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5 Best Cameras for Livestreaming Your Church Service

Shopping for church tech is kind of fun. There’s something enjoyable about reading online reviews, flipping through catalogs, and weighing all the features and options. It’s not until you have to actually make a decision that it gets tough.

You want to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth, and that this new equipment is going to stand the test of time. With the glut of tech options (and more coming every day), it can be difficult to make a final decision.

But if you’re looking for a new camera that excels at livestreaming, we’ve got you covered. We’ve pulled together five solid choices for live broadcasting your sermon, baptisms, testimonies, and whatever else you want to share with the world.

We start with the lower-budget options and move toward the more high-level gear for churches with a bigger budget and are looking for something a little more professional.

 

Canon VIXIA HF R700

If you’re trying to get into livestreaming on a budget, the Vixia HF R700 is a good place to start. While this camera might not be ideal if you need to set up and livestream an entire service, it’s a great option for livestreaming classrooms, meetings, and staff updates.

This is definitely an entry-level camera, but it’s a huge step up from trying to livestream events with your phone. It’s going to give you some good recording options and better video than you’d get with your iPhone or Android, and help you learn the basics about live broadcasting when you’re ready to step into a more expensive camera.

Specs:

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Microphone: Built in and 3.5 mm input
  • Weight: 235 g / 8.3 ounces
  • Estimated battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cost: $299.99

 

Mevo by Livestream

Right off the bat, you can see that Livestream is doing something different with Mevo. It doesn’t look anything like a camera. It’s a small cylindrical object that’s less than three inches tall. What’s great about this design is that it’s inconspicuous and will help people forget that they’re even being recorded.

This smart camera detects people and tracks movement so you don’t have to worry about missing the action. The phone or tablet app allows you to customize shots while you’re filming, giving you the ability to zoom, cut, and pan from anywhere in the room. The 4K-resolution image sensor gives you, the director, the ability to capture wide shots or closeups—and stream it all in 720p HD.

Specs:

  • Sensor resolution: 12.4 megapixels
  • Capture resolution: 4K – 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Frame rate: 30fps
  • Microphone: Dual analog MEMS, high signal-to-noise ratio (65 dB), matched
  • Wifi:  802.11 a/b/g/n @ 2.4Ghz / 5GHz
  • Height:  63 mm / 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 130 g / 4.6 ounces
  • Estimated battery life: Up to 1 hour
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cost: $399

 

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Canon Vixia G40

If you’re looking for a higher quality camera capable of live video streaming, the Canon Vixia G40 is a great place to start. It’s going to give you great shots in low light, and for the price, you can’t beat the 1080p HD picture. It’s rugged and comfortable, and the intelligent Optical Image Stabilization will help your tech team shoot steady video, whether it’s in a service or on site at a youth event.

For livestreaming your services, you’ll be happy with how easy it is to get set up right out of the box. And you’ll be more than satisfied with the quality of your livestreamed video.

Specs:

  • Resolution: HD 1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Microphone: Built in and 3.5 mm input
  • Wifi:  2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • Weight: 765 g / 1.68 pounds
  • Estimated battery life: About 2 hours
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cost: $1099.99

 

Sony PXWX70

With a higher resolution than any other camcorder in its price range, the Sony PXWX70 is going to deliver professional-level video to your website and social platforms. The single one-inch, 20 megapixel sensor offers awesome low-light images and a shallower depth of field.

Unlike a lot of other cameras in this range, the PXWX70 also offers dual XLR audio inputs, dual recording slots, 3 ND filters, a full-size HDMI output, #G HD-SDI output and NFC, and wireless LAN control. It’s quite a bargain at this price point.  

Specs:

  • Resolution: HD 1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Microphone: Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
  • Wifi:  2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • Weight: 879 g / 1.93 pounds
  • Estimated battery life: About 2.5 hours
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cost: $2,059

 

Canon FX-105

If you secure a couple of the Canon FX-105 for your team, you’ll be streaming pro-level video in no time. It’s packed with professional features and produces footage that blows more expensive cameras away.

It’s compact enough that you can take it anywhere, but robust enough to fit most church needs. It supports the highest HD quality with full 1920 x 1080 resolution, and up to a 50Mbps bit rate. At 4:2:2 color sampling, it provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color which is going to give you great live video, and provide you with a quality template for post production and editing.

Specs:

  • Resolution: HD 1920 x 1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9, 4:3
  • Microphone: Stereo electret condenser microphone
  • Weight: 1070 g / 2.4 pounds
  • Estimated battery life: Depending on the bit rate, 100–165 min.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cost: $2,499

 

 

Jayson D. Bradley

Jayson D. Bradley is a writer and pastor in Bellingham, WA. He’s a regular contributor to Relevant Magazine, and his blog JaysonDBradley.com has been voted one of the 25 Christian blogs you should be reading.

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