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My Blackmagic Pocket Cinema adventure

The recent price drop of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) took me from an observer to a late adopter. But actually shooting with the BMPCC and then editing its footage was not so easy as I imagined.

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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.

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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.


Gadgets Brief – November 2012

We chat about the Swivl, Teradek Cube, and the Olympus 15mm F8 BCL for MFT.

This is a great product for educators like us, whether in corporate or education settings. The Swivl has 2 parts, one small part is carried on the presenter/educator, and the other is a swivel base solution attached to your iPhone. As the presenter moves left to right, the Swivl will track the presenter wearing the wireless dongle and record video and audio. For speakers and educators, this is a simple and elegant solution to record presentations and speeches for later use. Visit swivl.com.

Teradek Cube
Live video streaming is becoming an important asset to communicators, internal or external. With live video, there is no post-production involved and reduces resource needs at the back-end. However, live video streaming is an esoteric science in itself and requires extensive knowledge in CDNs (content delivery networks) and proprietary streaming platforms, a lot more than simply shooting video footage itself. The Teradek Cube is a great solution once you understand how best to configure it for your streaming platform. The Cube works best with an additional battery pack for longer recording/streaming sessions, as well as WiFi over a broad bandwidth pipe rather than over cellular networks. There are HDMI and HD-SDI versions available. We like this product very much and use the HDMI version in our own production scenarios. Visit teradek.com.

Olympus MFT 15mm F8 Body Cap Lens (BCL)
This is a strange novelty lens from Olympus, a departure from the usual Olympus MFT (micro four third) lenses we use and own. However, it is sold as a body cap for the Olympus MFT camera, as well as being a 15mm (30mm equivalent on the 35mm format) fixed F8 lens. The images are fun and dreamy, akin to some images taken from mobile phones. Very affordable and a fun addition to the MFT system. Visit olympus.co.uk.

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My experience with the Olympus OM-D EM5

I do like the OM-D on many counts, and yet there are quirks which really can put a dent in the workflow.

Quick Look: Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 MFT

A brief look at the Voigtlander (Nokton) 17.5mm f0.95 Micro Four Third lens mounted on an Olympus OM-D EM5.

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