Hollyland VenusLiv review

Stream live HD footage to social media sites without being tethered to a desktop PC

Hollyland Venus Liv streaming camera in front of a green screen
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

For most live streamers your smartphone or PC’s webcam should enable you to broadcast live for the duration of a typical social media session. However, if you do need to stream 24/7 then the Venus Liv’s advanced heat dissipation system should make it an attractive (though expensive) purchase. The Venus Liv’s ability to stream wirelessly via a WiFi router is also a major selling point as you don’t need to be physically tethered to a PC. In fact, you don’t need a PC at all as the Venus Liv can stream footage wirelessly to sites such as YouTube via your home router (see our supporting video).


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    Streams without overheating 24/7

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    Touch screen control

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    Broadcasts via cable or wirelessly

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    Full HD output


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    Very expensive

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    Touchscreen can get confused when deployed in flipped mode

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You may be increasingly aware of messages from social media sites such as Instagram or YouTube announcing that someone you follow is ‘going live’. Indeed the novelty of a live broadcast may encourage more people to view your content. 

To broadcast live you need a smartphone or PC with a built-in webcam, plus an internet connection. The Venus Liv is essentially a high-end webcam that enables you to stream video to the web once you connect it to your PC via its supplied USB-C to USB-A cable. 

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Power Consumption12W
Input Voltage12V DC
Wireless TechnologyWi-Fi 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating Temperature -10° C to 40° C
FOV80° (Horizontal) / 46° (Vertical)
Zoom3x optical and 2x digital zoom
FocusAuto hybrid focus
Touch Screen 5″ LCD
External BatteryNP-F batteries
Dimensions (LxWxH)178 x 99.7 x 94.8 mm (7 x 3.9 x 3.7in)
Weight900g (31.7oz)

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.