Podcast cameras are digital cameras designed for streaming and recording podcast episodes.
According to Podcast Insights, there are now over 1.5 million active podcasts.
And 17 percent of podcasters now record video as well as audio — that translates to over a quarter of a million video podcasts. Additionally, 10 percent of podcasters live-stream their episodes.
The podcast camera category is still new. This is why there aren’t a large number of cameras being marketed specifically for podcasts.
However, we are starting to see dedicated podcast camera equipment hit the market. For example, RØDE’s VideoMicro is a camera attachment designed to enhance video audio recording. RØDE’s annual revenue is $18.9 million — most of which comes from podcast equipment.
What’s next in the podcast camera space
Podcast cameras are part of the podcasting accessories meta trend.
Grand View Research estimates that the podcasting market could rise as high as $65 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 27.5%.
And there are more listeners than ever. Fifty-five percent of Americans have listened to at least one podcast, up from just 33 percent five years ago according to Statista.
The most obvious podcasting accessory is a microphone.
Other peripheral add-ons include physical mixers. While mixer functionality is now mostly fulfilled by SaaS products like Descript and Zencastr, the hardware route is favored by some enthusiasts.
Zoom’s PodTrak, for example, can record four microphone inputs at once.