Not only is CamSoda a major player in the adult cam industry, it may be the cutest, most colorful video chat site I've ever reviewed. With it's bright pinks and light blues, the popping sounds you hear when a performer gets tipped and the overall flavor of the site certainly suits its name.
As a hybrid site CamSoda mixes "open" shows and privates: While most performers put on a show in free chat for tips many also accept private sessions at the same time. This can be a good thing, or not, depending on your preference. But first, lets see what else CamSoda offers ...
Updated: Sep 11, 2018
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As soon as you visit CamSoda the first thing you may notice - beside the brightness - are live previews of the performers. These are quick images taken from their live feed so you can see what's exactly going on in a room. If you try a room out you may feel overwhelmed by all the colors and options. Instead of going over it all, I'd suggest just trying things out on your own as the layout, buttons and options are mostly intuitive.
You'll also notice a performer's chat room is also their profile (scroll down) which likely includes a video archive, bio, comments, etc.
While you can certainly see a lot for free here, your wallet can get drained quickly as everything beyond passively watch a public show costs. Just to give a "vote up" (or down) to a performer costs 25 tokens, watching recorded private/tip shows, ticketed shows, accessing their fan page content, not to mention tips and private shows ... it all adds up.
My advice: If you want to try things out, get the Premium membership (see Chat Rates below for details), then use the 200 "free" credits however you see fit - they won't last long - then, if you don't plan on staying, cancel the membership before it renews.
If you want to tip a performer, start a private session or watch one of their videos, you'll need to actually sign up and purchase tokens (see Chat Rates below). Otherwise, you can go pretty far on CamSoda without even signing up.
If tipping or private shows aren't your thing CamSoda also offers true voyeur cams, spy shows (basically watch a private in progress), group shows (flat rate, pay in advance for a set show/time) and "control her" performers which offer remote-controlled sex toys.
All of this is fairly standard but their devotion to integrating the latest technology is anything but. Recently they launched VIRP (Virtual Intercourse with Real People; For details check out this Daily Mail article) and the very first robot chat host called Cardi-Bot, which appears a few times a week for a public show. Haven't seen it yet and to be honest, not quite sure I'm ready!
CamSoda uses a token system that, like many sites, makes it a chore to figure out how much things cost. Depending the package you purchase one token is worth between $0.09 and $0.12 USD. The actual cost for private shows seems to vary wildly but expect $2.50/minute and up.
Spy Shows seem to range between 6 and 18 tokens/minute (roughly $0.60 to $1.80 USD).
Premium Membership costs $19.95 and gives you a one-time 200 token bonus, ad-free viewing and private messaging. I have read that the 200 token bonus is paid monthly as long as you are a Premium member - I'll verify and update this once I receive confirmation.
◊ Notifications when a performer is online are available by text, email and web notification
◊ Customized member profiles including your own avatar
◊ Can Follow performers, send private messages (Premium members only), buy SnapChat access and purchase access to a performers' personal photo and video collection
◊ Some performers have a Fan Club page for $29.99/month. I strongly urge you to see how much content they offer and how often they add new photos/videos before buying access
CamSoda scores big points for features, technology (virtual sex with robots ... I mean, that's a trip) and plenty of ways to interact with performers. Though I'm on the fence about performers giving a show for tips then being whisked away into a private show, at least it allows members to enjoy a performer in multiple ways.
As a hybrid site, it certainly leans towards the Freemium model (tip-based, public shows) and though it's enticing that you can see so much for free, CamSoda can get expensive real quick with its amusement park-like collection of features.
The Good News
- No site offers more cutting edge features
- Member profiles have plenty of options
- Many performers will accept private shows at any time
- Lots of features, but still easy to use
The Bad News
- Chat interface is cluttered, makes simple things like adjusting volume a pain
- I need a Premium membership just to adjust the tip alert volume? Really?
- Some private & spy shows are very expensive
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