Category: Reviews

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Unboxing: Panasonic HC-VX870 4K camcorder

Here’s an unboxing and quick look around Panasonic’s HC VX870 camcorder, new for 2015, which shoots 4K at 25p (30p in the US). Essentially it’s identical to the HC-WX970 but the 970 includes an tiny extra camera on the flip-out LCD screen that enables you...

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Unbox & Test: Rode NTG4 / NTG4+ shotgun mic

Rode have released two new shotgun microphones, updating their long-standing NTG1 and NTG2; the new ones are badged NTG4 and NTG4+ Apart from the latter having an internal rechargeable Lithium battery, the two mics are the same, audio-wise. In the video above, we unbox and do...

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Video Review: Rycote Super Softie (2015)

This year, Rycote have released new, revised version of their unusual “Super Softie” windjammer. Originally looking rather like a weather balloon, the 2015 version has a fatter, squatter design. Traditional microphone windjammers, even Rycote’s own, are covered in long fur to attenuate wind noise but...

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Video Review: Rycote Super Softie (revised for 2015)

Last year Rycote introduced the Super Softie, a fur-less windjammer for shotgun microphones. They’ve now revised the design and our editor took it up a blustery hill to see how well it works. If you’d like to buy one, please do so via our Amazon...

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Video Review: Aputure V-Screen VS-2 7″ monitor kit

The V-Screen VS-2 monitor kit from Aputure contains a 7-inch IPS-type display for mounting on top of a camcorder or camera so that you get a better view of what you’re filming, and it has some built-in tools to help you with the technicalities of your shooting too....

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Video Review: Shoulderpod S1 phone grip

DSLR cameras may be out of fashion for casual snapping as everyone turns to their increasingly-good mobile phones for stills and video but they do have one huge ergonomic advantage – a proper grip. Every DSLR and full-size camera has a wedge on the end...

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Video Review: Sony PXW-X180 camcorder

Sony’s PXW-X180 camcorder is identical to the PXW-X160 except that it adds GPS and WiFi. They’re the latest in a long line of news-gathering, fly-on-the-wall documentary and event camcorders which began with the legendary Z1 and went through the Z5, EX1 and so on. At the front...

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Video Review: Aputure HR672 LED light

The the latest LED panel light from Aputure is the HR672. We’re testing the bi-colour version so it ‘s badged the HR672C. The 672 in the name refers to the number of LEDs on the panel, so they’re more tightly-packed than the 528 in the previous model....