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.

PTZ Cameras for Church: Why Not FullHD?
Depending on what your church will need each PTZ camera to do, each of these eight PTZ camera models stands as a quality choice, beginning with that each streams in FullHD.
PTZ Cameras for Church: Why Not FullHD?
Depending on what your church will need each PTZ camera to do, each of these eight PTZ camera models stands as a quality choice, beginning with that each streams in FullHD.

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PTZ Cameras for Church: Why Not FullHD?

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PTZ Cameras for Church: Why Not FullHD?

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.
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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.


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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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Comments

By Andres Caamano on July 12, 2017

PTZs definitely serve a valued purpose in a church environment, but are best interwoven into systems that also include manned cameras as well, such as the Sony camera you noted.

It has become ‘mainstream’ to include some PTZ cameras in a multicam environment, especially one that has a volunteer staff, where one person is capable of controlling multiple cameras, especially since there are some shots PTZ cameras just cannot get.

I hope we were able to offer some insight into answering your question.

By wesf on July 7, 2017

I want to see if you can settle a debate at my church. My church is getting ready to go multisite and we are planning to live stream the message from the main church to our offsite venue.  We are deciding between cameras. I want to get the Sony PXW-X160, my other minister thinks that this JVC KY-PZ100B shown here would be just as good. I just can’t see how a PTZ would be as good as a standard camera.  What is your opinion? Would you use this JVC as your main camera? We are shooting from the back of the room which is about 75 feet from the stage and we are using a Black Magic ATEM switcher.

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