The new 4K BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera, out in September 2018, looks really useful for creative filmmakers who want high quality images at an affordable price. At $1295 (around £1200) it’s around half the price of the Panasonic GH5S, its only direct competitor. It can record 4K at up to 60fps in high-quality RAW and […]
The H1n is really useful for capturing ambient sound Design and controls are better than on the H1 It performs much better in windy conditions The Zoom H1n is a small, pocketable audio recorder which can record high quality audio with its built-in mic or an external mic. It replaces the Zoom H1. That was […]
Panasonic’s mid-range mirrorless is the best value camera you can buy for filmmaking under $1000/£800. It has excellent in-body image stabilisation, a weathersealed magnesium body, and clean HDMI out.
Panasonic’s new GH5, out at the end of March, offers more pro filmmaking features than any other mirrorless camera. With powerful in-body image stabilisation, fast autofocus, it’ll be a great choice for news shooters, documentary filmmakers and events.
The Zhiyun Smooth-Q is a great value iPhone stabiliser. It has remote control, a USB power output and continuous 360 degree motion, for less than half the price of the DJI Osmo Mobile.
I used the Osmo Mobile smartphone stabiliser on a recent documentary shoot. It worked really well, letting me get rock-solid handheld shots, smooth pans and unusual tracking shots. Here are some examples, with tips on how to connect an external power pack and pro microphones.