BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Updated October 2018 Pros Can record in pro video formats XLR audio inputs Big, easy-to-use touchscreen Dual native ISO Cons Short battery life (around 40 minutes) No electronic viewfinder Very large file sizes No in-body stabilisation The new 4K BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera looks really useful for creative filmmakers who want high quality images at … Read more

Zoom H1n, a compact audio recorder

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 … Read more

Steadicam Volt, a unique hybrid stabiliser

Steadicam Volt smartphone stabiliser

+ The Steadicam Volt is faster and more responsive than electronic stabilisers + It uses affordable, easily available batteries – It’s slow to set up and takes time to learn – It can’t do vertical video or object tracking, and there’s no tripod socket The Steadicam Volt is a unique stabiliser which combines physical and electronic … Read more

Zoom H1n is a big improvement on the H1

Zoom H1n audio recorder

Zoom’s little H1 audio recorder was a bargain way to record good quality stereo sound for filmmaking. I’ve just received its replacement, the H1n. I’ll be writing a full review soon (now online here) but first impressions are that it’s a really solid upgrade. Major features are a physical dial to adjust the record level, … Read more

Panasonic’s GH5s is designed for pro video

Panasonic’s new GH5s is an update to their flagship GH5, specifically aimed at professional video shooters. It adds more video options to the GH5’s already impressive specs, with improved low light performance. It’s the best mirrorless camera you can buy for filmmaking, unless you need to shoot in extreme low light. Panasonic have designed the GH5s around … Read more