. This is a brilliant business move as it keeps the site loaded with performers willing to show it all for anyone and everyone.
As one might expect with this type of site, the quality of the performers varies greatly. Many are very average looking and often provide little in the way of a true show. For the voyeurs out there, this may actually be a plus. But if you desire a truly beautiful model with the skills to put on a professional X-rated show, you are better off trying Cam4 Ultimate (more on that in a moment). The exception to this is the weekly free Super Shows by professional porn stars and models. These 1 hours shows are scheduled ahead of time and there are typically several each day.
Cam4 has just about every type of performer you could want including single women, couples, men, trannies and porn stars. There are many men on the site which is not surprising given the format. In short, Cam4 has performers to suit most everyone’s tastes.
Site Features and Ease of Use
Beyond being loaded with amateur talent, the site is nicely designed and easy to use. The home page shows a thumbnail of each performer with a real time snapshot of their current show. This is a great feature as it gives you an idea of what to expect when you open the chat window. The thumbnails are ordered numerically by the number of viewers watchign the show. Additionally, cams are categorized by performer type such as male, female, tranny and couple allowing you to quickly filter to just those performers you are looking for. Basic members are limited in their ability to chat with performers if there are more than 50 other basic members watching.
If you want more features than those mentioned above, you will need to become a Gold Member. For the $19.95 per month that Gold Members pay, you will get additional features including:
- No advertising
- Chat with the Pornstars in the daily super shows
- View multiple cams at the same time
- Full screen viewing
- Send and receive private messages
- Guaranteed chat in all cams (free chat is limited to 50 people per cam)
- Chance to win $1000 for cam of the month
- Use of the internal mail system with unlimited messages
- Enhanced search
The video quality on Cam4 is highly dependent on the particular performers. We found that many of them have low resolution cams and the video can be slow and grainy. Given that most of the performers are not professionals and are not broadcasting from a studio, this is to be expected. This is not to say that you can’t find some good quality cams, it is just that you will have to look a little harder than on traditional sexcam sites.
Cam4 does offer a premium site that uses the traditional model of pay-per-minute viewing as well as professional performers with good quality video. This site is called Cam4 Ultimate. It appears to be a white label of Streamate.com which we have reviewed recently. If you find that you want a more professional experience, with beautiful models and great video quaility, we would recommend giving Cam4 Ultimate a try.
Price and Value
As has already been mentioned, Cam4 is completely free for basic members. Models make money on tips and they work hard to earn them. Tokens on Cam4 cost approximately 2 cents each and get cheaper if you buy larger quantities. A bundle of 500 tokens will set you back $10. Most models charge around 1000 – 1500 tokens for a 10 minute private show. However, most models focus on generating tips as their goal is to attract the most viewers so that they can win one of the Cam4 monthly contests. These contests pay out a total of $15,000 each month to the most popular cams on their site, including $2,000 each for top female, male, shemale, and couple cams. This incentivizes them to work their public chat rooms as opposed to going private.
With the basic membership your ability to interact (chat) with the performers is limited to only those cams with fewer than 50 other free members. You also have limited ability to direct shows as there are always others watching and chatting as well. If you are looking for fewer restrictions, the Gold Membership for $19.95 per month is what you will need. This is still a bargain compared to many other sites on the web.
Cam4.cam is a very fun site to spend time on. If you are on a budget and want to watch others having sex or masturbating online, Cam4 definitely has plenty of a free action to keep you entertained. Moreover, Cam4 provides you with the opportunity to get in on the action as well, as they make it easy for anyone to become a broadcaster. This is ideal for those on a limited budget, those who enjoy being a voyeur, those who enjoy being an exhibitionist, those not looking to interact with the performers much, or those who don’t mind a lower end video and performance experience. On the other hand, if you like Cam4.com, but are looking for a more personalized experience, one that allows you to direct private shows with gorgeous models, we would recommend giving Cam4 Ultimate (the Cam4 premium site) a try.