It’s heartening that many content creators, both here and around the world, have taken the pandemic and the various lockdowns as opportunities to create. They’ve invested in a wide range of equipment, including gadget accessories, that have allowed them to make the best of their situation and craft compelling videos and other content despite all their limitations.
If you’re hoping to take a page from these creators’ book and work a little creative magic of your own, but don’t know where to start, you’ve landed upon the right article. Here we’ve got 10 gadgets that can help you harness your own creativity, lockdown or no lockdown, and which you can all get from a good gadget shop like those in SM Cyberzone.
Smartphone: Xiaomi Mi 11
If you pick up just one device to help you make good use of your creative juices, make it a smartphone like the Mi 11. It’s a smartphone that excels in many areas, but showcases key features that endear it to creators, including “studio-level” cameras (a 108MP wide-angle camera with OIS, a 13MP ultrawide angle camera, and a 5MP telemacro camera) and powerful software including One-Click AI Cinema for director-level movie effects, eight cinematic filters for studio-quality edits, and HDR10+ video recording for outstanding overall video quality. Pick up the Mi 11 in your choice of Horizon Blue, Midnight Gray, or Cloud White at the Mi Store at your favorite Cyberzone.
Camera: Canon EOS M100 with EF-M15-45 IS STM lens
Smartphone cameras are getting better all the time, but they can’t quite match a dedicated camera–not just yet. The compact yet powerful EOS M100 with Canon’s own EF-M15-45 IS STM lens is one such camera. Powered by the DIGIC 7 image processor and 24.2MP APS-C sensor, and also featuring the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system and Combination IS function for footage stability even with non-IS lenses, this camera can go toe to toe even with DSLR cameras. The EOS M100 comes in Pink, Grey, White and Black. Check it out at the Canon stores in SM Cyberzone.
Drone: DJI Mavic 3
Drones have revolutionized outdoor photography and videography. Leave it to DJI to take drones even further forward. The Mavic 3 allows creators to capture truly impressive imagery with the specially developed Hasselblad L2D-20c camera, which incorporates a professional-grade 4/3 CMOS in a compact space, as well as the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution that delivers true-to-life color reproduction. A second (tele) camera can be unlocked via Explore Mode. Mavic 3 also boasts omnidirectional obstacle sending to help ensure collision-free flight. Test the Mavic 3 for yourself at various Cyberzone retailers.
Microphone: Rode PodMic
Dedicated mics allow for better sound capture than less specialized and sensitive mics. The Rode PodMic, available at various retailers at your favorite SM Cyberzone, is one of the best available nowadays. It’s a broadcast-quality dynamic microphone that offers rich and full-bodied sound thanks to features like an internal pop filter to eliminate the harsh popping noises that result from P and B sounds, an internal shockmount to reduce vibrations, and a swing mount to ease positioning. Solid all-metal construction helps ensure durability.
Laptop: ASUS X409
PCs and laptops are part and parcel of content creation. Laptops are particularly useful because of their portability–a boon to creators whose creative process takes them out and about. Offered by various computer retailers at Cyberzone, the ASUS X409 is our recommendation for a creator’s laptop, because it offers a large, clear and bright NanoEdge display that’s all of 14 inches on the diagonal, yet is one of the world’s smallest laptops of this size. Power features such as up to an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM, dual-storage memory up to a 512GB PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD, and Intel Optane memory further sweeten the pot. The X409 is available in Blue, Gray, Silver and Red.
Ring Light: ES-DMMBLRL18W-26CM
Proper indoor lighting is a must when one is filming videos. Creators the world over invest in ring lights in order to provide bright yet diffused light that’s perfect for videos. This 18-watt, 26cm, tripod-mounted LED ring light meets the needs of creators in many ways. Switch between daylight and warm white color temperature to suit your needs, and select from three positions of light adjustment for optimal illumination. This ring light also telescopes and incorporates a smartphone holder to help ensure proper positioning. It also boasts good energy efficiency leading to comfort and safety: irrespective of how long it’s been used, it never gets hotter than 45 degrees Centigrade. Check it out at Cyberzone stores.
Tripod: Benro FBAT05A
Creators using cameras or DSLRs to film their content need to invest in tripods because they increase the versatility of their cameras while keeping them stable and safe. This Benro model, which can be bought at many different Cyberzone retailers, is perfectly designed to work with a wide range of cameras. Five individual leg angle settings allow for unique and stable tripod positioning, and the leg and center columns can even be combined to transform it into a full-size monopod. Three accessory mounts allow for quick and easy accessory attachment. This model can also be folded into a more compact size for storage and/or travel.
External Storage: Seagate 2TB Slim Black
No matter how good you are at shooting video footage and taking pictures, it’ll all come to nothing if you don’t store your output properly. While you can elect to save your files in the cloud, it’s also crucial to save local copies–and for this purpose, a portable drive like the Seagate 2TB Slim Black is perfect. Its large capacity allows you to store all your files and footage without worrying too much about running out of space, and its slim body won’t take up much space in your bag at all. The 2TB Slim Black can be bought at a wide range of Cyberzone outlets. Check out more external storage options in this article, 5 Affordable Portable External HDDs available on SM Malls Online.
Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4
Check your footage, work on your content, and enjoy your finished videos using an excellent headset like the WH-1000XM4. This award-winning headphone set combines Sony’s most advanced noise-canceling features with industry-leading sound quality and a wide range of smart features. Adaptive Sound Control allows for automatic sonic adjustments to whatever a user is doing and will even learn to recognize frequently visited locations to tailor sound to them perfectly, and exceptional design results in day-in and day-out comfort. Pick up the WH-1000XM4 in White, Silver and Black at Sony or other Cyberzone stores.
Monitor: Samsung 23.5” Curved Monitor with Curvature 1800R
Lastly, if you’d prefer to do your editing at a PC and in the comfort of your own home, consider a curved monitor like this one. Just 11.9mm slim, it boasts the deepest screen curve of any Samsung curved monitor–as its name suggests, featuring an 1800mm radius of arc–to create a wider field of view, enhance depth perception, and minimize distractions at the edges of your vision or even eliminate them altogether. Conserve your vision thanks to this monitor’s Eye Saver Mode, which reduces harmful blue light emissions, and enjoy superior image quality thanks to Samsung’s leading display technology. See it for yourself at Samsung and other retailers in Cyberzone today.
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