Month: August 2017

Sony RX0

Sony announces RX0, a robust camera the size of a GoPro

Sony has just launched the DSC-RX0. It offers the image quality of the Sony RX Series in a robust and ultra-compact housing. The camera offers photo and video capabilities and a waterproof, shockproof and pressure-resistant design. It can also be used in a multi-camera setup, which allows you to create photos, videos or super slow motion pictures from different angles. With a weight of 110 grams and a width of 59 mm, a height of 40.5 mm and depth of 29.8 mm, the RX0 looks like yet another premium compact camera. But this one is different. It has an LCD monitor, can be used to make pictures and videos in rain, underwater or in a sandy or dusty environment. Sony isn’t saying the RX0 is competition with GoPro’s HERO5, but if it is, the RX0 is a GoPro on steroids. The RX0 features Sony’s stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with 15.3 megapixels. It is equipped with a BIONZ X processor and a fixed ZEISS Tessar T 24 mm F4 wide-angle lens. This lens is …

Hahnel Modus 600RT review

Hahnel’s first entry in the speedlight market has resulted in the release of the Modus 600RT, which has a guide number of 60 and a shortest flash duration of 1/20,000. This flash is sold in three versions: the flash by itself, the flash together with a Viper TTL radio transmitter and finally, two flashes with the Viper TTL. I received the second version to try out the new product.

3D Video Walls, just like the real thing but less expensive

FxFactory released yet another great plug-in, 3D Video Walls. This plug-in contains a whole bunch of titles that you can create illusory 3D video walls with, based on the videoclip underneath it. If you want to have a dynamic backdrop to show these video walls against as well, you can create a compound clip out of the 3D wall and place that clip on top of another one in the Timeline. The effect is brilliant and the controls allow for virtually endless variations.

The Uniqball 2-into-1 tripod head is one of the top three best heads available

Tripod heads come in many sizes and formats. There are heads that enable you to position your camera very accurately, in small degrees and in each of the three dimensions individually, while others allow you to freely move the camera in any direction or angle you want by simply releasing a lever or screw. The latter category includes ball heads. Usually and because they’re made to freely move your camera in all directions, ball heads are not suitable for anything but keeping your camera still when shooting with long exposure times or with heavy lenses mounted. In theory, ball heads would be great for videographers — free movement in all directions is what we think about when shooting a movie. However, ball heads don’t restrict movement at all, meaning you can’t easily keep them level with the horizon either. Unless you’re using a special one, the Uniqball.

Need a great performing TTL flash with transceiver built in? The Cactus RF60X may be all you want

The Cactus RF60X flash is a speedlight with a built-in radio transceiver, HSS and stroboscopic capabilities, support for four groups and delay functionality. It’s compatible with the Cactus V6 II, V6 IIs and older V6 flash triggers. Its radio operates in the crowded 2.4GHz radio bandwidth, but it has 16 channels and 999 radio-IDs to choose from to avoid interference.

mecablitz 64 af-1

Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital, a speedlight Rolls-Royce

The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 must be the Rolls-Royce of speedlights. Its quality of build, feature set, controls, sounds it makes — everything oozes quality and professionalism. Made in Germany it says on the box and as cliché that may be, it shows. The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 is as dependable as its beautiful minimal, business-like design suggests. It’s probably a lot better than any camera-brand flash as well.

A flat but flexible or a coiled HDMI cable for recording to your Atomos Shogun?

You can buy any HDMI cable for video recording to an external monitor/recorder equipped with an HDMI-port and it will do just fine, provided it can handle the HDMI specification you’re shooting with. That is undoubtedly true, but the influence of the quality of assembly and an issue with cable management could make you buy an expensive coiled cable. There’s an alternative that works just as good, though, and it’s much cheaper.