Recently I embarked on a journey of setting up a live streaming system for my church. In that journey I stumbled upon a type of camera called a PTZ camera. PTZ stands for pan/tilt/zoom. I had already purchased our camera for our church so I didn't get a hd ptz camera for church immediately but it is on my to do list.
I am sure that once you see what can be accomplished with these babies, you will want one for your church as well because it will add a totally new dimension to your church live stream.
5 HD PTZ Cameras For Church
Why Live Stream Church Services?The guys over at PTZ Optics have a great video you should listen to about this subject.
Key takeaways from the video
- 33% of all people say that the internet was the first place they learned about their current church.
- 3,000 churches in 57 countries use the livestream.com platform to broadcast their services.
- 46% of church goers say that the church website is an important part of their decision making process when choosing a church.
What Does A PTZ Camera Look Like In An Actual Church?I found a video of some guys actually installing a ptz camera system for a local church. Take a look at what it looks like and how it works with just one ptz camera.
As you can see, using a ptz camera in your church makes a lot of sense. Not only are the cameras non-obtrusive, but they can do much more than just take a single video shot. They can be pre-programmed to different settings and positions so at just the click of a button, they switch angles, positions and zoom.
Review Of These PTZ Cameras For Church
As I do with all my reviews, I try not to get too technical about all the cameras. Instead I focus on letting you know the basics and how they are working for people. As a non-techie person, I like to get down to the bottom line.
PTZ Optics Camera Review
Here is a little more about PTZ Optics and their ptz cameras.
The guys at PTZ Optics have done a great job understanding the needs of houses of worship when it comes to live streaming worship services. In fact, they have even taken the time to provide a complete class on live streaming church services for free on Udemy.
I have included a couple of their cameras in this list. Yes they are on the high side of the ptz camera spectrum but the quality is well worth the price. They have many more, including one that will follow your pastor or worship leader automatically, but they come at a steeper price point.
The two PTZ Optics cameras I have chosen for you to consider are basically the same with the exception of the zoom. One is 20x and one is 12x. If you are a smaller church with a smaller sanctuary, then the 12x will suit you fine, but if you are zooming 100' or more then you might want to consider the 20x.
As with all high dollar and low volume products on Amazon, the reviews are sparse. However the one verified purchase review, (Don't trust unverified purchase reviews. They are usually placed by competitors especially if they are short and negative.) absolutely loves the ptz camera. A review over at B&H says that both the 20x and the 12x ptz camera has great lens, skin tones, image quality.
HuddleCam PTZ Camera ReviewHere is a little more about the HuddleCam
The great people at HuddleCam make a good product for the money. The only drawback that I see is that the zoom is limited. However the amount of control they give you is quite impressive. So, if you are able to position this camera nearer to the platform or front of your church, these cameras might make a good option for you.
Only buy the wide angle model if you are planning on doing some crowd shots or shots of your entire worship team. If you are going to use it to focus on 1 person, you don't need this feature. I wouldn't recommend the wide angle if this is going to be your only camera feed.
Something to note, the HuddleCam 3x is able to send a signal to a USB-2 port but not at HD quality. USB-2 just doesn't handle the amount of information. It is better to use a USB-3 cable and input on your computer.
Logitech PTZ Pro Camera ReviewHere is a little bit about the Logitech Ptz Pro.
Logitech is a well known brand in the computer camera market. They have a few offerings in the ptz camera niche. I chose the Logitech ptz pro camera because of its 10x zoom and great customer reviews.
I believe this ptz camera is the best one on the market at this price point. If you can afford double the price then by all means go with PTZ Optics, but if money is a consideration, which for most small and medium size churches it is, then I suggest the Logitech Ptz Pro.
It has enough optical zoom to do what most small to medium size churches need and a decent video quality. The only complaint that was listed was it struggles in low light, so if you turn off the lights during worship it might be a problem but otherwise it should work for you.
Final Thoughts On These PTZ Cameras For Church
We all have different needs and different price points we are able to afford. I have tried to give you some options that are reasonable and able to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
Me personally, I am waiting until we can afford a PTZ Optics ptz camera. They are just that much better.
Let me know what you decide for your ptz camera for church. I really want to know and if this helped you at all.