The $1000 Church Video Camera Setup For 2018 | Ep. #104

Pro Church Daily is the show where - in ten minutes or less - you’ll get your daily dose of tips and tactics to help your church share the message of Jesus, while navigating the biggest communication shift we’ve seen in the last 500 years.

May 8th, 2018

Video equipment can add up quickly but you don’t necessarily need the most expensive pieces of gear. Brady shares his updated $1000 camera set up.

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Alex Mills: Well hey there and welcome to Pro Church Daily, this is the show where in 10 minutes or less you’re going to get a daily dose of tips and tactics to help your church share the message of Jesus while we navigate the biggest communication shift that we’ve seen in the last 500 years. I’m your host Alex Mills, I’m joined by as always by the boss man it’s Brady Sherer. And today we’re talking about the one thousand dollar church video camera set up for 2018. 

Brady Sherer: What’s amazing about camera technology Alex is it continues to advance at a tremendous, fantastical pace, which is great for us as churches because it gives us the tech for an affordable price that decades past, even just years past we never would have had the opportunity for. And so we want to share with you, in this episode of Pro Church Daily a one thousand dollar video camera set up complete with lens, audio, stabilization and of course the camera body itself that is going to perform for you exceptionally well. Especially if you are a beginner. Now to make a disclaimer before we dive into the actual rig. 

This camera is not going to serve you well if your primary purpose for video is live streaming or recording your services. I also don’t think that should be the primary form of video that you as a church will be creating because you’re just rebroadcasting an event that’s happening in person. I think that we should be using the platforms available to us such as the second most popular website in the world, YouTube. Ahead of Facebook using these platforms to natively communicate through video rather than just rebroadcast what we are already doing live. 

Alex Mills: And you get to tell a bigger story. 

Brady Sherer: Absolutely. We’re talking Instagram stories, social, on Facebook, YouTube. You know vlogging, behind the scenes where all the attention is being paid nowadays. You need a camera to do it. If you’re a beginner, this is the camera for you. I’m going to lean over and pick up this camera.

Alex Mills: For those of you who are watching on YouTube you’re going to get your eyes on this camera set that we have here so Brade why don’t you walk us through it. 

Brady Sherer: Prochurchdaily.com to find the video as well. 

Alex Mills: You can see it. 

Brady Sherer: The camera itself is brand new Cannon camera. It’s a mirror less camera, it’s the Cannon M50 and what’s great about this camera in particular Alex is the auto focus. This is actually the main reason why we went with this camera because at the end of the day, if you are a beginner, you need to hit the basics when it comes to video production. We’re talking exposure, we’re talking about focus, those are the two most important things. If your video is blown out and way too bright or if it’s underexposed, way to dark, it’s going to be really difficult to save it virtually impossible. If your video is out of focus, not virtually, it will be impossible to rescue that video. 

What’s great about the Cannon M50 is that it’s auto focus is one of the world’s best. So I can put this in the hand of anyone, someone who doesn’t know anything about video and they can capture great video, which is what I want for our churches. If you’re more of a pro advanced person, wait till September, get the Black Magic new pocket with 4K video, you know huge dynamic range of 13 stops, you don’t need the auto focus maybe as much, but when it comes to like the vlogging set up, that’s what’s also great about this camera, you can pull the screen around and flip it so you can actually look at it and you can see what you’re recording if you are holding it out like this. So that’s the camera. 

The lens that we have on here is an optional lens. You can get the kit lens, it’s 15-45 mm, perfect multi purpose, you can zoom in, zoom out. What we have on here is the Cannon 22 mm F2 which is going to give you more of that blurred out background. It’s also a pancake lens, you can see how thin it is.

Alex Mills: Super light. 

Brady Sherer: Yeah, and what’s great about this camera set up, another pro is its compactness. It is incredibly light and incredibly small and that’s what mirrorless cameras offer you. 

Alex Mills: Yeah, and we’ve been waiting to get our hands on this camera. You know we were anticipating an announcement from Cannon about a new mirrorless camera, hopefully with 4K, and they came out with this M50, it was pretty exciting because they packed a lot into a really small body. It’s super light, it’s super portable, it’s great for InstaStory, great for that vlogging kind of style where you know your filming yourself holding that Jobe-Arm that we’re going to get into in a second. We’ve been super impressed with this camera. We love the Cannon color science, it truly is the best of the best and yeah, this camera has been everything that we hoped it would be and I think it’s perfect for churches. 

Brady Sherer: The amount of attention being paid on social media right now is insane. We’re talking Facebook, we’re talking Instagram, we’re also talking YouTube. Ninety-five percent of Gen Z uses YouTube actively.

Alex Mills: That’s crazy. 

Brady Sherer: Fifty percent say they could not live without it. 

Alex Mills: Yes, life would just end. 

Brady Sherer: This is the type of camera that’s going to create the type of content for those platforms. If you’re looking for cinema, if you’re looking for like creating a cinematic story, maybe you want to go with something different. But for so many churches, this is going to be the perfect starting point. The camera with the kit lens is about $900. Let’s get to the audio. 

The audio that we have her it’s the Rode Video Micro Compact On Camera Microphone. There are a number of different Rode mics that will go on top of your camera and plug directly into your camera so your audio is being recorded directly into your camera on the actual video files track which is great. What’s great about this one is that the size of this camera matches, oh I’m sorry, the size of this mic matches the size of the camera. If you had the Rode video mic pro or something bigger it would be a lot larger and longer than the camera body itself and so the size of this mic matches the size of the camera. The price is also amazing, $59.

Alex Mills: Yeah, and this camera has like a standard hot shoe attachment at the top so you really could mount any mic you wanted to on top of here. I was surprised with how small this is, and light. So like you said it matches that camera and doesn’t throw the balance off, but also the great sound quality you’re getting of a mic for $59 is really impressive. 

Brady Sherer: So that leaves us with the final thing we need to talk about. Stabilization. We love the Joby Gorilla Pod, that’s what this thing is right here. It’s got these three legged, like a regular tripod, but it’s completely manipulatable. So you can move it, you can change it, you can manipulate it in whatever direction that you want. It’s perfect for kind of holding out in front of you. And so, this is also a $50 tripod, so together you’ve got a $1000 setup, you’ve got a camera body, you’ve got audio, you’ve got the lens, you’ve got the stabilization. Let’s briefly talk Alex about the pro’s and con’s of a rig like this. 

Alex Mills: Okay. 

Brady Sherer: The pro’s. We talked about the auto focus. For me that’s the reason we went with this camera. It’s not the most flexible camera when it comes to it’s capabilities but the auto focus and the colors are very, very good. Obviously it has auto exposure and that’s going to give you the ability to capture great looking video, always in focus. If you are a beginner, this camera, you do not need to know basically anything. As long as you can use a camera on your phone, and just point at whatever you want to capture, you can do this. Another pro of this is that it looks great out of the box ready to go. 

Also, it has image stabilization built into the camera, which is great because in the past we have used video cameras that have had great auto focus but then when you hold it on a gorilla pod like this and you’re holding it out in front of you, every single shake is like magnified and you get this jello cam look, it’s not great. We noticed the same thing with this camera and then we turned on the image stabilization within the camera. It’s not lens image stabilization, it’s access in the camera itself, so whatever lens you put on it’s going to work with it and suddenly all those shakes were a lot smoother and they weren’t distracting with the final video.

Alex Mills: What about the cons?

Brady Sherer: Let’s talk about the cons. It does shoot 4K. You will not really want to use the 4K. When you turn on 4K on this camera, the auto focus sucks and it crops in a great deal. So if you have a 20 mm lens now, I don’t know the exact crop, but you know it’s like a 2x crop, now your 20 mil is a 40 mil and you’re holding it out like crazy trying to capture, it’s just not great. That might sound like a huge con, but when we’re talking about Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, the difference between 1080 and 4K is negligible. We shoot in 4K, what maybe 5% of our audience uses that, we’re not in a place where the difference between 1018 and 4K is going to make a difference. In your post production work flow 1080 is going to be so much more friendly and easy to use than 4K. So that might sound bad at first, but it’s just really not that big of a deal when it comes to practicality. 

Let’s talk about some other cons. This is a mirrorless camera from Cannon which means your lens choices are limited. So Cannon is just getting into the mirrorless game when it comes to cameras which means all of those amazing lens that you know and love from Cannon you can use them on a camera like this but you will need an adaptor and maybe the auto focus begins to suffer when you do that. We went with the native lenses, you’ve just got to work within the limitations. 

Alex Mills: Right. 

Brady Sherer: Not a deal breaker, but it is something to be aware of. Final thing we mentioned. This is not a pro cinema camera, if you’re looking to create cinematic stuff you can do this, but it’s not going to even get close to the image quality of even a Black Magic Pocket Cinema version 2, coming out in September, it’s $1300 body only, that’s no audio, no lens. But if you’re looking for something more cinematic, you know we shoot with the Ursa Mini, that’s what we’re shooting with right now. We shoot, our drone has the X5X camera on it. You know that’s 15-13 stops of dynamic range, 4K flat color profile, this really isn’t that, but also you’re not really using it for that purpose so in my mind, just something to be aware, not even necessarily a con. 

Alex Mills: Yeah, for the price point, I’m not sure you could build a better rig for vlogging style, for Instastory style, for YouTube videos for your church. I think this is the solution and it’s not just because I’m partial to Cannon. I really do think …

Brady Sherer: And you are, I am not …

Alex Mills: Absolutely I am. At the price point I really think this is a great set up and like you said, it’s pretty much fool proof. You can do a lot of stuff with full manual for somebody who knows what they are doing. That camera packs a big punch. For a beginner, for a volunteer who doesn’t know a lot about video but your church knows they need to get some videos on line, this camera is perfect for you and is going to make things pretty easy and look great. 

That will do it for this episode of Pro Church Daily. See you in another one.