If you are going out to the wild to watch spectacular scenic or monumental sports plays having binoculars at hand is a good idea. But not just any binoculars, why not get one that record full AVCHD and 2D or 3D such as the newest Sony DEV-50V.
What do you do when your camcorder, computer, tablet or other device is no longer useful to you, but still has use in its electronics? Do you sell it? Donate it? Save it for historical laughs or throw it in a landfill?
Videomaker awards an NAB 2013 Spotlight award to DJI for the Phantom. We've been looking at flying camera stabilizers for quite some time, mainly because cameras are becoming lightweight enough for small craft like the Phantom. Simplicity and cost are what make the Phantom so attractive, and what will be even better is the range of shots you will be able to record.
Videomaker's Best Camcorder of NAB 2013 is the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. The team at Blackmagic Design has been hard at work preparing the release of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. We may begin with this one by looking at the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which looks virtually the same save for a 4K insignia.
Videomaker's Best Light of NAB 2013 is the Zacuto PlaZma light. It's hard not to like the light from the Zacuto PlaZma light. This technology has been in development for some time with Zacuto, and shipping models are sure to be scrutinized since the plasma element in video lighting is so young.
Panasonic resizes the P2 card to a microP2 card, and is not to be confused with SD media cards, even if they're now the same size. These microP2 cards may remind you of their same-size relatives the SDXC card, this time with two capacities at 32GB and 64GB. Panasonic creates these with the broadcaster in mind, the type of shooter that goes into harsh environments of negative 4-degrees F and 140-degrees F areas. The durability test concludes with 1,500G impacts and vibration.
If you've never seen video from a Vision Research camera, you're in for a treat with their test video shot with the Phantom Flex4K. Now if you're casualing shopping for a camera, maybe you want to pick one up on the side, you'll be stuck window shopping.
Blackmagic Design seems to know how to push our buttons, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K are sure to make many people very happy, both producers and viewers alike. "Exciting" hardly seems to do it justice when we hear that a pocket camera will have a Super 16mm size 1080 sensor that can grab 13 stops of dynamic range, capture CinemaDNG RAW and an SD card recorder for Apple ProRes. The second button Blackmagic Design is pressing is for the producer in all of us, get a load of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. This camera is a 4k digital film camera with a Super 35 sensor, a global shutter and 6G-SDI for live productions. The large sensor size will allow for a minimal crop factor leading to truly wide shots with wide angle lenses, and there's still the ability to shoot good old HD, zoomed in, without degradation. The EF lens mount will make many interchangeable lens owners pleased.