While I enjoy shooting with my Sony cameras, the fact that Sony never offered a flip-out screen with their higher-end mirrorless lineup is frustrating. So one either has to live with that, or invest in an on-camera monitor. There are many different external camera monitors available nowadays, in a wide range of features and sizes. Watch my review of the PortKeys LH5 HDR to learn why I love this field monitor so much!
In case you are interested, you can get one here: http://geni.us/PKLH5HDR
I have been searching for an affordable portable motorized camera slider for quite some time now. Two reasons. First of all working with a slider isn’t easy. It takes a lot of practice and it can be time consuming to get a smooth shot. Secondly, a motorized slider allows me to create panning shot without having to have a second person supporting me. I can be in front of the camera while the slider does its thing.
While there are several sliders out there, most are quite expensive. The SliderMini from SMARTTA however fits the bill. Please check out my review, and if you are interested in picking up one yourself, please use this link here: https://igg.me/at/SliderMini/x/19569642
I bought the Sony a7III and I couldn’t be happier!
The Sony a6500, which I used for the last year, is still a great camera. I will keep it as a back-up camera. However, when it comes to slow-motion and low light, the a6500 isn’t performing as good as I was hoping it would. I was also missing the full-frame look in my photos that I fell in love with back in the days when I was shooting with the Canon 5D.
As a hybrid shooter, the Sony a7III ticks all the boxes. And for US$2000 it is simply the best camera on the market. Watch my review for more details of the camera and how it performs against the Sony a6500.
These are my favorite settings for shooting video with my Sony a6500. If you want to get cinematic looking footage without the need for color grading your footage extensively, try setting up your camera like I did.
Over the last 2 years I have been shooting with the Panasonic GH4. Recently I bought a Panasonic G85, which I used as a secondary camera. After I sold the Panasonic GH4, I realized that I need a two camera setup.
I immediately thought about the Panasonic LX10 – a poketable 4K shooter that got praised as an ultimate vlogging camera. On paper the camera looked promising, so I picked one up and tested it thoroughly on a trip to the Angkor temples in Siem Reap in Cambodia.
The camera offers some great features, however, it falls short of expectations in some crucial aspects; mainly the lack of an ND filter. The lens of the Panasonic LX10 only offers an aperture of up to 11. With my other lenses I can dial up the aperture to 22, which allows me to get the exposure right. In order to get an ND filter on the Panasonic LX10 you have two options available: the Magfilter Adapter, or the Lensmate Quick-Change Adapter. Let me show you how it works.
Now with the camera having an ND filter as well as a windscreen, let me demonstrate how to best setup the Panasonic LX10 for shooting video. With the right settings, the shortcomings of the camera – especially the weak auto-focus – won’t be so much of a problem for filmmaking and vlogging.
With some simple changes and the right setup, you can make the Panasonic LX10 a serious video shooter. Perfect for anyone who wants to start out with YouTube, or as a secondary camera for your video setup.
I was lucky enough to grab one of the first GoPro Hero5 Black cameras when I was in Pattaya, Thailand, recently. I took the opportunity to review it and check on the audio quality of the in-camera microphones, image stabilization, low-light capabilities, etc.
My take on what is the best vlogging camera for 2017. While I thought the Panasonic LX10 is the clear winner among 4k compact cameras, there are others out there that might be even a better option? How about the Nikon DL 18-50, once it hits the market.