Panasonic G100 Vlogging camera…again with no headphone socket !

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The rage from Japan seems to be dedicated Vlogging cameras. Only someone has decided Vlogging is for people who live in Toytown.

Once again, sadly, Panasonic have decided that we are not getting a headphone socket. After the GH4, GH5, S1 and finally on the FZ2000… all with headphone sockets this camera returns to the dark ages.

Not only does it not have a headphone socket but we are back to a mini HDMI socket and to top it off you get 10 minutes record time in 4K25p or 20 minutes in full HD.

Sound has not only taken a back seat with this camera but the lack of recording time is crippling.

We are in the middle of a Worldwide Pandemic and Panasonic decides to make a camera with features that will cut out 50% of their buying market.

I looked at this as I liked the size of it “nice and compact” but as soon as I heard the words “NO HEADPHONE SOCKET” I switched off.

Who are Panasonic talking to when they make such stupid design decisions. Yet they proudly show off the external mic socket…only one problem chaps…if the sound going into the camera is duff no amount of post production is going to fix this. I will leave you with a video review from Gordon Laing from Camera Labs.

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Using crews during a pandemic

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I read an article from Alister Chapman on Facebook about the problem with crews during a pandemic.

Alister Chapman “The challenges of a very simple Covid shoot. So – you think – lets shoot outside, the safest place to work. That’s fine as long as the weather stays dry. Then you find that you have crew members that can only use public transport and your exterior location isn’t close to any public transport routes – move to a different location closer to a railway station. Trains are much less frequent and social distance means seats may not be available, so need much more start time flexibility.Ask your crew to bring their own lunch and drinks. But then once they have drunk those drinks where do they go for a bathroom break? Public toilets are mostly closed, cafe’s and bars are closed. This would normally be such a simple shoot to organise.”

David “So why not get another crew”

Alister ” I’d rather stick with the crew I know, a crew that’s always worked hard to deliver before this. I know some of them have been hit hard by this, so I want to do my bit to help them earn a living.”

HDW “Very commendable”

Colin “Rent a motor home as a home base”

Alaister “No budget for that, this is a simple small crew shoot where normally we would go to a local cafe or bar for breaks. A motor home is to small for a crew to all sit down inside together and you would also need someone to sanitise it between each user. It also assumes there is somewhere big enough to park it on site.”

HDW : The problem is you never know what underlying health problems others have until you arrange a shoot.
In my own case I have chrohn’s disease and my cameraman has type one diabetes so both of us are reliant on the ability to need public toilets as a minimum.
Type one’s tend to run their blood sugars a bit higher to give themselves leeway thus causing them to need the toilet more frequently.

I thought I would throw this picture in for good measure hairdressing during a shoot in Edradour, you just can’t socially distance yourself from people while cutting their hair.

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This collision happened in Feburary and is only being reported now.

Getting down to the nitty gritty the Canadian police helicopter was on a mission and the police drone was on the same mission, there was a collision but not enough damage to the helicopter that it could not land safely.

Here is a chap I follow on YouTube “Droning On” to explain what happened

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A fascinating look at recreating an early colour outside broadcast (OB)

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Photograph supplied with kind permission from Ron Seeth (Seen above operating the camera for Scottish Television)

A look at the early days in colour broadcasting in the UK this should appeal to my broadcast buddies.

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DPA Micro Shotgun Kit for interviews £435

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Hands up I do know who DPA are but I do remember seeing them at IBC a few years ago. DPA have come up with a genius interview kit for keeping the stress off the interviewers hand with a micro shotgun mic and boom kit best if you watch the video. It sounds very clear on the video.

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Sony Z-V1 “Vlogging camera ?”

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Sony have decided that there is no need to monitor your sound any more as they insist in bringing out mirrorless cameras with no headphone socket.

I would love to speak to the so called designer who keeps missing the point. Its totally reckless of any company to provide a video tool that does not allow you to monitor your sound.

Whats the point of vlogging if you get back to base to discover you sound is crap.

I will leave you with my good friend Johnnie Behiri who has produced a review of this camera for Cinema 5D

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