It’s also one of the oldest having launched in late 2002. The site has gone from strength to strength, amassing a catalog of over 80,000 registered models and 62 million users.
ImLive boasts thousands of amateur cam channels – including female, male and trans performers – plus regular porn star ‘specials’ from names such as Sofi Ryan, Aaliyah Love and Teagan Presley.
The site is known for its excellent value for money with a lower than average cost of watching private shows.
However, it is more of an ‘old school’ cam site with a focus on one-to-one action. You won’t find the same fully explicit free public shows that are available on sites like Chaturbate, MFC or CamSoda. It also has less shows available at any given time than direct competitors like LiveJasmin or Streamate.
In this ImLive review, we explore the full breadth of features available on one of the original (and best) adult cam sites. What makes it different from the competition? How much do shows cost?
Let’s get to it!
How Good Are The Cams on ImLive?
One of the first things you’ll notice on ImLive is the relatively sparse and minimalist homepage.
Unlike many cam sites, this platform doesn’t blitz you with hundreds of live thumbnails or teaser clips. The homepage is a vertically scrolling list of the most popular cam models that are active at any given time.
You can choose to view the active channels in classic grid format if you so wish, but by default there’s definitely more curation in the way that ImLive directs you towards its top performing models.
At any given time, you can expect to find around 500+ models broadcasting on the site, and they are categorised by the type of cam show:
- Girl alone
- Girl on girl
- Fetish and BDSM
- Trans alone
- Guy alone (straight)
- Guy alone (gay)
- Guy on guy
- Trans couples
- Friends & romance (non nude cams)
Around 75% of the shows are girl alone with the vast majority of these being amateur performers streaming from their homes.
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ImLive has an excellent filtering system which lets you search by any of the following criteria:
- Special hosts (IML Hall of Fame, Celebrity Porn Stars, New Models)
- Show type (Free Video Chat, Private Show, Candy Show)
- Sexual Preference
- Fetish (foot fetish, wet and messy, etc)
- Body type
- Hair colour
One of our biggest complaints with other cam sites is that the tagging/filtering system is rarely ever effective. That’s not the case on ImLive. You can really dig down and find exactly what you’re looking for.
But how good are the actual cams?
The streaming quality on this site is generally very high with little latency, lag or buffer. Some of the cams are super HD, whilst others (particularly newer models) are lower quality SD.
The interface is streamlined with none of the noise or clutter that is synonymous with the heavily trafficked free rooms on MyFreeCams or Chaturbate. The screen is taken up by a nice large video feed and a simple chatting interface.
One of the things we love about ImLive is that it keeps simplicity at the heart of its design.
The site is easy to get around and there’s far fewer dead streams or abandoned bedrooms to waste our precious browsing time.
Best Features on IMLive
The main selling point of any adult cam platform is its roster of available models.
ImLive, like rival Flirt4Free, benefits from having a popular fetish section where you can find some truly original cam shows that are catered to specific interests:
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While other sites certainly have more cams, ImLive has hyper-targeted shows that attract a regular crowd of clients who are looking for a more tailored and intimate one-to-one session.
These aren’t the type of clients who want to shout for attention, or tip with the crowd, in a room containing thousands of other viewers. They know what they want, and the performers know how to provide it.
On ImLive, when you go private… it means private.
There is no ‘spy’ or ‘voyeur’ mode, unlike on some sites.
You won’t be sharing the room with any other users, unless you opt for one of the equally popular group chats (called Candy Shows). These group chats represent some of the best value paid shows on any cam platform, which we’ll detail in our cost section below.
ImLive also benefits from regular porn star appearances.
While most channels are filled by amateur performers, there’s a steady supply of A and B list porn stars making regular appearances in a separately categorised section of the site.
These appearances are heavily promoted and help to draw in new users, although for the best content you can’t go wrong with the ImLive Hall of Fame models.
The site has a broad mix of models from several parts of the world. The majority are white caucasian and North American, but you’ll find some Mediterranean girls, a handful of Asian performers, and a lot of Latina models.
ImLive has a few novelty features too…
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The ‘Kill Screen’ Panic Button is a quirky little addition that will redirect you instantly to CDC.gov if your private session is in danger of being crashed.
Gone are the days where quickly closing the tab would leave an interrupting housemate to wonder why you’re staring at a blank desktop!
What Does IMLive Cost?
It’s free to sign up on ImLive, but you’ll need to buy tokens/credits to access private and group chats.
The price of credits is nice and straightforward on ImLive.
$1 = 1 credit.
This applies to all packages, whether you buy 10, 25, 50 or 100 tokens.
There may be promotional deals available but the flat conversion rate makes it easy to see the actual cost of each private show, which we love.
However, you can also pay by PumaPay (a cryptocurrency), which uses a separate credit system for payments made in Bitcoin or Ethereum.
By using PumaPay, your cost per credit will drop to around $0.87, making it the cost cost-effective way to buy credits – if you are holding crypto!
So how are shows priced on ImLive?
The cost of entering a private chat with a model will vary based on the price that she sets, which can be anything from 0.98 to 5.80 credits ($0.98 to $5.80).
As you can see in our live tally below, the most common rate is 1.98 credits per minute.
ImLive lets you search channels by private show cost, a very useful feature!
1.98 translates to $1.98 per minute, which is great value compared to other cam sites.
Candy Shows are Group Chats.
You enter a private room with the performer and several other paying users.
They cost between 0.25 to 1.00 tokens per minute, however they are charged upfront as a single ticket purchase.
If you were hoping to jerk off in 90 seconds and leave with some credits in your pocket, you’re out of luck here. All viewers pay the same entry price, no matter how much of the show they actually watch.
However, that price is ridiculously low compared to other platforms.
In terms of bang for your buck, ImLive has arguably the best value group cam shows of any major cam site.
What Do Models Earn on ImLive?
ImLive is not a particularly generous platform for model revenue share.
The standard payout percentage is just 30% for private chat.
The top 120 hosts of each payment period will get a bump to 35% for the following period. The same applies to the 80 most ‘attentive’ hosts, although we’re not sure how this is calculated.
This payout percentage is low compared to other sites. Cam Soda and MyFreeCams both offer closer to 60% of the overall revenue share to their models.
The minimum payout is $50, and payments are made bi-weekly via Check, ACH or FirstChoicePay.
Geo-blocking is available for models who wish to block traffic in their native countries.
ImLive Review: The Best Value Adult Cam Site?
ImLive has been around the block with almost 20 years of experience in the adult cams space.
It might not be the largest platform, but it is one of the cheapest.
Few sites compete with ImLive on price, which is a good thing for paying customers, but not such a good thing for their 80,000+ models – who get paid less than the industry average for their broadcasts.
Cheap prices and a low percentage of the payout going to models explains why you probably won’t find the top, top tier of performers working here. But there’s still plenty of girls (and guys) doing a good trade, particularly in the fetish/BDSM categories.
The user experience on ImLive is excellent: good browsing filters, high quality cams, and a credit system that is easy to understand.
If you’re looking for something a bit more intimate than the highly viewed public channels on freemium sites, ImLive is packed full of excellent value private shows. You really do get a lot of action for your money, although there is admittedly much less given away for free.
Can we recommend the site? Absolutely!
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