Category: Reviews

Reviews of video-related software and hardware

Video Review: Aputure Deity shotgun microphone

We review Aputure’s Deity microphone, a $369 USD shotgun they’re pitching in the same league as Sennheiser’s MKH-60 and 416, or the Schoeps CMC641. Aputure say this is an “extremely durable” mic so we drop it, drown it and bash it around. Does it survive?...

Aputure Deity mic barrel logo

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: 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...

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...