UPDATE: Since this post was published, the camera name changed to Mevo (initially it was Movi). Links have been updated in this article. They also announced Facebook Live integration. See my full review here

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I’m always looking for technology solutions that will help smaller churches. I’ve been trying to find a cheap robotic camera solution or multi-cam solution for our church, but I haven’t found anything that fits our budget. Livestream has just introduced a new camera that I think will work well for smaller ministries and churches. Mevo is a new 4k video camera that is controlled by an iPhone or iPad.

It has a couple of unique features that set it apart from anything else on the market.

  • Since it has a high 4k resolution camera sensor, you can zoom in and still have high resolution video. Movi analyzes what you are recording and gives you the option to zoom in to different parts of the screen. In effect, it gives the appearance of a multi-camera setup with only one small camera. It records in 720p
  • It also does face and motion tracking, so if it is zoomed on an individual, the video will follow that person as they move around. This is perfect for pastors who walk around during their sermons.
  • It is controlled by an iPhone or iPad. You can watch the video below to see how this works.
  • You can record directly on the microSD card or on the iOS device.
  • You can also use this as to livestream your event. It appears that there will be a monthly charge to unlock this feature, starting at $9 per month.
  • Did I mention it’s small

And finally, you can preorder it now at only $199, which is $200 off of the price of $399 when it is released. Check out the Mevo site for more details. I’ve already got one on preorder and I am excited to try it out.

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Chris
    May 15, 2016 at 9:11 am — Reply

    Have you received your Mevo camera? If so, does it work as advertised?

    • May 15, 2016 at 5:05 pm — Reply

      They recently sent out an email saying that all orders were delayed until the end of July. They have posted several new videos on their site at http://www.getmevo.com – the biggest announcement is they are also integrating it with Facebook Live. Still hoping it will work as advertised.

  2. Kevin S
    August 13, 2016 at 10:16 am — Reply

    Hi Mike, I’m wondering if you can update with your experience, now that Mevo is shipping. I’m initially excited about this, but have read that it may not work well for churches because of the wide angle and lack of zoom… it apparently needs to be within 5 to 8 feet of the speaker in order to work well??? I also wonder about it’s dim light performance. Appreciate any real world usage insights you can offer!

  3. August 13, 2016 at 11:03 am — Reply

    I plan on doing a blog post soon. I just received mine last week. You are correct that it won’t be ideal for most churches for the reasons you mention. It does need to be very close. 8 feet from the speaker is about the right distance for our sanctuary.

    I’m disappointed with the wide angle full screen shots that show significant fish-eye distortion. The closeups are great and the distortion is not noticeable, and the face tracking works very well. I also tried some low-light shots outside during a concert and it was less than ideal. I’ll share more thoughts soon.

  4. Scott
    September 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm — Reply

    I’d love to hear an update too. We have tried so many solutions but this is looking pretty good.

  5. October 7, 2016 at 11:01 am — Reply

    I have recently done a full review of the camera. You can check it out at https://www.faithengineer.com/2016/09/review-mevo-livestream-camera-church.html

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