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Panasonic GH5 with Atomos Ninja Inferno Hands-on Review - First impressions

Panasonic GH5: The perfect cinema-like camera for travel?

The Panasonic GH5 may well be the best compact 4K cinema-like camera available today. Clinton Stark of Stark Insider shares his thoughts, and comparisons with similar cameras from Blackmagic, Canon, and Sony. With the Lumix GH5 ($1,998 on Amazon), Panasonic is on to a pretty good thing. The fifth generation of its...
What next for Android Wear?

Google and the Smartwatch: What’s next for Android Wear?

Google launched its wearable OS, Android Wear, in 2014. To much fanfare. All of us early adopters, tech writers, and geeks were fully on board. The future was right there on your wrist. All of a sudden we could all be Dick Tracy. After a few bumps, Wear devices finally...
SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD

Smart Home News: Samsung SmartThings dongle announced for NVIDIA Shield

This is an interesting development. Well, at least for smart home and home automation enthusiasts it might be. SmartThings (now owned by Samsung) today announced a USB stick called the SmartThings Link that works with the NVIDIA Shield streaming box to create a smart home hub. It costs only $39.99, though...
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Best Camera Gear: Top 5 lenses for shooting video with the Panasonic GH5

Have a new GH5 camera or thinking of getting one? Here's 5 great lenses for videographers, wedding shooters, and filmmakers. The GH5 has been out for a while now, and by all accounts is turning out to be one of the year's most important cameras. Panasonic's flagship mirrorless camera hits...
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: At 76% share Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market

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%...
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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...