Cam4 was founded in 2007, and somehow it has not been as popular. 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.
Originally started as free adult chat website, Cam4 is largely a freemium cam site. What that means is that users tip in the free chat, and the models strip and play with themselves. It has acquired a huge number of amateur webcam models. Most of the models work straight out of their own bedrooms, with very few of them who actually work out of studios.
The Website and the Content
The layout is very simple and easily to navigate. Website uses the full width of the screen 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”.
Full width of the page is occupied by the thumbnail gallery of models, sorted in tabs filtering them by girls, couples/groups, party cams, gay, transgender 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 registered users. 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 you will have to choose between a free membership or monthly recurring gold memberships.
Another drawback is that there is no such thing as private/exclusive chat on this website. Models do not charge per minute like on most websites of the same genre, even during the shows from porn stars. 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. 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 received live uncensored chat sessions where performers do everything you would only see in pay per minute on other cam 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 and clearly are not motivated by money alone. Of course, you can’t expect to be finding stunningly hot models a lot, but those are present too.
Perhaps the chat interface is the most annoying feature. 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.