Best Cameras for Live Streaming Events

Mark Sergienko
Mark Sergienko
March 14, 2024
Best Cameras for Live Streaming Events

Live streaming events has become increasingly popular, and having the right camera setup can make a big difference in the quality of your stream. In this blog post, we'll review the best camera options for live streaming events, along with the necessary accessories and their pros and cons.

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DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras

DSLRs (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) and mirrorless cameras are excellent choices for live streaming events due to their impressive video quality and versatility with interchangeable lenses. However, most of these cameras (with exception of some Panasonic models) cannot stream directly to online platforms like EventLive or YouTube. You'll need additional equipment: a computer or a dedicated streaming encoder device to go live.

If you plan to use a computer, ensure your camera supports webcam mode for direct USB connection or there's a software driver to use it as a webcam.

If you have an older camera, ensure it has a "Clean HDMI" output (without overlaid controls). You'll need a video capture adapter like the Elgato Cam Link 4K or the Blackmagic Atem Mini to bridge the gap between HDMI and USB.

Alternatively, you can invest in a portable encoder that plugs in via HDMI and allows you to stream directly, such as devices from Teradek or Atomos.


Camcorders are a convenient option for live streaming events due to their portability and powerful zoom capabilities. Some modern camcorders from brands like Panasonic or Sony can stream directly to platforms like EventLive or YouTube without additional software or hardware, as long as they support Wi-Fi connectivity. If your camcorder doesn't have this capability, you'll need a portable HDMI streaming encoder.

PTZ Cameras

PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras are excellent choices for venues or events where remote control is necessary. These cameras can be installed once and controlled wirelessly from a computer, allowing you to adjust the angle and zoom as needed. However, you'll need a camera operator or additional software/remote to control them. PTZ cameras can range in price from $350 to over $1,000, depending on the model and features.

Specialized Live Streaming Cameras

For live streaming events, there are specialized cameras designed specifically for this purpose. One such camera is the Mevo Start by Logitech. This camera can be used as a single unit or in a pack of three to capture multiple angles during an event. The accompanying app allows you to zoom, switch between cameras, and add overlays to your live stream.

If you only require a single camera angle, it may be easier to live stream directly from a smartphone. Most modern smartphones have excellent camera quality and allow you to see exactly what is being captured on the screen, making it simpler to adjust the framing and angle as needed.

Another popular camera option for live streaming is the GoPro. However, to live stream with a GoPro, you need to connect it to your smartphone, which can be more complicated than using the phone's built-in camera directly.


Webcams are easy to use for live streaming with a computer. They’re simply plug-and-play. The downsides of webcams are that they don’t work well in low-light environments and don’t have good microphones. They also don’t have zoom. Most webcams are not wireless so you’d need to plug it into the computer by USB, making it a non-portable option.


Surprisingly, modern smartphones can be an excellent choice for live streaming events due to their excellent camera quality, built-in stabilization, high-definition video, storage, Wi-Fi, and 5G connectivity. Smartphones also allow you to see exactly what is being captured on the screen, making it easier to adjust the framing and angle as needed.

For live streaming with a smartphone, the EventLive app is an excellent choice. It offers the best technology for recording and broadcasting your event in real-time, with features like event scheduling, viewer invitations, page customization, and privacy controls. EventLive is perfect for events like weddings, celebrations of life, graduations, dance recitals, and more.

Screenshot of Event Live Streaming with EventLive app

Tips for Live Streaming with a SmartphoneTo get the best results when live streaming events with your smartphone, follow these tips:

  1. Use a tripod or gimbal: A tripod will prevent shaky video, while a gimbal allows you to move around while filming smoothly.
  2. Use a wireless microphone: For outdoor events with wind, a wireless microphone plugged directly into your phone will ensure clear audio.
  3. Get closer to the action and use the different zoom lenses for image variety.

Whether you choose a professional camera setup or opt for the convenience of your smartphone, live streaming events has never been easier. Be sure to check out EventLive for a flexible streaming platform with pay-per-event pricing and no subscription required.

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Mark Sergienko
Mark Sergienko

EventLive Founder, Entrepreneur. Live streaming & Wedding / Event Photography / Industry professional.

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