It's been a pretty big news week for cameras both big and small. ARRI announced their new large format Alexa Mini LF, while Sony went the other route and introduced one of the tiniest 4K action cams to hit the market with the RXO II. In the monitor world Teradek and SmallHD rolled out their "world's first wireless lens data overlay" system while Atomos gave a very helpful boost to with their new Shinobi SDI.
But the biggest news that most filmmakers care about are the deals. So, let's dive into some of the best opportunities to maximize your savings with these filmmaker-friendly offerings.
As we wrote about the Sony RXO II when first announced earlier this week, this bad buy is being billed as the world's tiniest (and lightest) action cams on the market. An update of the Sony RXO which itself has been a more than serviceable competitor to the GoPro dynasty, the RXO II includes internal 4K video, image stabilization and a neat little flip-up screen to boot.
You can pre-order the Sony RXO II here.
And while the RXO II might be the headline, the sub-header has to be that this means that the Sony RXO is now a cheaper option that is just as useful and available now. Plus, with this accessory package include the Sony DSC-RXO, 24/7 Traffic Collection, SanDisk Ultra mSD UHS-I Class 10, ProOPTIC Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit, Adorama Digital Memory Wallet and a Corel ART Suite 07 and... shipping is free!
Get your Sony RXO w/ Accessory Bundle here.
If you're serious about investing in gear that will last and not be obsolete in less than a calendar year, scouring for quality lenses to purchase instead of rent might be your best option. This is doubly true when you start looking for the best deals around - and refurbished and closeout items definitely stand out. The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD AF is an ultra-long telephoto zoom lens that's perfect for Canon DSLR filmmakers which, on an APC-C sensor, offers some ridiculous 233-930mm of coverage.
You can check out the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 here.
Another affordable option to consider is the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II which is also designed for Canon DSLR filmmaking and should give you all the a ridiculous range of coverage for all your filmmaking needs. Plus as a refurbished closeout as well, it's a price well below the competition and can't be beat.
You can purchase the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 here.
When we first saw that Insta360 was launching its new 180 3D and 360 camera, we were pretty stoked. The folding body dual lens 3D camera captures some impressive video at up to 5.7K and every single angle at once. FlowState stabilization adds gimbal-level stability which is perfect for working with live previews with VR headsets.
You can order the Insta360 EVO here.
If you are just getting started with 360-degree and 3D video, you might need to gear up a little for some of your first projects. While you can always get the Insta360 EVO directly here, the Get-Set kit on Insta360's website is a great option for those looking to build up from scratch. With the EVO, you also get a 3D viewer, tabletop tripod, selfie stick, and a 32GB MicroSD card for just $35 extra.
You can get the Insta360 EVO Get-Set Kit here.