PTZ Cameras for Church: Why Not FullHD?

Finding enough able bodies to work those cameras for each and every service can often be a tough hill to climb. Consider PTZ cameras.

As a church, are you seeking to add streaming to the mix?

Or are you looking to ramp up your streaming capabilities?

With the recent advancements in PTZ cameras, options like FullHD are no longer out of reach for many churches.

For churches wanting to spread the Word beyond their physical site's congregations, seeking to reach and engage their communities, eyeing to add or expand their streaming ability certainly makes sense.

When realizing that your staffing or volunteer numbers don't add up, though, that's where it gets problematic. In that case, a worthwhile option could be pan/tilt/zoom cameras, or PTZs. And with the incredible improvements in the cameras in recent years, FullHD, or 1080p resolution, is within reach.

Last June, Worship Tech Director reviewed FullHD (along with 4K) video camera options on the market.

This series will look at eight different PTZ camera models currently available that could suit your worship needs well.

PTZ Models Offering FullHD

As has been done previously on Worship Tech Director, each of the eight models is individually represented by different manufacturers. In addition, each model falls within one of three price ranges (more than $3,000, more than $1,900, less than $1,900).

The models break out as follows:

The JVC KY-PZ100 and Panasonic AW-HE40 exist in the highest tier.

The Datavideo PTC-150HD/SD-SDI, Sony SRG300H/W and the InFocus RealCam INA-PTZ-3 fall in the middle group.

And the Lumens VC-G30, PTZOptics PT12X-SDI-GY-G2 and HuddleCamHD 10X-GY-G3 reside in the least expensive group.

As much as a church might prefer to go with multiple video cameras to record services and special events in your worship space, finding enough able bodies to work those cameras for each and every service can often be a tough hill to climb.

That's where PTZ cameras come in as an option.

With the advancements in recent years in their capabilities, it might prove worthy to investigate them as an option.

Depending on what you will need each PTZ camera to do, each of these eight stands as a quality choice, beginning with that each streams in FullHD.

How things have changed in such a short time.

It wasn't that long ago, just a few years ago, where PTZ cameras were still deemed a second-class option, based largely on their tendency to be herky-jerky or not quick enough to pan across the viewing area. Those concerns have largely been dealt with courtesy of improvements in PTZ technology.

Smooth Movement and PTZs

Even so, as can be expected, though, if you particularly desire smooth and more natural movement with your PTZ camera or cameras, don't expect to achieve that by seeking out the cheapest option. Evidence of that was in the recent install of four PTZs at Oregon City Christian Church. The install of four JVC KY-PZ100s achieved the goal of displaying smooth movement while following pastors on stage.

Another factor to consider for a camera is deciding whether it should have various ways of joystick control, such as IP. When looking for which cameras offer such flexibility, at the forefront is the JVC camera, which works with various network connections, including WiFi, 4G-LTE or cabled LAN via IP. In addition, the Panasonic, PTZOptics and Sony camera also offer FullHD video output via IP transmission.

While having the ability to produce FullHD video, or 1080p, is ideal in most cases, having some flexibility to produce in lower resolution can be beneficial. Each of the eight offers some variety of resolution options. For instance, the JVC and Panasonic cameras also produce 720p or 360p formats, with two-channel audio. The Datavideo unit is similar, able to create either 1080p video or 720p, along with its lowest format of 480i. With the InFocus, while able to produce 1080p and 720p, it also offers 540p and 360p formats. The other half of the group: the Lumens, PTZOptics, HuddleCamHD and Sony cameras, though, each offer a more limited selection of formats, beginning with most importantly 1080p, along with 720p.


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