Immersive, Cine-Style Capture with Canon for Your House of Worship


No matter what your faith, today’s worship isn’t limited to rote liturgical responses—it’s about personal connections between you and a higher power and among fellow believers. Sharing that passion shouldn’t be limited to using static, fixed camera positions for your broadcasts, social media, website, or in-house displays. See how Canon’s array of digital cinema cameras can help you dynamically capture not just traditional house-of-worship services, but also field missions, special events, lectures, and interviews.

Cinema versus Broadcast Style

How is cine-style capture different from traditional house-of-worship broadcasting? Typical broadcasts of arena-size services usually involve stationary cameras using long lenses operated by professional camera people, while smaller locations employ several wall-mounted PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cameras. Think of baseball game coverage or a set of office security cameras monitored by a single operator, respectively. Cinema-style capture, on the other hand, offers an immersive, documentary-like look that brings a real feeling of being there to your viewers.

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Freedom of Movement

Cine-style video capture frees your viewpoint from heavier broadcast camera restraints. Canon cinema cameras feature smaller forms than many broadcast cameras, enabling you to pick up and go, adjusting to how the service is evolving. This mobility enables even volunteer operators to get close enough to capture congregants’ emotions, with no need to rely on a pro’s skill in focusing super-long lenses from across a large space.

Easy mobility also suits the Canon cine camera line to gimbal and stabilizer use for following your congregants in the field—literally perhaps on rural missions, in urban areas, or wherever you go.

You can also dedicate a smaller Canon camera for jib use for covering large areas or assign a single camera to cover an ASL interpreter for live services.

House of worship capture

The Canon C300 Mk II is a versatile Super35-format camera weighing less than 4 pounds; its lighter weight makes it a favorite for run-and-gun (on-the-fly) capture, while its smaller form minimizes audience distraction.

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For an even smaller form and a lighter weight suitable for all-day handheld usage, check out the ME200S-SH camera, which tips the scales at just 2.2 pounds. Capture in lower light levels.

Larger image sensors with higher sensitivity enable cine-style cameras to capture high-resolution images in lower light levels while minimizing or doing away with the need for bright, stage-type lighting. This higher sensitivity allows more intimate lighting for worship services and enables the capture of your members’ work in real locations where lighting may be minimal.

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The C100 Mark II is the latest iteration of an affordable cine-style Canon favorite that now offers a whopping 320 to 102,400 ISO range for sensitive imagery using even just ambient lighting. Available as the C100 Mk II Body or in a C100 Mk II kit with a 24-105mm zoom, the C100 Mk II is a Super 35 format camera with an 8.3MP CMOS sensor. Wide choice of lenses.

C100 Mark II

Most of the Canon cinema cameras have an integrated EF lens mount, making them compatible with a wide array of both cine-style and still photo lenses. Select cameras like the C700 come in both C700 Super35 EF Mount and C700 Full-Frame EF Mount versions and C700 S35 PL Mount and C700 Full-Frame PL Mount versions that are compatible with the cine industry PL lens mount standard. Canon’s latest addition to its cine line, the EOS C70, sports a Canon RF mount and is compatible with an RF-to-EF adapter, offering both sensitive autofocus capability and compatibility with a wide array of still lenses.

If you’re eager to get started, the Canon C200 Triple Lens Kit lets you jump right into cine-style production. This Super 35 format camera is also available as the C200 camera body only and packaged with several other lens kits. A sample house of worship setup might use lenses like the CN-E 18-80 EF Mount and CN-E 70-200 EF Mount servo zooms and include a roaming jib shot, a wide, safety shot from the back of the location, and two cameras with longer lenses for close-ups.

C200 Triple Lens Kit

Autofocus Options

Like many of its cameras, including the popular C300 Mk II, the C70 offers several autofocus modes to help operators without a camera assistant achieve sharp focus while keeping volunteer crew members to a minimum. C70 focus options include Dual-Pixel Auto Focus, Touch Focus, and even a Face-Detection mode that provides reliable focus even when a subject turns to the side or back.

C300 Mark II with Auto Focus

Support Systems, Monitoring, and More

To round out your cine camera setup, check out B&H Photo’s selection of tripod systems and shoulder/handheld rigs like the Zacuto C200 EVF Recoil Pro V2, the SHAPE C100/C300/C500 Offset Rig, or the Wooden Camera C300 Mk II Advanced Kit. In addition to a full line of cine-style cameras, Canon also offers a variety of reference monitors for critical viewing and post-production work.

Zacuto C200 EVF Recoil Pro V2

Battery and battery charger kits, video streaming solutions, and audio equipment for video capture are also available at B&H Photo to complete your video setup.

Virtual Doorway to Your Services

Whether you’re creating content for congregants unable to attend services in person or as a resource for later viewing, you can turn to Canon cine cameras to help you craft immersive coverage in locations where broadcast-style capture previously held sway. Professional-looking content is a must for today’s houses of worship and Canon is ready to provide a solution to fit your needs.

Do you currently use any of these Canon solutions for your house of worship? If so, what has been your experience? If not, which one seems like the right fit for your congregation? Tell us about it in the Comments section, below.