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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?
FilmConvert for Canon EOS 80D

FilmConvert Now Available for Canon EOS 80D DSLR: Embrace the grain!

Here's how to use the FilmConvert plug-in with your Canon DSLR (70D, 80D) to five your footage that big screen look.
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 lens review

Camera Gear Test: How good is the Panasonic Lumix G 12-35mm f/2.8 lens?

A look at the Panasonic 12-35mm and GH5 for videography and filmmaking. How good is the native MFT lens? I shot a video at SFMOMA to find out. So far I've been flat out amazed by Panasonic's new GH5. It's my first foray into mirrorless and micro four thirds, and...
Lutron P-PKG1W-WH Caseta Wireless Dimmer Switch Review - Comparison Insteon

Smart Home Dimmer Switch Buying Guide: Which is best?

Stark Insider's buying guide for smart home dimmer switches. If you're on the hunt for dimmer switches for your current or planned smart home, there's a beguiling selection -- a quick check on Amazon reveals hundreds of products. What to buy? You may be tempted to grab a $35 Leviton Decora...
Panasonic Lumix GH5 First Look Review

Panasonic GH5: Shooting handheld video without stabilization rigs

For all the features the GH5 brings to the table, I'm starting to believe that its dual IBIS stabilization may be my favorite, not to mention the most useful for everyday video shooting. In a word it's exceptional. If you're not familiar with Panasonic's newest mirrorless flagship camera, here's the...
Smart Home News: Google Home now supports Spotify Free music streaming

Smart Home News: Spotify Free accounts now works on Google Home

Good news. Today, free Spotify accounts are now supported by the Google Home hub. That means even if you don't pay for a Spotify subscription you can still enjoy one of the best music streaming platforms, even if it will be with some restrictions. As you might expect, supported voice-activated commands...