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Hollyland showed us the prototypes of their new cameras for live streaming. The two models, the Venuss Pro, and the Venuss Air are both easy-to-use devices, designed for live streamers who want a simple solution for streaming video. We met Randall Stewart from Hollyland at the NAB in Las Vegas, and he kindly introduced us to the new cameras. Let’s have a closer look.
You might have heard of Hollyland as a manufacturer of wireless video transmissions like the Mars M1 and the Mars 4K, wireless microphones like the Lark M1, and headsets like the Soldicom C1 Pro, but this is the first time we’ve seen the prototype of their new Venuss cameras.
The Venus series is designed as a plug-and-play device for people who want to live-stream a video signal directly from the camera to social media platforms. At the moment, you can stream only to YouTube and Facebook, but Hollyland is working to provide direct access to Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat as well.
The cameras have a simple-to-use menu with basic camera settings (like f-stop and shutter speed) and easy-to-use color modifications, but no RAW or S-log features. You can use the cameras vertically and horizontally, and although upright video might not be your favorite video format, this feature could be really useful for social media streaming. Recording and streaming is limited to a 1080p signal only.
The bigger Pro version has a flip-out monitor where you adjust the basic camera settings and streaming destinations. It looks like a small-sized camcorder, and it even comes with an SD card slot for recording the live stream on board. This might seem a little unusual, but you have to actually stream to be able to record, at least with the early prototypes. It has an HDMI out and a USB-C out port for using it as a webcam, an ethernet LAN connection, a Mic line in, built-in mics, a USB connector for external mics, and a DC port.
Both cameras have built-in Wi-Fi so you do not have to connect the camera to your smartphone; you can connect directly to a network. They have identical fixed 28mm 3x zoom Tamron lenses, the same Sony camera internal sensor, and they both run directly on DC power. The Pro version also runs on standard NP-F batteries.
The Venuss Air has a much smaller form factor, and it is more of a static camera, without a flip-out monitor, no SD cards, and no battery slot available. It has an HDMI and USB-C out port, a Mic-in, and a DC 12 Volt port. To operate and adjust the camera’s settings, use the Hollyland app.
So far, we don’t have any information about the price range for either model. Shipping should start in late summer 2023. For further information, please visit the Hollyland website here.
What do you think about the Venuss streaming cameras? Do you think a streaming camera could be useful? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Jürgen Moors is a freelance filmmaker based in Vienna Austria. As a pilot he is passionate about all sorts of aerial photography, but he is also working on the ground as a production manager, producer, director, editor and camera operator. Jürgen has over 35 years of experience in several departments in the film business.