Pros and Cons
- generally low prices
- seamless billing
- great mobile site
- no free video chats
- mostly low-quality cams
- outdated desktop interface
Cam Contacts is a combination of a sex and community site. At first, because there isn't a typical homepage filled with little live cam boxes, I wasn't quite sure what this site was all about until I saw the "who's online now" button. Once I clicked it everything started to make sense.
What appeared was a page filled with categories and little thumbnail pics. On CamContacts the two main cats are adult and non-adult, although within those two there are many sub-categories. For example, in the non-adult section, you have "friends" and "long-term" or "marriage," whereas in the adult section you can see "chicks home alone," "lesbians," "couples," "dudes home alone" and "gender benders," to name a few.
You can be having a dirty nude chat one minute and then chatting with a possible wife the next. Pay attention to the categories because in the non-adult section, there is no nudity at all. Not to worry, though, because if you want nudity there is plenty of it in the adult one.
I haven't revisited this site in over three years and today nothing much has changed. Navigation seems to be getting outdated with each visit, given how far along the other cam sites have evolved. There are still many annoying issues, like not being able to sort the performers and no ability to filter out performers in private one-on-one chat. They haven't worked on upgrading their cam quality either.
They did add notifications, favorites and an advanced search, which is cool 'cause it's the only one I've see so far that allows you to break down the performers by country and I found seven from Christmas Island (didn't know this country even existed!). They also seem to have invested some time and development toward their mobile site. It is clean, easy to browse and the cam quality is better than average (for mobiles).
In total there are over 40,000 different chat hosts registered with the site, but they are obviously not all online at the same time. These are real people, mostly amateurs, who do this from their home and make their own schedule. When I was online, there were about 80 performers in the non-adult sections and about 200 in the adult ones.
Although you do have to register and have a credit card (to confirm you're over 18), it is free to browse, check out who's online, read the profiles and see photos they have taken during their cam shows. There is a free text chat, but no free video chat, which has become standard in the field. If you want a video chat, you have to pay, even for the performers who don't get naked and are just looking for friends or a relationship. This is kind of annoying since it means you won't be able to see the quality of a chick's cam or see how she looks live without paying something.
Speaking of paying, the women actually determine their own price. For example, one was charging $4.50 per minute for a private one-on-one chat, which is on the very expensive end of things. In general, every one I saw ranged from about 50 cents a minute to 2.99 per minute, with most hanging out in the $1 to $2 range. The prices were a little higher for the private one-on-one chats, but even then, $1 to $3 is what you can expect.
The cam quality varied, but most were poor to average. If you have a cam, you can do cam2cam chat with the host, so she or he can see you. If you decide you want to be a host, all it takes is a camera, a filled-out form and some software and you are good to go. With great variety, sexy amateurs and generally low prices, Cam Contacts is appealing. On the negative side is the overall cam quality (although it does vary) and the inability to do free video chats before deciding to spend money.