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Aputure unleash Chinese Deity on the world

Aputure, a Chinese firm that makes (mainly lighting-oriented) video and photography accessories has stepped up its ambitions with the launch of a shotgun microphone with high-end competitors in its sights. The “Deity” is a super-cardiod of 250mm length, 19mm width. Aputure say it’s best compared against the...

Video Review: Rode Newsshooter Wireless mic kit

(NOTE: the kit was provided to us free of charge but the opinions and love for it expressed are genuinely our own; we never let suppliers dictate what we say in our reviews) Rode’s Newsshooter kit turns any XLR microphone into a wireless radio mic....

Video review: Panasonic AG-UX90 4K camcorder

Here we are reviewing Panasonic’s AG-UX90, an HD and 4K (UHD) camcorder which records to SDXC cards at 25p – this camera does not shoot 50p. The lens is a Leica f2.8 to f4.5, ramping down as you zoom in. It boasts a wide angle...

Video review: Panasonic AG-UX90 4K camcorder

Our formal review of this cost effective ENG / event / run-n-gun type 4K camcorder is currently being produced but in the meantime, here’s the Editor’s “stream of consciousness” take on the Panasonic AG-UX90, with mention of the UX180 and the HC-X1 at the end for...

Video review: Aputure A.Lyra iPhone mic

With Apple’s latest iphone now having no headphone jack, anyone wishing to plug in a microphone now needs to look to the Lightning connector instead. Addressing this, Aputure have brought out the A.Lyra, a tieclip mic that plugs directly into the phone or ipad through...

Panasonic AG-UX90 4k screengrab

Panasonic AG-UX90 screengrabs

We’re working on our full review of Panasonic’s low cost AG-UX90 4K camcorder. In the meantime, here are some 4K screengrabs to peruse (bear with us if they’re imperfect, it was our first morning filming with the camcorder and we were getting used to it). Click...

Sony a6500 with SEL1670Z lens

New A6500 and RX100 cameras from Sony

Sony has uneviled an improved version of its A6300 camera, labelling it the A6500. The APS-C sensor (24.2 megapixels) device now includes a touchscreen, probably to the delight of many reviewers who seemed disappointed by the omission in the prior model. The screen can be used...

Video review: Rode HS-2 headset mic

A test and review of the new HS-2 headset microphone from Rode, an update to their HS-1 model which was released some years ago. The mic was supplied to us for free by Rode but the review is independent; Rode had no editorial control. To...