Zacuto continues to release information about their upcoming EVF in dribs and drabs. The Zacuto EVF is a 3.2” high resolution monitor that is used in conjunction with the optical Z-Finder models. The EVF is compatible with all cameras with an HDMI output.
It will be available in three models; two include just the LCD panel, but don't include an optical viewfinder; you add-on a Z-Finder Pro or Jr.
- EVF Snap $675 a small onboard monitor.
- EVF Flip-Up $775 adds a Z-Finder frame built into the unit that can be flipped open to 180 degrees.
- Z-Finder EVF $805 EVF Snap model and an optical viewfinder.
Zacuto: Z-Finder EVF
DIY Optical Viewfinder
Instructables has a tutorial on creating an optical viewfinder for your SLR using a used baby powder bottle and a magnifying glass. Spray paint it black, and it doesn't look too bad!
Instructables: HOMEMADE DSLR VIEWFINDER - DIY LCD Z-Finder
Rode VideoMic Pro Review
Rob Rives at B & H does a quick video review of the Rode VideoMic Pro. Explains all the accessories and switches and has an audio comparison with the Canon 60D internal mic.
YouTube: Rode VideoMic Pro
B & H: Rode VideoMic Pro [$229.00]
Canon Vixia HF G10 Review
Camcorderinfo has published a full review of the upcoming HF G10. While this camera is at the expensive end of the consumer camera line, it has a particularly notable feature; the sensor has a much lower pixel count; improving light sensitivity and image quality.
Based on our testing results, Canon's decision to use a smaller concentration of pixels on the HF G10's image sensor was clearly a good one. The camcorder produced impressive video in all kinds of shooting situations, and its performance in low light was among the best we've ever seen from a consumer camcorder.They ding it a bit when compared to the Panasonic HDC-TM700 because the latter has 1080/60p mode, is more compact in design, and has better still image performance.
Camcorderinfo: Vixia HF G10
B & H: Canon VIXIA HF G10 [$1,499.00]
B & H: Panasonic HDC-TM700 [$749.95]