Streaming producers have an array of camera options, from the cameras in their smartphones to professional models costing four figures or more.In this article, we’ll identify the major camera categories; discuss their strengths, weakness and best use cases; and features to look for when choosing a camera within the category.Most offer HDMI output, however, so you can connect them to a video mixer or capture device for live production and streaming.
For many producers, it’s worth an extra $250 to $500 to buy a camera with HD-SDI output.
On the other hand, one downside of the XA25 is that the programmable buttons for many camera controls are not as intuitive as the HM150U.
We’ll focus on camcorders you can use for both live and video-on-demand (VOD) production, which means we won’t cover digital SLRs or large sensor camcorders.
We also won’t discuss 4K cameras, which are overkill for most bread-and-butter streaming production tasks.
In contrast, the Canon XA25 (around $2,500) uses similar single-chip imaging and optics hardware as the high end consumer model HF G30, but comes with XLR input and HD-SDI output.