In this section, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to live cam porn sites. Whether you're a veteran of the live cam experience or a newbie just getting started, you'll undoubtedly find some useful information here. You might also enjoy reading our Private Show Guide which contains useful tips regarding buying private shows.
- Are the cam accounts really free?
- What's the difference between a studio camgirl and an at-home camgirl?
- What are the different types of private shows that are available for purchase?
- What are the different ways you can pay for private shows?
Are the cam accounts really free?
Many cam sites advertise that it's free to register for an account with them. In order to purchase private shows, you need to have an account with the site and registering also gives you access to some useful features in the free areas of the site (for example, some cam sites won't allow you to chat textually with the camgirl in their free area unless you're registered). Anyhow, you might be wondering: are these "free" accounts actually free? Well, the short answer is: yes.
There is some variation depending on the site though. Accounts with some cam sites are entirely free and you simply provide them with the username you'd like to use and a password and away you go. Other sites require you to enter a credit card for age verification, however no charges will be placed on the card unless you purchase a private show or enter somewhere outside of the free area (the pay areas are all clearly marked and have confirmation screens so don't worry, you won't accidentally stumble into them). Registering for the account is totally free.
Some sites (like Flirt 4 Free) also provide you with free credits when you signup for a free account. Other cam sites do require you to spend some money to get an account but you typically receive credits in exchange for the fee, so the membership basically pays for itself. For instance, Live Jasmin requires that you purchase $29.99 worth of credits when you register for an account.
Lastly, some live cam sites charge only a flat rate monthly membership fee and do not require you to purchase additional credits or tokens or spend any additional money to access their cams. This can be great for a person on a budget who finds paying per minute for shows to be too costly. The best site in this category is Flat Free Cams if this monthly membership option sounds like the best fit for you.
What's the difference between a studio camgirl and an at-home camgirl?
In general, there are two types of live cam models: girls working from a studio setting and girls working from home. Technically, both of these could be considered "amateurs" in that they're not really professionals in the porn business. Although many live cam sites do offer a section containing adult celebrity and pornstar cam hosts, the vast majority of girls are amateur babes who have appeared in no adult films or photoshoots.
So, what's the difference between a studio and an at-home model? Well, besides the obvious difference in broadcast setting, there are a few distinctions. Studio models are usually (but not always) non-American. Common countries of origin are Eastern European and sometimes South American or Asian...countries such as Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, Romania, Columbia, Brazil, and the Philippines are common. The girls are typically plenty hot enough but there may be some language issues at times (at least if you're an English speaker). In addition, you may find the studio girls are a bit less interested in performing, especially if they're simply working by the hour for the studio. Some studios do give the girls a cut of the show profits and these babes seem to be a bit more willing to please.
The studio camgirls are often exceptionally hot and can definitely deliver a good show (plus they tend to be cheaper than American camgirls) but overall I prefer girls working from their own homes. For one thing, they tend to be American so conversation and communication is easy (again, assuming English is your native language). Also, working from home and not for a studio means they'll profit more from doing a good show for you...at-home performers, at least in my experience, tend to be more excited and more eager to please than many of the studio camgirls (of course this isn't a hard and fast rule; there are literally hundreds of thousands of camgirls out there and they're all different). Plus, there's just something sexy to me about a babe getting naked and naughty for you right in her own bedroom at home. I'd recommend checking out both types of camgirls as you navigate your way through the live cam porn world. I'm sure you'll find girls broadcasting from both the studio and their own homes which you greatly enjoy going private with.
What are the different types of private shows that are available for purchase?
At many cam sites, you'll find that some of the performers offer a few different types of shows. These are typically detailed in our reviews for each specific site, but I'll provide you with a brief overview here.
The two most common types of private shows are 1-on-1 exclusive shows and non-exclusive shows. Exclusive shows are between just you and the camgirl. You, and only you, can tell her what to do and you'll have her full, undivided attention. Non-exclusive shows allow more than one person to be in the private show at the same time. The camgirl will communicate with you as well as the other viewers and respond to requests from all. In my experience, this usually isn't a problem as there are typically only one or two other people sharing the camgirl with you. The advantage of non-exclusive shows is that they almost always cost less than exclusive shows.
Some sites, like Flirt 4 Free, also add in additional options. For instance, perhaps you'll be able to join and watch a non-exclusive show for a reduced rate but be unable to chat with the model. Or, you may find a "party chat" situation where the camgirl performs much like she would in a private show but keeping the action going or the fulfillment of certain requests requires the viewers to tip her as the show progresses. It's always a good idea to be aware of all of the different types of shows available to you and try them all out depending on your tastes and budget.
Please note: the price range listed at the top of each review on Quality Cam Sites reflects the cost of an exclusive private show unless otherwise noted.
What are the different ways you can pay for private shows?
There are two common ways to pay for private shows (and other purchasable features) at a live cam site and both are pretty straightforward. One way is to simply bill your credit card. You'll typically enter your card info when you register for an account and when you launch a private show, your price-per-minute charges will begin and be accrued on that credit card (don't worry: the charges typically appear on your statement discreetly under an innocuous billing company name).
Another payment method many sites use is credits. Credits are basically the currency for the site and can be purchased in bundles using a credit card and, typically, a few other payment methods. Usually, you can buy anywhere from 25-100 credits at one time. In most cases, 1 credit equals approximately 1 dollar but it's pretty simple to do the math and figure out what the credit/dollar ratio is for a particular site when you are purchasing credits. Basically, you'll load your account with credits and then be able to spend them on private shows (and other things) until they run out. Then, you'll need to purchase more, and so on.