Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream?
A lower resolution three-chip camera can actually render more accurate images to that of a higher resolution single-chip camera when you compare on a pixel-by-pixel resolution.
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The algorithm of deciphering this is a process called debayering. This process is different from camera to camera and as such, the image processing available on today’s smartphones is frankly quite good, compared to point and shoot cameras of yesteryear.
Now the three-chip camera can provide a 4:4:4 signal that is not interpolated like the single chip – which means it has more data about the color and pixel accuracy. So a lower resolution three-chip camera, can actually render more accurate images when you compare on a pixel-by-pixel resolution.
So enough with all the technical mumbo-jumbo. What does this all mean if I want to upgrade cameras for my church? Particularly, if we are looking to stream or broadcast to another campus?
I will personally advocate that if a church is just starting out with streaming, or are looking to get online, that you first work on the product of what you are trying to present.
The first thing is get the lighting right, as no camera will make up for poor quality lighting. Then get your program worked out, so that what you are presenting is well organized.
Second, start small and see where it gets traction. In all seriousness – if you are on a shoestring budget, start with Facebook Live, streaming from a mobile device.
When the time comes to getting up to speed with a multicamera system that has a switcher and is either streamed, broadcast or sent to another campus via Sneakernet, i.e., not streaming but transporting by way of flash drive, CD or DVD, make sure you carefully evaluate the camera selection. The three-chip camera will offer better color rendering and low light performance than a similar size single-chip camera.
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