YoloLiv has announced its new pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, the VertiCam. As the name suggests, it’s a vertically oriented camera for shooting vertical videos to let you record and live stream to social media. Inside it features a 1/2.8″ sensor with a resolution of 2.07-megapixels. As such, it offers 1080p vertical video at frame rates of up to 60 frames per second, with a 3.5-42.3mm lens and f/1.8-2.8 aperture.
Although designed primarily to complement the company’s Instream vertical video streaming device – which we checked out at IBC 2022 – the VertiCam supports USB connectivity straight to your computer for and RS232 for remote control. There’s also a full-sized HDMI output for connecting to the Instream or similar devices for streaming and recording separately from the computer.
The camera is aimed primarily towards creators, influencers, storytellers and videographers who do vertical live streams. Paired with the Instream, it can live stream to Instagram, TikTok, YouTube Shorts and more coming soon as they expand platform compatibility. But you can go through your computer, too, letting you capture footage for editing into reels and shorts to upload manually yourself, too.
As a PTZ camera, you’re able to pan, tilt and zoom the camera to point at different things within the scene laid before it. This means that you can shift the camera around as the subject moves in front of it, or swing around and zoom in to focus on details of whatever’s being spoken about. What makes this even better is if you can set up those positions and zoom levels in advance and store them as presets. The YoloLiv Verticam lets you store and recall up to 255 specific positions quickly and easily.
The 3.5-42.3mm focal length results in a 12x zoom going from pretty wide to very close up on your subjects and there’s a further 16x digital zoom if required. The 2-megapixel resolution of the sensor means that each pixel is as large as can fit on it in order to maximise its low light support, and it features 2D and 3D digital noise reduction to help improve the image even further, along with image flip support – for those who haven’t figured out how to stop their phone’s camera app from mirroring yet.
It has a 170° pan angle with a -25° to 30° tilt angle, with a pan speed of 1.61° to 75.67° per second and a tilt speed of up to 0.44° to 15° per second. The position of recalled position presets is accurate down to 0.1° in each direction and Time of Flight (ToF) autofocus means it’ll instantly snap in focus to your subject in front of the camera.