When it comes to video, DSLRs and compact-system cameras have recently come into their own, offering decent video right out of the box. The issue comes from the fact that most cameras are limited by their built-in hardware and software, which limit recording speeds, and rely on codecs such as AVCHD to provide video in a nicely compressed form. With 4K video quickly aiming to become the standard video size, this problem has only increased. Atomos has solved this problem with their line of external recorders, the latest being the 4K Shogun recorder.
What the Shogun essentially does is attach to the camera through an HDMI or SDI port and access image data directly from the camera’s sensor. The Shogun then records this data in a high-quality 10-bit Pro-Res file to a external SATA hard drive, allowing you to take better advantage of colour depth and dynamic range. Some cameras such as the Sony A7S will only record 4K if an external system is attached. It should be noted that files sizes of uncompressed video are not for the faint of heart, with a 1TB hard drive only recording about 2.5 hours of video. Though, with the cost of a 2-TB hard drive sitting around $120, it will not be too much of a strain o…
The DJI Ronin 3-axis handheld stabilization system is truly one of the most remarkable and ambitious systems that I have seen in a long time. DJI is offering what could be the most complete gimbal system on the market at a price point several thousand dollars cheaper than their nearest competitor.
The first thing you will notice when looking at the Ronin kit is just how complete the package is. It includes everything from a custom foam-lined hard-shell carrying case to a remote control for 2-person operation and stand for when the Ronin is not in use. There are even clamps included for attaching microphones and an external monitor.
Operation of the Ronin is relatively simple, and it lives up to DJI’s boast of a 5-minute set-up time. The Ronin offers 3 different modes of operation—Upright, Underslung and Briefcase—to give you different eye-level and control options for your camera. The Ronin automatically self-adjusts between these different modes. Unlike quite a few stabilizers on the market, the Ronin uses a friction lock adjustment system that allows for quick and easy alterations to the placement of the camera. No Allen keys or dimes required. Once roughly balanced…