As every broadcaster knows, the most important piece of equipment in your production arsenal is your camera. (The second most important piece is your encoder). Viewers won’t watch something that’s poorly captured, so as you develop your live streaming strategy, be sure to dedicate proper resources to finding the right camera.
We've done the legwork to make your search easier. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite cameras for live streaming at the consumer, prosumer, and professional levels.
The Canon Vixia offers full HD video capture and output to a live streaming device.
Its 20X optical zoom lens gives you plenty of zoom capability to focus on your subjects when they're far away.
The camera’s hybrid stabilization feature makes it great for smooth handheld shooting. It also lets you select the best stabilization method for when your camera's handheld, on a tripod, or in a really shaky environment.
A manual dial on the camera lets you adjust image settings, such as focus, ISO, exposure, white balance, aperture, brightness, and color saturation.
The camera’s professional 3G-SDI output allows you to send a signal to professional video equipment like monitors and SDI video switchers, and its HDMI 2.0 output lets you output 4K video so you can stream in 4K.
The integrated 13x Leica zoom lens gives you manual control over focus, zoom, and iris.
The V-Log L gamma curve allows you to capture 12 stops of dynamic range, which will ultimately give you more image detail.