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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 05/24/20
Doug takes the  Panasonic AG-CX10 out to test its various features, such as the built-in ND filter and 5-axis hybrid O.I.S. system. Like what you see? Read more about the CX10 in this Hands-On Review.
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Posted 05/19/20
Panasonic has just announced that the long-awaited firmware version 2.0 for the S1H is being released on May 25, 2020. The update allows for RAW video output over HDMI at up to 5.9K at 29.97 fps or DCI 4K at 59.94 fps. Doug Guerra takes the Panasonic S1H mirrorless camera and the Atomos Ninja V out for a spin to test the newest capabilities, such as how it fares in low-light conditions. Click Here to learn more at B&H Explora, and for a Panasonic Lumix S1h Hands-On Review video.
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Posted 05/12/20
Maria teaches you how to make your own food video at home, with tips on filming, lighting, and editing and some fun tricks to make it your own! Also check out these other  At-Home videos  for more ways to help you stay creative at home.
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Posted 05/05/20
Maria gives an at-home stop-motion tutorial for beginners, using her camera, Adobe Premiere, and lots of candy! Don't feel limited by gear, though; you can achieve similar results using something as simple as a cell phone and the editing software of your choice. Have fun and share your experiences in the Comments section below. Also check out these other  At-Home videos  for more ways to help you stay creative at home.
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Posted 05/03/20
The B&H film crew took the RED Gemini 5K S35 out for a real-world test to see if this cinema camera could work in a run-and-gun situation. Bobby takes you behind the scenes on an independent WW1 film to see this camera in action, then Doug takes you through the post production process and tells you how color grading worked for this 5K cinema camera. To learn more about the RED Gemini 5K, watch this  hands-on review, then read  Part 1  and  Part 2  of B&H Explora's “In the Field” series for an even closer look.
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Posted 04/30/20
Here at B&H Photo, we're happy to announce something special for owners and users of Sony’s FX9 and Venice cameras. Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System Sony PXW-FX9 Version 2.0 of the camera’s firmware will greatly expand the FX9’s already-impressive capabilities. DCI 4K and RAW Recording With this update, DCI 4K will be supported in Full Frame and Super 35mm, including 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24p. This is for the cinema purists, as well as anyone who has been asking for DCI support since before the FX9 was even released. You can also shoot 1920 x 1080p at 150/180 fps, in Full Frame, for creating even more dramatic cinematic effects. Firmware V 2.0 also brings the promised 16-bit RAW recording functionality, although it does require the addition of the XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit, but if you want or need RAW, this is the firmware update for you. 6G-SDI While the FX-9 originally supported 4K 59.94/50p over its 12G SDI connection, the new firmware will add 6G support, which in turns adds 30/23.98p output via a single SDI cable. LUTs, HDR, and Expanded ISO Range Create your own 3D LUTs in the.cube format, or upload them from an SD card, because the V 2.0 firmware enables your camera to store up to 16 LUTs to work with. Along with LUT support, the firmware delivers HDR support for HLG (in-camera HDR). Expanded ISO ranges in both Base ISO and High ISO settings allow the camera to see even farther into the shadows, for improved low-light performance. Audio Improvements Need more reasons for adding the XDCA-FX9 to your shooting arsenal than just the RAW output? Figure this into your gear purchase equations: The XDCA-FX9 will support DWX and URX slot-in wireless receivers when your camera has the V 2.0 firmware installed. And if you are using the XLR-K3M to bring in analog audio through the Multi-Interface Shoe, the firmware update will also allow for digital I/F. Autofocus and Improved Touch Menu With the V 2.0 firmware, your camera will support Sony's eye-tracking technology, which keeps your focus locked on your subject's eye and is especially useful in intimate interview situations. Focus Touch Control will allow you to lock in a specific area and keep that in focus, without deactivating autofocus; this is in addition to the current Touch AF feature. You can also assign AF Speed/Sens to a function button of your choice, allowing you to tune the AF settings without having to go back into the AF menu. Touch screen control has been made for faster adjustments, and the new firmware expands the touch menu operation. It will highlight in orange all the features that are touch-control adjustable, and the FPS, ISO, Shutter, ND, LUT, and WB menu layout is now similar to the Venice menu layout, for simpler operation when switching between cameras. Sony Venice The Version 5.0 firmware (already released earlier this year) brought many improvements to the Venice’s capabilities. These included High Frame Rates when shooting at 6K, up to 90 fps at 2.39:1, and 72 fps at either 17:9 or 1.85:1, useful for general filmmaking when you don’t need a dedicated high-speed camera for ultra-high-speed filming. Version 5.0 also brought the ability to capture HD ProRes 4444 at up to 30 fps onto SxS Pro+ cards, and compatibility with the Cooke/i2 lens information system. In addition to improved monitoring function, including marker settings, V 5.0 activated the camera’s gyro sensor. These are the most recent improvements, and if you don’t have V 5.0, you should probably think about downloading it. But hold onto your hat, because come November, Sony will be releasing V 6.0 of the Sony Venice firmware. The Version 6.0 firmware update will bring even more HFR capabilities, up to 72 fps at 5.7k 16:9 and also at 4K 6:5, as well as allow a blazing 110 fps at 3.8K 16:9 capture. Pretty decent for a Full-Frame camera that isn’t dedicated to high-speed filmmaking. Shooting Functions Improvements will include gyro information embedded in the Metadata, and the camera will add support for the Fujinon Premista series Zeiss eXtended Data. Personally, I love it when manufacturers play nice with each other; it really allows us to use the tools we want for each situation, opening up more possibilities. Monitoring The 6.0 firmware allows you to use 3D LUTs on the camera’s viewfinder, for instant feedback on how you expect the shot to look. This goes hand in hand with the new.ART (Advanced Rendering Transform) file import, which provides smoother rending of areas that used to suffer from banding artifacts, providing a less distracting image and removing unnecessary concern when monitoring from the viewfinder. Shooting Assist Functions Rounding out this update for the Venice are the addition of a second User Frame Line, as well as both 9:16 and 1:1 Frame lines presets (9:16, it’s here, might as well be able to frame it up properly). Some small tweaks to the camera’s functionality will include individual adjustment of the REC beep and alarm volume, and the CamID+Reel# won’t be lost when loading ALL File. The firmware 6.0 update will also allow you to display Genlock and TC status on the OSD screen, and De-Squeeze On/Off is now available by a User button. Virtually New Cameras With an expected release in November 2020, these firmware updates will unleash more performance and more functionality from your cameras, essentially giving you a new camera. For more information on Sony professional video cameras, visit the B&H Photo Website.
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Posted 04/27/20
Jake introduces the new DJI Mavic Air 2. This lightweight drone contains highly advanced features such as 48MP photos, 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 8K Hyperlapse, HDR video, a 10km video transmission range, and up to 34 minutes of flight time. Additionally, the Air 2 has a newly designed controller and smartphone clamp.  Check out the video, then read more about the Air 2 on B&H Explora. And let us know what you think of the newest DJI drone in the Comments section below. DJI Mavic Air 2 sample photos: 
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Posted 04/26/20
Video noise can happen even in the best-planned shots. As much as you try to avoid it, sometimes you just gotta fix it in post. Doug Guerra teaches you how to remove video noise, discusses the different types of noise reduction, and gives you a DaVinci Resolve tutorial on the subject.
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Posted 04/20/20
Jake talks to Paul and Ryan from Canon about the new EOS C300 Mark III Digital Cinema Camera and the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm lens. The Canon C300 III is made for versatility and flexibility. Built on Canon's new Super 35mm Dual Gain Output Sensor and DIGIC DV 7 Image Processor the camera's features include over 16 stops of dynamic range, internal RAW recording, 4K 120p, and Dual Pixel Autofocus. The CINE-SERVO 25-250mm lens provides a compact, lightweight design with 4K Optical Performance, an 11-Blade Iris, full external servo control and is available in EF Mount or Cooke/i Technology PL Mount Options.
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