🎬 The Gearator – A Gear Comparison Tool

A gear aggregator; a curated list of many of the different tools available for purchase related to the field of digital media. This list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s something I developed for personal use and then started publicizing because it’s helpful. If you want to know what Fenn thinks of a specific piece of gear, this is the quickest way to find out. It’s a high level way to make sense of a lot of options. Just start typing in the search box.

Categories include: Camera, Lens, Support, Microphone, Field Recorder, PreAmp,TxRx, Software

Launch Price USD
Launch Date
TxRxAccsoonCineEye Air125g 2 devices No built-in battery but has USB-C Does NOT transmit AUDIO <50ms latency, uses 3.5mm barrel jack from 6–18V.
TxRxAccsoonCineEyeDoes not transmit audio, app is buggy and it'll drive you mad if you try connecting in WiFi-congested areas.$250
Cine LensAngenieux Anamorphic 44-440 (newer 420)this color and contrast on skin tone is amazing. It's not just the usual Angenieux warmth, but a very pleasing skin rendition. Bulkiness of lens and slow f-stop are not. 44–440 πŸ™ It's a rear anamorphic so no oval bokeh which I dont mind. 2x squeeze. $75k. Sharp. Consistent. Parfocal. Can be converted into a 25-250 T3.5 spherical.
Cine LensAngenieux Anamorphic Optimo 30-72T4; 2' 2" close focus; 2x;
Cine LensAngΓ©nieux EZ-2"Traditional angenieux look, colorimetry matches those of Optimo & OPTIMO STYLE series" they say but practice seems to differ
Cine LensAngenieux Optimo 12-1 t2.8Great!
Cine LensApollo AnamorphicMore 'budget' anamorphics like Atlas: $12k each.
LightingAputureAmaran 200D"the shiz for value
-Fan is a bit loud
- No DC battery power option
+Value for output
+ Sidus Link control"
LightingAputureAmaran 100dthe shiz for value
Fan isn't as loud as 200D
- No DC battery power option
+Value for output
+ Sidus Link control
LightingAputureNova P300cRGBWW Aputure SkyPanel S30 equivalent at $1700.$1,700
LightingAputure600dPulls 720 watts for "600 Watt Output"; Aputure claims is the brightest single point light source on the market. Weatherproof. Near a 5k tungsten (1.2k HMI). Control box acts as a battery charger.
LightingAputure120DGood light quality (though tungsten version is superior), output is limited, dimmer and power bank a bit clumsy, pretty good value
LightingAputure300DGood value for output
LightingAputure300D IIIntegrated ballast and controller, $1k, 20% brighter than v1, 350 watts, good light quality, lighting effects and Sidus Link App Integration$1,000
LightingAputure300XBi-color version of 300D. Good color rendition and more versatile if you can take the output loss.
LightingAputureF7Great all-purpose cheap light
LightingAputureMC$90 launch. RGB LED; RGBWW; "Sidus Mesh Link" with other Aputure lights is cool; 100Lux@1M id s little low.$90
CameraArriAlexa 65Fantastic out-of-box image, pricey
CameraArriAlexa LFPrice, Focus is tougher
CameraArriAlexa Mini LFThis'll be popular since it's basically shrinking an Alexa while growing its sensor, but not worth the $50k+ for most non-professionals. It's even Netflix-approved.$50,000
Cine LensARRI Signature PrimesSignature PrimesFull frame, Cine Lens,
LightingArri SkyPanel S60-CA pricey, well-built industry standard; 40lbs
SoftwareArtlist.ioArtlist.io$199/yr music subscription service199/yr
LightingAsteraNYXEdison-style bulb, 14W E26 (like Aputure MC7), but at $130 seems way overpriced
LightingAsteraAX1Tube LED with zones (similar to Digital Sputnik), 20-hr battery, phone control, easy to use,
Cine LensAtlas AnamorphicOverly colorful flares and horizontal lines. Decent though considering they are in production and 'value' anamorphics. Only $8-$9k each.
Cine LensAtlas OrionOrionAnamorphic, Cine Lens,
AccessoryAtomosAtomX SyncThis thing, paired with a Zoom F2, gets you wireless bluetooth timecode sync! No need to buy an Ultrasync Blue.
SoftwareAudiioLifetime music subscription for $199?
ShotgunAudio TechnicaAT8987
Lav/PhoneAudio TechnicaATR3350
StudioAudio Technica
AccessoryAutonomousSmartDesk 2Very cheap sit/stand desk Gerard Undone recommends but is supposedly the cheapest both in price and quality.
MicrophoneAzdenSMX 15Superior to Rode Video mic pro, inferior to Deity D3
Pre-ampBeachtekDSLR ProOld DXA-SLR PRO and new DXA-MICRO PRO differences: Size - the MICRO PRO is about half the size and weight (mounts above or below camera).
The MICRO PRO has one XLR input with phantom power and two mono plus one stereo TRS inputs with plug-in power so you can use virtually any microphones with it.
Preamps are very different: The MICRO PRO has between 3–6 times more gain so you can dramatically reduce the noisy camera gain to give you a much cleaner signal.
Pre-ampBeachtekDXA-MicroProSolid pre-amps, great choice for a few extra bucks, only one XLR input
Pre-ampBeachtekMicro Pro PlusLike Micro Pro but adds a removable cheese plate to mount accessories and has a built-in LiPo battery for up to ten hours of run time.
Support (Gimbal)Beholder DS-1Beholder DS-1
Support (Gimbal)Beholder MS-1Beholder MS-1
Support (Tripod)BenroA2883FS4Very compact size of for maximum portability (legs fold back over center column)
Support (Tripod)BenroS8
CameraBlackmagicPocket Cinema Camera 6k G2Updated to be more like the 'pro' model (same sensor, EVF support) but no ND's. This is just making their lineup confusing. But they are finally using the gyro in tandem with Resolve's stabilization. But is it available in Fusion?$1,9952022
CameraBlackmagicBlackmagic URSA Mini 4.6kPoor low light, big and heavy-ish (5lbs) too big for Ronin M, no proxy mode, poor internal color, color inconsistent with luma change.
CameraBlackmagicBlackmagic URSA Mini Pro
CameraBlackmagicPocket Cinema Camera 4kNo EVF, Poor AF,
CameraBlackmagicPocket Cinema Camera 6kGreat codec, menues, picture quality, metadata input, No EVF, Poor AF, New Camera, Poor Battery
CameraBlackmagicMicro Studio Camera 4K G2
LightingBoling*P1$150 launch. Small, RGB LED, Bright, Mountable, Bi-Color, High CRI/TLCI, Color effects (police car, TV, fire), just under Aputure F7 output, 3AmpHr internal battery 2.5 hrs at 100% power is incredible; 1480Lux@.5M; - at low levels color can't be fine-tuned$150
SoftwareCadrageCadrageApp (like Artemis) that acts as director's viewfinder
TxRxCAME TVCAME TV Crystal 800HDMI only, WiFi output to few devices
Support (Gimbal)CAME TV ActionCAME TV Action
Support (Gimbal)CAME TV SingleCAME TV SingleEncoded motors! fast setup, joystick included, 1/4 20 monitor mount nice, larger space allows for up/down tilt. For $28 you get a wireless remote!
LightingCameTVBoltzen 55W Fresnel
LightingCameTVBoltzen AndromedaTube-style with built-in battery, barn doors and mounting points, a bit pricey but worth it for RGB
LensCanon16-35mm f2.8Full frame
CameraCanon1DX Mk IIIInternal 10 bit 4:2:2, 4k with no crop though 60fps does crop, 5k internal raw video but 128GB=5 minutes record time, electronic but no IBIS stabilization, no articulating screen, but finally better Canon pre-amps!, low light is good at 12,800 ISO both noise and AF, no raw on HDMI out, This camera would have been awesome several years ago, now we're all wondering why it's not an RF mirrorless version.
LensCanon28mm f1.8Full frame
CameraCanonC200ND, DualPixel AF, EVF, Battery Life, Audio Inputs, Proxies, Mediocre LCD, No Sensor Stabilization
CameraCanonC500mkII`+ At $16k it's a more reasonably-priced C700, 6k, Built-in ND, Dual Pixel AF,
+ decent choice, great touch screen AF and smaller body than FX9
- EF mount; no RF
CameraCanonC700 Full FramePricey, Full frame at high frame rates to external recorder
LensCanonCN7 17-120mm T2.9$20k+ lens amongst the few that represents one of the few options for fast 'affordable' S35 lens with a decent zoom range. But it's big and heavy.20000+
CameraCanonR5+Articulating LCD
+IBIS (8-stops to boot and works well in video mode)
+120fps in 4k, no sensor crop, AF works too
+"Good" codecs (raw not so much but decent h.265 options). A first for a Canon "DSLR" πŸ™‚
+ Looks like you can shoot "simultaneous movie recording (4K DCI) as 10-bit MP4
- Don't care about 8k
- Overheating issues (back to Sony's early days)
- I'm tired of "announcements" instead of cameras, and this one had a long and disgusting baiting period
- The raw recording is simply impractical. Makes 0 sense. Expensive cards and ridiculous data rates. Just go Magic Lantern.
- Poor battery life
- No dual gain sensor
- Only does raw recording in 8k where it's less-than-useful
- "EF-S cropping not supported"-shucks, what lens would I use with this?
- The R6 is looking to be the superior alternative. That said, I'd consider this camera for its 4k All-I log and Sony doesn't best it within a month πŸ™‚
CameraCanonR6+ Canon's most interesting thing in a decade. 20MP sensor is right where I want it for low-light but high-enough-resolution-for-stills compromise.
+ Well-performing IBIS.
+ 5K sensor for 4k video (I'd not mind a nice 2.5K but I suppose I can live with this)
+ 4k 60fps and HD 120fps (that'll do)
+ Canon log at 10-bit (this is the one we've been waiting for)
+ Articulating touch LCD
+ $2400 launch price. Now that's a good deal. Unless Sony comes out with matching/superior specs (e.g. built-in variable ND) then this is tough to top. I prefer lower resolution for video (even 4k is often too high). I don't love the cost of new card formats like CFExpress nor can I imagine how painful 8K video edits would be. And for no noticeable benefit. SD cards work with my built-in SD card reader (one less accessory), I may (fingers crossed) even get a proxy mode with the R6. Nope. 10-bit log is the sweet spot in terms of quality and usability.
- Codecs aren't what I'd hoped for, despite 10-bit video appeal. No All-I option. Will 10-bit 4:2:2 long-GOP even edit decently? 120p data rates are low.
- Overheating?
- Battery life not looking good
- Micro HDMI is fragile and they seem to have sufficient space
- No dual SD recording or proxy mode
- I'm nervous for rolling shutter
- No dual gain sensor
-When adapting EF lenses the lens stabilization doesn't work in tandem with sensor; they both work, but independently πŸ™
CameraCanonT7iUses Digic7 so no Magic Lantern (the only thing redeeming Canon in the modern era), 1080p video, 24MP APS-C sensor, Dual pixel AF (45 point), 3" fully articulating LCD with touch. It's decent for stills/video use, but has weak video features in comparison with alternative options. $600
CameraCanonC70I actually really like that Canon made this camera.
- No EVF. Whyever not?
+ Built-in ND
+Built-in Audio
+WiFi app is great
+Dual Pixel
+Stabilization claims to be good?
+DGO dual gain sensor
+Excellent enhanced PDAF
LensCanon 20mm f2.8Full frame
LensCanon 24mm f2.8Full frame
Cine LensCanon SumireSumireFull frame, Cine Lens, mount swappable EF/PL,
TxRxCinegearsCinegears 2-in-1 2000MInsanely long range
TxRxCinegearsCinegears Ghost Eye 600M10 bit 4:2:2 transmission
SoftwareCineGizmoCineControl, CineTakes for ARRIMetadata, camera control, rating, director's notes, all from an app.
Pre-ampComicaCVM-AX3Fully featured, good performer, but a bit large.
Cine LensCooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame PlusAnamorphic/i FF+Full frame, Cine Lens, The image circle of the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses will cover a full 24 x 36 still size sensor (image diagonal of 43.27 mm), with a 1.8x squeeze.
Cooke S4'sPainterly bokeh; Soft (pleasantly) on faces.
Cine LensCooke S7/iS7/iFull frame, Cine Lens,
AccessoryCoreSWX Nano-C98Canon battery with D-tap and USB out!
Super Cardiod Condenser with interference tube (shotgun)DeityS Mic 2Very popular for the price; Deity's flagship mic. Accentuates mid-lows a bit much.
Super Cardiod Condenser with interference tube (shotgun)DeityS Mic 2s ("short" shotgun)Shorter version of the S Mic 2.
+$319 is great value for the kit
- Accentuates mid-lows a bit much.
ShotgunDeityV-Mic D3 ProRODE ousted this one with their newer NTG
Awesome set of features and quality for on-camera mic. Deity D3 Pro is one of the best all-purpose microphones. It has a TTRS plug for phone or camera use (with adapter)
Sounds awesome (for $200) and seems to work fine with Wireless GO (no squeal)Internal (50hrs) battery
Super Cardioid (no interference tube so not a shotgun)
+Charges USB C
+Stepless gain knob
TxRxDeity*BP-TRXA real Swiss-army knife. It's small and a transceiver (can both transmit and receive single channel of audio) but it's also an accurate timecode box, USB-C audio interface, and a recorder. BUT you can't transmit and record at the same time UNLESS you buy outside the USA πŸ™ (Zaxcom patent?)
+ It can transmit to up to 4 Rx units in STEREO
+ Camera Hop mode can output timecode to the camera along with audio
-No 32-bit recording
TxRxDeityConnectExcellent range, great UI, 2.4GHz but smart, mixable output, great value, link Rx together to receive up to 4 Tx, set Tx from Rx, powers 60–70 ohm headphones, $650 US,

Better than RODE Link or than Sennheiser
LightingDigital SputnikVoyagerCool zoned RGB LED but pricey.
LightingDigital Sputnik
TxRxDJIDJI Transmission6km low latency transmitter/receiver with built-in 7" 1500 nit screen with built-in recording (supports timecoded proxies). Didn't see anamorphic desqueeze. Sony "mirror mode" allows menu control when camera is inaccessible. 68ms latency is average.$2,4992022
Support (Gimbal)DJIRonin SBest bet for reliability, support, and features
Support (Gimbal)DJIRonin RSC 2- It's heavier than the original (2.65lbs vs 2.43 lbs) and no carbon fiber πŸ™
More compact and foldable (7"x7" footprint)
+ Built-in OLED for settings and active track control
+ Supports 6.6lbs vs 4.85 lbs of original
+- New 14 hr battery but you'll have to buy new batteries
Support (Gimbal)DJIRonin RS 2"RavenEye" Image Tx optional accessory to mobile devices using Ronin app with 60ms latency (Hollyland Mars 400s Pro is 80ms or .08s for comparison). (1080 30fps up to 600'). But RavenEye only uses internal battery for 4hrs of charge and won't accept external power while running. It also only transmits to ONE device at a time unlike many alternatives on the market.
TOF (IR) dual sensors for AF with manual lenses
$849 USD at launch ($999 w/case Focus motor, Tx, but no TOF system?)
+2.86 lbs with 10-lb payload
+3 USB-C connectors for multiple devices
+12 hour battery with 15-minute quick charge (for +2 hours)
+Dual handle available
Support (Gimbal)DJIRonin SC40% lighter than Ronin S, smaller Ronin S. 11 hour battery life.
+Has USB C port in arm for powering accessories
- Maximum 4lb payload isn't realistically met with some setups because you can't pull the camera far enough back without it hitting the arm.
MicrophoneDPA4017b+Fantastic Sound
-High Price πŸ™‚
ShotgunDPADPA 4017-BCurtis recommends this one highly so it's on the list. I've never used it. Too rich for my blood.
Support (Tripod)E-imageEK60AAM
Support (Slider)Edelkrone
LightingFalcon Eyes BL-30TDAputure 300D Alternative but bi-color
TxRxFeiduFM50RODE Wireless go competition for ~$100, comes with low quality lav,
+replaceable battery
CameraFujifilm*XT-30XT-30 is cheaper than XT-3at $700, still no IBIS,4k 30fps, 10-bit external only, 10 minute limit, APS-C, great AF, great color, good lens choices
CameraFujifilm*XT-4Articulating lcd
4K60240fps though not great IQ
10bit HEVC 400mbps
IBIS (better than Sony, worse than Olympus)
headphone out requires USB-C adapter
CameraFujifilmXT-2At $900 it's a great value. Rather comparable to the XT-3, no BSI sensor, 1.18x crop in 4k video, no 10-bit, faster processing means much better AF on XT-3, HEVC recording on XT-3, rolling shutter better on XT-3, does shoot F-log, 1080 120fps,
CameraFujifilmXT-3APS-C, $1500 launch, no IBIS, 4k 60fps, 10-bit h.265, F-log, 4:2:2 over HDMI, dual SD slots, great EVF
LensFujinonMKMK series are great, s35 lenses, parfocal, and as fast as you can get (T2.9) without getting big and pricey. Much cheaper than Cabrio series.
LensFujinonPremista 28-100mm t2.946mm image circle (full frame) but pro-priced. If you really want a full frame fast zoom lens here you go
FV150GodoxThis is the most excited I've been about a light in awhile. It's a combo photo flash and continuous LED for video unit. Instead of a flash tube it basically 'overcharges' the COB LED 400% or two stops brighter than it is in video mode. That said, it feels very first generation and I think the next wave of these will be worth buying. It just doesn't do either the photo or video job great and that reduces its value to me.
- Does NOT freeze motion well; its minimum duration sucks πŸ™
Modeling light while shooting photos though there's a bit of a pause after each shot so you're in the dark a bit. How loud is fan? It's not quite there with remote and flash Tx controlling everything so you have to pull it down and mess with knobs on the back still. A v2 of this will be awesome.
- No TTL
- Power equivalent to AD200 at 1/16 or around 1/4 power of a regular old speedlight. That's just not quite enough for me, even for indoor studio use.
+ None of the HSS disadvantages because no reduction in output
+You have a killer modeling lamp built in
+ Comes with remote and phone app
+Comes with umbrella holder.
+ We're getting close with LED in color to a real flash!
FV200GodoxAbout what you'd expect. A brighter version of FV150. Fan noise seems comparable?
VL300GodoxGreat value and quality! Finally! The first Godox lights kinda sucked but I would actually use this for video now and at $750 it's closer to where Aputure started with their lights, just that this is similar to current Aputure quality. @1M 11,300 Lux$750
LightingGodoxLC 500Compare to YongNuo and Andromeda?
LightingGodoxSL 200Compare to Aputure 300D and Falcon Eyes BL-30TD; loud for video
LightingGodoxSL 150W Mark IIFan noise fixed! Same brightness, color accuracy etc.
LensHasselblad Vario-Tes E ZA16–70mm F4 f4
LightingHiveSuperhornet 575cο»Ώ
TxRxHollylandCosmo C1`+ Built-in USB-C plugs Rx into computer for a 1080p 60 signal to be recognized as a webcam and streamed
+1000' range
5GHz frequency-hopping "HEVO"
4 systems can work at once
+40ms latency is excellent (should be imperceptible)
-Loopout is SDI-only
-Only works with ONE Tx to Rx!
TxRxHollylandHollyland Mars 300 Good budget system ($400) with similar latency (100ms) to Nyrius; has loop out on TX$400
TxRxHollyland*Hollyland Mars 300 Pro.08 Seconds latency (similar to non-pro, but hybrid camera's latency is the bigger issue), 300' range, 136 grams (sans battery), HDMI loopout and dual output on receiver. Comes in Standard $449 (built-in internal antenna), Enhanced $469 (better build quality and external antenna and Transmitter only $199 (for phones/tablets); Sony NPF battery or USB-C power inputs
- Does NOT accept 4k input
- 2.4GHz only
- No audio transmission
TxRxHollylandHollyland Mars 400S400' range, SDI and HDMI inputs, better OLED screen, .1 second latency
TxRxHollylandHollyland Cosmo 20002000' pro solution (Teradek competition) 5GHz
TxRxHollylandHollyland Cosmo 600$1700 (though I've seen it as low as $1.1k which is an awesome deal), Why is it pro? SDI input, uncompressed transmission, signal encryption, timecode transfer. 5GHz
-1080 input only
TxRxHollylandMars X$179 launch, AccSoon CineEye competition, an HDMI-only Tx which transmits to mobile devices only.$179
Support (Tripod)iFootageGazelle TA6Fenn likes the bowl because it allows for small leveling adjustments without adjusting leg height. He also loves center columns for height adjustment without messing with legs. The Benro Aero tripods and the iFootage Gazelle provide both.
Support (Slider)iFootageShark Mini
TxRxInkeeBenBoxINKEE Benbox is a $109 5.8GHz WiFi Video Tx for 3 mobile devicews$109
LightingIntellytechFast Frame Scrim & Diffuser($350) This 6.5'x5' diffusion+grid is particularly easy to assemble and take down since you leave the diffusion and egg crate on$350
LightingIntellytechMEGA-LiteCloth3'x4.5' foldable LED mat for under $2k, makes for a simple large-but-portable light source
LensIrix15mm f2.4Full frame, Affordable and awesome, just not quite as good as the Laowa 15mm f2
CameraKinefinityMavo LFA great picture but at this price point I want a brand with a reliable track record. There are now other cameras near this price point that offer superior usability and reliability.
Cine LensKowa anamorphicCompression skew distortion is strong. Like the small size and weight but image has some issues.
LensLaowa 12mm f2.8Full frame
LensLaowa 15mm f2Full frame
Cine LensLaowa OOOM 25–100mm T2.9Look out Angenieux πŸ™‚ This is only $5k. With rear anamorphic adapter for $6.5k! Just over Aps-C coverage. 1.33x
Field RecorderLectrosonicsThey're a big name but come with a big price. Not really up the alley of this site.
Cine LensLeica ThaliaThaliaFull frame, Cine Lens, $250k for the set but Fenn would really like to try these
SoftwareLesspainKynoChecksum, frame.io support, popular movie codec support, metadata support, but works like bridge where metadata is in hidden sidecar files and has no database
LightingLume CubePanelCell-phone sized bi-color LED panel. 400Lux@1M; CRI 96+
LightingLupoDayled 2000
LightingLupoSuperpanel Dual Color 6070k lux at a meter (like an Arri M18 with 1200watt bulb) ! or 45k lux on battery power, draws 45 watts, $1790 is reasonable price for that type of output,
LightingLupoSuperpanel Full Color 60
Cine LensMeike FFFullframe coverage for <$1k each sounds interesting. Compare Rokinons, DZOFilm Vespids, SLR Magic APO MicroPrime, Sigma
Support (Tripod)MillerCiNXAwesome revamping of fluid head design for heavier cameras. Miller has always excelled at making light-weight tripods that perform well with heavier loads. These are professionally-priced as well however.
LightingNanliteForza 300
LightingNanliteForza 500One of the better options for high output COB lights available.
LightingNanliteForza 60
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4000 LiteNebula 4000 Lite
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4200 3-axisNebula 4200 3-axis
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4200 5-axisNebula 4200 5-axis
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4200 LiteNebula 4200 Lite
TxRxNyriusNyrius Aries ProBest bang for buck consumer system; no SMA antenna
MicrophoneOktavaMK-012 or MC012I love these litle mics and have for many years. Handling noise is an issue. Gut the electronics for even better performance. My voice works so well with this mic. It's got great lower-end response.
Lav/PhoneOscar TechI love these little lav mics. Affordable and great sounding for a lav.
LensPanasonic10-25mm f1.7Great performance, prime quality, MFT, pricey
LensPanasonic100-300mm f5.6MFT
CameraPanasonicG7No IBIS, bigger (DSLR sized), has drive mode dial and focus switch, articulating LCD, mic input, no log but does have Cinelike D and V, great touch screen, no 4k internal and simultaneous HDMI ($500)
CameraPanasonicGH4MFT 'small sensor', poor video AF and low light, great stabilization, great internal codecs and external 10-bit recording, comfortable to use, a very solid choice for a hybrid video/photo camera
CameraPanasonicGH5MFT 'small sensor', 5-axis IBIS with lens+in body stabilization, full width 4k video, internal 10 bit, internal LUT preview, vectorscope, waveform, auto ISO in Manual mode, full-size HDMI,
CameraPanasonicGX85Fantastic budget option ($400), IBIS, high IQ, great touch screen, no log, no mic input, only 90ΒΊ screen articulation, no cine profiles
CameraPanasonicG85Bigger than G85 adds mic jack, updated IBIS and flash, also adds "cine" profiles but NO log$900
CameraPanasonicGX9Small camera but pretty big 4k video crop
CameraPanasonicLX100Excellent all-in-one compact, fantastic lens, 4k, No remote shutter control port, no headphone jack, no mic jack, no V-Log, no touch screen, no articulating screen, $600
CameraPanasonicS1$2500, IBIS, L-mount, paid upgrade for 10 bit and log, mediocre AF
CameraPanasonicS1HUnprecedented video quality in a mirrorless ILC camera for $4000. 6k, full frame, great bit rates, 10-bit, log, 60p, IBIS, articulating screen, great EVF, L-mount
CameraPanasonicZS10010x (25-250mm) LEICA 2.8–5.9, 4k HD (no log), timelapse
CameraPanasonicZS200Incredible 15x zoom for a 1" sensor (24mm–360mm). 5 axis stabilization is sensor or just lens though? No log. No phase detect AF. No ND.
LightingPilotfly*AtomCube Rx1Bluetooth mesh, 2500K–8500K, Effects, Color-accurate, good output. Serious contender to Boling P1 or Aputure MC.
Support (Gimbal)Pilotfly H1Pilotfly H1
Support (Gimbal)Pilotfly H1+Pilotfly H1+
Support (Gimbal)Pilotfly H2Pilotfly H2
AccessoryPolarProPeter McKinnon Variable ND+Philip Bloom is impressed by performance (sharpness) with telephoto lenses
LightingProfound/Blind SpotCrack LightExcellent CRI/TLCI; waterproof, South Korean manf. "Profound" distributing through "Blind Spot" company.
LightingQuasarQ-LED T8No mounting options, requires AC, no RGB, dimmer sold separately
TxRxR2TeckR2Teck DVLM 100HDMI only, WiFi output
LightingRayzr 7300 Daylight
CameraRedHelium 8k EpicDSMC2 body with internal WiFi means "FoolControl" focus and camera control and lighter weight. Still need a module just to power the camera and expensive accessories with long wait times to get a Raven or Scarlet (and camera has crazy-long boot-up times). Low light is finally here with Helium sensor. Windowed resolutions for lower res rather than scaling seems unfortunate but you can get ProRes 2k proxy and Fusion scales well.
CameraRedHelium 8k S35S35 sensor
CameraRedMonstro 8k VVVista Vision (close to full frame) sensor
CameraRedRanger with Gemini 5K S35 SensorRental-only item that adds the most needed features to the standard brain
SliderRhinoArc III need to buy one of these and try it personally. I've never found a slider I really loved and others say this did it for them.
Microphone (supercardiod) ShotgunRODE*VideoMic NTG+Good Sound and great features. I frequently recommend this as a starter mic because it's just so handy.
+Adapts to recording source (camera TRS, mobile TRRS etc.)
+USB mic option (built-in A>D) and you can then plug headphones into mic itself and monitor
+Safety track to reduced gain on Right channel (doesn't work with single channel TRRS to a phone obviously)
+ Included shock mount
+Allows gain from Mic to Line to Headphone level right within camera (will have to compare with external and camera pre-amps)
+Has physical power button so works with Atomos recorders that don't trigger the Deity to turn on
+$249 good value
+RF interference seems well controlled for a RODE mic (and aluminum body)
- lacks the option of balanced output for longer cable runs without interference (Deity D3 pro does have this)
WirelessRode*Wireless GoIncredible at $200. Performs best in line-of-sight scenarios, doesn't work with all external mics (excessive squeal due to what, RF? Plug-in Power? who knows?) but very easy to set up.
Cuts out around 200’ but MUST be line of site (talent can turn and have their body between mic and receiver)
Lav/PhoneRodeiXyFor beginners, I'd suggest just spending $80 on a Zoom H1 and practice keeping it close to the sound source.
ShotgunRodeNTG3I tend to say if you're going to spend the extra money over an NTG5 then just get a Sennheiser 416
RodeRodeNTG5+If you have the $1k just get the 416 and move on with life. It's a consistent winner. If not, check out the NTG5.
+Great value, shorter/lighter than NTG3 and $500 is good for a true RF-bias mic (works in humid conditions though if you need it)
+Better self-noise performance than the budget mics.
+ Comes with a shock mount
-$500 doesn't get you double the sound of the VideoMic NTG and you lose convenience
-Very natural response
- Requires phantom power. A mic without self power options may sound superior but is practically limiting
-I'm concerned about sample variation with this microphone. The tests I've heard do not sound consistent and I've had many more problems with RODE than with Sennheiser.
MicrophoneRode | MOVO | ComicaRode Video Micro; Comica VM10IIA decent, small, camera-top microphone for ENG-style shooting. Great for the price.
Cine LensRokinon XEENXEENCine Lens, Best deal, strong coma in 24mm, bigger and heavier than need to be, not color consistent
Support (Tripod)SachtlerAceVery poor quality
LensSamsung16-50mm S f2–2.8
LensSamsung30mm Pancake
LensSamsung45mm 1.8
LensSamsung85mm f1.4NX mount depricated
CameraSamsungNX1Amazing first-gen camera. Sad they nixed it. USB3, NFC,WiFi, BT, h.265, No log, no ND, Lenses are biggest deal, no Aputure DEC compatibility, no Sigma Art lenses, no true Log profile, no electronic Canon adapters even. Edelkrone shutter release cable? Look at the firmware updates.
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower135mm f2Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower14mm f2.4Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower14mm f2.8Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower14mm f2.8Full frame, AF!
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower16mm f2
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower20mm f1.8Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower24mm f1.4
Microphone (cardiod)SankenCS3-eVery popular mic for something like indoor dialog
WirelessSaramonicBlink 500 B2A cheap dual channel wireless mic. 2.4 GHz | Mediocre quality sound
Competes with RODE Wireless GO for $50 more
- No LCD screen
- Larger than RODE (sticks out the back of hot shoe)
- When using two Tx it mixes the audio together πŸ™
- No iPhone lightning adapter
- Way worse in range tests (cuts out eat 50ft in some tests 300ft in others) Just don’t interrupt line of site (talent turns around)

+ Comes with 2 (see negative though)
+ Plugs into Android type C phones
+Built-in mic
WirelessSaramonicBlink 500 ProComes as a single or dual Tx. General improvement in battery, range and durability. Similar to initial 2.4GHz offering.
+If it's range is truly decent then it's better than the Wirelss GO
+Two dedicated 3.5mm outputs for monitoring and camera at the same time
+Truly two channel (the first summed into one channel...rather useless)
Pre-ampSaramonicSmartRigLower quality. I'd say don't go there unless your camera has really bad internal preamps
Pre-ampSaramonic SR-PAX1
Pre-ampSaramonic SR-PAX2Great unit for price, good pre-amps, +48v, dual mono summing, detailed levels and battery display, comparable to Beachtek. 9v batteries are annoying but standard in these sort of pre-amps, no headphone volume adjustment, physically larger than the Beachtek Micro Pro
Microphone (super cardioid)SchoepsCMC641Very popular mic for something like indoor dialog ($1600)
MicrophoneSenalSCI-3212+Pretty incredible for sub $100 (better than Samson C02)
+$150 for all three: omni, cardiod, and supercardioid capsules
- A bit harsh on the high end
ShotgunSennheiserME66/K6This is the 'budget 416' but it's actually suprisingly good. It's just a bit 'tinnier' than the 416 but if you get the K6 power module with the ME64 and ME66 you've got a great setup for indoors and outdoors for $500.
ShotgunSennheiserMKH-416The "Industry standard" shotgun mic but for $1k there are finally some really good alternatives if you can't afford it. In my blind testing, I fairly consistently gravitate toward this mic for some reason. It likely has to do with how the bass is acccentuated and high end articulation as well. It just feels "present" to me in a way that is very pleasing, sounding much more like a larger diaphragm condensor than most of the other options. These differences, however, are subtle, and most people will benefit from buying multiple mics and accessories for $500 rather than spending it all on the mic. That said, this mic has withstood the test of time like no other (it's from the '70's!) and it just keeps on winning. It is warm on the low end, but it's consistent despite proximity to subject. This resistance to "proximity effect" is a fairly valuable trait when it comes to something like a shotgun mic that may be placed at various distances from the subject. It's also something too few reviewers consider. They also don't test female voices enough in their demos. Sennheiser is a reliable brand. Much moreso than RODE or Deity from my experience.
LensSigma10–20mm 3.5
LensSigma14–24 f2.8Full frame
LensSigma14mm f1.8Full frame, Excellent lens
LensSigma16mm f1.4
LensSigma18-35 f1.8
LensSigma20mm f1.4Full frame, Excellent lens but no filtration
LensSigma20mm f1.8
LensSigma24-35mm f2Full frame, Big and heavy, large filter thread
LensSigma24mm f1.4Full frame, Excellent optically BUT for star and night stuff not ideal as coma performance at f1.4 and f2 is bad. Good at f2.8 in every aspect.
LensSigma28mm f1.4Full frame
LensSigma500–100 f1.8
LensSigma50mm f1.4Full frame
LensSigma APS E19mm f2.8
LensSigma APS E30mm 2.8
LensSigma APS E60mm f2.8
Cine LensSigma CineCineFull frame, Cine Lens, Look wonderful , Art quality sharp, but breath somewhat (Wolfcrowe says a lot, Matt Duclos says a little and mainly in 14mm). Electronic contacts for lens metadata! 14mm and 135mm at f2.0 are uncommonly fast for cine lenses.
LensSirui50mm f1.8 Anamorphic1.33x is a mild anamorphic lens (not an adapter) Designed for S35 use, not full-frame
+well made, suprisingly sharp even at f.18 (for anamorphic which is a low sharpness standard)
- Only Sony E, Fuji X and MFT Mounts
Cine LensSirui FF Anamorphics T2.9; 35mm; 50mm 75mm; 100mm; 1.6x!!! 82mm filter thread (fixed) - .75m close focus is comparable
Pre-ampSonosaxSX-M2D2$1k but nice! Works as audio interface, plug a phone or computer in. Highest quality pre-amps
CameraSonyFX30`+Great value for 10-bit S-log 3, USB web cam,
-APS-C crop sensor, mediocre rolling shutter (between A74 and A7s3), poor photo ability, low light not quite as good as full frame siblings though it is a true base ISO for once
CameraSonyA7 IV`+Full frame, 4k 60 (S35) , Articulating Screen, 33 MP,
- Rolling shutter bad
- HDMI out still blacks screen when showing 'info' overlay
CameraSonyZ-V1+ USB power works to power camera
+ At around $800 you get a lot of a6600 plus a nice lens for little money
+ Stabilization works well
- Still has that annoying 1/4" thread-covered-by-QR plate issue
- Minor crop in 4k
- Loses f1.8 at all but widest zoom
CameraSony*A7IIIBest hybrid photo/video camera of 2019 for the price, great AF, good lens options, proxy recording (though not while using face detection), full frame, S-log 2 (though only 8-bit)
LensSony16–50 f2.8
LensSony16–50 pancake f3.5-5.6
LensSony16mm Pancake f2.8
LensSony20mm Pancake 2.8
LensSony28mm f2Full frame
LensSony35mm f1.4Full frame, Excellent lens
LensSony35mm f1.8
LensSony50mm f1.8
LensSony55mm f1.8 ZA f1.8Full frame
CameraSonya6300One of the first 4k cameras with full pixel readout, overheating and rolling shutter issues, terrible battery life, no headphone jack
CameraSonya6400No internal stabilization; 425 Phase- & Contrast-Detect AF Points,
Intervalometer, S-log2, best LCD of a6300 and a6500 as it has a 180ΒΊ selfie mode,
CameraSonya6500Touchscreen, 5-axis IBIS, only 90ΒΊ LCD which is a downgrade from previous a6400, 11fps, face and eye tracking
CameraSonya6600Better battery life! Great AF, IBIS is mediocre, low light good, bad rolling shutter still, single SD slot, headphone jack. It's close to a73 in price so it can't sell all that well.
CameraSonyA7RII42MP, IBIS, 4k video, log, great AF, rolling shutter poor, fullframe less quality than the downscaled s35 crop mode
CameraSonyA7RIV61MP, IBIS, AI-powered eye AF, rolling shutter issues
CameraSonyA7SII12mp, IBIS, 100mbps XAVC-S, S-log2, everyone awaits an update
CameraSonyA7SIII`-12MP sensor still is just too low for photos in 2020
- IBIS isn't quite up to competition
- HEVC is oddly missing 4k30
+Menus and touch screen are much better
+ 10 bit interal
+ High grame rates
+ High quality in every mode: HD (oversampled not line skipped), and all frame rates
+ 4:2:0 10-bit HEVC edits easily πŸ™‚
+- All-I 4k120 is the only mode that needs the pricey card
+ S-log 3 base ISO is now 160.
CameraSonyFS5Many awesome features (electronic variable ND especially), but in real life I didn't enjoy using it, clunky menu, slow to access critical controls, etc.
CameraSonyFX3Why does this exist? Just get an A7s3. For $400 more what are you really getting that competes with losing an EVF? More tally lights, active cooling fans, S-cinetone is now on both; the only real plus I see is more 1/4" mounting points for "cage-free" operation.
CameraSonyFX6`+ Variable ND rules as always
+ Official dual native ISO at 800 and 12800
- Why buy this over the A7s3? No IBIS, fiddly touch focus, limited codecs, bigger body, no audio inputs except on top handle, weird camera restart requirements...
CameraSonyFX9`+ $10k, Full frame, E-mount, Great Hybrid AF (though it needs a touch screen),
- Metadata-gyro-based post stabilization (no IBIS)
- IBIS, XAVC-I, XAVC-L, 16-bit raw 4K, Dual ISO, Electronic Variable ND is awesome, Venice "color science", S-cinetone
CameraSonyRX100 V24–701.8–2.8 but on a 1" sensor that doesn't get you much depth. Built in ND. Phase detect AF. LCD tilts all the way up for reverse shots.
CameraSonyVeniceInterchangeable sensor, 6 micron pixel pitch, updated color science, support for true 4-perf anamorphic lenses (cropped sensor), standard Bayer sensor, claimed 15 stop DR, 16-bit linear to AXS-R7 recorder and X-OCN for full frame raw 6k (2Gb/sec), native ISO 500, up to 8-stops built-in ND, cons: not a high speed king (only 60fps@Super35); anamorphic 4k and full frame are both paid firware upgrades
LensSony ZA24mm f1.8Full frame
LensSony ZA35mm f2.8Full frame
LensSony ZA55mm f1.8Full frame
LensSony ZE24mm 1.8
Field RecorderSound Devices633
Field RecorderSound Devices688
Field RecorderSound DevicesMixPre10tSee new MixPre II Series with 32-bit float recording
Field RecorderSound DevicesMixPre3Don't get "M" versions for music; High quality, great analog limiters, 3rd part controller support, Android support,
Field RecorderSound DevicesMixPre6See new MixPre II Series with 32-bit float recording
MicrophoneSureShure SM7B
LensTamron15-30mm f2.8Full frame, Good lens, no filters
LensTamron18–200mm 3.5-6.3
LensTamron24-70mm f2.8Full frame
LensTamron28-75mm f2.8Full frame
LensTamron28–75mm f2.8Full frame
Field RecorderTascamDR-10LLike Zoom F1 but only a lav mic recorder. Supposedly the 10L is the US version without headphone out while recording but it worked for me.
Field RecorderTascamDR-40X
Field RecorderTascamDR05Inferior pre-amps to Zoom but omni internal mic is nice for field recording.
Field RecorderTascamDR100mkIII
Field RecorderTascamDR60dmkII
Field RecorderTascamDR701DNot as great now that we have better Zoom and Sound Device alternatives
SoundTentacleTrack ELike the Sync E, but it RECEIVES timecode and acts as a mini 32-bit recorder. I wish they would have made it act as a sync-outputting device as well
-"The Track E will be able to be jammed from an external timecode source, but it won't be able to send out timecode.
the headphone out if active while recording, BUT everywhere except the US."
TxRxTeradekTeradek Bolt 500 LT"Industry Standard" if you support Vitec
AccessoryTilta*Nucleus NanoIncredibly value for under $200, decent motor strength (but test with cine lenses as you do get what you pay for) and just enough programmability
AccessoryTimecode SystemsUltraSync Blue`+AtomX SYNC with Atomos Ninja V is only $150 and this gets you BT sync just like the Blue? This is awesome as it's essentially a way to sync MovieSlate to NinjaV recordings sans cable, but it would be better if more apps other than Mavis (i.e. Filmic Pro) would support the protocol. That way I could have iPhone camera in sync without cables via nothing but the BT connection.
HDMI devices have a lag which throws off timecode, necessitating the "calibrate" button (2-9 frames)
Ultra Sync One is the similarly-priced Timecode System's Tentacle (Tentacle E is around $290 and UltraSync1 is $299)
UltraSync Blue is $179, uses BlueTooth to sync up to four devices within 33' (RF system goes 650'). There is no LTC on this system! But it does sync with MovieSlate.
+Now that the Zoom F2 is out this option looks rather fun.
You could jam from the BLUE: the iPhone (FilmicPro? NOPE. Mavis only.) a Zoom F2 (or other with BlueTooth module) and MovieSlate. Works with Apogee MetaRecorder app for iOS. Then you could Tentacle Jam from MovieSlate.
Cine LensTodd AO AnamorphicNever heard of but liking. Distracting bokeh. APS-C to FF coverage from wide to tight focal lengths.
LensTokina11-16mm f2.8
LensTokina11-20mm f2.8
LensTokina14-20mm f2
LensTokina24-70mm f2.8Full frame
LensTokina50-135mm t2.9V2 is a great upgrade, great value lens
Cine LensTokinaVistaFull frame (larger than Vista Vision), sharp wide open, beautiful falloff
Cine LensTokina CineCineS35, Cine Lens, Very nice! No breathing.
VaxisA5H`+just a step below the Ninja V quality-wise and built-in Tx/Rx is handy
- Screen brightness not really 1000 nits and blacks lift at high brightness
- Range on Tx Rx isn't great and Vaxis app is quite primitive
900 kit
499 solo
TxRxVaxis*Atom 500500' transmission, 1080p60, Mobile App Transmission (3–4 devices); built-in antenna, NPF batteries and USB-C power, 158 grams, they claim encryption and uncompressed transmission–at this price point? Summer 2020 for $299 which is dirt cheap.
+ Excellent range results ~1000' (well-beyond manufacture claims)
+ 5Ghz
+ Transmits Audio!
+ USB-C power
- App is iOS only as of 2020
- App is limited (no LUT capability)
- Can't monitor multiple camera streams at once in app
LensVazen40mm T2 Anamorphic1.8x, $3k so cheap in terms of anamorphics, MFT
LightingVILTROXL116TCheap and large-ish source
Pre-ampWooden CameraA-Box PlusSmall size at last! Light weight, Canon LP-E6 battery,
LightingYongnuoYN360RGB Light Wand
LightingYongnuoYN360II ProBicolor light wand
LightingYongnuoYN360SBicolor light wand
CameraZ CamE2This would have been more exciting several years ago, but now, for the price, why not just get a camera with an EVF, LCD, stabilization, etc? Variable electronic ND in the mount is nice.
Field RecorderZaxcomDiva
Field RecorderZaxcomMaxx
Field RecorderZaxcomNomad
Camera ZCamE2Awesome features for price. ProRes raw, 10bit h265, control via ninja V, phone app. Same MFT sensor as BMPCC? 160 fps h.265 4k; ProRes 4K 60p
LensZeiss25mm f2Full frame
LensZeiss Milvus18mm f2.8Full frame
Cine LensZeiss Supreme Primes FFSupreme Primes FFFull frame, Cine Lens, Zeiss Supreme Primes FF
LensZeiss Touit12mm f2.8
LensZeiss Touit32mm f1.8
LensZeiss Touit50mm f2.8
Field RecorderZoomF2- Only has BT sync? No ability to jam via LTC so it's tough with mirrorless cameras unless you use something like Movieslate as a 'trasnlator' between the BT timecode and LTC.
- No headphone out while recording in US? Thanks Zax.
+ 32-bit means set and forget recording. Though I'd suppose you have to adjust headphone levels.
+14 hours of battery life would be MUCH better than I've experienced on Tascam DR10L
Field RecorderZoomF1Size and 10-pin acessory port add great flexibility. Sadly, no phantom power (not even with capsules), RF interference prone (airplane mode); mid-range quality pre-amps; works as USB interface to PC
-Only 2-channel
- Can you monitor via headphone jack while recording?
Field RecorderZoomF4Cheap option for TC generation which H6 lacks, Great pre-amps with low noise, look-ahead limiters are good, F-control accessory, automix, screen inferior to F8, 8AA batteries cumbersome. No app integration for metadata input like F8 has. Battery life ppor.
Field RecorderZoomF6+Dual analog A>D converter party trick means 'never clip' has come to Zoom.
+ Works with app using $30 bluetooth accessory (great to enter metadata on set)
-Headphone out is subpar
-No balanced output (only 3.5mm)
-No instrument in capability for guitar
Field RecorderZoomF8
Field RecorderZoomF8nUpdate makes headphone gain improvement,
Field RecorderZoomH1Best option for price if budget-limited. Gets you superior audio to in-camera mic for <$100 Works as a lav mic recorder for interviews too.
Field RecorderZoomH1nUpdated H1 with better build quality.
Field RecorderZoomH4n
Field RecorderZoomH4n ProHas a weak pre-amp so no good with Rode NTG2
Field RecorderZoomH5Self noise improved from H4n; accessory shoe adds versatility
Field RecorderZoomH6Self noise improved from H4n, 4 built-in inputs plus accessory shoe adds major versatility
LightingYN360II Pro RGBRGB Light Wand