Mevo Core, is it Worth the Money?

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Introduction

Logitech recently unveiled the highly anticipated Mevo Core, a live-streaming camera that has captured significant attention. Let’s dive into its professional performance and compare it to similar cameras in its class. Is the Mevo Core truly a game-changer for live streaming, or is it merely a gimmick? Let’s find out.

 

 

A Brief Introduction of Mevo Core

The Mevo Core is a 4K-capable live-streaming camera produced by Logitech, built around a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor and lens mount. It represents an upgrade from Logitech’s existing Mevo cameras, which served a similar purpose as wireless, battery-powered streamers but had a smaller sensor and a fixed lens. The Mevo Core is priced at a hefty $999, excluding the lens.

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The Mevo Core has 6 hours of battery life, supports Wi-Fi 6E and usb-c connectivity, and supports 4K/30p-quality video recording or 1080/30p live streaming. With its micro three-quarter lens mount, content creators can make it compatible with any MFT lens, and the following four lenses have been officially tested so far:

Olympus 14-42mm EZ

Lumix 14-42mm PZ

Lumix 45-175mm PZ

Sigma 16mm

 

Additionally, users can control the camera by using Logitech's Mevo Multicam app, which supports connecting and controlling multiple Mevo Core cameras at the same time. Creators can also connect to other workflows or even use it as a wireless or wired HD webcam via the camera's HDMI output and built-in NDI and SRT integration.

"We're working to democratize live content creation for everyone at any skill level. Mevo Core embodies that value." Said Otto Ceden, Head of Mevo. "Every aspect, from adjusting the optical zoom to setting the correct focus point, is a simple click away, making it a very accessible professional-grade camera, even for beginners."

 

 

 Key Features of Mevo Core

  • 4K Recording and 1080p Streaming: Capture professional 4K30p video recordings directly to your iOS or Android device (tablet or phone). You can also record directly onto the camera via a microSD card (simultaneously playing and backing up). Alternatively, stream in 1080p30 to platforms like YouTube, Twitch, and other broadcasting streaming services.
  • Multi-Cam Support: Connect via built-in Wi-Fi 6E and use the Mevo Multicam app to wirelessly control multiple Mevo cameras. While a paid subscription is required to send these signals to multiple locations simultaneously, out of the box, you can already send multiple camera feeds to a single device.
  • Built-in Microphone: Utilize the built-in three-microphone array with noise reduction capabilities, or connect external audio sources via analog or digital inputs.
  • Rechargeable and Replaceable Battery: The camera features a built-in 6-hour battery that can be powered via USB-C and is replaceable.
  • Versatile Output Options: Output via HDMI or use built-in NDI/SRT support to connect to other workflows. It can also function as a wired or wireless HD network camera.
  • Interchangeable Lens Mount: While Logitech does not manufacture or sell lenses directly, cameras purchased directly from their website come with a body-only configuration. However, they collaborate with B&H and Amazon to offer lens kits from Panasonic and OM System.

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Current major players in the market 

Sony ZV-E1 (4K Camera)

The Sony ZV-E1 is a revolutionary camera equipped with a 12-megapixel BSI sensor, making it incredibly capable in low-light scenarios and suitable for various filming conditions.

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Similarity with Mevo Core:

  • Excellent Low-Light Performance: Ensures outstanding results in dimly lit environments.
  • 4K Video Quality: Supports 4K high-definition recording.
  • Built-in Microphones: Comes with 3 internal microphones.

 

Advantages:

  • Compact Full-Frame Vlog Camera: The smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens vlog camera.
  • Dedicated AI Processor and Real-Time Recognition: Enables accurate subject tracking for improved motion shots.
  • 4K 60p Upgraded to 4K 120p: Internal recording with slow-motion capabilities.



Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K G2

This ultra-compact camera allows you to mount it anywhere in the studio or on location. Equipped with an active MFT lens mount, it outputs 10-bit 4:2:2 video via 12G-SDI and can be remotely controlled via SDI control protocols from an ATEM switcher.

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Similarity with Mevo Core:

  • Tiny Form Factor: Install the camera virtually anywhere in the studio or on set.
  • MFT Lens Mount: Compatible with native MFT lenses or various other modern and vintage lenses.
  • Excellent Low-Light Performance: Suitable even for nighttime shooting.

 

Advantage:

  • 13-Stop Dynamic Range: Ideal for color correction with deep blacks and bright whites.
  • 4096 x 2160 Resolution: Perfect for HD and Ultra HD work.
  • Versatile Connectivity: Features high-speed USB-C expansion port, 12G-SDI for video, counting, and camera return.

 

 

NearStream VM33 (VM46)

NearStream VM33 is a game-changer in the live-streaming domain. This remarkable device can stream awe-inspiring 1080p HD video directly to popular platforms like YouTube and Twitch, or even to a custom RTMP. If you need 4K recording, its upgraded version, VM46, can meet the demands of high-definition video creators.

 

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Similarity with Mevo Core:

  • Multi-Camera Shooting: Enables multi-angle capture for various filming scenarios
  • Specifically Engineered for Live Streaming: Directly uploads to platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter via mobile devices.
  • User-Friendly: Both cameras can be controlled via software, support NDI transmission, and have comprehensive features with clear and intuitive operation.

 

Advantages:

  • Cost-Effective: Achieve equivalent quality 1080p streaming for just $399. The new VM46 version, priced at $699, supports 4K recording.
  • Built-in High-Quality Audio: Equipped with 8 MEMS microphones.
  • Longer Battery Life: The high-capacity 6400mAh battery lasts for over 8 hours.

 

 

Is it worth the money?

The Mevo Core’s advantages include a Micro 4/3 image sensor (approximately three times the size of typical webcam and smartphone sensors), better low-light performance, and easy multi-camera setup. It offers standard 30fps live streaming for capturing and streaming content to platforms like Twitch and YouTube.

However, priced at $1000, the Mevo Core seems relatively high for a live streaming camera. Considering its cost, the value proposition may be debatable.

 

Challenges:

  1. 4K recording: It may not match high-end mirrorless cameras in certain aspects.
  2. Live streaming output: While it can record 4K30fps video, it can only output up to 1080p30fps. It doesn’t stand out significantly in live streaming output compared to other live streaming cameras.
  3. Lens compatibility: Logitech does not manufacture or sell lenses directly, so users need to purchase lenses separately.

 

Conclusion

The new Logitech camera, Mevo Core, strikes a balance between live streaming cameras and high-end video cameras. It offers good live streaming output quality and straightforward operation. However, it may fall short for professional video creators due to its lack of advanced features, while the higher price point might deter casual live stream enthusiasts. If you have a sufficient budget and focus primarily on live streaming, Mevo Core could be worth considering.

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