Category: Reviews

Video Review: Rode VideoMicro & Videomic Me

Their VideoMic Pro is almost legendary in the field of low cost audio recording for camcorders and DSLRs but now Rode have unveiled two even more compact microphones aimed at the vlogging and mobile journalism markets. The VideoMicro and the Videomic Me are the same...

Video Review: Aputure A-Lav tieclip microphone

Aputure are well known for their value products but more commonly perhaps in the lighting field. Now they’ve launched a very low cost tieclip mic called the A-Lav, and we took a listen to it alongside comparisons with a Rode Lavalier, an Audio Technica ATR3350...

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Video Review: Rode Videomic Pro (2015 update)

For 2015, Rode have updated their hugely popular Videomic Pro. It’s one of the company’s most popular and well-known products because it provides an instant quality boost to camcorder and DSLR audio for very little money. The VMP is a small, lightweight shotgun mic with...

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Video Review: RODELink wireless mic kit

The RodeLink wireless microphone transmitter and receiver kit has two parts, the beltpack transmitter unit, and a receiver – both around the size of a pack of cigarettes. Both are made of plastic and though they feel reasonably substantial, you’d probably want to take care...

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Video Review: Sony AXP33 (AX33) 4K camcorder

Our review of Sony’s “entry-level” 4K consumer camcorder, the AX33 (aka AXP33 if you get the version with the projector built in) PLEASE, PLEASE NOTE: this video has been *extensively* recompressed not only by me so as to make the upload a manageable size –...

JVC GY-HM170

Video Review: JVC GY-HM170 / GY-HM200 camcorder

Tubeshooter’s thoughts on the JVC GY HM170 and HM200 4K camcorders after having one on loan from JVC Professional Europe to test for a couple of weeks. PLEASE NOTE: this video has been recompressed extensively, first by me as a master file to XAVC-S 60Mb, then...

Video Review: Panasonic’s HC-VX870 4K camcorder

Our Editor’s review of Panasonic’s 4K consumer-grade camcorder, the HC-VX870 (essentially the same as the WX-970 but that also has an extra camera on the LCD) He is, of course, an idiot with regard to the self-levelling feature: you turn it off with one of the...

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Video Review: Aputure DEC

The DEC from Aputure is a wirelessly controlled lens adapter that puts Canon EF lenses onto either micro four thirds or Sony E-mount cameras, depending on which version you buy. Inspiration for the design clearly comes from science fiction with the box containing a Stargate-like lens...