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Guru Gear: The 2017 cameras and accessories to buy


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May 3, 2017:

Cameras at the ready? This is your ultimate guide to the products of the year so far…

LIGHTS

 LimoStudio 700W Photography Continuous Lighting Kit
According to Best Brand Reviews, this ‘perfect’ kit helps you create more natural-looking light. You get two light holders, complete with light bulbs designed to save up to 80% energy. Each stand also comes with three solid safety legs for stability and easy set-up. Plus, the ultimate softened light stream will make light ‘not too bright and not too low while removing shadow’ for flawless shots.

DSLR Video Shooter’s Budget Lighting Kit
Earlier this year, the YouTube channel posted Best $500 Video Lighting Kit and What You Can Do With It. In the video, presenter Caleb Pike talks us through his ultimate low-budget kit, which includes Aperture Amaran HR672S LED Spot Light Kit, light stands and reflectors. If you’re new to lighting, this is a handy guide to follow.

CAMERAS

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
It is no surprise Canon keeps ticking our camera boxes – its 5D cameras are a firm favorite amongst photographers and videographers alike. Tech Radar even called this latest version ‘one of the most complete DSLRs’ they’ve ever seen, with its new sensor, plus an ‘incredibly advanced’ 61-point AF system.

Panasonic HC-VX870EB-K
This model leads the way in affordable 4K technology, says Tech Radar, allowing you to ‘record at 25fps with the added benefit of being able to extract individual frames at 8-megapixel’. With some impressive specifications including a specially developed Leica Dicomar lens, the feature we’re really excited about allows you to pair this camera with your smartphone to shoot additional footage.

Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX405 Handycam
Just getting started? Need a cheap option? Lifewire calls this latest camcorder from Sony its ‘Best Value, Best for Beginners’ 2017 tipoff. It shoots Full HD (1920×1080) with a 30x optical and 60x clear image (digital zoom), plus comes with the kind of handy features you’d expect, like face detection and image stabilization.

ACTION

GoPro Hero5
Adventurer’s favorite, GoPro’s latest release is easy to use and even better at capturing high-quality footage. There is also a super simple one-button control, as well as voice control, plus you can upload your footage to the cloud wherever you are. This is the ultimate camera for capturing life on the go.

OWLE Bubo HD Kit for iPhone 4
Can’t afford a GoPro? Well, now you can transform that old iPhone in your closet. This kit comes with a 37mm standard lens or a 0.45x wide angle/macro lens, plus the Rotolight RL-48A boasts ‘the power of 48 LEDs… for professional clarity’, according to Stuff.

Joby GorillaPod
The only tripod you need when shooting on your smartphone: Practical, flexible and so easy to use, this clamp fits any device measuring between 66mm to 99mm. Its bendable legs mean it can be placed in almost any position; think flat surface, hanging from the ceiling, or on location – after all, it’s small and lightweight, so perfectly portable, too!

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