Updated August 2019 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 4K BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera looks really useful for creative filmmakers who want high quality images at an … Read more
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
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 an update to the 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 probably the best mirrorless camera you can buy for filmmaking, unless you need to shoot in extreme low light. Panasonic have designed the GH5s around a … Read more
Stabilisers are really useful for iPhone and Android filmmaking. I’ve tested and compared the DJI Osmo Mobile and the much cheaper Zhiyun Smooth-Q.
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.
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