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CVP Christmas 2018 Gift Guide

With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about stocking up on gifts for friends and family, and maybe even something for yourself. We’ll be discussing our ideas from stocking fillers to show stoppers that will make for great gifts beneath the Christmas tree.

DJI Osmo Pocket
First up is the DJI Osmo Pocket, newly announced this week the Osmo Pocket is the smallest 3-axis stabilised handheld camera DJI has ever designed, turning any moment into a cinematic memory.

The Osmo Pocket photographs in stunning detail, thanks to a 1/2.3 inch sensor, 80° FOV and f2.0 aperture. It also shoots 4K/60fps video at 100 Mbps and photos at 12MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm for footage worth sharing every time. Weighing only 116g the Osmo Pocket is extremely light and portable, with a battery life of approximately 140 minutes. The Pocket features First-Person view mode, ActiveTrack to track a subject, 3×3 Panorama, Motionlapse to squeeze a day into a single shot and Nightshot which automatically detects and illuminates low-lit scenes. We think the DJI Osmo Pocket will be at the top of a lot of Christmas wishlist’s including ours.

DJI Ronin-S 
The extremely popular DJI Ronin-S is next up, designed in a single-handed form factor for DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, the Ronin-S empowers creators to shoot with the freedom of stabilised shots on the move. The Ronin-S supports almost any DSLR or Mirrorless camera setup in the current market, making it the perfect gift for any content creator.

8Sinn Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Cage
For those who have already got their hands on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K Camera, the 8Sinn BMPCC 4K Cage would make the perfect Christmas gift. The cage not only serves as a solid cover for the Blackmagic Pocket but also expands its possibilities with 1/4 threaded mounting points all over the cage, allowing for various camera accessories to be mounted and arrangement however the user wants.

Canon EOS M50
The Canon EOS M50 is the ideal gift for anybody looking to take their first steps into mirrorless cameras. Targeted predominantly at vloggers the M50 features a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 4K video with a 1.6x crop, Dual Pixel CMOS  AF and includes a 3 inch vari-angle touchscreen.

Insta360 ONE 4K 360 Camera
The Insta360 ONE 4K 360 Camera is perfect for capturing those Christmas family memories, compatible with iPhone and iPad, it features built-in 6-axis stabilisation and follows any subject with SmartTrack. You can easily pair the ONE with a selfie stick, use it on its own or connect it to your phone.


Stocking Fillers
If you’re in need of inspiration for some Christmas stocking fillers we’ve got some great suggestions for filmmakers and photographers alike. Perfect for any budding filmmaker or photographer is the Manfrotto Lumimuse Series LED Light, weighing only 140g it’s extremely portable with a 65 minute battery life. The Lumimuse is great for portrait or still life photography as well as interviews and vlogs. Alternatively another great lighting stocking filler is the Aputure AL-H198 LED Light, again it is extremely compact and portable, offering 198 60-degree-angle LEDS in a compact panel, up to 9 of these panels can be fixed together to gain a larger, softer and more intense light.

Every content creator needs some sort of bag to carry all their equipment and the Lowepro Tahoe BP150 is a great budget option, available in Black, Mineral Red or Galaxy Blue it offers enough room to store a DSLR with a lens attached, an extra lens, flash, tablet and personal items. It also is carry-on compatible.

The Rode VideoMic Go is a lightweight on-camera directional microphone delivering clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use. Its tight pickup area focuses directly in front of the microphone and reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring the subject is isolated from distracting background noise. The VideoMic Go has no complicated switches or settings and is powered by the camera’s external microphone input, making it perfect for anybody, particularly those just starting out in filmmaking and vlogging.

A CVP training course could make the perfect stocking filler for anybody looking to advance their skills and knowledge in various areas. With prices starting from £20 for workshops including Canon Corporate Video Masterclass and Introduction to Cinematography with Canon. Head over to our events page to see our full schedule and availability.

You can find more of our stocking filler ideas on our CVP Kits page as well as a CVP team Christmas wishlist kit.

This year from the 1st to 12th December CVP will be running ’12 Days of Christmas’, each day a new advent calendar door will open revealing a special deal or discount, some deals and discounts may only last a day so make sure you don’t miss out.


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