[Review] Panasonic AG-UX90 good camera for indie producers

For the last couple of weeks I have had a chance to test the new AG-UX90 camera from Panasonic. The lightweight camera is great for the photog on the go or for those doing documentary work. Should you grab this camera? I run down the great, and not so great features of the camera, in this review.

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[Cameras] Panasonic announces release and pricing for new UX 4K cameras

Panasonic has released details on the pricing and availability for its two new UX cameras, the AG-UX180 and the AG-UX90. The 4K cameras include a new Leica Dicomar 4K 24mm lens, as well as the ability to shoot in MOV, MP4, and AVCHD formats.

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REVIEW: F&V Z96 Video Light

As camera gear grows smaller, and the light sensitivity of cameras increases, the need for large bulky light kits are declining to an extent. For the run and gun shooter, having a portable LED light to fill in those dark places is a must have.  F&V has a fairly inexpensive unit that might be right up your alley.

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Ask a DV Pro: Jon Carr on Vincent Laforet’s Mobius

If you haven’t seen Mobius (scroll down), then you are missing out on a visual treat.  The short film used Adobe Production Premium CS5.5 in the workflow of the visuals, and tomorrow (Thursday), you can attend an Adobe live event where Producer/Editor Jon Carr talks about APPCS5.5.

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How to do an awesome product review (and anger the company at the same time)

So I’ve been working on some ways to get back into reviews, but instead of text based, I want to do them as video shorts.  Of course that means one has to figure out how to make the video interesting and not a boring rundown of features someone can read off the back of a product brochure.  Jonathan Yi had the same idea when he got his hands on a new Canon EOS C300, but his humor didn’t sit well with the company.

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DIGITAL CINEMA: What wasn’t said

I’ll admit it, I was super excited over the announcement that Canon was set to release a new camera aimed at the film industry.  The EOS c300 has a great Super 35 image sensor, there is a clean HDMI output, it has a small form factor, and it still records to the Compact Flash card. Likewise, a few hours later when RED announced the Scarlet-X and explained how they were effectively using the Mysterium Chip in a camera that is identical to the RED Epic in every way except for the data rate, I was even more sold.

Except both are out of my price range.  With the EOS c300 coming in with a start price of $20,000, and the RED Scarlet-X at $9,750 ($14,000 for the full package), both cameras are not easily affordable for the indie film maker. Renting is going to be the best bet for low budget filmmakers wanting to get their hands on these cameras, but for those that like to pick up and go at a moments notice, it was the very last camera announcement of the day that got my attention.

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Editing movies with the iPhone

So, I finally broke down and purchased an iPhone 4.0 this weekend.  For a couple of years now, the household has wanted to move away from the Blackberry Pearl to the iPhone, simply because the iPhone is more media friendly than the Blackberry.  Don’t get me wrong, the Blackberry is fine when it comes to instant messages, and email, but surfing the web, taking pictures, and trying to listen to podcasts are like pulling teeth.

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