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Seamus Phan does product reviews, for gadgets ranging from cameras, videographic and filmmaking gear, audio equipment, music equipment, computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.

Video microphone

Gadgets Brief – Jun 2013

We chat about the Shure VP83F, Panasonic Lumix G6, and the Mogopod.

Quick Look: DXA DSLR Pro basic config

We run through a very basic configuration of the Beachtek DXA DSLR Pro with the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a Sennheiser XLR microphone. This is shot on a LG smartphone.

Blackmagic design camera

Gadgets Brief – May 2013

We chat about the Brinno TLC200 Pro HDR Time Lapse Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema, and the Olympus E-P5.

20130513_brinno_tlc200proBrinno TLC200 Pro HDR Time Lapse Camera
The Brinno TLC200 Pro makes creating time lapse videos much easier than before. Instead of expecting a user to stitch individual stills together, the camera automatically captures frames into a video. The TLC200 Pro claims a wide dynamic range of 115dB and low light sensitivity (they have some nice videos demonstrating those capabilities). And the camera accepts CS-mount lenses, which opens up a lot of creative possibilities uncommon from small sensor cameras of this kind. Visit www.brinno.com.

20130513_blackmagicpocketBlackmagic Pocket Cinema
Blackmagic is at it again, this time pushing out a tiny wonder, the Pocket Cinema, that accepts MFT lenses. It is no Olympus OM-D or Panasonic Lumix GH3, but it will be an interesting moviemaking camera nonetheless, especially since this tiny camera shooes RAW VIDEO with 13 stops of dynamic range, at just US$995 (body only). Visit www.blackmagicdesign.com.

20130513_olympusep5Olympus E-P5
Olympus follows through with the younger cousin of the OM-D EM-5, with the same 5-axis image stabilizaiton and the same sensor. The new E-P5 now features 1/8000s mechanical shutter, WIFI, and now, focus peaking. The E-P5 is small and retro-styled. The OM-D is still great, but there will be those of us who wish some of these new features could have been on the OM-D all along. But OM-D still retains some top features such as weather sealing. Visit www.getolympus.com.

If you have a gadget you like reviewed, contact us. We are interested in the following: cameras, computers, tablets, smartphones, video cameras, gadgets, geek toys. etc

digital camera

Gadgets Brief – April 2013

We chat about the CAT B15 Smartphone and the Bonzart Ampel Digital TLR.

20130414_catphoneCAT® B15 Smartphone
I didn’t know Caterpillar, the industrial equipment giant, has smartphones. But it makes sense. The B15 is an Android 4.1 smartphone with standard industry features, but what differentiates it from the latest Android smartphones is that the B15 is rugged, IP67-certified to be dust-proof and waterproof (said to be up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, in their brochure). The exterior has an impact-resistant rubberized body with Corning’s Gorilla Glass screen with wet finger tracking, handy for outdoors and heavy-duty industrial environments (or I imagine even combat environments). Visit www.catphones.com.

20130414_bonzartampeltlrBonzart Ampel Digital TLR
Yes, it is a toy compared to the HD DSLRs and rangefinders we use today, and certainly far from the Yashicaflex, Rolleiflex and Mamiyaflex TLRs I used in the 1980s. But the Japanese Bonzart Ampel brings back fond memories for medium-format TLR users like me. It is not styled as classically like the Rollei MiniDigi (no longer available), but the sleek contemporary design of the Bonzart Ampel actually appeals to me. A mere 5-megapixel system, it features 2 lenses, a normal lens and a tilt-shift lens (so it is not really a TLR in the original sense), and has the LCD mounted on the top late with a hood, akin to the optical waist-level finder of real TLRs. Visit www.bonz.jp.

If you have a gadget you like reviewed, contact us. We are interested in the following: cameras, computers, tablets, smartphones, video cameras, gadgets, geek toys. etc

video software

Quick Look: Miss the film look? Try filmconvert

I shot 35mm stills in my teens in the 1970s, and medium-format stills in my twenties, and there is still nothing that is like the “film” look, amidst everything digital today.


Quick Comparison of OM-D and X100S cameras

Here’s a quick comparison of the unedited images from the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and the Fujifilm X100S cameras.

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