What products are shaping the world of videography? Here’s a collection of the most successful video camera equipment in 2014 brought to you by Video Caddy based on sales projections in top ecommerce websites and user review ratings on a scale of 5.
1) Prime Lenses
Prime lenses offer the ability to produce clean, crisp, high-quality and precise shots. Aperture is faster with prime lenses than with zoom lenses. A prime lens has a fixed focal length (whereas a zoom lens has variable focal length) resulting in sharper video shots.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon SLR
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for SLR
A shoulder rig enables professional filmmakers to capture video with movements. With rigs, you can travel along with your subjects, and can achieve good camera stability. It also allows you to hang more equipment off your camera.
Neewer Foldable DSLR Rig Movie Kit Film Making System Shoulder Rig Mount
Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera / Camcorder Action
ROXANT PRO Video Camera Stabilizer
3) Shoulder Pads
Shoulder Pads assist camera operators in eliminating camera shakes and operating DLSR or system camera with maximum flexibility. Shoulder Pads are primarily designed to prevent any possible discomfort or shoulder pain associated with continuously holding the camera.
CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad for Video Camcorder
NEEWER® DP3000 DV/DC Sponge Rubber Light Steady Shoulder Pad
DSLR Shoulder Mount Stabilizer Support for Video DV Camcorder HD DSLR
4) Camera Stabilizers
Camera stabilizers, also known as camera mounts, are designed to hold a camera in a way that prevents unwanted camera movement. They steady the camera against the photographer’s body so that camera shakes doesn’t occur.
Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Camera Stabilizer with Quick Release
FeiYu G3 Ultra 3-axis Steadycam Handheld Gimbal Gopro Hero3 Camera Mount
Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer
5) LED Lights with Batteries
LEDs emit light in a specific direction. Instead of bright light, LEDs provide very short pulse of light with constant output. This makes it easier to view the lighting effects when a video shot is being composed. They also provide daylight-balanced output and are entirely dimmable.
NEEWER® 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light
Chromo Inc.® 160 LED CI-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light
NEEWER CN-216 216PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light
6) On-Camera Monitors
Lilliput or “on-camera” Monitors enable camera operators to focus the camera, aided by a screen that is larger than the one built into the camera. Some of them have built-in tools that help in adjusting the exposure and maximizing the screen.
FlySight 32 Ch Black Pearl 5.8Ghz 7″ Diversity Monitor with Integrated Battery (RC801)
Pyle PLCMHD70 7-Inch HD Video On-Camera Field Monitor, HDMI, YPbPr, AV, Audio Inputs
Neewer® DC-70 Clip-on Portable 7″ Color TFT LCD Monitor HDMI 1280x 800Pixels
An Eye-Fi card operates much like a Secure Digital (SD) Card as far as the storage of pictures is concerned, but additionally, Eye-Fis can be set to automatically upload photos [while the camera is on] to a wireless network.
Eyefi 16GB Pro X2 SDHC Class 10 Wireless Flash Memory Card
Eyefi Mobi 32GB Class 10 Wi-Fi SDHC Card with 90-day Eyefi Cloud Service
Eyefi Mobi 16GB Class 10 Wi-Fi SDHC Card with 90-day Eyefi Cloud Service
Wi-Fi cards enable in uploading photos to the Internet when the Wi-Fi card in your camera is within range of a registered network. This saves time and the hassle of connecting a computer and then waiting until the video file gets transferred to the computer hard drive.
Toshiba Flash Air II Wireless 32GB SDHC Memory Card (PFW032U-1BCW)
Toshiba Flash Air II Wireless 16 GB SD Memory Card (PFW016U-1BCW)
Transcend 32 GB Wi-Fi SDHC Class 10 Memory Card (TS32GWSDHC10)
9) Camera Control Apps
Camera Control Apps give control over your cameras from zoom focus to viewfinders, even if you are not behind them. Although there are a number of photography apps, not all of them provide camera control functions. Apps are available for specific camera models and brands.
Depth of Field Calculator
CamRanger: Wireless DSLR Camera Control
10) Smart Phone Video Editors
Smart Phone Video Editors are software applications that enable post-production video editing of digital video sequences on a smart phone.
AndroVid Pro Video Editor
Videoshow Video Editor & Maker
Magisto Magic Video Editor & Maker
Digital storytelling and video editing in the 21st century is continuing to get better and easier, thanks to such supporting equipment enlisted above.
Let us know your experience with any of these equipment or apps and which video equipment according to you would fare well in 2015, by commenting below. Please do share this blog with your friends and colleagues by clicking the share buttons found at the left side of this page.
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