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All-new Caséta app announced at CEDIA Expo 2017

Lutron rolls out major app update for its Caséta smart home lighting system

"This is a big one!" Lutron today at the CEDIA Expo 2017 announced a "completely redesigned" version of its app for its Caséta wireless smart home lighting system. Available now for iOS and Android, version 5.0 features a new look to the UI (get ready for lots of blue and white), room-based...
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Trendspotting: Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market, has 76% share

Amazon jumped into the voice-enabled digital assistant (aka smart speaker) market early, and now it appears to be reaping major dividends. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says that in the U.S., the Amazon Echo has an install base of 15 million units. That represents about 76%...
Panasonic GH5, Atomos Ninja Inferno, SLR Magic Anamorphot adapter, Rokinon 35mm

Panasonic GH5 Quick Tip: How to prevent shutter speed from accidentally changing during video shoots

Every camera is different. As is every shooter. We all have unique approaches to how we want to work with a camera, and the way we want to configure various buttons and setting to make it as comfortable and familiar as possible for any given project. I've been working on...
RED Raven Camera Unboxing

Target Hollywood: Could Apple acquire RED Digital Cinema?

It could (Tim Cook and team are sitting on some $260 billion in cash). But would it? Would Apple acquire a camera company called RED Digital Cinema? Hollywood! It's not just for aspiring actors. It's increasingly a place companies see as a place to not only increase revenues, but to...
Panasonic GH5 with Atomos Ninja Inferno

Video Shooting Gear Test: Panasonic GH5 + Metabones Ultra + Sigma 18-35mm

If you're a video shooter and/or a Panasonic Lumix GH5 owner, here's a lens setup worth considering. There's a seemingly infinite number of combinations when it comes to pairing lenses and adapters to your DSLR or mirrorless camera body. The possibilities are endless. And, often, confusing. What focal length(s) to use? What...
First Look Review: Rode Videomic Pro+ On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone

First Look: Rode VideoMic Pro+ for filmmakers and video shooters

Rode. It's about the only word you need to know when it comes to low-cost, decent quality sound gear for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Their microphones, especially the low-cost shotguns, have become standard issue for wedding filmmakers, sports and documentary shooters, and for just about anyone who is into...
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Panasonic GH5 with Rokinon 35mm lens

Videographer & Filmmaker Dream: GH5 firmware update makes Panasonic’s flagship mirrorless even more impressive

The GH5 is quickly becoming the tool of choice for videographers and filmmakers everywhere.
Insteon with Alexa and Amazon Echo Dot: Tips and Review

Amazon adds whole home audio to Echo speakers, gives Sonos the ultimate death stare

It's called Multi-Room Music and the new feature enables several Echo smart speakers to stream music in sync across the home.
Fitbit Ionic: Will consumers choose it over an Apple Watch?

Fitbit tests premium wearable pricing with $300 Ionic smartwatch

Apple charges premium prices for its smartwatches. Can Fitbit?