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Pick the perfect present for the photographer in your life

Buyers Guide

There are many, many camera accessories, add-ons and gizmos available for photographers, that might seem like a good photography gift. But if you’re not into photography yourself, it’s hard to work out what’s a good present for photographers and what’s not, which are the use-once products and which will be used over and over again.

And if you’re a photographer, it’s difficult to direct your family towards the camera gifts that you’d love to receive without completely ruining the element of surprise or placing the order yourself. Your non-photographer friends may also not comprehend the level of excitement you’d feel if you tore open the Christmas wrapping to find a high-capacity memory card or a dual battery charger. To the initiated, they don’t sound that thrilling, but to a photographer, they’re a gateway to more photography! What better gift for a photographer than that?

So, with Christmas not too far away and, of course, birthdays being year-round, we’ve pulled together a list of the camera accessories and photographic products that we think will delight the average photographer and make great gifts.

Think Tank Lens Case Duo

Specification

  • Product type: Lens case
  • Case 5 internal dimensions (diameter x height): 7.5 x 11.5cm / 3 x 4.6-inches
  • Case 15 internal dimensions (diameter x height): 8.5 x 17cm / 3.4 x 6.7-inches,
  • Case 20 internal dimensions (diameter x height): 10.8 x 16.5cm / 4.3 x 6.5-inches
  • Weight: 100g
  • Suitable lenses for Case 5: Canon / Nikon: 18-55mm f3.5-5.6, Canon: 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 Canon / Nikon: 50mm f1.4, Nikon: 55-200mm f4-5.6 AF-S, Olympus: 12-40mm f2.8, 40-150mm f4-5.6
  • Suitable lenses for Case 15: Canon / Nikon: 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, Canon / Nikon: 18-200mm f3.5-5.6, Tamron: 18-400mm f3.5-6.3, Nikon: 18-300mm f3.5-5.6, Nikon: 10-24mm f3.5-4.5, Tokina: 11-16mm f2.8, Canon / Nikon: 24mm f1.4, Canon / Nikon: 35mm f1.4, Canon / Sony: 100mm f2.8, Nikon: 105mm f2.8
  • Suitable lens for Case 20: Canon / Nikon / Sony: 24-70mm f2.8, Canon: 24-105mm f4, Nikon: 14-24mm f2.8, Sony: 85mm f1.4, Canon / Sony: 100mm f2.8, Nikon: 105mm f2.8

If you want to carry an extra lens without the hassle of carrying a bag, or you have a non-photographic bag that you want to slip a lens into, Think Tanks Lens Case Duo is the perfect solution. These cases are available in a range of sizes to suit all sorts of lenses and they’re padded to protect your delicate optics.

Each case has loops to connect a strap (the larger ones come with a strap) so you can carry a lens without a bag if you like. There’s also a belt loop if you prefer to carry the case that way.

The cases open in two ways, via a zip around the top that lets the lid flip back, or via a zip down the side so it opens like a clamshell. This makes it easy to stow and access your lenses quickly when the need arises.

Price when reviewed
£20
$20.75 / £24.95 / $26.75 / £26.95 / $28.75
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For

  • Excellent lens protection
  • Side or top-opening
  • Available in a range of sizes to suit lots of lenses

Wandrd Wrist Strap

Wandrd wrist strap

Specification

  • Construction: Recycled soft-touch nylon webbing, metal clip, Hypalon loop
  • Strength: Up to 34Kg / 75lb force
  • Maximum length: 33cm / 13.25inches

If you’re looking for a stocking-filler for your favourite photographer, how about this wrist strap from Wandrd?

It’s very well-made and keeps a camera securely attached to the photographer’s wrist. What’s more, it’s very easy to attach or detach.

Unlike some neck-straps, this wrist strap doesn’t get in the way when you lift the camera to take a photograph.

Price when reviewed
£28
$29
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For

  • Quick and easy to fit
  • Discrete
  • Strong

Against

  • Stiff webbing

Movo VXR10 Universal Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Specification

  • Product type: Mini Shotgun Microphone
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 35 Hz to 18 kHz, +/-3dB
  • Sensitivity: -42dB +/- 1dB/0dB=1V/Pa, 1kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 76dB
  • Output Connectors: 3.5mm TRS Mini-Jack (for Cameras, Recorders & Camcorders); 3.5mm TRRS (for Smartphones, Tablets, & Mac)
  • Power Requirements: Host-powered
  • Dimensions (LxD): 22 x 81mm / 0.86 x 3.2-inches
  • Weight: 51g / 1.8oz

If the photographer in your life is just getting into shooting video the chances are that they are relying on their camera’s built-in microphone to record the audio. That may be fine some of the time, but if there’s even just a breath of wind it will capture awful quality sound. It will also pick-up any handling sounds.

The Movo VXR10 mic is very attractively priced and it significantly upgrades the quality of the audio that’s recorded with the video footage.

Movo supplies a shock mount with the mic. This slots into the camera’s hotshoe while the mic connects to the camera via the supplied 3.5mm cable.

There’s even a deadcat furry windshield supplied with the kit that does a good job of cutting out much of the wind noise.

Price when reviewed
£36
$39.95
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For

  • Produces a good-quality natural sound
  • Supplied with a windshield and cables for connecting to camera or a phone
  • Great price

Peak Design Slide Lite

Peak Design Slide Lite Review

Specification

  • Product Type: Camera strap
  • Length: Adjustable 99-145cm
  • Material: Nylon webbing

The straps that come with cameras are OK for a while, but they don’t usually have much grip, are too short to go across your body and aren’t usually that comfortable around your neck.

The Peak Design Slide Lite is a great alternative at a good price. It attaches via easy-to-use anchor, which means you can swap the strap between cameras if you have more than one. These snap in and off anchors are nice and secure but they allow you to remove the strap in a couple of seconds, which is handy when you’re mounting the camera on a tripod for a long exposure.

The Slide Lite’s length is also adjustable which means you can use it around your neck or across your body as you like.

Price when reviewed
£39
$49.95
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For

  • High-quality look and feel
  • Adjustable length
  • Anchor mounts make it fast and easy to detach and reattatch

Against

  • Heavy cameras can make the strap extend
  • We'd prefer the grippy coating to be on the other side of the strap
  • If you have several cameras, you'll need more Anchor Links

Hahnel Creative Lantern Kit

Hahnel Creative Lantern Kit

Specification

  • Diffuser type: Hot shoe Flash
  • Fliters included: Six coloured gels
  • Carry case provided: Yes
  • Stop Reduction: 2 EV

This kit doesn’t take up much room in a photographer’s bag but it can transform images by softening the light emitted by a flashgun.

The Creative Lantern kit attaches to the flash or strobe by a magnet, which means it can be snapped on and off very quickly.

Along with the concertina of paper that acts as the diffuser, there are yellow, orange, red, purple, green and blue filters that enable the flashlight to be coloured for creative lighting. Hahnel also supplied small case to keep everything neat and tidy.

Price when reviewed
£59
$59
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For

  • Amazing diffused light
  • Easy to use
  • Part of the Module system

Against

  • Reduces flash power
  • Must be stored in a wallet

Sony SF-G UHS-II

Sony SF-G UHS-II 64GB

Specification

  • Product type: SDXC memory card
  • Speed Class: UHS-II
  • Read speed: Up to 260MB/s
  • Write speed: Up to 100MB/s

Most modern enthusiast- and professional-level cameras that use an SD-type memory card are compliant with UHS-II media. That means that although you can use a UHS-I card, you may not get the full benefit of the card slot.

It’s not usually a drama if you’re shooting stills, especially if you don’t shoot in long bursts (it can limit the burst depth), but it can be a problem if you want to shoot 4K video.

Without a fast card, you may find that you can only shoot very short clips of video – some camera’s won’t let you record any at all.

This card from Sony is available in a range of capacities starting at 32GB, but the 64GB version is better value. It’s a class 10 UHS-II card, which means it’s got the chops for 4K video.

Price when reviewed
£59
$60.25
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For

  • Fast enough to maintain current cameras' maximum burst speed and buffer depth
  • Supports 4K video recording
  • Available in a range of capacities

Against

  • Large capacity cards get expensive
  • Easy to lose - but that's the same for all SD cards

Hahnel Pro Cube 2

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Specification

  • Product type: Battery charger
  • Compatibility: Available for a range of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony camera batteries
  • Capacity: Charges 1 or 2 camera batteries or 4 AA batteries at a time
  • Power supply: Mains or 12V car adapter (supplied)

Hahnel’s Pro Cube 2 has seen a lot of use in Jabber HQ. It’s a battery charger with two slots so you can charge two batteries at a time and it comes with a selection of interchangeable plates that pop-out and snap back into place so you can use it to charge a range of battery types.

You need to buy the Pro Cube 2 to suit the make of camera that your beloved photographer uses, but it comes with several interchange plates so it works with more than one camera from that brand.

If there’s more than one camera brand in your household, you can even get hold of additional plates, but you’ll probably need to get these on a special order from your local camera store or direct from Hahnel.

Price when reviewed
£64
$71.95
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For

  • Compact design
  • Dual charging
  • Battery health check

Against

  • Health check not immediately obvious
  • Not app-enabled
  • No battery refresh option
 

Vallerret Alta Over-Mitt Photography Gloves

Vallerret Alta Over-Mitt Photography Glove review

Specification

  • Product type: Mittens
  • Designed for : Deep winter
  • Sizes available: S-XL
  • Materials: Goat leather, DWR Laminated soft twill, Nylon Taffeta liner and Polartec fleece insulation

These gloves are perfect for any photographers who like to shoot during the depth of winter. They’re designed to go over another pair of gloves such as the Vallerret Ipsoot, but we found they work well with a pair of thin liner gloves at temperatures as low as -9C with windchill that makes it seem a lot lower. They also keep out the rain and melted snow, which would make your hands feel cold very quickly.

The tips of the gloves have waterproof zips that you can open quickly when you need to handle your camera and then close as soon as you’ve finished shooting. There are poppers to hold the mitten tips back if you should need to use them but we found it easiest to just push the mitten tops back.

Vallerret supplies a harness with the Alta Over-Mitts, which is best worn over the top of your jacket. This keeps your mittens safe and within easy reach if you take them off. The mittens are a bit on the large side for stuffing in a pocket so the harness means you can just let them dangle by your sides.

Vallerret has designed the Alta Over-Mitts for use in Arctic conditions but they’re not out of place anywhere with close to zero temperatures. After all, your hands get very cold when you’re clutching a metal camera body!

Price when reviewed
£100
€99.99

For

  • Warm and dry
  • Zip-open end to reveal your fingers
  • Supplied with a harness

Against

  • Expensive
  • Sized for wearing over other (liner) gloves

Lexar SL200 Portable SSD

Lexar LS200 Review

Specification

  • Product type: Storage drive
  • Capacity: 512GB, 1TB or 2TB
  • Interface : USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Read Speed: Up to 550mb/s
  • Write Speed: Up t0 400mb/s
  • Dimensions : 86mm x 60mm x 9.5mm
  • Weight: 40.6g

A portable SSD isn’t just useful for storing images and video during trips away from home, it can also be very useful when you’re at home.

For example, thanks to its USB-C connectivity and read/write speed of 550mb/s and 400mb/s, the Lexar SL200 Portable SSD is perfect for keeping your computer’s disk clear enough for optimal performance while you edit high-resolution images.

Those speeds mean that you can even edit Full HD or 4K footage on the drive before copying it to a permanent (slower) storage location.

Lexar offers the SL200 with capacities of 512MB, 1TB or 2TB and there’s a USB-A as well as a USB-C cable in the box should you need it.

Price when reviewed
£109
$73
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For

  • Compact design
  • USB Type-C
  • Well built

Against

  • 400mb/s just suitable for 4K
  • 512GB to small for video

Nik Collection

Nik Collection 3 by DxO released: specifications and price confirmed

Specification

  • Product type: 8 Image-editing softwares, plug-in or standalone
  • Plug-in compatibility: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom Classic, DxO PhotoLab
  • Software suite: Silver Efex Pro, Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Viveza and Perspective Efex

Nik Collection by DxO comprises 8 Photoshop, Lightroom and DxO PhotoLab, making it great value for money. Handily, each package also functions a as standalone piece of software.

Nik Silver Efex Pro is probably the best known of the plugins includes in Nik Collection. It’s a brilliant black and white conversion software that can replicate the look of traditional film emulsions and enable bespoke adjustments.

In addition Nik Collection includes, Analog Efex Pro which simulates the look of traditional film, cameras and lenses, Color Efex Pro which has  a collection of colour correction and creative effect filters, plus retouching controls, Dfine for noise reduction, HDR Efex Pro High Dynamic Range (HDR) software,
Sharpener Pro for image sharpening with the ability to apply localised or global sharpening, Viveza for making local adjustment of colour and tone, and Perspective Efex which enables geometric correction software with distortion correction, horizon straightening and volumetric distortion correction.

It’s our favourite Adobe add-on!

Price when reviewed
£129
$149

For

  • 8 plug-ins in one
  • Enables global and local adjustments
  • Superb black and white conversions

Against

  • Multi-page TIFFs are very big

UAVHUB A2 Certificate of Competency Training

UAVHUB A2 CofC

At the end of 2020 the laws governing drone flight in the UK are changing. If you don’t have a CAA-approved qualification and your drone weighs more than 250g you will have to fly at least 150m from congested or recreational areas and 50m from uninvolved people. Getting the CAA A2 Certificate of Competence enables that distance to congested and recreational areas to be reduced to a more manageable 50m.

Also, if you invest in one of the new C2 class of drones (none have been introduced yet) you’ll be able to fly just 30m from uninvolved people or even just 5m in low-speed mode.

UAVHUB is a CAA Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) and the World’s largest drone training school. The team offers a an A2 CofC training course that you can complete in the comfort of your own home by online learning and video training.

The course includes around 6 hours of video training, a virtual classroom session and an online exam. There’s no flight test or requirement to complete an operations manual, but you can fly commercially with an A2 CofC.

Get £30 off the price of the course with UAVHUB using the code CAMERAJABA2

Price when reviewed
£139
$185

For

  • Online and virtual training
  • Lifetime access to online, up-to-date video training
  • Online theory examination

Lensbaby Spark 2.0

Lensbaby Spark 2.0

Specification

  • Product type: Flexible lens body
  • Format: Full-frame or smaller
  • Available mounts: Canon EF, Canon RF, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony FE, Pentax K
  • Optic compatibility: Lensbaby optic-swap system optics, usually supplied with the Sweet 50
  • Focus: Manual

Put the fun back into your favourite photographer’s life with a Lensbaby Spark 2.0. It’s available ina wide range of camera mounts and although it is available by itself in the USA, it’s generally sold for £179/$199.95 with the Sweet 50 optic.

The Sweet 50 has a focal length of 50mm and when the aperture is wide open, there’s a central sharp area surrounded soft, creamy blur.

Like all Lensbaby lenses, the Spark 2.0 is a manual focus device and in this case you focus by squeeze or stretching the lens barrel. You can also bend the barrel to shift the plane of focus away from the centre of the image, adding funky distortion to the surroundings. The image at the very top of this buyer’s guide was shot using the Sweet 50 and Spark 2.0.

Price when reviewed
£104
$139.95 / £189 / $199.95
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For

  • Enables attractive in-camera results
  • Compatible with a wide range of Lensbaby Optic Swap optics
  • Great for mindful photography

Against

  • Not widely available 'barrel-only' in the UK
  • Not weather-sealed
  • Tricky to reproduce exactly the same effect from shot to shot

Gitzo Mini Traveler

Gitzo Mini Traveler Review

Specification

  • Product type: Mini tripod
  • Material: Carbon fibre and Aluminium
  • Maximum payload: 3Kg
  • Closed length: 22cm
  • Miniumum height: 12.5cm
  • Maximum height: 17.5cm
  • Head type: Ball head
  • Number of leg sections: 1
  • Leg angles: 50°, 75
  • Weight: 265g

Most photographers have a mini tripod but few have one as well made as the Gitzo Mini Traveler. This mini tripod has carbon fibre legs and an aluminium spider, plus the legs can be set to two angles.

Although simple, the tripod head locks tight and is cable of bearing a payload of 3Kg. A notch in the head also means that the camera can be in horizontal or vertical orientation.

At 265g, the Gitzo Mini Traveler can slip almost unnoticed in a bag, but the head can be removed if size and weight are of paramount interest. With the head removed, the legs attach directly to the camera, which means landscape-format only.

Alternatively,  the head can be exchanged for a Gitzo GH1382TQD Series 1 Centre Ball Head which takes the maximum payload to 10Kg and adds a quick release plate.

 

Price when reviewed
£150
$179.98
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For

  • Better quality than the average mini tripod
  • Weighs just 265g
  • Solid support

Against

  • High price
  • No quick release plate

Rotolight NEO 2

Rotolight Neo 2 Review

Specification

  • Product type: Portable LED light: continuous or flash
  • Power: Mains or 6 x AA (NiMH or Lithium-ion) high performance batteries provides 85,000 flashes at full power, or 1.5 hours continuous run time (max power)
  • Mount: Integral tripod-mount thread
  • Trigger: Cable or via an Elinchrom Skyport - a wireless flash receiver is built-in
  • Colour temperature: Adjustable 6300-3150K
  • Power: 2000Lux at 0.9m, aperture at ISO 200/400/800 : f8/ f11/ f16 (in HSS Flash mode)
  • Class Color Rendering (CRI): 96
  • Dimensions: 145 x 50mm / 5.7 x 1.96inches
  • Weight: 354g body only, 504g including 6x AA batteries

Small enough to slip in a camera bag and powerful enough for all sorts of still and video situations, the Rotolight Neo 2 is an LED light that can be used to provide constant illumination or flash. In fact, if you opt for the flash function and have a compatible wireless flash trigger such as the Rotolight HSS Transmitter by Elinchrom, you can shoot with high-speed sync with shutter speeds up to 1/8000sec. What’s more, because the Neo 2 is an LED, there’s no recycling time.

If you don’t have a wireless trigger, you can use a cable connection but the flash sync speed is limited to your camera’s sync speed.

Rotolight supplies the Neo 2 with a mains power connection, but it can also be powered by 6 AA batteries.

The Neo 2’s settings are easy to adjust via the two knobs on the back. In the default mode, one adjusts the brightness while the other adjusts the colour temperature of the light.

Price when reviewed
£200
$295.90
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For

  • Excellent, soft and controllable light
  • Flash or continuous light
  • Simple controls

Against

  • Flash not as powerful as a high-end flashgun
  • App-control would simplify setting selections
  • Requires a  wireless trigger like the Rotolight HSS Transmitter by Elinchrom to use the high-speed sync function

Haida Interchangeable NanoPro Magnetic Variable ND Filter

Haida Interchangeable NanoPro Magnetic Variable ND Filter Review

Specification

  • Variable ND: 2 to 5 Stop or 6 to 9 Stop
  • Diameter: 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm

Variable neutral density filters are very convenient, especially for video because they allow you to control the amount of light entering the camera so you can keep the shutter speed within the magic range of twice the frame rate. And for stills, you never need to have a longer exposure than necessary – it’s often handy to keep to 30 seconds or less because the camera can control the exposure time.

These filters from Haida are doubly convenient because they mount by magnetism. You just pop an adapter on each of your lenses and then you can swap the filter quickly between any of them.

The degree of filtration adjusts with a twist.

Price when reviewed
£219
$198

For

  • Fast to fit
  • Excellent optical quality
  • Feature end stops

Against

  • No adjustment peg
  • Slight colour cast
  • 6 to 9 Stop, end stops still enable the start of Black X

Lexar Professional CFexpress Type B Gold Series

Lexar 128GB CFExpress review

Specification

  • Capacity: 64GB – 512GB
  • Form factor: CFexpress Type B
  • Interface: PCIe Gen3x2
  • Transfer speeds: 64GB — 512GB Up to 1750MB/s read, up to 1000MB/s write
  • Operating temperature: -10° C to 70° C (14°F to 158°F)
  • Storage temperature: -40° C to 85° C (-40°F to 185°F)
  • Dimensions: 29.60 x 38.50 x 3.80 mm / 1.16” x 1.51” x 0.14”
  • Weight: 7.65 g / 0.016 lbs

CFexpress cards slots have started to appear in more cameras. The Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II, for example all have one CFexpress card slot and one SD card slot.

SD cards have been around for quite a while and many photographers have a small collection of them, but CFexpress cards are much newer and more expensive, so they’re not in common ownership yet. Even if the photographer in your life has one CFexpress card, the chances are that they will love a second.

As well as increasing the storage capacity, dual slot-cameras can be set to copy images to both cards at the same time, creating a convenient back-up and giving peace of mind during important shoots.

Price when reviewed
£224
$199
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For

  • Fast read/write times
  • Future proof technology

Against

  • Expensive
  • Limited camera compatibility

Rode VideoMic NTG

Rode VideoMic NTG

Specification

  • Product type: Shotgun microphone
  • Connection: Auto-sensing 3.5mm, USB-C
  • Polar pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 18kHz ±3 dB
  • Signal to noise Ratio: 105dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)
  • Sensitivity: -26 dB re 1V/Pa (50mV @ 94dB SPL) ± 1dB @ 1kHz
  • Battery : Internal 350mAh with 30+ hours life
  • Dimensions (L x W): 171 x 21.6mm
  • Weight: 94g

The Rode VideoMic NTG is a bit more expensive than some shotgun mics, but it’s solidly-made, produces great quality audio and has some useful features.

As well as being well-suited for use in the hot-shoe of a camera and connected via the supplied 3.5mm cable, the VideoMic NTG can be used as a boom mic or connected to a computer via its USB-C connection. That means if you’re out in the field recording ambient sounds, presenting to camera or jumping on a Zoom call, you only need one mic.

Helpfully, the 3.5mm output on the VideoMic NTG is auto-sensing and automatically switches between TRS and TRRS for use with cameras (TRS) and smartphones (TRRS).

There’s a conveniently-place gain control at the end of the mic plus a high-pass filter control (75Hz or 150Hz) and a high-frequency boost that’s of use when there’s a windshield in place.

It’s also possible to record two tracks at the same time with the second being at -20db. that means if the first track is distorted because something got too loud, you have an alternative track.

Price when reviewed
£239
$249
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For

  • Great sound
  • Auto-power and sensing output
  • Safety channel available

Against

  • Less expensive models available
  • Battery not interchangeable

DJI Pocket 2

DJI Pocket 2 Review

Specification

  • Video Resolution: 4K @ 24/25/30/48/50/60fps, 2.7k and 1080p @ 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
  • Sensor: 1/1.7-inch CMOS
  • Pixel count: 64Mp
  • Lens: FOV 93° f/1.8 Format equivalent: 20 mm
  • Electronic Shutter Speed: 8-1/8000 s
  • Stabilization: 3-axis
  • ISO Range: 16mp Stills and video ISO 100-6400, 64mp stills 100-3200
  • Video Modes: Video, HDR, Video, Timelapse, Motionlapse, Hyperlapse

DJI’s Osmo Pocket was one of our favourite products of recent times and now DJI has improved upon it with the Pocket 2 (they dropped Osmo from its name).

Like its predecessor, the DJI Pocket 2 combines a camera with a gimbal for super-smooth video. This time around DJI has used a larger sensor (1/1.7-inch rather than 1/2.3-inch) and there’s an effective pixel count of 64million.

It’s very easy to use and is capable of producing superb-quality 4K video.

DJI includes a Mini Control Stick and a tripod mount with the Pocket 2. There’s also a DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo that includes more accessories such as the Do-It-All Handle, Wireless Microphone, Wide-Angle Lens and Micro Tripod which are great additions, especially for vloggers or anyone looking to start vlogging.

Price when reviewed
£339
$349
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For

  • Ultra compact
  • Amazing video and audio quality
  • Mechanical stabilisation

Against

  • Fiddly mobile connection
  • Just another thing to carry

GoPro Hero9 Black

GoPro Hero9 Black

Specification

  • Camera type : Action Camera
  • Announced: 16th September 2020
  • Max video resolution and frame rate: 5k 30p, 4K 60p, 2.7K 120p, 1440 120p, 1080 240p
  • Video file formats: MP4 (H.264/AVC), MP4 (H.265/HEVC)
  • Max photo resolution: 20mp
  • Max bit rates: 100Mbps (2.7K, 4K, 5K)
  • Screen: Rear: 2.27-inch touchscreen, Front: 1.4-inch colour screen
  • Livestreaming: 1080p
  • Voice control: 4 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • Battery: Removable, rechargeable 1720mAh lithium-ion
  • Storage: MicroSD USH-I
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Stabilisation: Hypersmooth 3.0
  • Waterproof: To 10m / 33 feet
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 71 x 55 x 33.6mm
  • Weight: 124g

GoPro leads the action camera market and the latest incarnation of its flagship model, the GoPro Hero9 Black is an impressive performer with some nice refinements over its predecessor.

The headline specifications of the GoPro Hero9 Black include 5K video recording at 30fps and 4K at 60fps – which is great news for capturing action in high-quality slow motion.

Drop to 2.7K resolution and you can record at 120fps for 4x slow-motion playback and if you got to Full HD you can shoot at up to 240fps which mean that fast action can be played back as much as 8x slower than in real life.

The Hero9 Black also has the latest version of GoPro’s excellent image stabilisation system, Hypersmooth 3.0 and it’s waterproof down to 10m without a housing.

Price when reviewed
£330
$349.98
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For

  • No need for waterproof housing
  • Dual Screen
  • 8X Slow-motion

Against

  • Mods are expensive
  • Not great in low light

Peak Design Travel Tripod

Peak Design Travel Tripod

Specification

  • Maximum height centre column raised: 152.4cm / 60inches
  • Maximum height centre column down: 130.2cm / 51.25inches
  • Minimum height: 14cm / 5.5inches
  • Collapsed length and diameter: 39.1cm / 15.4inches, 7.9cm / 3.125inches
  • Weight: Aluminium: 1.56Kg / 3.44lbs, Carbon fibre: 1.27Kg / 2.81lbs
  • Maximum payload: 9.1Kg / 20lbs
  • Number of leg sections: 5
  • Leg material: Aluminium or carbon fibre
  • Leg lock material: Aluminium

Peak Design makes two versions of its Travel Tripod, one with aluminium alloy legs and one with carbon fibre legs. While the price of the aluminium tripod is more palatable, if low weight is especially important, bite the bullet and go for the carbon fibre tripod which is 290g lighter.

Don’t be fooled by the thinness of the lower leg sections, the Peak Design Travel Tripod is very stable. In our tests it even delivered sharp long exposures in a stiff breeze with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a full-frame camera.

The beauty of the Peak Design Travel Tripod is that it packs down to less than 40cm in length and its legs fold in tight together so it has a very narrow diameter. It’s a tripod that you won’t mind carrying ‘just in case’.

The aluminium Peak Design Travel Tripod can be found here on Amazon UK, while the carbon fibre version is here on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Price when reviewed
£329
£569 / $349.95 / $599.95
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For

  • Very compact
  • Very stable for a travel tripod
  • Quick to deploy

Against

  • Centre column needs extending slightly to give the head full movement
  • Hex wrench (supplied) required to attach and detach the quick release plate
  • High price - especially for the carbon fibre version

Car-Boot Box

Car-Boot Box review

Specification

  • Product type: Bespoke storage unit for a car boot
  • Constrsuction: Birch plywood with rubber matting top
  • Dimensions: Made to measure
  • Single drawer size range (W x H x D): 80 x 20 x 40cm to 100 x 35 x 60cm,
  • Double drawer size range(W x H x D): 90 x 20 x 60cm to 110 x 35 x 90cm

If the photographer in your has all the camera gear they could ever want, what about buying them something that helps them transport it?

The Car-Boot Box is the ingenious invention of photographer Peter Sturt and some of the UK’s top photographers like Joe Cornish and Jeremy Walker have had one installed in their cars.

Each Car-Boot Box is made to fit a specific car, so you need to do some careful measurements before ordering, but there are clear instructions on the website and they can take boot sills, slopes and introducing wheel arches into account.

On the Car-Boot Box website, you’ll find single and two-drawer options, but the company can add other drawers and make bespoke boxes if necessary.

Read our Car-Boot Box Review

Price when reviewed
£396
€440

For

  • Made to measure
  • Easy to install
  • Keeps your camera gear safe

Against

  • You need to measure your car boot carefully
  • UK-only

DJI Mini 2

DJI Mini 2 Review

Specification

  • Takeoff Weight : 242g
  • Dimensions: Folded: 138×81×58 mm, Unfolded (with propellers): 245×289×56 mm
  • Max Speed: 16 m/s (S Mode)
  • Flight Speeds: S (Sport) P (Normal) C (Cine)
  • Max Flight Time: 31 Minutes
  • Camera Sensor: 1/2.3-inch CMOS
  • Effective Pixels: 12mp
  • 4K Video Resolution: 3840×2160 @ 24/25/30fps
  • 2.7K Video Resolution: 2720×1530 @ 24/25/30fps
  • 1080p Video Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 24/25/30/48/50/60fps

As it weighs less than 249g, when the new UK drone regulations come into force on 31st December, the DJI Mini 2 can be flown in parks and gardens, even in congested areas, without having to worry about getting a qualification. It can even be used for commercial work!

As the Mini 2 has a camera, you have to register as a pilot and get an operator ID from the CAA, but that’s an easy online process that costs just £9. And once that’s done, you’ll be able to capture superb aerial stills in Jpeg or DNG raw format and record high-quality 4K video.

DJI’s QuickShots modes make getting smooth, interesting video very easy even if you’re not an experience drone pilot, but it doesn’t take long to get to grips with the DJI Mini 2’s controls. The gimbal also does a great job of ironing out any buffeting from a breeze.

Price when reviewed
£419
$449
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For

  • Less than 250g
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • 4K at 30fps

Against

  • Propeller design requires tools to change
  • Doesn't have the full range of adjustments larger drones offer
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