We don’t write about batteries often; I mean, they are batteries, they deliver power, that’s the end of it, right? The V200MICRO from Bebob showed me that there is still room for innovation in the v-mount space. And that you can innovate even without adding an App-enabled battery to your line.
USB has been undergoing a pretty rapid development over the last few years since the Type-C connector came along. We’ve seen massive increases in speed, but it’s also received a very cool feature that few companies seem to actually be utilising; USB Power Delivery (USB PD).
It’s essentially an attempt to consolidate and standardise all of the different “quick charge” protocols that smartphone companies have implemented into their devices over the years. But did you know you can actually power a DSLR or mirrorless camera with it, too? Well, you can if you have this little cable. I was sent a couple of prototypes, so I made the above video to test them out.
ONsite is a system that provides 110 volts of power from DTAP batteries. If you are coming from the video or movie industry you are probably familiar with DTAP. If you are coming from the stills industry, DTAP is a port often used on V-Mount (and Gold mount) batteries to supply a second power port aside from the main connector. This family of batteries packs a lot of power in a small form factor. you usually use a V-Mount battery to power a big camera, a monitor, some lights and more accessories; they are mighty.
AA batteries are becoming less common amongst photographers as they once were as more flash systems switch to lithium-ion power solutions, but they haven’t disappeared altogether. Many devices do still require them, though, and so photographers and filmmakers still use them.
Some photographers opt for something like regular Duracell Alkalines because they’re just less hassle, but a lot go for rechargeables. How good are rechargeables over the long term, though? YouTube channel Project Farm has been abusing a bunch of different brands of AA battery over the last year, and now they’re taking a look to see which ones have withstood the test of time.
Blind Spot Gear’s Power Junkie has become an extremely popular piece of kit. Wandering around the halls of NAB and IBC, I saw them powering gear on many stands, and I’ve seen a lot of filmmakers using them to power their gear. But now, Blind Spot Gear has kicked things up a few notches with their new Power Cage & Bracket.
As with the Power Junkie, Blind Spot Gear is launching the new device via Kickstarter, with pledges starting at only £30 ($38) for the bracket, £89 ($113) for the cage, and £99 ($126) for both.
Power is a constant struggle for camera rigs, especially when you want to go a bit more run and gun. Sure, you can use internal batteries in everything, but then you have to carry a bunch of spares, and with some cameras, you’re fighting with the cage whenever you attempt to swap it out.
We showed you the Indipro Power Grip recently from PhotoPlus 2019, but now there’s a new one just launched on Indiegogo, which looks to be sized more like your typical SmallRig handle but claims 8,000mAh of power, and output straight to your camera’s dummy battery.
As well as cables and wireless tethering, the other thing Tether Tools is well known for is their range of power system for various cameras and tools. Products like the Case Relay have made lives a lot easier for a lot of DSLR and mirrorless shooters when it comes to power. But that isn’t the only power solution they offer. We had a chat with them at PhotoPlus 2019 to find out more about their power options and how they can help photographers and filmmakers.
When it comes to custom power solutions, Indipro Tools is one of the names that’s been popping up more and more lately. They offer a range of batteries and connectors for powering a whole bunch of different devices. Something on their stand at PhotoPlus 2019 caught our eye, though, so we stopped by to have a chat.
It’s a top cage handle for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K. Sure, top handles are nothing new, but this one contains a battery that can actually power the Pocket 4K and 6K cameras for up to five hours of use.
One of the biggest issues for photographers and filmmakers working on location is that of power. Many of us carry spare batteries of multiple kinds in our bags whenever we go out to shoot – for me, that’s usually 6 batteries each for 2 cameras, a couple of big USB power banks and my Novoo. Maybe a few LiPo batteries if I need LED lights. But all of those are a hassle.
Core SWX has an option that can help deliver power to all of my devices and more, cutting the number of different types of batteries one needs to take out with them. It’s called the Powerbase Edge, and we had a chat with Core SWX about it at NAB 2019.
At one point, V-Mount batteries weren’t very common outside of high-end production. These days, though, they’re starting to become much more prolific as the devices that utilise them are becoming more affordable. But V-Mount batteries can be pretty expensive, which puts a lot of newcomers off even considering them. But should you?
In this video, Caleb Pike goes over just about everything there is to know about V-Mount batteries. He talks about the devices he uses them with, the various adapters available, powering multiple devices from a single battery, and even touches on battery capacity limits for flights.