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There are times when you need to send video back to a monitor or switch, but because most DSLR and Mirrorless cameras only offer HDMI out, you are limited to how far you can position the camera. To exceed the limits of HDMI, this HDMI to SDI Converter will allow you to use SDI cables for longer distances.

Wireless kits with HDMI input, like the Radian Pro Kit from Camera Motion Research allow a camera operator to move freely, but they will still have limitations and can be prone to drop outs if the feed has to be sent through walls, the receiver is too far, or if there is interference. Running an SDI cable with the Wireless HDMI Receiver attached at the end can help you minimize the distance your between your wireless system while still having the entire camera system over 100 feet away.

Radian Pro Wireless Camera Motion Research
find-price-button Radian Pro Wireless HD Video System with HDMI

So if you're looking for a way to get your cameras moved further from where you need to send your feed, these HDMI to SDI (not SDI to HDMI) converters are probably the cheapest you can find. It does require power, or in my case, i'm using an adjustable voltage Tekkeon battery pack. I've also tested this converter with a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and it works if you're looking to send a long video feed from that camera. Check it out via Amazon (click here).

Cheap Budget HDMI to SDI Converter GH3
find-price-button HDMI to SDI Converter Supports 720P/1080P

100 foot ft BJG SDI Cable
find-price-button 100 foot Black BJC 3G HD SDI cable, BNC to BNC

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If you need a cheap SDI to HDMI converter, like when adding an inexpensive EVF to a BlackMagic Cinema Camera, here's the one shown in the video.

Cheap SDI to HDMI Converter
find-price-button USB Powered SDI to HDMI Converter

If you can afford to spend more on a product that converts an HDMI signal to SDI, can be powered for 11+ hours through a Sony NP-series battery, and also adds conversion, check out the more expensive Atomos H2S Converter (here).

find-price-button Atomos H2S or S2H Connect Converter


Here's a look at the new Honu Video Cage dedicated for the Panasonic #GH3 camera by Fhugen (pronounced Fusion). It's a 4 piece design that assembles into a very solid, yet lightweight, cage. It's designed to be as compact as possible while still allowing access to all of the main GH3 controls.

If you shoot with the Panasonic #GH3 camera and require mounting various accessories like a large monitor, EVF, audio preamps, mic receivers, etc, this is one product to really look forward to.

The Honu Cage has three dovetails ready to mount up your hot shoe accessories without having to find additional adapters. Several 1/4-20 threaded, 1/4-20 pass through, and 3/8" threaded holes cover the body of the cage. It's finished with matte black anodizing for a long lasting durable finish.


With a $50 dollar off discount, this is THE MOST AFFORDABLE dedicated GH3 video cage on the market right now. Check out more information over at the product page at http://PhotographyandCinema.com

find-price-button Honu GH3 Video Cage by Fhugen

Fhugen GH3 Cages Right Now - via eBay



Not sure how many of you are already working with the Panasonic GH3 Camera, but I enjoyed working with this camera so much I ended up with a second one just a few weeks after. I was never a big MFT shooter, until I started working with the GH3. For the price, It's hard to beat the features for both a serious high quality Stills and ILC Video camera.


First and foremost, it's small, and lightweight, so it's been our exclusive camera for event coverage. Unlike the GH2, this camera was redesigned with a Magnesium Alloy Frame along with Dust and Splash Proof seals. Very clean at high ISO does excellent in low lighting situations.

Panasonic GH3 Awards

SDHC allows me to work with cheaper media, shoots in AVCHD when I want high quality compressed footage, or up to 72Mbps [All-Intra] MOV for high quality footage to grade in post. Built in Wi-Fi to control with your iPhone, built in Intervalometer (Time Lapse), HDMI output full 1080 without hijacking the LCD display, full 1080p 60fps (for slo-mo), articulating LCD, fast auto focus (full time AF available in video mode too), not to mention the ability to adapt pretty much any lens on the market. There's a great product page showcasing some highlight features of the GH3 (found here).

There's a hundred more reasons why it's a great camera for the price, and today several retailers are discounting the Panasonic GH3 $200 Off. Some retailers may bundle additional items for better value. Check out the limited time discounts available (below).

find-price-button Panasonic DMC-GH3 Camera Body - via B&H

find-price-button Panasonic DMC-GH3 Camera Body - via Adorama

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find-price-button Panasonic DMC-GH3 Camera Body (Bundle) - Samys eBay


Shot this a while back, but I thought I'd share one experience I had while visiting a rain forest exhibit. Temperature was cold outside and then stepping into the exhibit the camera immediately fogged up. Even though I wiped the lens down, it continued to fog up. It actually took about 15 minutes before the gear acclimated to the right temperature. This all happened before I was able to take these photos (seen here).

I've worked with cheaper non resistant lenses and the moisture can actually get INSIDE of the lens. Once that happens you'll need to go through some steps to get that moisture out, which is not easy. Moral of the story is to know what you'll be getting into and bring the right gear. The GH3 body has been redesigned to be more weather resistant and i'm using the 12-35mm F/2.8 Dust and Moisture resistant lens.

find-price-button Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens

find-price-button Panasonc GH3 Camera Body


Just caught this listing for a few Panasonic GH3 camera bodies while I was searching for a second GH3 camera (NAB 2013 coverage). The listing does not show a photo, but the description has everything about the GH3 camera for sale. The eBay seller appears to be from the super store Buy.com, and has 99.7% positive ratings with about 2.5 million Feedback ratings (crazy!).

I just checked the Buy.com website and they show a few kits in stock with lens bundles. This looks very much legit and the best part is they are only selling it for $1211 while others who are still out of stock list the retail for $1299. If you've been trying to hunt one down, this seems like a legit buy. Check out the listing (click here).

Panasonic GH3 Camera
find-price-button Panasonic GH3 Digital Camera

Don't forget about the Sigma Lens Deal for Micro Four Thirds cameras that is still available, which gives you two fast F/2.8 prime lenses for the price of one (here)

Sigma 19mm 30mm M43 mount GH3
find-price-button Micro 4/3 19mm F/2.8 + 30mm F/2.8 Sony E Mount Lens Discount Bundle


One of the exciting accessories Panasonic has brought with the new GH3 is an official battery grip. Since the new Panasonic DMC-GH3 is targeting more professional shooters, they are offering this Panasonic Battery Grip for Lumix DMC-GH3 Digital Camera (found here). Finally, longer run times with dual batteries, but it comes with a near $300 dollar price tag.

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The grip attaches under the Panasonic DMC-GH3 camera body and uses an 18 pin connection for communication. One neat feature is that the original battery door can remain on the camera, so you can quickly move from 'gripped' body to 'non-gripped' body simply by unscrewing the grip.

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The grip can only house one battery, so if you're looking for additional run-time you would leave one battery in the camera body and one in the battery grip. This will take just a few seconds more to swap out the internal battery, but nothing overly cumbersome for the benefit of more battery life. Note: If you only plan to run one battery, it can be store either in the camera or in the grip, and the camera will still power on.

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The grip will add a bit more balance to the Panasonic DMC-GH3 along with some quick function buttons, and scroll wheels when holding in portrait orientation. Mostly photographers will benefit from a grip like this, but video shooters looking for more area to grip on the small camera, or looking to double their battery life will find this a must have also. Price is high on this grip, but let's hope there are more affordable aftermarket versions available soon.

Panasonic Battery Grip GH3 dmc-gh3
find-price-button Panasonic Battery Grip for DMC-GH3


Here's a few video clips from the new Panasonic GH3 camera taken while I was hanging out at the San Francisco Academy of Science. Most of the video clips were shot in high ISO due to low lighting, and everything was shot handheld (no tripods allowed in the building). I also took a few still images that I've posted in an earlier article (seen here).

The Image Stabilization on 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens proved to work very well even with some of the close up shots. Unfortunately, this video will not showcase the true abilities of the Panasonic GH3 camera as sharpness is lost when shooting through the thick plexiglass aquariums.

For the video, the only gear that was used is found below.

Panasonic GH3 Camera
find-price-button Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3K Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic 12-25mm
find-price-button Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8


I was hanging out at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences earlier today and was lucky to have the new Panasonic GH3 + 12-35mm F/2.8 with OIS on hand. Here's a few images taken in JPEG, cropped and resized in Lightroom.














Here's a few video samples from that trip under low lighting and all hand held with typically high ISO settings.

Here's the gear below that was used:

Panasonic GH3 Camera
find-price-button Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3K Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic 12-25mm
find-price-button Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8


Panasonic GH3

Thanks to Omar for pointing out this new GH3 Promo Video. There's finally an OEM battery grip showing on the GH3, and some of the text descriptions include up to 60fps frame rate, higher video bitrate ALL-I: 72MBPS, dust and splash proof magnesium body. Sounds like panasonic has a solid camera here with no hacks needed.

The Panasonic GH3 is already available to Pre-Order (Click Here)

Thew new Panasonic GH3 Available for Pre-Order