2016 has been a year of gear galore. A transitional ecosystem obsessed with 4k, Electronic Gimbals and LED lighting technology. So here it is, four of my favourite pieces of tech from the last year. Dare to Agree or Disagree? Let us know in the comments!
DJI Mavic Pro
This little tool is hot off the shelf and is already flying into many audiovisual productions. The Mavic Pro is a miniature monster packed into an area smaller than two coke cans, with a 40mph/65kmh top speed and 27 minute flight time its not only nifty but packs a punch with it’s 4K, 60mbps inbuilt video capabilities. Unlike it’s bigger brother the Inspire, the Mavic does not shoot raw but at it’s 999$ price point it’s an undeniably attractive package.
Freefly MOVI Pro
Movi has been at the cornerstone of Gimbal technology for the last 4 years. Jumping into the market with the Movi M10 in 2013 the company have been churning out stabilised goodness nonstop. Freefly’s Movi Pro is no exception to the quality we know and love from Freefly.
Movi have taken their previous models and created a product not only functional but cleaner and more professional looking. The pro offers an auto-calibrate option, making the headache of calibration and setup changes easier. It boasts a 25.2V power distribution for cameras and accessories from the Pro’s interchangeable battery, and RED camera protocol (RCP) for remote control of Red cameras, even when in the air.
Freefly have also released a slicker version of their mimic controller, enabling easier and more precise control over their Gimbals.
Blackmagic ursa mini 4.6K
Blackmagic design love to cause ripples in the camera market. 4 years after releasing their original cinema camera boasting 13 stops of dynamic range and RAW recording they have brought to the market another incredibly desirable package at a very low price.
The Ursa mini brings us 15 stops of dynamic range in 4,6K 12 Bit RAW, Prores 444 XQ, 422 HQ, DNXHD and even more flavours at a very low asking price of 5000$.
Blending LightGear’s LiteMat LED technology and a specially engineered textile housing, Lightgear have created an incredibly portable, versatile and attractive light. They come in 2’x4’ or 2’x8’ strips and can be attached or tiled together in sequence to create any number of shapes and sizes. They can be attached to existing grip or butterfly frames. With a CRI and TLCI of 95+, a variable colour temperature range of between 2600K and 6000K, and up to 20,384 lumens, these lights really do deliver. In need of strong daylight source on a dim day 20 floors up with no way to rig a 20K HMI, no problem, these lights can be folded down and carried in through the front door, assembled into a wall of light using up minimal space while throwing out a high quality light with completely variable parameters.
So there it is. Now the question is, WHAT IS NEXT?!