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Best new camcorders for Live Broadcasting via Ustream

Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD Camcorder

Panasonic's latest WiFi-enabled camcorders once again score top marks for their direct to Ustream live broadcasting support. They're all able to directly stream to Ustream over WiFi or a mobile WiFi hotspot without any need for a PC. Each model is capable of high quality full-HD video and there's a model sure to fit everyone's needs and budget.

Panasonic HC-V250K Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X CamcorderThe Panasonic HC-V250K Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X Camcorder (B&H Photo) is really affordable and sports a powerful 50x optical zoom and 90x Intelligent (digital) Zoom in a compact body. It also features Power Optical Image Stabilizer for stable video images even when zooming or walking.

Panasonic HC-V550K Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X Stable Zoom Camcorder with 3-Inch LCDThe Panasonic HC-V550 Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X Stable Zoom Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (B&H Photo) also features a 50x optical zoom and 90x Intelligent(digital) Zoom for bringing faraway subjects up close but also includes the Advanced Level Shot Function and "5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+" (Optical Image Stabilizer) for minimizing the effects of hand movement and tilting.

A high-sensitivity gyro sensor that detects hand movement with a precision of approximately 4000 times per second and linear motors are used to drive the lens to apply correction. This minimizes the effects of hand movement when shooting during high-magnification zoom or while walking.

Panasonic HC-V750K Enhanced Sound Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 20X Camcorder with 3-Inch LCDThe Panasonic HC-V750 Enhanced Sound Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 20X Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (B&H Photo) is all about a super premium picture. It has an all-new lens, sensor and engine for powerful zooming and high sensitivity. The engine is capable of processing at about 1.5 times faster than previous models.

Like the V550K it also has the Advanced Level Shot Function and "5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+" (Optical Image Stabilizer) for minimizing the effects of hand movement and tilting and also adds Full HD Slow Motion Video for added excitement.

Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD CamcorderThe Panasonic HC-W850 Digital HD Camcorder (B&H Photo) offers something very unique with its new Twin Camera function. It enables shooting picture-in-picture video with a sub-camera located on the side of the LCD screen. The Twin Camera even captures two scenes at once. So you can record a close-up shot and a landscape shot in the same direction, front and side shots, or shots of the subject and person filming for even greater creative freedom and excitement while shooting. It also features an all-new lens, sensor and engine for powerful zooming and high sensitivity.

Like the V550 and the V750, the W850 also has the Advanced Level Shot Function and "5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+" (Optical Image Stabilizer) for minimizing the effects of hand movement and tilting and also adds Full HD Slow Motion Video for added excitement.

New Camcorders with direct broadcasting to Ustream, a highlight of 2013 NAB Show!

Panasonic HC-X920 HD Digital CamcorderThis week over 90,000 media and entertainment professionals from over 150 countries flocked to Las Vegas for the 2103 National Association of Broadcasters Show.

The big hardware news for many Ustreamers out of the NAB Show is the number of camcorder lines now sporting direct to Ustream broadcast capabilities using built-in WiFi.

Panasonic showed off three new HD Camcorders and we think they include the best direct to Ustream support we seen yet despite the initial setup being a bit cumbersome. We also think they have much better image quality and low light performance over their similarly priced JVC counterparts. All had hybrid optical/digital image stabilization and a level shot function to reduce camera shake and help keep the video steady and level. This worked pretty well. They also connect to a powerful companion app for full remote wireless control and monitoring with an iPhone or iPad or Android phone or tablet. We think they're all really nice camcorders for the money and think you'll be really impressed by their sharpness and low light performance.

Panasonic HC-V520 HD Digital CamcorderThe Panasonic HC-V520 HD Digital Camcorder (pictured left) is Panasonic's entry level model with Ustream support. It features 50x Optical/80x digital zoom, a f/1.8 28mm wide lens with Optical Image Stabilization and 3" touch screen. If you're looking to for a HD camcorder with direct to Ustream broadcasting capabilities, this model is a great choice for the budget conscious or those who wouldn't miss the lack of a mic input, filter ring mount, and accessory shoe.

Panasonic HC-V720 HD Digital CamcorderThe Panasonic HC-V720 HD Digital Camcorder (pictured right) is the mid-range model and features a high sensitivity sensor, 21x Optical/50x digital zoom, a f/1.8 28mm wide lens with Optical Image Stabilization, It has a 3" touch screen and adds an accessory shoe, a filter ring mount, and mic input jack. For most streaming and general video recording applications this is the model we'd suggest. It'll give you the most flexibility, with great image quality and low light performance. There's a heck of a lot of bang for your buck here.

Panasonic HC-X920 HD Digital CamcorderThe Panasonic HC-X920 HD Digital Camcorder (pictured left) is fully loaded. It features a high sensitivity 3MOS Full-HD sensor, 12x Optical/25x digital zoom, a Leica Dicomar f/1.5 29.8mm wide lens with Optical Image Stabilization and Nano Surface Coating, similar to whats found on high end professional DSLR lenses. It adds a generous 3.5" touch screen, electronic viewfinder, manual ring, and level gauge. It also has an accessory shoe, filter ring mount, mic input jack and also a headphone jack. It's low light performance, sharpness, and image quality was outstanding, the best of the bunch, making it well worth the extra dough if you can afford it.

Cerevo LiveShell PRO connects nearly every HD Camcorder direct to Ustream in HD

Cerevo LiveShell PRO
The new Cerevo LiveShell PRO allows High Definition live streaming from any Camcorder (or Camera) with an HDMI output direct to Ustream. It can even broadcast in 720p HD resolution without the need of a computer!

First Ustream Certified device, the Cerevo LiveShell is now available to order

Creveo LiveShell

Ustream Certified Compatible logoThe recently announced Creveo LiveShell is now available to order at Amazon.com. It connects to practically any camera or camcorder for broadcasting directly to Ustream over WiFi or wired ethernet and doesn't require a computer. It is the first product to be certified by Ustream and to feature the new Ustream Compatible logo (left).

Creveo LiveShell Battery CompartmentThe LiveShell has an HDMI input for importing audio and video from cameras with an HDMI port. It also features stereo microphone and audio line-in inputs so other audio feeds and/or an external microphone can be used. In addition, it has a composite video input for older cameras or camcorders. It is powered by an included USB-Mini A/C adapter or it can use three AA batteries for up to 3 hours of mobile usage. It can be powered even longer with the addition of a SANYO 5000 mAh eneloop Mobile Booster.