Photokina 2014 highlights

Video Cameras

The new Hero3+ actioncams from GoPro

GoPro's drive to make its Hero actioncams smaller and lighter continues with the release of the new Hero3+ line. With the Black edition, adventurous videographers can capture the fun at up to 4K resolution, while the Silver model offers 1080p HD video recording at up to 60 fps.  Read More

The Sony HDR MV1 Music Video Recorder is optimized for recording and sharing musical perfo...

Given that we're living in the Age of YouTube, it's becoming pretty much standard practice for up-and-coming musicians to post videos of their jam sessions or live performances online. And while the affordability of HD video cameras/phones may mean that the visuals in those videos look nice, music is first and foremost an auditory art-form. That's why Sony is introducing a new musical-performance-specific camcorder, known appropriately enough as the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder.  Read More

Toshiba's new Camileo X-Sports actioncam, with its included helmet mount

Toshiba has gone and thrown its hat (or helmet, perhaps) into the actioncam ring. Today at IFA 2013, the company unveiled its new Camileo X-Sports model. The rugged little camcorder bears more than a passing resemblance to the GoPro HERO, although it boasts one extra key feature – a built-in 2-inch LCD viewfinder/playback screen.  Read More

Sony's new 4K Handycam at IFA 2013

The ability to shoot Ultra HD 4K video is no longer limited just to cinema- or broadcast-specific video cameras – or to the GoPro HERO3 Black edition, for that matter. Today at IFA 2013, Sony unveiled the FDR-AX1E, which is the first of the company’s 4K-capable Handycams.  Read More

The Stealthy in brace/mini tripod mode

If you’re a fairly serious videographer, you may well use a mini tripod, a brace, a camera stabilizing rig, and a monopod. Well, VariZoom’s new Stealthy combines all of those functions in one folding device.  Read More

The system incorporates four of Panasonic’s AW-HE120 16:9 cameras

You think that the regular HD video aspect ratio of 16:9 is good enough? Ha! Panasonic will go you one better – in fact, it’ll go four times better. The electronics manufacturer has developed a 64:9 Ultra-Wide Camera System. With its 160-degree horizontal field of view, it can capture an entire sports field in one 720p image, in which all of players are still clearly visible.  Read More

Garmin's VIRB Elite (left) and VIRB actioncams

Garmin is a company that’s probably best-known for its satellite navigation devices, but yesterday it announced that it’s venturing into a new product category: actioncams. Its first two camcorders, the VIRB and VIRB Elite, definitely sound like they could give the GoPro HERO a run for its money.  Read More

Amongst the Vixia mini's features are a built-in adjustable stand

Although Canon’s line of Vixia camcorders has been quite popular for some time now, not everyone wants to cart around a full-sized video camera – even a relatively small consumer model. For those folks, Canon has now introduced the Vixia mini compact personal camcorder. It still shoots 1080p HD video like its larger siblings, but also offers features such as multiple shooting modes and Wi-Fi connectivity.  Read More

The BeSteady One is a new 3-axis video camera stabilizing rig, that can be operated by rem...

The burgeoning product category of video camera stabilizers is set to get a little more crowded, as Polish engineers Jack Iwaniec and Max Salamonowicz are currently proving very successful in the crowdfunding of their new rig, the BeSteady One. Similar in principal to the MoVI M10 and Ghost, it basically consists of a horizontal crossbar with handles at either end, which the camera hangs below on a gimbal-mounted platform – although the rig can also be used with the camera sitting above the crossbar.  Read More

The Ghost is a new motorized video camera stabilizing rig

When it comes to consumer/prosumer video camera stabilizing rigs, they fall into two main camps. You get the cheaper, purely-manual models like the Steadicam Smoothee, or more expensive, motorized units like the MōVI M10. Another product may soon be added to the latter group, in the form of Montana film-maker Jesse Spaulding’s creation, The Ghost.  Read More

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