Free Chatroulette alternative without registration needed
If you are looking for sites like Omegle, ChatRandom and Bazoocam, Camzap has always been a very popular ChatRoulette alternative. It always had plenty of users and cams seemed to be loading fast. A couple of years ago Camzap underwent a serious redesign and change of concept. It evolved from a basic ChatRoulette alternative to a combination of an Omegle alternative and a social network.
If you are looking for sites like Omegle, ChatRandom and Bazoocam, Camzap has always been a very popular Chatroulette alternative. It always had plenty of users and cams seemed to be loading fast. A couple of years ago Camzap underwent a serious redesign and change of concept. It evolved from a basic Chatroulette alternative to a combination of an Omegle alternative and a social network.
Registered vs unregistered users
Camzap offers a couple of basic features if you want to use the site as an unregistered user. As an unregistered user you can have a free random video chat on this site like Omegle.
Registered users can access a whole social network where they can broadcast their webcam in a room, send and receive friend requests and messages and much more. So if you register on Camzap, a social network opens up with an abundance of features. It is beyond the scope of this review to discuss all the features in the registered section, so we’ll just stick to the unregistered version.
The default page that loads if you enter www.camzap.com in the address bar of your favourite web browser is the Camzap roulette page, not the homepage. This can be somewhat confusing for some users but it has the advantage that you can start a random video chat with a stranger right away.
On the left of the Camzap Roulette page two video windows are displayed: one for your webcam feed and one for the stranger’s webcam stream. If you hover over the stranger’s webcam window, you can click a button to watch this stream full screen.
Instructions and help
On the right of the page are a couple of sections. The first section welcomes you to the new Camzap Roulette and shows some instructions to start chatting. To start the Camzap Roulette and have a random video chat with a stranger you click the ‘start’ button. Next, you can allow the application access to your webcam. You will then be connected with a complete stranger from around the world. Click the ‘zap’ button if you want to disconnect with the current stranger and reconnect with a brand new stranger.
Free and safe
Below this help section, we find a section with some general information. Here we are told that the site is absolutely free and the site is safe to use as an unregistered user since we can chat as an anonymous guest.
The last section lists some warnings. It informs you not to display any illegal, abusive or copyright protected content on the site. You are also warned that anyone can see your webcam feed so it is advised to use some common sense.
On the bottom of the page is a big ad with a promo link to camdolls.com, a commercial cam rooms website where you can enjoy hot live model shows.
The Camzap homepage
The homepage of this site similar to Omegle displays a big ad for camdolls.com again. Below this ad is a list of popular rooms, a feature available to registered users. On the left of the screen we find the Camzap wall: a list of recent activity on the site.
Search for friends or strangers
In the main-menu we find a “Girls” button (next to the “Home” and “Roulette” button) and this buttons links again to the camdolls.com website. If you want to find a registered user by name, age or a couple of other search criteria, you can do so with the search box in the top menu.
Social network and multi language support
On the right side of the top menu we find a “Register” and “Sign in” button for the social network part of the site. Finally, on the far right of the main menu, there is a language selector listing the most popular languages like English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
Camzap looks to be a promising ChatRoulette and Omegle alternative. As an unregistered user you can enjoy a free random video chat with a stranger. As a registered user you can access all kinds of extra features and Camzap becomes a true social network. Unfortunately, at the time of our test and review the site seemed to be broken. When trying to start the random video chat the message “no rtmp server available” was displaying and all camera feeds seemed to be offline. Camzap should get its act together soon and quickly fix the basic functionality of the site if it doesn’t want to lose its user base and ruin its reputation.