A Look at GN's Reporting Audio-Video Equipment for Conventions

By Published January 04, 2014 at 5:02 am

In testing some new equipment for our upcoming trip to Las Vegas for CES 2014, I decided to go ahead and put together a quick run-down of our equipment load-out for the year.

It's been five long years since my first equipment I bought for GN (for the record: A used A300 DSLR I picked up for around $250). As the site, team size, skill levels, and our quality expectations have all improved or increased, we've had to upgrade equipment a couple of times to match these changes.

Briefly stated, the current arsenal looks like this:

  • Canon XA20 Prosumer Camcorder (28Mbps @ 60FPS, 1080p). Uses XLR inputs for high-quality, low-impedance audio.
  • Sennheiser MKE600 Shotgun Microphone. Mounts to the top of the XA20, uses XLR input for highly-shielded audio transmission. Works best at 5-8ft range and will be used in discussion panels and for redundancy.
  • Roland R-05 standalone recorder (goes in my pocket while interviewing).
  • Sony A65 DSLR for digital photography; using a fixed 50mm @ f1.7, a Minolta beercan 70-140mm @ f4, and a Tamron 17-50mm @ f2.8.
  • [Deprecated] Canon Vixia HF20, which will now be used for run-n-gun B-roll on the show floor. It will now serve as our secondary camera and will no longer be used for primary footage.
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    Oh, and we've got new shirts.

    If anyone's got questions about this basic field reporter setup, let me know!

    - Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

    Steve Burke

    Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

    First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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