The Top Video Cameras To Broadcast Church Services

In today’s world, broadcasting your church services have become as important as having a church website was 10 years ago.

Studies have shown that most millennials want to view 6 live streams of your church services before deciding to visit your church. That is a huge difference between the way we did church when I first started out in ministry compared to now. I bet it is for you as well!

5 years ago I decided to respond to this need within the church. I decided to learn how to broadcast our church services online. Over the years I have learned what works and what doesn’t work so well.

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The Top Video Cameras To Broadcast Church Services

In this article, I have compiled a list of video cameras to broadcast church services. Hopefully this list, and many of the other articles on cameras, camcorders, live streaming, software, etc. will make your journey into the world of broadcasting easier than mine was.

Frequent Questions About Broadcasting Church Services

What is the best camera to use for live streaming?

The answer is “it depends.” Different cameras have different functions and abilities. Your live stream will have different needs from other live streams. Your budget will be different from other churches. So I can’t quantify what is best for you. I can, however, give you some recommendations.

  • If you need really high definition video, then you want a professional model or prosumer model video camera. Handi-cams are not going to cut it.
  • If you want your camera to be controlled from a booth, then you are going to want a remote-controlled camera called a PTZ camera.
  • If you want your camera to directly connect to the internet, then you will want one that has wi-fi capability
  • If you want something for free. You are out of luck. Your presence online is just as important as your presence in your community. Don’t out cheap yourself in your online presence. It will hinder your efforts at reaching people.
image of a basic camera tripod

How do I connect my camcorder to my laptop to stream?

In order to connect a camera to a laptop, you need to convert the signal coming out of the camcorder to a USB signal. I recommend that you get a camera that has an HDMI output. You connect the HDMI output of the camera to the converter, you then connect the USB output of the converter to the USB input of your laptop or computer.

How do I record a live stream on YouTube?

It is a very simple process to live stream on YouTube. In a nutshell, you set up your live streaming equipment, go to your YouTube channel, and start the stream.

What do I need for live streaming?

In order to live stream, you need…

  • A camera
  • A tripod
  • An HDMI to USB converter
  • A laptop
  • Live streaming software
  • A video switcher for multiple camera setups

Best Video Cameras To Broadcast Church Services

As I said earlier, there is no way I can quantify what is the best cameras to broadcast your church services. Your needs are unique. However here are the suggestions I have for you and I do believe you will find a suitable option for your needs.

Top PTZ Camera To Broadcast Services

PTZ cameras are my favorite for broadcasting church services. They are the most diverse and require the least amount of volunteers. They are remote-controlled live streaming cameras.

There are many PTZ camera options out there but my favorite is the ones produced by PTZ Optics. They have embraced the church community and have a lot of helpful videos for churches.

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PTZOptics 30x Optical Zoom Broadcast & Conference Camera

  • Zoom: 30X optical zoom
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Field of View: 60.7°(Wide) 2.28°(Tele)
  • Audio Embed: Over HDMI & IP Streaming
  • Control Interfaces: VISCA in & out, & IR remote

Top PTZ Kit

They also have a great kit that comes with everything you need.

Best Professional Cameras For Broadcasting Church Services

In the first video, they talked about Black Magic Design for some of their equipment. I am a fan of Black Magic Design and especially their professional-grade cameras like the Ursa Mini. If you want a top-notch church broadcast then you want this camera.

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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K Camcorder Body

  • Effective Sensor Size: 27.03mm x 14.25mm (Super35)
  • Lens Mount: PL mount included, Interchangeable with optional EF and F lens mounts
  • Lens Control: 12pin broadcast connector for compatible lenses and electronic control via EF mount pins on optional EF lens mount
  • Dynamic Range: 14 Stops
  • Built-in Speaker

If you want another option, then you should consider the Canon XF-400.

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Canon XF-400 4K UHD High Definition Professional Camcorder

  • XF400 Camcorder is a compact, ergonomic camera featuring UHD 4K capture, a 1″ CMOS sensor, IP streaming, and two XLR audio inputs. The XF400’s optics include an integrated 15x HD optical zoom with up to 30x Advanced Zoom, a nine-bladed iris for more natural highlights, and five-axis optical image stabilization. Pro-style features include Dual-Pixel Autofocus (DPAF), and dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors with high sensitivity and low noise, supporting Wide DR Gamma. The camera records Full HD 1080p and UHD 4K up to 60 fps—captured to dual SD card slots—and outputs via an HDMI 2.0 port. 

Great Prosumer Cameras For Church Services

If you just don’t have the budget for professional-grade video cameras then you can go with a prosumer grade camera without a total loss of video quality. The Panasonic HC-WXF981K and the Sony FDR-AX33 are good options.

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Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Video Camera Camcorder HC-VX981K

  • Get in Close and Detail: 18.91 Megapixel MOS sensor plus 20x Zoom LEICA Decomar Lens (4.08-81.6 millimeter), plus 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • 1/2.3-Inch BSI Sensor: The Back Side Illumination Sensor has a large effective area with 8.29M effective pixels, suppressing noise even when shooting in dimly-lit conditions. Image Sensor is a 1/2.3-inch BSI MOS Sensor
  • 4K Recording and In-Camera Editing: Ultra-sharp 4K Ultra HD recording, plus in-camera editing for 1080p displays; Total Pixels 18.91 megapixels, still image 7.00 megapixels [3:2], 8.29 megapixels [16:9], 6.22 megapixels [4:3]
  • Wireless Twin Camera: Wirelessly connect your smartphone’s video camera as a sub-camera for a picture-in-picture video effect.Recording Format:JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
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Sony FDR-AX43 Ultra HD 4K Handycam Camcorder

  • FDR-AX43 UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder – NP-FV70 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (1960mAh 6.8-8.4V) – AC Adapter – Power Cord – Micro-HDMI Cable – Micro-USB Cable – (Memory Card Not Included) – Sony 1 Year Limited Warranty – Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe – Sony GPVPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod – Takama Video Tripod
  • Gimbal mechanism inside
  • Accessories for every shooting style
  • 4K image quality
  • Up to 26.8 mm wide-angle lens

Final Thoughts On Broadcasting Church Services Online

Finally, once you have chosen which camera you will use for your church broadcast, you are going to need to decide on how you will get your signal to the various live streaming platforms. And if you want to stream simultaneously, how to do that.

One of the things I found when I was working on live streaming our church services was the fact that not every volunteer is tech-savvy. They need a simple solution.

That is why I worked on providing churches with the simplest solution possible with Easy Church Live Streaming. It is by far the simplest solution and it eliminates the need for software and a computer encoding the stream to go to Facebook, YouTube or uploading the video file to your church website. Plus it will stream to various sites all at the same time.

Check it out, I think you will love it!