There was a lot of great gear at NAB 2013 this year, although very little by what you might call groundbreaking. A 4K BMC camera? Okay, not groundbreak, and not shipping yet either. An HD RAW camera from BMC? Same thing. Panasonic was missing with anything new, and other big camera manufacturers failed to impress (IMO). But there was one piece of gear that I’d call groundbreaking, and that’s the Tascam DR60D. And it’s just $350 at B&H. Fantastic price.
What makes it groundbreaking is that Tascam took their DR40 and DR100 recorders, and totally re-engineered them with the video world in mind. It’s a market they’ve never really played in before (although many people use the two other recorders I’ve mentioned in audio for video setups, myself included) so this really is the company breaking new ground (for them) while offering a device that really does seem to meet most every need that DSLR Video shooters need.
As a side note, Zoom announced a new device after the show which although interesting in that it offers 4 lines of XLR/TS input, the form factor is awkward at best. It’s a pretty big device (as is the DR60D) but the shape of it just isn’t as functional when it comes to mounting it and using it in a DSLR camera setup. Expect to see other companies jumping on the *designed for use with DSLR applications* bandwagon in the near future.
Here’s a quick video from the show floor:
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