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Mevo Start — First look

Photo Moment - February 11, 2020

The all-new Mevo Start is here! It's the best of the Mevo Plus and the Boost — a great  live streaming camera that you can take anywhere to stream anytime!

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I did a live show the day of launch, using just the Mevo Start with its built in mics to see how it'd do!


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Mevo is a piece of shite. Then it works then it doesnt , you update the software then you cannot connect to wifi. it would randomly disconnect from wifi and drop your feed. No backup service - Unless youre in USA. No video out - You can use it with a mevo app via a phone or tablet -
I wouldnt touch it for any money in the world
It would have been nice to see a side by side comparison of the Plus and Start in the 1% light. How much better is the Start in low light compared to the Plus?
Great review! So far the one we ordered for streaming, at my church has been a bust. It won't connect to app. However. this video gives me some hope, if I can exchange it for a good one.
I haven’t had that issue. Be sure to try another phone as well; wireless connectivity can be problematic in the best of situations.
can you use either of these cameras as a "WEBCAM" ? How can we use other streaming software OBS/ELGATO with these cameras? Can you connect these direct to a laptop to use as a webcam? Thanks for the info, nice review as usual. 👍🏽
Not that I’m aware of
The whole reason the Plus has such a wide angle and the 4k sensor is because its designed to be cropped in, giving you the capability to create multiple "Virtual cameras" within the frame. Yes, you can do this in the start, but the 1080p sensor is going to output closer to 480p upscaled when you're cropping in
Hi, would this camera be good for filming & live streaming softball games? Thanks for you help
should have kept the same form and just bumped the specs.
Or at least the same lens. I'll miss the 150 degree wide angle.
Hey Joseph I'm a freelance TV director working in the UK (virus permitting) and your reviews are THE BEST. Packed with excellent information, concise, well presented - keep up the good work!
Yes please do more videos; specially about the sound and being able to name your podcast before going live.
When the have the ethernet adapter out, I’ll do another one
Jo they should pay you to do their products review. Their own suck. Thanks so much for doing this.
LOL thanks
Hey Joseph, thanks for the video. Looking to record and livestreaam my band's performance in multiple lighting environments. I recently purchased the mevo plus, but do to quarantine, haven't been able to test it out. Would you suggest returning it? I was told at the store that the camera was great for low-lighting. It seems that perhaps I was conned. I am attracted to the wide angle and the autopilot follow function, since we will be performing and will not be using the phone to live edit. Do you think that the start is a better solution for this purpose? I'd like to get all three band members into the frame, and have the camera follow us as much as possible. Ideally, the microphone could pickup the performance somewhat clearly as well, but for studio livestreaming, was planning on utilizing OBS, with audio coming from the mixer. Thoughts?
You’re asking for a lot from that little camera. It’s definitely not great in low light as you saw here. Auto following is cool, BUT keep in mind if three of you are on stage, how will it know who to follow?
@PhotoJoseph well, the drummer is stationary, and we're not moving around a ton. From what I read, the software can follow two people pretty decently. Would you say that the MEvo start would be a better investment, due to the low light conditions? The MEVO plus was sold to me by guitar center who claimed that it was great for live performances. I'm sure that they were just trying to make a sale.
I wonder if this new version can do the same as the other in that it could have 9 frames as if there were 9 cameras.
Amazing review! Inside and out
can i ask about picture quality specifically. If i plan to never use this camera for live stream, but instead for pre-recorded studio programmes which i want the best image quality, am i better off with the mevo plus? i will be using an external microphone but i have no problems spending a little extra money on the extra battery for the plus for the added mic input if i will be rewarded with better image quality. would love to know your thoughts? Thanks :D
What happens if you are using it with your phone and you receive a call. Does it interrupt the stream?
If you answer it, yes. So, best to enable DND!
Would the Start work very well from a long distance away? Our A/V booth is approx 40ft from stage.
It’s not a telephoto lens so at that distance it’s going to be a pretty wide shot.
@PhotoJoseph so would the Plus be a better option for that distance?
The plus has a much wider lens. Honestly you should look up the field of view and do some math to figure out what it’ll look like at the distance you need to put the camera.
Thanks for all this info. What is the effectiveness of this camera at distance? Say 30 feet or so?
at 30 feet it’s a wide field of view and the mics are really far away. Better for closer work.
Our church has been using a Mevo for livestreaming for three years. I've been the main "tech guy" and have been livestreaming to YouTube, Twitter, & RTMP to Facebook ( since Facebook wouldn't allow multi streaming I found a way around it lol). The insane wide angle, ugly 720p (due to Twitter streaming) and horrible low light performance has got me looking into other solutions, so I'm so happy I've come across this video. I think we will stop streaming to Twitter and then use this to upgrade! And hopefully, the app will allow streaming to Facebook & YouTube simultaneously again :) thanks again! Liked & subscribed!
Thanks for the video, Joseph. Do you know if Mevo works with presentation software like ProPresenter?
I don't know, sorry
Thanks for this demo! Would love
to see more on the Mevo Start. Specially about bringing in audio from external mixer.
I’ll do another video when they release an update for it. As to the mixer, just feed it a 3.5mm audio cable and you’re good to go.
I am fairly clueless with regard to technology. The Mevo was recommended to us for use in live streaming our church services. Is there anywhere I can find instructions as to how to best utilize the Mevo Start from the very beginning. As in "Mevo for Dummies" type instruction? Thanks in advance for your response. AND, YES! please keep posting about the Mevo Start.
The manual will get you started but it’s all pretty straightforward. Just start playing with it!
Do you think this could plug into a laptop to work with a Zoom meeting for teaching and training online?
Currently no but apparently they are planning to update it so you can. No idea when that may happen though.
@PhotoJoseph Thanks so much for that prompt reply! Just subscribed! Quality presentation and i look forward to more! Great Job!
Awesome video! I’m still confused on which one to get though.
Thanks! I’d most likely get the Start if you’re unsure.
Good Job! Enjoyed your presentation of this product that has intrigued me for a while. Did you mention battery-life on the new device?
six hours
I didn't test it, but you can check the manufacturer's web page for their rating.
Excellent video with great to the point advice. TY.
Glad you liked it, and thanks for watching!
Thanks a lot Joseph. Very Very Good review!
Just so you know, Mevo raised the price from $299 to $399 as soon as COVID happened to capitalize off of the increased demand for streaming. Check any press release or YouTube video from January or earlier and you will see that the retail price was originally $299. They've raised it by $100 to scalp people while their demand is 10x what it normally is (they even say it is 10x on their website). They should be called out for abusing the crisis for profit.
Hi Joseph, I so much appreciate your instructions. I am hoping you can help me. When I turn my Mevo on, it last a few seconds and it turns itself off. I have no idea what is causing it to turn it off and I can not use the camera because it turns itself off before I am able to do anything. Please help. My FB address is my name, Eliane Van Horn. You can send me a response through messenger, if you would please. Why it turns itself off in a few seconds, is beyond my comprehension. Please help. Thank you!
Please reach out to Mevo. I can’t be their tech support, thanks.
@PhotoJoseph Thank you Joseph. I am sorry! I did not mean to use your help as a tech support for Mevo. I contacted them and they were extremely helpful. Thank you for your kindness. I do appreciate your videos on the Mevo camera. Again thank you!
How did you make the png caricature of yourself I want to do that?
I hired Kwon to do it. If you reach out to him, be sure to let him know I sent you!
Joseph, thank you for the review. Can I connect several of these cameras to my computer and use OBS to get different angles of my stream and also to get a different audio input?
No. It’s not a webcam although I’ve heard that that may be added in the future. This is designed to be a standalone streaming solution — no computer needed. Multi-cam coming this summer.
@PhotoJoseph - but what about the NDI function then? Can't it be brought into OBS that way?
Yes, you should be able to do it via RTMP streaming option.
Great video :)
YouTube only allows live streaming from a computer unless you have at least 1000 subscribers and then you can livestream directly from your mobile device.
With this camera will YouTube allow to livestream without having reached the 1000 subscribers?
Great video :)
YouTube only allows live streaming from a computer unless you have at least 1000 subscribers and then you can livestream directly from your mobile device.
With this camera will YouTube allow to livestream without having reached the 1000 subscribers?
Honestly I have no idea… that's a good question to ask Mevo!
Fulv P yes, it does. We use it and we don’t have anywhere near 1000 subs and we are able to stream live to FB, YT and Twitter. Hope this helps :)
Guillermo G perfect thanks:)
Fulv P :)
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um… yes. Wait, are comparing me to Walter? Wrong beard type ;-)
Thanks for the Video very well presented. We are using a Mevo plus- and looking forward to multi cam. What I would like to improve on is the picture quality - do you think the start is an improvement on the plus? Many thanks
It's better quality because you're not punching into the sensor as much. It might be better quality just because it's newer tech, too. But don't expect it to be AMAZING compared to the Plus. Number one thing you can do to make your video look better with these cameras is to ADD LIGHT. They perform poorly in low light.
great and to the point review! I was considering the Mevo+ but i'll wait til (tomorrow) April for the Start! I plan on buying this for our church's FaceBook livestreams. We don't have too in-depth media group so this should help get us started with better video and audio than the phone/Tri-pod we were using. Thanks for the review!
Could you please comment how it worked out for you. We have a similar situation here and we are looking for a quality camera for our services. My biggest concern is the microphone and audio because we would like to use it after the whole virus ordeal and use it during the sermons. Thanks!
@torres tricks yes i will! I have to wait for them to release it by end of the month but i plan to get the system. I'll keep you posted!
Can it double as a webcam on a Mac ??
No, it can't
@PhotoJoseph THANKS. I asked their tech support and they said it's future update. FOR ME, it has all the right hardware, why wouldn't you want it to double as a webcam?? I'm not a "streamer", but I want a better webcam, most webcams have crappy quality (video and audio). As at test, now that we all have more time at home, I took the old Blackmagic UltraStudio video capture card and hooked up an old GH4, it makes a great webcam! :)
Oh that's good to know about the Start; I was not aware of that. Thanks!
I want one!!!!!!
great vid! Thanks!
haha awesome!
I would like to start doing videos of myself doing art to upload to YouTube but don’t knower the first thing about doing it. Would I be able to do this with this camera ani does it role from my desk as I am filming ?im 66 and have had a couple of mini strokes , so my memory isn’t great , so how would I start off ? I really want to do this as I need to earn, and I love doing my art. Any startup video would be most welcome and when I watch your videos (a couple of times) I will get the gist of it eventually . Thank you for considering , you could cal, it how to video for dummies! That’s what Americans call us BRITs when we are slow on the uptake . 🤗👩🏻‍🦳 thanks for your lovely videos
Hi Minky. This camera is for live streaming, so it's not the right tool for recording videos. If you want to record yourself making art, you could either use your smartphone and put it on a tripod (just google "smartphone tripod" and you'll see a million options), which would work well if you're painting or sculpting or anything like that. If you want to film top-down, like if you're drawing on a desk, then look at something like this to hold your phone pointing down. There's so much more to posting videos on youtube though than just filming, that I honestly wouldn't say it's something to do to try to earn money right now. Just being realistic; if your reason to do this is to earn money, it's going to take a long time and a lot of work before you start seeing anything coming in. If you're just doing it to share your passion for art, then that's a great reason to do it. Good luck!
So is the Mevo streaming to the Internet without going through the phone if you connect it to an Ethernet cable to the router? What is the purpose of the phone? -Dan G
That is correct. With just the phone, it uses the phone's internet. If you connect to your local wifi or hardwired network, it uses that. Then the phone is just for control.
man you are a mind reader, i was just thinking about this.

Can you do multi cameras?

Great video
I will as soon as the feature is released. Supposedly this summer.
Great video, very useful run through of the main features. You mentioned that with a subscription it is possible to preload still image slides and overlay those during broadcast, but is there anyway to playback a prerecorded video during a Mevo livestream? If you’re presenting a show and want to cut to a 2min prerecorded package that would be super useful. Any thoughts?
There is not, sorry. That'd be a useful addition for sure. The video could just play from the phone… I recommend you request the feature on their website!
PhotoJoseph but, if you are using obs?
Multicam capability would put this almost on par with the Sling Studio!
Coming this summer!
You can actually plug the Mevo to the Ethernet without the Boost. You can Google Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast, which was referred to me by a MEVO employee and this little device lets you hook up the Mevo Plus to the ethernet and charge it at the same time. It's only $15. I have two Mevos and this was my way around it. I hope this helps:; HERE are also directions from MEVO to connecting it, using this device.
I've hear that; thanks for sharing
Is the distance from subject still 5’?
oh I see. Think of it like this — any zoom is digital zoom, and if you zoom past 100% of the pixels, then you are scaling the image and it won't look as good. The sensor is 1920x1080 so if you're streaming 1920x1080, then you should not zoom at all if you want the best quality. If you are streaming 1280x720, then you can zoom in to that level and not lose quality. That said, with good lighting, the scaling isn't awful, so I'd say you can zoom a little past that. It's really up to what quality you're expecting and willing to have. If you really have to have the camera 20' away, then the Mevo is probably not your best choice. Or if you have to use the Mevo, then get it closer — put it on the podium, or on a stand right in front of the speaker. It's so small that it won't really block people's views.
​@PhotoJoseph would you mind looking at our channel and see how we shoot it now? Trying to find affordable ways to do this for a small church and YouTube and fb changed the rules lol.
Get your camera closer!
@PhotoJoseph youre a blessing. thanks!
Thanks for the video - very helpful. I'm looking at using one or the other of the cameras to live stream high school graduations. With the low-light capabilities, the Mevo Start may be the way to go. So, yes, more videos would be a great help in sorting it out.
I'll do another one when they do another software update, thanks!
Can you connect the phone app with the mevo when the phone and the mevo are on two different networks? Or they have to be on the same network?
The phone creates its own wifi network and they connect over that (then the phone uses cellular for data). Or, you can connect them both to the same local wifi network. But you can't have them both on two totally unique networks; i.e. you can't connect the Mevo and the phone remotely.
@PhotoJoseph thank you very much for your answer.
you're welcome!
Awesome review!
Thank you!
Great review sir. Very well done. I am off to the Store for one. Yours sincerely, Owner of the previous Mevo Plus. Thanks.
Thanks so much for incredible video we have two memo plus we used in our Church but, we will be change to the memo start, again thanks for your time and great video, Pastor Francisco Collio.
Wonderful, that’s nice to hear!
You have very interesting shows. But there is one major problem: not all of your subscribers are native english speakers. So, if you will try to slow down a bit your speach it will become more understandeble. Mybe you know that the speed of the speach on the screen must be nothe same as a real conversation with someone witch stits next to you. Waiting for new interesting show from you. You are doing a very good job, very useful. Thank you! Greetings from Romania!
Thanks Meddir1, but I can’t slow down my speech… it’s just how I talk. And this isn’t even a live show; those I move faster. I recommend using the playback speed control in YouTube. It works very well! Try slowing me down to 0.75 and see how that feels. Thanks!
Paying extra for such a simple graphic on your video is just crazy. I just hope you can eventually use more than 1 camera at a time without them charging more for it.
Yeah, I agree that seems a bit much. The restream service I totally understand — that takes real money to make happen. But yeah, the graphic should be included.
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