The lowdown on the latest developments from the world of digital video filmmaking…

Potent Panny
06_VaricamLT_SideEF_CMYK_12cmPanasonic recently unveiled its new VariCam LT camcorder, which inherits the same super 35mm sensor and imaging capabilities that distinguish the award-winning VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price. The VariCam LT delivers image handling in multiple formats ranging from 4K, UHD, 2K and HD, and is fully capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) field capture. The new 4K camcorder offers Apple ProRes 4444 (up to 30p) and ProRes 422 HQ (up to 60p) support for HD recording, as well as Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of advanced video codecs. Pricing is likely to be in the region of 15K.

Sublime Sony
Sony has announced the PXW-Z150, the latest addition to its XDCAM range of lightweight, professional camcorders. The flexible capabilities of the portable PXW-Z150 enables content creators of all experience levels to deliver impressive imagery for content and events shooting scenarios, no matter how tight their brief. The PXW-Z150 features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, providing users with spectacular 4K recording and impressive 5x slow motion in Full HD and costs £3,499.99.

Budget option
EOS 1300D EF-S18-55 IS II FRTCanon has released its new entry-level DSLR models in the shape of the EOS 1300D. It comes with an 18-megapixel sensor and Full HD capability, along with a Video Snapshot feature that lets you record a series of short clips that can be automatically joined together. There’s also Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC connectivity and the body-only model is priced at just £289.99. An EOS 1300D and EF-S 18-55mm kit lens package costs £329.99.

Bulk buying
G-Technology has announced a new hard drive range that is firmly aimed at professionals who need expansive but dependable storage. The new G-DRIVE mobile USB-C will be available in silver, space grey and gold, giving Mac users the option to match their drive with Apple MacBook design. For Windows users, the drive can be quickly and easily re-formatted using G-Technology’s free Windows Format Wizard. The 1TB capacity costs £92 +VAT while 2 and 3TB capacity options are also available.

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DJI has announced the Phantom 4 drone that features obstacle avoidance, intelligent tracking and a simplified flying experience. There’s new on-board tech that makes piloting and shooting great shots simple via features like its ActiveTrack and TapFly functionality. “We are entering an era where even beginners can fly with confidence,” said CEO Frank Wang. “People have dreamed about one day having a drone collaborate creatively with them. That day has arrived.”

Fast and furious
The SD Association has launched a new Video Speed Class, which retains the same tradition of ensuring guaranteed minimum performance levels as the familiar Speed Class and UHS Speed Class systems. The fastest options, V60 and V90, support 8K resolution, while V6, V10 and V30 capture high-definition and 4K resolution. Find out more about the new developments over at

Bargain basement
DJI has also announced a special spring sale for some of its products, including the Osmo, Inspire 1, Inspire 1 Pro and Inspire 1 Pro Black Edition. There’s free shipping on orders over £350 too, so for a look at what’s on offer then head over to

Perfect lens
Panasonic has also come up with an idea to make buying a new lens easier, which can be hard to get right if you’re a novice. To help you find the perfect lens for your needs, the Panasonic website now offers an intuitive lens selector tool. Within the gallery, simply select the type of content that you’d love to produce and the website will duly provide recommendations for equipment to achieve similar, breathtaking results.

Great glass
The LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mm is a new optic that delivers a maximum aperture opening of F3.5 at the wide angle and F5.6 at the tele end. The lens has an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, delivering a focusing speed of up to 240fps and silent operation with the LUMIX G’s high speed, high precision contrast AF.

Action stations
Ricoh’s new WG-M2 action cam is waterproof to 20 metres and 40 per cent smaller than the model it replaces. There’s also a 204-degree lens plus 1080p video at 60p or 720p and 120p alongside the 4K option. It’s shock-resistant, sports Wi-Fi too and costs just £269.





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