One of the basic building blocks of audiovisual solutions is a video camera – a camera for video conferencing, TV studios or for personal use. Each solution has its own specifics, which is why choosing the right camera is key.
Cameras for video conferencing
In this category, we distinguish between cameras for personal use in the home office or workplace and cameras for use in meeting rooms. For personal use, the user needs a USB connection, a lens with good aperture and easy plug'n'play use. In the case of a meeting, its size, the number of seated participants and special video calling functions, such as speaker tracking, group framing or presenter tracking, play a major role.
Cameras for TV studios
Choosing a camera for the studio depends on its purpose. In the corporate segment, it can be a studio for internal and external training, webinars or communication. In such a case, the company’s budget is an important aspect of the choice. Usually, companies choose semi-professional grade cameras that are mounted on a tripod or carried by cameramen. The selection criteria are ease of use, value for money, weight and flexibility. Educational institutions, schools and universities use the TV studio in the same way as companies. Schools involved in media education can use the studio to train technical staff or editors.
With these cameras, the cameraman can set the shot remotely from the director’s room. The camera body has motors for operating the position of the lens and its optics (for example, zoom). Robotic cameras are operated by the director from the director’s desk using a joystick, but can also be equipped with artificial intelligence (AI). Robotic cameras are used in practically all branches of the audiovisual industry. However, they are more expensive than manual cameras.
They are intended for special solutions: motion analysis, simulation technology, virtual reality or for projects in the segment of culture.