Tagged: camera


360fly Review Right From the 360 Video Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI’ve been having an awesome time with figuring out 360 video. That is why I decided to create this review in 360 video view. Now if you are watching this from my podcast channels, you might be seeing this crunched down. To view it in the intended version, you either will have to download 360 viewing software or go to Youtube.com/geekazine and watch it there. The hardware I am using is 360fly. This is a 360 half-spherical camera. What does that mean? Well even though you get a 360 degree view in the middle, either the top or the bottom does not get recorded because there is no optics on one side. The top or bottom recording is all dependant on how you set up the camera. I have the 360 fly set up to point down. This makes it a little more difficult...


DJI Osmo with Z-Axis Gimbal at NAB

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSDJI added to their new Osmo 4k stabilization gimbal with the Z-axis attachment. For an additional $129, you can get this for your Osmo. It adds the ability to reduce vertical shaking for a more stable video. I took the Osmo with Z-Axis for a run and the iPhone video was very solid. Using the joystick to move the camera around, the new Z-axis can keep you moving. It also allows for re-positioning so you can run the camera across the ground or way up high. Get the Osmo here. Z-Axis is $129.  


Saramonic Smartmix for iPhone, Android, DSLR Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI always try to find a good solution for audio when recording out. When I am portable, I need a rig that has a small footprint but can do much more. When I first saw the Saramonic Smartmix, I thought it could be a great video companion for my smartphone. Yet, it does a lot more. The Smartmix is a microphone preamp that allows you to record up to 3 microphones to your camera or smartphone. The mixer also gives those DSLR cameras a headphone jack so you know what type of sound is coming out. The Unboxing First part of the video is the unboxing, which unveils the main unit, clamp and handle for most Smartphones (iOS or Android), two position-able microphones, mini XLR to XLR adapter cable, and two cables to connect to your smartphone. The Specs: Saramonic Smartmixer The device can...


Sony Updates the 4K Handycam in FDR-AX53

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI am an avid user of the Sony Handcam cameras. Last year Sony came out with their first 4K Handycam and they improved on it this year with the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam. I got to talk with Christine while I was at CES 2016 about the features to this new model. The AX53 Handycam added some new features from last year, including the newest in Carl Zeiss technology and a new Exmor R CMOS sensor. The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 26.8 mm wide angle with a focal length of 24-70 mm and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. One of my favorite features is the Intelligent Active mode. A 5-axis stabilizer that reduces camera shake even while running. They had several cameras set up on shaking platforms and a stable shot on screen. The internal wireless feature allows you to control...


Kodak CFH-V10 Home Video Monitor Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSWhile I was slightly under 4,000 miles away, I could still keep great tabs on my home using this Kodak CFH-V10 Video Monitor from Kodak. This is a small IP camera that not only allows me to monitor what’s going on at home, it can also record events for my review. The CFH-V10 is an HD camera you can watch or listen to at any time via smartphone or computer. Simply install the iSecurity app or go to isecurityplus.com and login with your credentials. Setup is fairly easy – turn the camera into setup mode, then add your info including home Wifi connection for remote viewing. Get the Kodak CFH-V10 The fish-eye lens captures a great deal of a room. If you need more, such as pan/tilt, you can get a CFH-V15. The camera can detect noise or a person moving throughout the room....

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HERO4 Black from GoPro: Record 4K or 1080p 120fps

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSIt’s been an awesome time here in Vegas – I’ve been covering a conference and during the down time I’ve been playing with this – the GoPro HERO4 Black edition. This is the newest GoPro camera for live action recording. You might have seen skydivers, skateboarders, custom car owners, and other groups create some awesome video and this little device is ususally taking the video. As you can see, its a little larger than a box of Tictacs – with the waterproof case you could easily fit it in your pocket ready for any life moment to happen. There are three buttons on the HERO4 – a power button, shutter button and settings button. Each button has multiple options so you can create video, take stills or continuous shots. The best part is the quality of the HERO4. This camera can take a 4K...

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi is My Newest Toy

Long before I did video work and music and computer work, I was a photographer. Very amateur photographer. I ran the darkroom in High school and when I wasn’t playing in bands, I used to take my Fuji digital and snap pictures of other local bands around town. I never got into DSLRs because I was trying to work more with video. Even though DSLR cameras became more flexible, I always went with the pro-sumer models. It was important to get the right shot and the DSLR still needed an operator to focus as subjects moved. Last week I was doing some garage saling when I ran across the Canon EOS Rebel XSi model. It was the body only, but the price was so good, I couldn’t turn it down. It had a battery so I knew it worked well. I just needed a lens. I had my...

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Livestream HD510 Live Production Streaming PC – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSIn this portable world we sometimes have to be ready to move when needed. Sometimes you are recording a hall, the next day you are in a small club getting that new up and coming band. That is why you need a portable solution such as the Livestream HD510. A new sleek design and combination of SDI and HDMI inputs, you will be able to set up a one – or multiple camera shoot. The HD510 also has a built-in 17″ LCD touch screen that flips up for quick use. The Livestream HD510 is built on a Core-i7 3.2GHz processor with 1 TB hard drive and 8 GB RAM. 5 HDMI/SDI inputs and 2 remote cameras give you up to 7 points to shoot from. Add on the optional Studion Surface controller pad for a full production switcher – or just use the included keyboard/mouse/touchscreen....

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One Man Crew Camera Slider with Tablet Control – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSWhen I set up my home studio I tried to find ways to make my cameras work better for me. I thought a slider would be a fun addition – at the time there were no tablets and anything remote controlled would cost an arm and a leg. When I saw Redrock Micro’s One Man Crew, I knew I found something I could use at a decent price. Keep in mind the slider is still $1,495. If you can afford one it will add movement via the camera so you are not in the same static talking head pattern. Even the slightest movement can really help in the production and storytelling. Get the One Man Crew at B&H Photo This device also allows you to set up some great time-lapses. Set the slider to the slowest movement and hit the record button. Your time...

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HP Z27x DreamColor Monitor for 4K Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSMovies such as Frozen, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and upcoming Shrek – the Final Chapter all have either used or will be using this technology to make the color pop and the movies shine. All because of a computer monitor. I met up with Dan Bennet this year at NAB 2014. Dan knows his stuff when it comes with high-quality HP computers – like the Z1 G2 – and also HP’s monitors in the HP DreamColor Z27x and Z24x. We focused mainly on the Z27x because of everything it had to offer. The HP DreamColor Z27x features a 4k input support screen, 10 bit color, and an integrated calibration engine to color correct the screen when needed. Dan showed me two calibration devices that could be used and could be calibrated to multiple color formats. This includes: sRFB D65,...