Want to know more about the popular live cam site, Cam4?
With over 56 million monthly visitors Cam4 is one of the top 100 adult websites in the world. Known for providing good value for money and offering a huge range of channels, this European cam site is easy to use and features plenty of international amateurs. Irish owned but popular in Italy, France and Spain as well as North and Latin America, Cam4 has been running successfully for 12 years; so, what’s the key to its success?
In this feature we take a closer look at the popular live cam site, Cam4, including who operates it, how it is run and what makes it different to the competition. We also take a closer look at how much bang you get for your buck plus how profitable it is to work for if you are a cam model.
What is Cam4?
Owned by the Granity Entertainment Designated Activity Company (DAC), Cam4 is a live webcam streaming sex chat website. The company is headquartered in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland and mainly operates in the European webcam sector yet has good international coverage.
It was launched in June 2007 and mainly features the talents of amateur webcam models who broadcast for fun as well as for money.
The format of the site is similar to many others; audiences purchase virtual tokens which they use to either tip the performers in return for onscreen actions or to pay for private shows. Most broadcasts feature nudity and some sexual activity including manual masturbation, with or without sex toys, striptease and dirty talk. The majority of channels are operated by individuals who perform solo (girls, guys and trans) but there are also some couples who perform together. These broadcasts can, and often do, feature full penetrative sex.
Individual performers on Cam4 regularly feature in the top industry awards recognizing the talents of live cam broadcasters but Cam4 itself has also won plenty of awards over the years including:
- 2019 Most Innovative Live Cam Site (AW Awards)
- 2016 Best European Adult Webcam Website (Adult Webcam Award)
- 2015 Live Cam Site of the Year (XBiz)
Currently ranked as the 66th most frequently visited adult website worldwide (SimilarWeb August 2019), Cam4 receives monthly traffic in excess of 56 million visitors. At the current time, the majority of these are from Italy (19%) where it is ranked as the 96th most popular website in the country. Cam4 is also popular in these countries:
- United States (15.5%)
- Brazil (10.5%)
- France (9%)
- Spain (4.5%)
The average visitor to the site spends around 10 minutes online and visits 6.83 pages per visit.
What’s Special About Cam4?
In a nutshell, Cam4 offers great value over the competition and therefore attracts higher audiences as well as a greater number of performers. Whilst some live cam sites can only boast a few hundred live models at a time, Cam4 always has thousands available. And, because the site is international, this means you can expect this kind of choice any time during the day. Not only that but the site has a diverse range of models so you can always find a channel to suit your tastes. In fact, Cam4 has such a high number of male models that there are some times during the day when they outnumber the ladies; that’s not including their gay site. For a mainstream cam site this represents a great ratio and choice remains one of the unique selling points for Cam4.
The quality of the majority of the cameras on the site is still SD though there are many popular channels being broadcast in HD. Since 2016, the site has also been upping its game when it comes to VR cameras and is working with the co-founder of VRTube, Ela Darling to increase the number of channels using this format.
As with other live cam sites, Cam4 has a good selection of models who offer interactive sex toys as part of their broadcast and tipping during these shows allows you to control devices such as Lovesense, OhMiBod, Vorze, Kiiroo and Fleshlight.
What Does Cam4 Cost?
One of the main selling points of Cam4 is their competitive pricing both for the viewing audience as well as for the good rates of pay for their cam models.
Tokens can be purchased in bundles; the more you buy, the more you save. Depending on the deals available at the time of purchase (these vary through the year), a single token is therefore worth between $0.16 and $0.22 each. At the time of our review, the following bundle deals were in effect:
- 50 tokens for $9.95 ($0.22 per token)
- 100 tokens for $18.99 ($0.20 per token)
- 250 tokens for $44.95 ($0.18 per token)
- 500 tokens for $84.95 ($0.17 per token)
- 1000 tokens for $159.99 ($0.16 per token)
Payment for tokens can be made via credit card, epoch, PayPal or via 100+ different gift cards including Target, Starbucks and more. A $1.00 fee is made on all transactions.
The price of shows varies by performer but you can expect to pay between 10-100 tokens per minute depending on the channel. Remember though that most broadcasters will be offering a free public show and simply requesting tips to perform certain acts. Again, each model’s menu will be priced differently but can start as low as just a few tokens for a pussy flash up to a few hundred for penetrating with a toy.
In addition to simply paying for tokens which can be exchanged for private shows or to tip performers, you can also upgrade your account to Gold status. Costing $19.99 per month, Gold Cam4 members can enjoy:
- Exclusive shows
- Ad-free environment
- Private messages to performers
- Live chat with featured porn stars
- Early access to new features
- Free monthly gift
- Anonymous tipping
- Multiple cam screen viewing
- Enhanced profile and a fanfare when you enter any room
For Cam Models
Cam models receive $0.10 USD for every token they earn, this is regardless of what the customer has paid for their tokens. This flat rate means that the % commission varies.
Cam4 also runs a regular monthly contest for their top performers in which $22.5k is awarded for the top performers in each category:
- Single Female
- Single Male
- Female-Male Couple
- Female-Female Couple
- Male-Male couple
First prize in each category pays $2k, second pays $1k and third and fourth place receives $500 and $250 respectively.
The site offers translation services in over 40 languages and you can use geoblocking to restrict certain countries from accessing your channel.
Payments to models are made on demand as frequently as you like with a $50 minimum.
Cam4: We say…
With so many live cam sites launching over the last decade, Cam4 has cemented itself as a solid performer that is still worth a second glance.
Okay, so it isn’t in the top ten adult cam/chat sites and doesn’t compete with the likes of Live Jasmin, Chaturbate or BongaCams but it does occupy the essential middle ground. Offering reasonable value and pretty good quality, Cam4 provides a great choice by way of diversity of channels and amateur performers.
Before you write the site off as being a ‘budget’ option, it is worth comparing some of its features, particularly those available for its Gold Cam4 members. Yes, this will cost you an extra $20 a month but for no-ads and pop-ups, exclusive shows and preferential treatment this may be worth paying for those cam fans who like getting more for their money. For your monthly fee, you get treated like a king in the chat rooms and get to access new features first, private message your favorite performers even when they are in a private room plus chat live with porn stars during the Super Shows. Feature-wise, you get to watch multiple channels at once and watch shows in full screen as well as access emoticons, save your favorite search filters and get notifications when your friends and saved performers come online.
For basic and free members, the site is very user-friendly offering intuitive navigation and simple search tools. Plus you don’t have to be treated like one of the masses as Cam4 offers the option for you to join the Fan Club of your favorite broadcasters. This means you get premium benefits like exclusive shows and preferential treatment for a fraction of the cost of paying monthly Gold status. Of course, this is only for those performers you sign up for but if you consistently follow the same handful of models then this could work out well for you.
For anyone looking to get into the live cam industry as a model then Cam4 has a pretty good reputation for its support services, tutorials and mentoring plus they pay out regularly and earnings can be very good. Combined with the regular competitions and cash prizes, there is some good money to be had by signing up with them. And, as a site that offers great privacy with geoblocking, amateurs can be broadcasting well outside of their own territory and hopefully ensure some degree of hometown anonymity.
Overall, the site (in our opinion) maintains a certain ‘Old School’ quality to it that is reminiscent of the origins of chat sites and we like the fact that these performers are real amateurs. In this respect the SD quality of the cams is more authentic and serves to remind you that these are real models in real homes broadcasting genuine amateur footage. Sure, there are tons of sites that offer studio quality HD streaming but if you want to connect live with real women, men and couples…oh, and trans models…then Cam4 offers the best value and one of the best ways to do so.
All featured images via Cam4.