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Cheap HDMI Capture Cards Streaming Tests - CameraFi Live



 Hi, this is the CameraFi Live team.


As there is a lot of demand for mobile real-time broadcasting using DSLR cameras, the last posting about cheap HDMI capture card compatibility tests has great views among our recent postings.


If you haven't read the previous postings, please click HERE(Cheap HDMI Capture Cards Compatibility Tests).


Today, I will share the test results of streaming with the HDMI capture cards in different streaming environments. As the streams were done outdoors at different times, please note that they were NOT under the same conditions.


The hardware of the low-priced HDMI capture cards are almost the same, so I chose #3. HDMI to Type-C in the previous posting, which is easy to connect with mobile devices. 

To compare, we conducted tests with AVerMedia ExtremeCap BU110 as well.

Besides, we bought the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, which is one of an entry-level mirrorless camera for entry-level creators.

Test Environment

  • Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Android OS: 11
  • CameraFi Live ver.: v1.28.74.0118
  • Camera: M50 MARK II x EF-M 15~45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM


Test Summary




Each Test Results

1. #3. HDMI to Type C ,720p/60fps, 6000K(bitrate)

  • Streaming for an hour
  • Camera - (HDMI cable) - HDMI to Type C Capture Card - Smartphone
  • Using LTE network
➡ As it's winter and cold, there is no performance issue due to overheating, which is a common issue during long broadcasting.


2. #3. HDMI to Type C, 1080p/30fps, 7000K(bitrate)

The configuration is the same as test 1.
  • Streaming for an hour
  • Camera - (HDMI cable) - HDMI to Type C Capture Card - Smartphone
  • Using LTE network

➡ Since it is 30 fps, the video is not as smooth as test 1(60fps). However, the difference in resolution setting is also clearly visible.


3. AVerMedia ExtremeCap B110, 720p/60fps, 6000K(bitrate)

The configuration is the same as test 1 except for the capture card model.
  • Streaming for an hour
  • Camera - (HDMI cable) - AVerMedia ExtremeCap BU110 - Smartphone
  • Using LTE network
➡ As the test is conducted at a different time, there might be a difference in the amount of sunlight. However, comparing to test 1, the video of test #3 seems to look clearer and displays a more similar color to the real one.



We found out that the low-cost HDMI capture cards did not have any problem streaming for an hour. Comparing to AVerMedia ExtremeCap BU110, the cheap HDMI capture card was not enough in terms of quality, but it would be a great option if you consider the price of it.

As it's one of the most recent cameras and supports clean HDMI, we purchased Canon EOS M50 Mark II for the tests.

However, it was a bit disappointing on some points. First of all, we were disappointed because we could stream for just over an hour with a fully charged battery. To replace the battery, the camera must be removed from the tripod. You cannot charge while streaming and record video during the clean HDMI output. It would be nice if there were more mirrorless and DSLR cameras that contained the functions necessary for video transmission.

The next test will be vertical streaming tests on Instagram or Facebook using a mirrorless or DSLR camera for live shopping videos, which we got lots of inquires about.

If you have any questions about it, please send us the email via apps.help@vaultmico.com.

Thank you!


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