Camera gear

JOBY Wavo PRO camera-mounted shotgun microphone review – great audio capture for on the go filmmaking

JOBY Wavo PRO

REVIEW – JOBY is a company most well-known for their GorillaPod range of tripods for small to medium-sized cameras. In recent years they’ve released other video shooting accessories, including lights, smartphone cases, and microphones. Today we’re going to check out the Joby Wavo PRO microphone.    What is it? The JOBY Wavo PRO is a …

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Hohem iSteady Q gimbal review – Well built, great value, but do you need it?

REVIEW –  It usually seems like a great idea to increase value by taking several products and building them into a single innovative and well-constructed package, which is what the Hohem iSteady Q gimbal is.  It does what it does very well.  But in my experience with it, I kept coming back to the same …

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ZHIYUN SMOOTH 5 review – an affordable gimbal for your mobile filmmaking needs

ZHIYUN SMOOTH 5 with phone mounted

REVIEW – Mobile filmmaking has taken off in the last few years but holding a phone, keeping it steady, and being creative with on-screen controls has always been a challenge. There are mobile cages you can use to mount your phone and other accessories but they don’t necessarily help you keep the phone steady. High-end …

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ShiftCam ProGrip review – adds a DSLR-like grip and more to your smartphone

REVIEW – I use my iPhone 13 Pro Max as my main (and only) camera. Except for photos that require the iPhone to be in them, that’s what I use for all my product shots for my reviews. I also use the iPhone when I go on vacation to capture memories. Over the years, I’ve …

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GeoSmartPro AirLit ring light review – keeps you cool and ready for your close-up!

REVIEW – Lighting can make or break your work area, and it can do the same for video. If making videos is your work, that’s a double whammy. Today’s gadget offers help in this area with some surprising sidebars. The GeoSmartPro AirLit is a wireless portable ring light with a fan. There’s also a mirror …

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SmallRig Mobile Video Cage review – an essential mobile filmmaking tool

SmallRig Mobile Video Cage and optional accessories

REVIEW – Mobile filmmaking has become a phenomenon in recent years. For over a decade people have been using shots from mobile phones in movies and TV shows, shooting short films with them, with some even shooting full feature-length movies on smartphones. SmallRig, a well-known video accessory manufacturer, has released the Mobile Video Cage for …

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Manfrotto Element MII Video Monopod Aluminum Kit with Fluid Head review

REVIEW – I have been a photographer and videographer for many years, and over time I have accumulated more gear that I have storage space for. One piece of gear that is really important is a great tripod and for those of us who do a lot of mobile on-the-go shooting, a monopod becomes a …

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SandMarc Dolly for iPhone looks like something fun to play with!

NEWS – SandMarc, makers of lenses and lighting for (mostly) iPhones has just announced a new product to further enhance your iPhone video work: the Motion Dolly for iPhone. It’s a machined, articulating, trackless, 4-wheeled dolly with a ball-head camera mount attached. The nylon wheels offer smooth traction. The locking, marked angling for the hinge …

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Nitecore’s BlowerBaby will be your camera’s BFF

NEWS – Nitecore’s new BlowerBaby is a USB-C rechargeable duster that has been designed especially for photographers to keep their camera gear free of its main enemy – dust! With a one-button design, the BlowerBaby blows at 70km/h gale force wind to dislodge dust and debris from camera lenses and from your other gadgets such …

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PIXEL K80RGB Lighting Kit review – wonderfully bright but fatally flawed

REVIEW – These days I often create a short video to add to my reviews here at The Gadgeteer.  A couple of recent examples include the setup of UREVO’s treadmill and Flexispot’s standing desk.  As we’ve said many times on this blog, lighting is key to good photography, and that’s also true for good videography.  …

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Hohem iSteady V2 gimbal review – a smooth operator

REVIEW – Smartphone cameras have become phenomenally good in the last few years, but no amount of optical image stabilization or digital trickery can match a good gimbal (yet). So is the Hohem iSteady V2 gimbal a good gimbal? I took it through it’s paces and will now break it down in review format, as …

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Zumy portable video light review – Clip-on light for brighter Zoom mtgs

REVIEW – What is the single most important thing that you need when it comes to video capture, streaming video, and Zoom meetings? Ok, other than a solid connection to the internet, you need light and lots of it. We all have set in on meetings or watched videos that look like they were captured/streamed …

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Manfrotto MVG220 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Gimbal review

REVIEW – When someone mentions Manfrotto, what comes to mind are photo and video camera tripods and monopods. To me, Manfrotto was synonymous with them. So, when I heard that Manfrotto had camera gimbals I knew I wanted to try one out and see just how well it performed. If their gimbals are as solid in …

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Obsbot ME AI selfie mount review – it’s a cameraman you don’t have to pay!

Obsbot landscape

REVIEW – In a world that is increasingly connected via video, everyone is looking for a way to step up their game, to be noticed by more and to produce higher quality product.  Selfie sticks have been with us as close to forever as we can imagine, but in all that time they have hardly …

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