This article is syndicated from Church Technology Superstore.
Broadcasting Your Church Services
Church services have become quite sophisticated these days, which is why so many church officials decide to purchase high-tech video cameras and other electronic devices. With the right video camera, your services will look professional when you’re done, allowing others to view them flawlessly in the future. If you’re looking for the best video cameras for your church services, below are a handful of them to consider.
Best Auto-Tracking Camera for Church
HuddleCamHD HC20X-SIMPLTRACK 2
This camera has recently received some upgrades in both the layout and performance, making it one of the best auto-tracking cameras on the market today. With a 20x optical zoom, 1080p resolution, and a 59-degree field of view, you can track subjects even if they’re 50 feet away from the camera. This makes it perfect for camera people who want to remain out of the way and out of eye shot of the audience. What makes it even better is the fact that both managing the network and setting everything up are a piece of cake, even for people who are not tech-savvy.
Some of the SIMPLTRACK 2’s best features include:
- 20x optical zoom lens
- A 2.14 megapixel frame rate (60 FPS @ 1920x1080p)
- Auto-tracking USB camera
- Dimensions: 9.6W x 5.7D x 6.4H
- Facial and motion framing
- Uses 3G-SDI or IP streaming so that you get crisp, clear video every time
- Video CMOS sensor: 1/2.8-inch EXMOR, 2.14 megapixel
With this camera, setting up different zones is a breeze, so if there are certain spots where you don’t wish to record – for example, doorways, TVs, or other movement – you can set these zones up in no time. You can also connect the camera to a PC, Mac, or ChromeBox to begin your auto-tracking, thanks to the plug-and-play USB 3.0 function. Even better, the camera is compatible with nearly any type of online video conferencing software, which means there is no need for proprietary connections or additional drivers.
The SimplTrack software also allows you to manage multiple SimplTrack systems at the same time, as well as manage multiple cameras from one software program, as long as it is on the same network. There are two lenses for tracking with this camera. The upper lens is used for streaming and recording and provides a 59-degree field of view (FOV) horizontally. The lower lens has a FOV of 78 degrees horizontally and 44 degrees vertically. Together, this is the perfect camera if clarity and professional-looking images are what you want.
Priced at around $3,000, the HuddleCamHD HC20X-SIMPLTRACK 2 video camera is a camera that both newbies and professional videographers will love. It is high-tech but user-friendly, and it comes with everything you need to begin using it immediately. Once you get your settings all set up, you won’t have to do it again next time because the camera remembers the settings for you. This reliable video camera has numerous advanced features and is such a time-saver that both small churches and large corporate organizations will find it valuable.
Best PTZ Camera for Church
PTZOptics NDI Pan/Tilt/Zoom Live Streaming Cameras
For live streaming at your church or elsewhere, the PTZOptics NDI camera is the only one you’ll need. In fact, this camera is so advanced that it can accommodate dozens of tasks, regardless of their complexity. Network Device Interface, or NDI, was developed by NewTec and has completely changed the way people look at live-streamed content. Thanks to this technology, you get a full HD resolution of up to 1080p with up to 60 FPS, allowing for excellent image quality every time.
Even if you’re filming in an area that isn’t well-lit, the PTZOptics NDI camera provides detailed outputs because of its technology. It can even reduce both 2D and 3D noises, thanks to its low-noise CMOS sensor. If you’re filming a subject that’s far away, not to worry because you’ll still get excellent quality and three different optical zoom lenses for plenty of zooming options, including 12x, 20x, and 30x. You also get a field of view of up to 72.5 degrees, so broadcasting from a long distance is never a problem.
This camera also offers a tilt rotation of 90 degrees up and 30 degrees down, as well as a pan movement of +/- 170 degrees. All models feature Power over Ethernet (PoE), and you can even control the power, video, and audio streaming with the single Ethernet port. The powerful camera allows you to simultaneously send out 1080p video from 3G-SDI, HDMI, and either h.264 or H.265 IP streaming so that you get the flexibility you need and want. Priced at around $2,000, it is affordable on most budgets and offers a high-tech alternative to video cameras that cost more but offer less.
Some of its most amazing features include the following:
- Can be used remotely with both iOS and Android smartphones
- Comes with a three-year warranty on parts and labor
- Comes with full HDMI support so that recording is super easy
- Includes in/out RS-232 and RS-485 ports
- Is available in both gray and white
- Is compatible with software such as OBS, vMix, Tricaster, Livestream Studio, and more
- Is user-friendly and can be set up in a matter of minutes
In addition to all of this, you can get instant access to the video camera’s video and control functions with the NDI Studio Monitor, and you even get free PC and iPhone software in case you’d like to operate the pan/tilt/zoom feature from your smartphone. You can also use either the PTZ joystick or PTZOptics IP joystick controller, both of which are simple to operate and convenient. In fact, if you can think up a convenient feature for a video camera to have, the PTZOptics PTZ video camera likely has it.
This is certainly a very advanced video camera, but one you can set up in 10 minutes or less and which offers all of the benefits that many expensive cameras offer. The broadcast frame rates and NDI video outputs are what professionals love to use, even though the camera is made for everyday people as well.
Best Professional Camcorder for Church
Panasonic 4K Premium Professional Camcorder – AG-UX180
Priced at around $3,800, the AG-UX180 camcorder won’t break the bank when you purchase it, but it will amaze you with some of the things it can do. Although made for professionals, even newbies will love this camcorder because it is user-friendly and comes with everything you need to begin using it immediately. You get gamma settings for eight different scenarios, dual XLRs with phantom power, a full-color LCoS 0.45-inch viewfinder with 1,770,000 dots of resolution, and two SD slots in case you’re interested in simultaneously recording in both HD and UHD.
The integrated Leica Dicomar 20x zoom lens was specifically made for professional HD video production, and you get four lens groups as well. When shooting in HD, the camcorder supports 5-Axis Hybrid image stabilization, and it incorporates Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) so that you can enjoy top-notch picture quality regardless of what you’re recording. You also get three zoom options – 2x, 5x, and 10x – and you can even get a range of 60x, 150x, and 300x when you use the 20x optical zoom and the i.Zoom together, all without affecting the exposure.
Some of the many features of this camera include the following:
- 0-inch type CMOS sensor
- 4K 24P, UHD 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p
- AF speed that can be set from 1 to 7
- FHD slow motion recording @ 120 FPS
- High-focusing stability
- High-precision focus tracking
- High-speed focusing
- Three manual rings: mechanical (cam-driven) zoom, iris, and focus
- UHD/FHD dual Codec recording
Indeed, with an auto-focus feature that can be personalized, you can adjust the sensitivity, speed, and area width of the AF to accommodate both your recording needs and the needs of that particular shot. You can also adjust the sensitivity from 1 to 10, and the higher the number, the faster the ability to track faster-moving objects. With the manual focus feature, you get Focus Assist (Expand and Peaking), for those times when you need to highlight something; Manual Focus Assist, which lets you use the focus ring to fine-tune the focus adjustments; One-Push AF, which temporarily activates AF when in manual focus mode; and Focus Transition, which allows you to set up three preset focus positions.
You can do other things in manual focus as well, but this camcorder also provides a four-position optical neutral density (ND) filter wheel, as well as a 16-axis independent color correction function, which allows for color-matching of multiple cameras and creative image rendering, to name a few. Indeed, there are numerous tools on this camcorder to improve the look of the images you’re recording, and in the end that means crisp, clear images that are also realistic-looking and professional.
The AG-UX180 is also a camcorder that is easier to use than you might think, even for people who are not tech-savvy. The user manual is easy to read and very detailed, and if you’re already a professional, you’ll be surprised in how many ways this camera can accommodate you.
Best POV Camera for Church
PTZOptics NDI ZCAM POV Camera
The PTZOptics NDI ZCAM POV camera is also available in 12x and 20x zoom, and its cost of roughly $900 means it is affordable for all organizations, even the smallest churches out there. Some of the camcorder’s many important features include:
- A wide dynamic range that results in high performance even in low-light scenarios
- Advanced white balance modes, including a simple one-touch and new Kelvin temperature scale
- Aspect ratios of 4:3, 16:9
- Both 2D and 3D noise reduction, thanks to low-noise CMOS sensor
- Broadcast frame rates of 1080p59.94/24.97, 1080i59.94, and 720p59.94
- Frame rate of up to 60 FPS; 30 FPS on IP stream
- Full frame rates of 1080p-60/50/30/25, 1080-60/50, and 720p-60/50/30/25
- Standard resolutions that include PAL, PAL wide, NTSC, NTSC wide
You also get a progressive scanning mode and a video sensor that incorporates 1/2.7-inch CMOS and 2.07 megapixels, as well as a shutter speed that ranges from 1/30s to 1/10000s. This is indeed a very versatile, reliable camcorder that can be used by people with all experience levels. It offers IP connectivity very similar to most PTZ camera models that do not have the ability to pan or tilt, and if you need something that can accommodate long cable runs, this is definitely the camcorder you want.
In addition to all of these benefits, each of these NDI cameras can be controlled remotely when settings such as white balance, camera exposure, and noise reduction are fine-tuned. In fact, whatever you need this camera to do for you, there is very likely a setting that accommodates that feature. Whether you’re filming a live broadcast or a remote function, this camcorder will have the features you need to get expert results in the end.
With the ZCAM camcorder, odd or unique angles are never a problem because you can use your camera up to 300 feet away when you use Ethernet cabling. The option of NDI integration means integration into video production software is super easy. These affordable, practical camcorders are perfect for graduation ceremonies, musical performances, sporting events, and lots more. There are also four different options you can choose from, including:
- PTVL-ZCAM: 4X (manual), 104 degrees
- PT12X-ZCAM: 12x, 72.5 degrees
- PT20X-ZCAM: 20x, 60.7 degrees
- PTEPTZ-ZCAM-G2 (new): EPTX (3x), 104 degrees
Even small churches want and deserve professional-looking videos of their services, classes, productions, and retreats, and with the PTZOptics NDI POV ZCAM camcorder, you get this capability and so much more. It is compatible with most video conferencing software and with various formats, and since you can record simultaneously on two different memory cards, this is a great way to make certain you got that special or once-in-a-lifetime broadcast recorded. A reliable camera that you’ll find tons of uses for, it is one camcorder that is certain never to disappoint.