The Gear I Use, December 2016 Edition

It has been in fact too long since I did a video showing my cameras and other gear that I use to produce my travel videos. Well, the wait is over my friends because here it is.

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In this long overdue video I begin with my two newest acquisitions, my two main cameras which are the Sony FDR-AX33 and my new phone the LG V20.

The Sony FDR-AX33 shoots video at 4K ultra HD, and it has excellent sharpness. Other key features include superb stabilization, viewfinder, microphone input and manual controls, although I must say the manual controls are a little cumbersome to use. Among the negatives, the image can be a little overexposed and undersaturated at times and the autofocus is painfully slow, especially when zooming in.

The LG V20 is the latest flagship phablet from LG. I has one of the best cameras on the market, with amazingly easy to use manual controls. The camera shines especially in video mode.

My third camera is a GoPro Hero 3 White edition, which I’m sorry to say is starting to show its age. The video quality doesn’t hold a candle next to the Sony camcorder or even the LG V20. The only reason I still have it is because it still works, it is practically indestructible and I have been reluctant in spending $300-$400 on another flagship action cam. I am undecided between the GoPro Hero 5 or the new Sony 4K action cam.

Since my last video showing my gear, I have gone back the the Audio Technica ATR 3350 condenser lavelier microphone. The audio quality is great, as long as I remember to turn it on to record, and then off so I don’t deplete the battery.

I also still use my handy Zomm H1 portable digital recorder, although since I acquired the Sony camcorder with the microphone input, I don’t need it as much anymore.

Other gear I show in the video includes my tripods, selfie sticks, and my aging drone, the original DJI Phantom.