Cam4 Adult Webcam Review
Cam4.com was founded in 2007, and has been a moderately populated live webcam show website since. Very modest in terms of popularity among live cam websites, this site features basically all that one would be searching for in terms of content and functionality. There are various categories and quite a selection of performers from all over the world, speaking over 15 different languages.
The site is not so popular among its peer streaming webcam show sites, because originally it was a totally free adult chat website, where people would sign up just to have a mutual online show. Nowadays it has still maintained its innovative principle of being completely free, but as there are additional site maintenance costs and models who wish to have monetary compensation unlike in the past where shows were done for the sake of exhibitionism and to acquire fame, they have introduced the concept of a premium membership and open donations.
The Website and the Content
The layout is very simple and easily navigatable – and they even use the whole width of the page, to maximize the content available. On the very top section of the page you have a language selection option and links to their videos section (very tube-like, but wasn’t really working at the time of review, it always reported that the chosen videos have been deleted), and a page where they have listed their “cool sites”.
The central portion of the page is composed of the thumbnail gallery of models, sorted in tabs filtering them by girls, boys, couples/groups, transgender, party cams, Philippines based cams, English based cams, and HD Cams (which links to their partner site cam4ultimate.net)
Just above it, the main navigation bar holds links to: their homepage, the “free sign-up” and login pages, a link to their contest page (which hosts contests for the various categories of the performers, on a daily and monthly basis), “super shows” (where you may view the performing schedules of porn stars and popular figures), their useful contacts and help pages, “cam4bucks” (basically for those who want to sign up as performers), and lastly a counter and link on how many escorts are online on another website they manage.
By clicking on the model of your choice, you will be taken to their own page, where you can first of all view their live webcam stream (if they are online of course). The chat interface loads pretty quickly, and most of the performers have a good quality stream, even though not HD most of the time.
The options you have as a guest are pretty limited. You can only watch, as even the text chat is reserved for those who register (even free memberships). Apart from the chat interface (which is located in models’ home page), you may view her personal information including a short description, and an overview on her identity. Performers also have other pages: the picture gallery, which is pretty much a gallery with her pictures; her gifts, where she displays the gifts she has received from members and fans; the chat wall, very similar to the old facebook wall where one may post publicly; and her fans and favorites, where you may view her on-site friends and who has listed her as a favorite model.
To be able to make the most out of your live chatting experience and, one must register. You have 2 options: a free membership and monthly recurring gold memberships.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as private/exclusive chat on this website. Models do not charge on a per minute basis like on most websites of the same genre, even during the shows from porn stars. Think of it as an adult chat community, where all shows are free, and to show your appreciation and to say thanks, you may donate any amount, or none at all (or give a show yourself?) if you’re broke.
By signing up for a free membership at Cam4.com you are not going to spend anything, and you will be able to watch cams (and enjoy unlimited chat) and broadcast yourself by turning your own cam on for the model to see you. In addition, you may view supershows and win cash if ever you decide to stream yourself.
Gold Members have to pay a recurring $19.95 monthly for as long as they wish to be a member. In addition to the benefits of free memberships, they receive: unlimited chat during supershows, capability if viewing multiple cams at the same time, full-screen view, possibility of sending and receiving private messages, the chance of blocking chat posts by other users and the various ads (like banners and pop-ups) around the site, and VIP gold lettering in your username.
Free members as well as premium gold members have to acquire tokens to be able to give tips and donations (tokens are the online currency here, and 5 tokens are equivalent to roughly $1). You may also receive these if you offer shows yourself.
Most of the performers are amateurs, and you will not find various categories that host various niches and fetishes – although you might ask the performers nicely and see if they are interested in accommodating your request. Some tipping usually helps in this task, but sometimes the model might just say yes for the sake of it. There are various cams to choose from, which can range from simple innocent chat to explicit softcore and hardcore streams. It just takes time to look for what you are looking for.
I am really impressed by the dynamics of cam4. I mean, you receive live uncensored chat sessions where performers do everything you would only see in pay per minute on other sites – for basically free, or a few bucks at most with their open donations system.
The live content abounds and is easily accessible by all. The models are really into doing their thing without considering money, and that is just great. Of course, you can’t expect to be finding stunningly hot models a lot, but those are present too.
Perhaps the main annoyance is the fact that they don’t really pay a lot of attention to the chat interface, and seldom reply. I can understand them as the show is free; the room is usually full of people, which can reach even the thousands on the most popular shows. They don’t bother replying – unless you tip them, it then becomes obligatory to pause for a second and say thanks.
I have not seen any HD cams, but the quality of almost all cams was satisfactory.
The website loads really fast, considering the thousands of online members (around 40,000 online at the time frame of this review). It is also vey easy to use and navigate.
If you decide to stream yourself, registration takes a short while but it is relatively hassle-free.
At a Glance Information
|Registered Chat hosts:||12,000+||Contact Support|
|Free Chat?||Yes Restricted (Free Signup)|
|Private Chat (per minute):||$2.99 – $5.99|
|Niches Available: Multi-niche including Teen, Big Tits, Ebony, Housewives, Asian, Latina, Couples, Lesbian, Group Sex, Gay, Amateur, Porn Star, Anal Sex, Pregnant, College, BBW, Mature, Transexual|
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