Category: Videos

Video: Panasonic HC-VX870 4K camcorder tests

While we work on the full-blown review video for the website and our YouTube channel, here’s our ever-growing playlist of test videos for Panasonic’s HC-VX870 (essentially the same as the WX970) 4K camcorder including comparisons with Sony’s rival cam, the AXP33.

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Video: Sony AXP33 4K camcorder tests

While we work on the full-blown review video for the website and our YouTube channel, here’s our ever-growing playlist of test videos for Sony’s AXP33 (aka AX33 or AX30 or AX35!) 4K camcorder including comparisons with Panasonic’s rival cam, the HC-VX870.

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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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A Tour around Rycote

UK windshield manufacturer Rycote were kind enough to invite us around for a tour, so of course we took a video camera and snapped a few shots including an interview with Managing Director Simon Davies. We asked him about how they make their Softies and...

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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...

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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...