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Turn Your iPhone Into An ENG Camera With The iKlip A V Broadcast Mount

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Good: The iKlip A/V has a full size XLR port so you can connect professional microphones or wireless mic setups.
Good: The iKlip A/V has a headphone jack on the handle so you can monitor the audio coming into the camera.
Good: The iKlip A/V provides phantom power so if you have a mic that requires it you can get it with this rig.
Good: This broadcast mount has built-in gain control so you can adjust the mic’s gain from the handle of the mount.
Good: The cellphone holder that comes with the device accommodates large phones. I have an iPhone 7 Plus and the holder was easily able to hold it.
Bad: The cellphone holder needs a shoe mount or a threaded hole so you can mount a light on the top of the phone.
Bad: The iKlip A/V’s audio cable is only a 3.5mm to 3.5mm and this device is designed with the iPhone in mind so they should offer a 3.5mm to lightening cable for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. You can still use this broadcast mount with the newer iPhones but you have to use the headphone jack adapter Apple provides with those phones.
All in all the iKlip A/V Broadcast mount is a really useful device for the journalist, documentary filmmakers, bloggers or anyone who works small, works alone and need to transmit on the fly or even for people that just want to take their iPhone filmmaking more seriously. The few drawbacks that the device has are minor an are easily worked around.

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ELE Explorer S Action Cam

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

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Good: The Explorer S out shoots other cameras in the same class. This camera shoots 4K video at 30fps instead of 25fps like other similar cameras.
Good: This action camera also shoot 16mp stills while other action cameras in the same price range only shoot 12mp stills.
Good: The camera comes with a ton of accessories including a digital accessory in the form of an app to control the camera from a Smartphone or tablet.
Bad: The Explorer S doesn’t come with an additional battery. Many of the other 4K cameras I have reviewed recently come with an extra battery. Because these off brand cameras can be hard to find batteries for them so its important that they actually ship with at least on additional battery.
Bad: This camera doesn’t have any image stabilization which is not a big deal since none of the action cams have built in IS in 4K mode but the Explorer S doesn’t have IS at all.
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A 4K GoPro Competitor For Less Than $60 The Monba ME10 Action Cam

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Good: The price this a 4K action camera that was only $74.99 at the time of this review and now only $59.99
This is a nice action camera with impressive image quality for the price. For far less than $100 you get a true 4K GoPro alternative.
Good: This camera comes with a carrying case and a tons of accessories. You get the camera an additional battery, a remote control and all sorts of mounts.
Good: The Monba ME-10 shoots 4K video. For less than $60 to get a 4K shooter is just incredible.
Bad: When shooting 4K you can only shoot at 25p you can’t shoot at 30 or 60p which are frame rates more standard in the US.

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InTova Dub Sport Action Cam A Deep Water Diving Camera 200 Feet Depth Tested

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Good: The Dub comes with a serious dive case that is depth tested down to 200 feet. So when you get this camera you are not going to have to buy a special dive housing like other action cameras.
Good: The case is built to float so if you drop the camera in the water its not going to go straight to the bottom it’s designed to float making it easier for you find and get a hold of it again.
Good: The dive housing has nice big buttons so its super easy to push them even under water.
Good/Bad: The InTova Dub comes with a built-in 1100mAh battery which mean you never have to worry about forgetting your battery but on the downside when your battery drains you can’t swap out the battery and keep shooting, you have to put the camera on a charger and wait until its charged up again.
Bad: The camera comes with no mounts at all. There is a tripod thread on the bottom of the camera and the dive housing but if you want to mount the camera to a wrist strap or a helmet you are going to have find and buy mounts that will adapt to a 1/4 20″ tripod thread.
Bad: It doesn’t shoot 4K. The camera maxes out at 1080p 30fps and at the price point where it sits ($106 at the time of this review) there are lots of other action cams that shoot in 4K.
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Godox LED64 Video Light A Good Inexpensive Video Light

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Good: The light uses AA batteries. This may seem like a trivial thing but its not because if you are using the light and the batteries drain you don’t have to wait to recharge it all you have to do is swap out the batteries and keep shooting.
Good: The light output is adjustable. There is a dial on the back of the light that you turn to make the light brighter or dimmer.
Good: The light has shoe mounts on all four sides of the light so you can mount the video light to the hot shoe of a camera or use the shoe mounts to link multiple lights together.
Good/Bad: The Godox LED64 Video Light allows you to plug-in and use AC power but the problem is they don’t provide you with the plug. You have to go out and find a suitable AC plug on your own.
Bad: The light is not color balanced for daylight. The light is much warmer than 5600K daylight so if you are trying to use the Godox LED64 with other lights that are daylight balanced then you might have trouble matching the color of the various lights.
Conclusion: This is a decent inexpensive video light at $21 at the time of this review but I would be careful with mixing it with other lights and understand that its not daylight balanced light in fact they don’t even specify the color temperature the instruction manual gives a range from 5500-6500K so you might buy five different lights with and they might all have different color temperatures.
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YoCam Action Camera Review and GoPro Battle

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Good: It’s small and light. The YoCam is a different shape than most action cams like the GoPro but it’s light and more pocketable.
Good: There are multiple shooting modes with various presets to make shooting in different situations easy. You have modes like sports, selfie, baby and car. Inside of each of these modes you can adjust the settings.
Good: The mounting options are endless. You can use the traditional tripod mount or use any GoPro friendly mount.
Good: This is one of my favorite features and that is you can turn on looping and use the Yocam as a dashcam in your car.
Good: The image quality was surprisingly good for both stills and video.
Bad: The audio is really bad there is no other way to put it the audio really needs work.
Bad: I think it’s a little expensive. There are other cameras in the same class like the GoPro Hero Sessions that are the same price. Most people have a tendency to go with the brands they are most familiar with unless they have a financial or feature incentive to go elsewhere.
I will say that the Yocam is really a lot of fun. Just looking at it the Yocam looks like it would be fun kind of how the iPad had that intangible something special that made it shine the Yocam has that too. This camera has many more features than mentioned in this review including the ability to use it as a baby monitor, and it’s waterproof without a case.
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Can This Action Camera Be Better Than The GoPro? The Nexgadget Explorer 5 H9 Action Cam Review

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

As with all action cams everyone wants to know how they stack up against the current king of the hill the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition. So we will take a look at image quality, included accessories, basic feature set, ease of use and price.

Included accessories: Both cameras come with housing the H9 comes with dive house and the GoPro comes with the frame. The GoPro is waterproof without housing so you only need the special dive housing if your activity calls for it.
The H9 comes with an additional battery while the GoPro only comes with one battery and you are going to need an extra battery because shooting in 4K is a serious battery drain. The H9 comes with a remote and the GoPro does not. You can buy one but it’s not included.
Basic Feature Set: Both cameras shoot in 4K but the GoPro shoots at both 30fps and 24fps while Nexgadget H9 only shoots 4K at 25fps. Both Cameras have WiFi connectivity with apps for iOS and Android but I had all kinds of trouble trying to stay connected and reconnect to the H9 while the GoPro just worked. I also had a lot of trouble with the H9 freezing up on me while trying to use WiFi and having to take the battery out to get the camera working again.
The H9 has resolutions that range from 25fps through 120fps but the 120fps means you have to drop the resolution to 720p with the GoPro you can go from 24fps all the way to 240fps but at 240fps you have to drop the resolution down to 720p but you can shoot 120fps at full HD 1080p. The H9 in this category is one step behind in frame rates and resolutions.
The H9 is definitely missing couple of features of the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition one being image stabilization. The GoPro has it the H9 does not. Both cameras have two inch LCD screens but the GoPro has a touchscreen making it very easy to navigate through the menu.
This leads us right into ease of use. Both cameras have LCD screens and connect to apps via wifi however the GoPro’s touchscreen makes using the GoPro a breeze. On the other hand the H9 comes with a remote so while you may be missing a touchscreen you gain a remote.
Finally, the biggest difference between the two cameras is the price. The Nexgadget Explorer 5 is $79.99 while the GoPro Hero 5 is $395. The Explorer 5 seems to be a step behind the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition in almost every way but that’s it one step not two or three and so you have to ask is the GoPro worth an additional $320 for a mostly minor features bump. Besides the touchscreen and image stabilization most people can do without the high end of the GoPro feature set.
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The Best GoPro Ever Made The GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition Review

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Good: Its waterproof without the need for housing. You can just turn it on and use it.
Good: It has built-in image stabilization so you can get rid of some of that shaky cam look.
Good: The GoPro Hero 5 has the LCD screen build into the camera so you don’t have to buy an add-on accessory. It also makes it very easy to compose your shots.
Good: The LCD screen is a touch screen that allows you to quickly and easily adjust the camera’s settings.
Good: GoPro dropped the price and made the camera more affordable and accessible by bringing the price of the Black Edition to down from $499 of the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition to $399 for the GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition.
Bad: The image stabilization doesn’t work when shooting 4K
Bad: When shooting 4K you only have the option to shot in wide and super wide. You can’t use the linear setting shooting 4K.
In conclusion if you already have a GoPro Hero 4+ Black Edition should you upgrade? maybe but if you have any older models then this upgrade is a no brainer. I am coming from GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition so the Hero 5 is a significant upgrade in both image quality and features.
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Camalapse Mobile Make Beautiful Smartphone Timelapses

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Good: No batteries needed. You can take the Camalapse anywhere and use it anytime without having to worry about having enough power because it doesn’t use any.
Good: The mount opens up wide to accommodate phones of different levels of thickness and this means you can use the Camalapse with whatever case you currently have.
Good: The device has time intervals clearly marked so you can choose times in 15 minute increments through a complete hour. You can also choose times in between those times but it’s a guess at the exact time because only 15 minute intervals are marked.
Good: The 15 minute increment markings also measure degrees 15 minutes equals 90 degrees 30=180 degrees and so on to the hour and 360 degree mark.
Bad: There is no tripod mount on the bottom like the original Camalapse. So if you want to mount the camalapse mobile you can’t at least not on a tripod.
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Filmic Pro The Best Professional Video Camera App For Android

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Good: It provides much more control over exposure and focusing than the stock app.

Good: Filmic allows for different presets so you can have settings for different situations ready to go at the push of a button.

Good: Filmic has special settings to allow for hardware addons like external lens to be used.

Bad: I have had a lot of trouble getting the presets to stick. When I shoot a video clip and then back out of the app and when I go back into the app my settings are back to the system defaults and not the last preset used.

I will say that there are things I don’t like about Filmic Pro on Android but it is by far the best camera app for Android devices I have tried.

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