Snagit vs Camtasia: Which one is best for you?

In this article, I am going to explain the differences between Snagit and Camtasia to help you decide which one is right for you. Both Snagit and Camtasia are created by TechSmith, a well-known multimedia company, based in the United State of America. I am using Snagit a lot for taking screenshot and recording software tutorial, and not that much with Camtasia, the one I’ve tested couple months ago. Let’s dive into the detail right away!

Snagit vs Camtasia
Snagit vs Camtasia

Snagit – Screen Capture Software For Windows/Mac

Snagit has been around for decades. The program is designed mainly for taking screenshots, creating steps tutorial in document formats such as image sequences, Word operational manual, or PDF file. It includes different options for taking screenshots, plus a whole bunch of cool features in its image editor. Added to that, you can also record your computer screen, audio and webcam using Snagit video recording tool.

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Camtasia – Powerful Screencast Software for Windows/ Mac

Camtasia comes in another aspect. It is designed for making videos, not taking screenshots. Camtasia does not have screenshot tools like Snagit. Camtasia video editor is as simple to use as other NLE video editors I’ve reviewed during the the past two years. It includes everything you need to create professional looking videos, plus a whole bunch of useful annotation tools, and quiz maker for making instructional online training courses.

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Important notice: Camtasia screen recorder has more advance features than Snagit screen recording tool, though video quality is almost the same.  

Snagit vs Camtasia Features Comparison Table

Main Feature Snagit Camtasia
Screenshot tools Advance No
Video Recorder


Record Webcam simultaneously No/ Single only Yes
Record audio/system sound Yes Yes
Record full screen/window/fixed area Yes Yes
Edit recorded video Trim/ Create GIF only Advance video editor
Image Editor Advance No
Annotation tools For Video No Yes
Customize hotkeys Yes Yes
Cursor effect No Yes
Export video MP4 Multi-formats
Support OS Windows/Mac Windows/Mac
Unit price $49.95 $249
Free Trial 15 days 30 days

Snagit vs Camtasia: Consider The Intended Use

As I mentioned earlier, these programs are designed for different usages. Snagit is a screen capturing and annotation suite, focusing primarily on screenshots (still images) and the ability to annotate them for professional (or personal) use. It has some limited recording capabilities and only the ability to trim video content whereas Camtasia is a screen recording and video editing suite.

If your work is 80% related to still images, Snagit is the best choice for you. On the other hand, your main business is making videos, tutorials, online training videos, then Camtasia is way better than Snagit.

Deciding to use which software depends very much on your intended use, and your budget too. If you are not sure which one is right for you, drop me an email, I can give you some more recommendations. Read my detail reviews from below links:

Snagit vs Camtasia Screen Recorder Comparison Video

Watch this video on my channel to see the differences between Snagit and Camtasia:

What do you think about Snagit and Camtasia? Let’s me know in the comment section below.

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  1. The apple screen recording software is ok, but I would like to record my camera at the same time — also I’d like to record audio through my interface and mic not the computer mic. I don’t need any editing functions as I have logic x and final cut x… Which software would be suitable for these needs do you think?

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