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Posted 05/26/20
Vlogging just got a whole lot easier with the release of the Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera. This ultra-compact system may look familiar to fans of the RX100—it does borrow a lot of that series’ tech—but Sony has redesigned the ZV-1 to better appeal to the everyday content creator. Just by looking at it, you can see the improvements—it has a side flip-out screen, brings back the Multi Interface Shoe, adds a significantly better audio system, and offers some under-the-hood features that will make recording video a breeze. The ZV-1 Is a Compact with a Vlogger Makeover One look at the spec sheet should make you realize that a lot of the RX100’s DNA has returned in the ZV-1—which is good! The ZV-1 uses the same sensor and processor combination as the RX100 VII, which is a 20.1MP 1"-type Exmor RS stacked CMOS and the BIONZ X processor with front-end LSI. Basically, that means it's sharp and fast. It also unlocks some a9-like features, such as Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking in video. Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera Another thing lifted from the RX100 series—specifically from the pocketable Mark V version—is the ZEISS 24-70mm-equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens. Its fast aperture helps in low-light shooting and getting the shallow depth-of-field look in your photos and videos. The lens also has Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to help smooth out your shots, and it can combine with digital stabilization for a much more advanced Active SteadyShot mode. Previous Pause Next Beyond those key features, the ZV-1 takes on a whole new external appearance. It is lighter than RX100-series cameras and has a larger, more pronounced grip that should make one-handed operation easier. The biggest update is the 3.0" side flip-out touchscreen, which is exactly what most content creators would choose if they were designing a camera. And, there is a large REC button on the top and a tally light on the front to help solidify the camera’s positioning as a compact video creation tool. Looking at the top of the camera reveals a few other tweaks. The big change to the middle is a brand-new directional three-capsule microphone. It has been optimized for audio coming from the front of the camera and will help isolate your subject’s voice while reducing background noise. The ZV-1 even comes with a windscreen that slides into the Multi Interface Shoe. Oh yeah, and it has a hot shoe. Everyone can identify the benefits of a Multi Interface Shoe on a vlogging camera. You can mount all your extra accessories, whether might be a wireless receiver or a light, and you can use it for dedicated attachments such as the Sony ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone. It’s also offset to the side of the camera. A standard 3.5mm microphone port is available, too, for even greater mic compatibility. High-Quality 4K Video and Fast AF In terms of video, there should be few surprises here. The ZV-1 is going to match up with the highly regarded RX100 VII. It will record in UHD 4K at up to 30p while doing a true downsampling of the sensor to create detailed footage. The larger 1"-type sensor will help minimize noise in low light, and the ZEISS optics and fast aperture will further benefit the video-quality pipeline. Sony has also eliminated the video record limit for 4K shooting with select settings, and there is a micro-HDMI port for those choosing to use an external recorder as opposed to in-camera recording to an SD memory card. Setting the ZV-1 apart from the rest is Sony’s inclusion of its advanced Picture Profiles. These let you tune the look of your footage in numerous ways. Pros will immediately gravitate toward options like S-Log2 and HLG, both of which are found on Sony’s professional cinema cameras. HLG, especially, will appeal to creators, because it helps unlock an Instant HDR workflow. Additionally, Sony has again tweaked the color science for improved skin tones. Where the ZV-1 excels is going to be in the autofocus department. The RX100 VII’s tech is impressive and can track subjects with ease, even in Movie Mode. Highlights for vlogs and content creators have to be Real-time Eye AF for humans and Real-time Tracking AF. Both of these can be tuned for speed and sensitivity to optimize performance for different situations. It’s something that has to be seen to understand just how good it can be. Another speedy feature is a Super Slow-Motion option. Again, this is a feature we have seen before but greatly appreciate seeing again. It allows for recording in up to 960 fps for extreme slow-motion capture. It’s a niche feature that can be a lot of fun. Dedicated Features for Content Creation Making the ZV-1 even better for vlogs and other content is Sony’s continual addition of new features to improve the filmmaking experience. Sony took the time to tune the ZV-1 to an impressive degree. One of the most interesting is the Product Showcase Setting. If you have watched a YouTube review of a product, you’ve seen how it goes. The presenter holds the item in front of their face and then the camera eventually (hopefully) shifts focus to the item. The Product Showcase Setting optimizes AF performance so that it will quickly and smoothly switch between an individual’s face and the object placed in front of the lens. Helping automate the video process are a couple of new features. The Face-Priority Auto-Exposure (AE) function will use the ZV-1’s advanced face detection tech and make sure the exposure always prioritizes the face. This means that as you walk and talk in changing light, no one will lose track of what is most important: you! Also, something great for beginners is a Background Defocus function. This is simple; it will automatically set the aperture to provide either more or less depth of field without having to think about it. Another new addition is a Skin-Softening function. This should help you look camera-ready any time and anywhere you want. Of course, since everyone is already beautiful in their own way, you can always turn it off. As with nearly every new camera, the ZV-1 does have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This allows it to transfer photos to your phone easily via Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app. It also means it will support the Movie Edit add-on app, which can help edit and crop your video for various social media platforms and perform impressive digital image stabilization. Pick It up with an Accessory Kit Anyone can get started in vlogging with the ZV-1, and to make the jump easier, Sony has developed the Vlogger Accessory Kit. Including the GP-VPT2BT Shooting Wireless Remote Commander Grip and a 64GB SDXC Memory Card, you’ll have everything you need to start your own YouTube channel. At launch, Sony is offering this kit at discount when purchased with the ZV-1, so now is a great time to jump in. If you want to know a few other recommended accessories, I would say to absolutely pick up a couple spare batteries. Then consider compact lighting and audio gear, such as the RØDE Wireless GO or Aputure MC RGBWW LED Light. And, be sure to check out B&H’s video hands-on review for a first look at the ZV-1. Sony Vlogger Accessory Kit Are you a vlogger who is excited about the ZV-1? Anything in particular catch your eye from the feature list? Let us know in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 02/26/20
We review the latest in FUJIFILM's X Series: the FUJIFILM X-T4. Derek Fahsbender and Doug Guerra give you their first impressions of this mirrorless camera, for photography and video. Features include FUJIFILM's IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), an improved mechanical shutter, adjustable flip screen, DCI 4K/60p and Full HD/240p super slow-motion video, and more. Learn more at B&H Explora More FUJIFILM camera reviews:- Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera- FUJIFILM X-Pro3- FUJIFILM X-T200 vs. X-T100? Order the FUJIFILM X-T4 from B&H
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Posted 01/06/20
Doug takes the Canon 1DX Mark III DSLR Camera out for a spin, showing you that "this camera is all about speed." Featuring a 20.1MP sensor with a newly designed low pass filter and a 191-point Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that prioritizes people. The 1DXIII can shoot up to 20 fps in Live View with AF/AE Tracking and can achieve a maximum burst rate of 1000+ images (RAW+JPEG). Video capabilities of the Canon 1DX III include 4K 60p with Canon Log, 10-bit 4:2:2 and 5.5K RAW Video Internal Recording. Click here to learn more at B&H Explora
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Posted 12/19/19
Stop by the B&H Tech Corner, where Marisa Pena reviews some of the most common questions about the Canon EOS RP Camera. As the company’s entry-level full-frame mirrorless option, this ultra-lightweight body is a great jumping-off point for any aspiring photographer. As such, there are a lot of advanced functions that are covered in this video and make it worth a watch for anyone looking to acquire a new camera. Stay tuned for more Q&As from the Tech Corner and leave a Comment, below, with any other questions you may have!
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Posted 08/27/19
Canon just announced the EOS 90D DSLR and the EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera. Our favorite things about the 90D are the 10 fps continuous burst mode and improved autofocus tracking. We tested these features, along with the new metering system, face detection, and video modes on the 90D to really see what this camera can do. The M6 Mark II packs all the features of the 90D into a small mirrorless camera. You also get a 14 fps continuous burst mode and controls that you would normally find on a higher-end DSLR logically laid out on its compact mirrorless body. Which features stand out to you? Are you excited to try either (or both) of these cameras from Canon? Let us know in the Comments section, below! Read more about the Canon EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II
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Posted 06/13/19
Photographer David Flores takes a close look at the previously announced FUJIFILM GFX 100, a 102-megapixel camera with a back side illumination sensor, face-detection AF, and in-body stabilization, with the ability to record 4K video at up to 30 fps. The GFX 100 is the first mirrorless, medium format body to incorporate sensor-shift image stabilization. It also features a built-in vertical grip for improved ergonomics and handling—regardless of shooting in horizontal or vertical orientation—and it has a removable 5.76m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, which can be used for high-resolution, eye-level viewing. Check out the video for more great features of this powerful camera. Product Highlights: 102MP 43.8 x 32.9mm BSI CMOS Sensor X-Processor 4 Image Processor Removable 5.76m-Dot OLED EVF 3.2" 2.36m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD DCI 4K30 Video; F-Log Gamma & 10-Bit Out 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization 3.76m-Point Phase-Detection Autofocus ISO 100-12800, Up to 5 fps Shooting 16-Bit Raw Output, Multi Aspect Ratios Built-In Battery Grip, 2 x SD Card Slots View the product launch Video When you’re finished, be sure to check out the rest of our wide selection of instructional and informative videos on photography, at BandH.com.
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Posted 04/15/19
Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge teams up with B&H for a first look at the new Panasonic G95, a camera designed for the hybrid content creator. With features like its integrated audio-in jack, 1080p at 120FPS, and unlimited shooting time, the G95 is definitely built for better video capture when compared to its predecessor. For more great features and details, check out the video. Be sure to drop by BandH.com for more videos, informational articles, and more.
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Posted 04/09/19
Join photographer David Flores as he takes the new Canon Rebel SL3 out for a spin, in beautiful Brooklyn. A compact, lightweight addition to the Canon family, the Rebel SL3 combines a 24.1MP APS-C sensor with Digic 8 processor for fast, detailed image capture on the go. Dual-pixel AF, touchscreen focusing, as well as face and eye detection in live view keep images sharp and focused on the important details. UHD 4K video recording is here, as well as in-camera 4K time-lapse movie creation rounds out its creative offerings. Be sure to drop by BandH.com for more videos, informational articles, and more.
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Posted 03/14/19
Interested in night photography? Want a deep dive into the types of cameras that are best suited to this genre? You are in luck! Educator, author, and co-founder of National Parks at Night, Gabriel Biderman is here to give us a seriously detailed look at some of the most popular cameras for night photography. Biderman talks about megapixel counts, sensitivity ranges, and other concerns photographers may have while providing numerous examples and comparisons. Read more about night photography here. You can find more videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 03/12/19
In this B&H video, National Parks at Night workshop leader Gabriel Biderman braves the elements to share valuable tips about setting up your camera for night photography. Starting with a photograph shot in program mode, Biderman explains how choosing manual mode at night allows you to explore the variables of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed for ultimate control. Next, with his camera set to manual, Biderman demonstrates how adjusting your shutter speed can be used to emphasize moving elements in a long exposure image. Similarly, he reveals how changing your aperture can alter the appearance of direct light sources in your photos—yielding a soft-edged glow as the aperture is opened to its widest settings, or the increasing prominence of star points around the lights as your aperture is stopped down. After watching this video, you’ll have a better understanding of how to harness your camera settings and realize your intentions for the picture, allowing you to fine tune your photography to tell the story the way that you want. Read more about night photography here. For more informative videos, tune in to BandH.com.
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