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Mevo Camera

Published January 22, 2018

April 2016 I bought a tiny camera named Mevo produced by the folks at Livestream.  Since then, it is my camera of choice for producing video content for conferences, meetings, my weekly search videos and even my kid's school plays.  The concept of this camera is to allow you to use a wide angle video camera to get different video aspects and looks with only one camera man.  You use your smartphone to control the camera views and easily jump into a zoom, pan out to a wide view and capture different faces at the right time with the tap of your finger.

It streams to most of the live stream solutions including YouTube, Facebook Live, Livestream, Vimeo, Periscope and Twitter.  There is even support to set up your own stream with it, if you are into that.  

For the most part, this camera is solid.  It isn't something my father would be able to set up and use easily but for any somewhat tech savvy person, it is not that complex to configure. 

For my weekly videos, I use what they call the Mevo Boost, so I can plug it into directly to wired Ethernet internet and also use an external microphone.  The sound quality without an external mic is not great and truth is, at least on the original Mevo - the wireless strength is not all that great also.  Mevo did come out with a new model a few months ago, I did not test it - so I cannot talk about that model.  But hooking it up to wired internet is solid.

I did try to use it to stream to YouTube a full day conference.  Over time, it does overload and need to be reset. I suspect it had to do with the capacity of the internal SD card, which I can expand easily.  But I was live streaming the event and I know it was being stored on YouTube, so I had no desire for the card to also be recording it.  

In any event, the camera is really excellent for creating a video with a single camera man but where it looks to be done by multiple camera men.  The camera is very small, easy to take around and can now do up to 4K video, although some features do not work in 4K.

Most of the bugs seemed to have been ironed out of the fast couple of years and they keep adding more functionality to the device. It does not appear that Livestream is planning on discontinuing this device - which is a good sign.  

You can buy various options of the Mevo camera directly from them or of course on Amazon (affiliate link).

I do think every school should have one on hand to record all school plays and events, but I am not sure if this is worth having for individuals.  Professionals would love it but for the average consumer, I don't know.

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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