Category: Reviews

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 –...

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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...

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Video Review: Rode NTG4+ shotgun mic

The NTG4+ shotgun microphone is new from Rode. The “plus” means it has a rechargeable lithium battery inside the barrel for when phantom power is not available; there’s an NTG4 which is audibly the same but lacks the battery and is purely phantom powered. As...