The VF-K2 is a multifunctional smartphone video kit from ViewFlex, In the box, you will find a tripod, a phone holder, a shotgun-style microphone, a wind and pop filter and finally a bag to keep it all in.
Opening the box, the first glance is very good just from the weight of the kit, all of the stand except for the legs is made of metal and it shows in the quality, it will be a very strong and durable little kit that I have no doubts will stand the test of time. The overall flexibility of the unit you couldn’t ask for much more and using standard fittings like the cold shoe (or H bracket) just makes it easier if you want to upgrade your filming down the line to something like DSLR.
The Mic is really directional, so much so in a couple of places during the dubbing of this video I just turned my head while speaking (bad habit of mine while filming!) but you could hear my voice fade. This might sound like a negative but it really isn’t, you don’t want anything except what is straight in front of a shotgun mic to be recorded and this mic does just that exceptionally well! I just need to get out of my bad habits!
Plenty of size for any phone, mine in the video was 80mm (8cm) and I measure the max to be 100mm (10cm), the ability yo rotate the phone using the thumb turn on the back is a nice feature I’ve not seen in any other kit like this before but is probably ideal for those making TicTok or Instagram video’s with that portrait view whereas things like youtube your probably more likely to use landscape, but either way it has you covered.
Overall a great little kit for newcomers to content creation, and plenty of room to upgrade in the future! If you’ve enjoyed this review you might also be interested in our review on the Uhuru Video Creators Bundle.
The FiFine T669 Microphone comes with a large kit, including not only a boom arm but also a tripod desk stand if that’s what you would prefer. The first thing that I noticed was the look and feel of the kit, its got a real quality look with its matt black finish and things like the foam filter just feel a little bit thicker and firmer than some of the other microphones I’ve reviewed.
They have really taken the time to go through everything you need in the instruction manual and I know this seems like I small thing but that sort of attention to detail makes it easy for me to recommend it to anyone who is new to microphones and getting them set up correctly. They also have gone the extra mile by including some spare springs and a clamp screw head just to make sure this mic will last and can be well looked after.
The sound is quite bassy and picks up a wide range, I think with the way the diaphragm itself is very exposed (you can see it clearly through the mesh) this mic would also be good for instrument recording, perhaps I should get a guitar or something for future reviews? Let me know in the comments if you think that would help.
The LensGo LWM-318C Wireless Lavalier Microphone is a nifty little kit, it has everything you need at get started as a video creator when it comes to audio. In the box you get a transmitter (TX) and receiver (RX), quite a selection of mounting hardware and a lavalier style mic. Both RX and TX have a strong magnet on the back which makes it easy to attach it the different mounting options and easily remove it when needed, would be ideal for quick costume changes or simply just makes it easy to wear and use.
The TX has a built in mic so you don’t have to use the lavalier if you don’t want, it also has a fur style cove that can be used to stop the wind effecting the your recording sound. Its a bit bulky on its own so i would most probably use it with the lav, however if you were doing outdoor activity’s that wind break would be very useful so for that id use the built in mic, at the end of the day you can always tuck either style under your clothes to hide them from view.
The RX looks almost identical to the TX but without the in built microphone. It comes with a stereo and mono cable that can be plugged into whatever recording device you’re using. Once again the mounting hardware with the magnets is very useful and the crocodile style clip also doubles as a H-bracket (cold shoe) connector so it easily attaches to your DSLR or whatever you need it to.
It’s really simple and easy to use, just one press on the power button on each the RX & TX and its ready to go. You can manually switch the UHF channel if you get interference but I had no need to do this. Output volume is good and the in built battery’s seem to give a good few hours of usage and are easy to charge with a simple USB. They also provide you with a SIM style tool that can be used to factory reset the devices, handy if it were to crash or you accidently miss match the UHF channels.
The ONFORU BDB50G-3 (ON-BD08-DW-EU) is an outdoor LED wall light with a motion-detecting PIR. It has 50w of LED’s spread across 1 large forward-facing light and 2 adjustable sidelights and 50w is plenty when it comes to LED, you will get well and above the light output of the old style, 500w halogens and I would highly doubt you would ever get 50,000hr+ lifespan out of a halogen style. Rest assured this is going to light up your garden unless you have achers!
It comes with your normal motion sensing PIR which is actually really easy to get to, after years of installing these types of fittings you’d be surprised how some are impossible to get to, not so here. This is ideal as a security deterrent, I used to do a lot of security installation and when people would ask “what can I do to stop being burgled” step one for me is getting a motion-sensing light, they know they are much more likely to get caught if they are lit up and there’s a high chance the light will wake someone or draw someone’s attention.
Installation is nice and easy, no complaints. As with installing any electronics outside having a tube of silicone on hand is really helpful, as I say in the video if you haven’t got a flat wall I’d recommend a small bead of silicone across the top edge you ensure no water gets behind it.
With the isolation method, I did miss one step, you should always test across all conductors to make sure you haven’t got cross polarity or all sorts of fun that you can come across! I can’t stress this enough, if your not confident in any part call an electrician it really isn’t worth the risk if you’re not sure. I’d recommend a tester and proving unit such as this one, really simple to use, they are expensive but you can’t really put a price on safety.
The Uhuru video creators bundle is just that, a great mix of all the things needed to get started as a video creator. In the box, you get a lavalier mic, a ring light, phone holder and a tripod. An impressive amount of equipment for a decent price.
The Lavalier mic is small and easy to conceal, as goes for all the Uhuru mics I’ve tested to date all have been very good sound. Plenty of cable to hide under your clothes and still have enough to get to your phone or camera I found.
The Ring Light provides plenty of light and has 3 different colours warm white, white and cool white and I wide range of brightness levels, I don’t think you would ever need it at 100%. It’s powered via USB so bear in mind you will either need a wall USB power supply or a power bank of some sort.
The phone holder has plenty of space for even the largest of phones, I have a large iPhone and android phone they both fitted easily and I even left the cases on.
Finally, the simple tripod has a full gimbal movement and has two different height adjustments. It’s are really handy as it has a universal camera mount on the bottom so you can fit all sorts of equipment as I say in the video I’ve got another one of these and I use it to hold a microphone or light.
Overall, a perfect little kit to get started and some handy tools that will be used well into the future of a video creators career! It’s ideal for me as I fit it to my DSLR for making YouTube videos but would also be great for all the other video creations platforms like TikTok or Instagram.
The UM-900 is another well-priced microphone from UHURU, It’s much like the UM-910 that we reviewed, but with a fully adjustable boom arm. The sound is also alike, as with the other UHURU mic’s it’s very good with a nice bassy sound.
The boom arm is a nice addition for me personally because I find that the extra sprung arms take out a lot of the vibrations you can hear from tapping on the desk with keyboard and mouse which makes it ideal for game streamers but also podcasters and YouTubers like myself.
The trick to setup is with condenser mic’s you need to set the volume high in both windows “sounds” and whatever your using to stream with e.g OBS
It’s also a good idea to use the rear ports on the back of your PC, you’ll be surprised what a little bit of volt drop can do between the front and back. It’s also important to check the input pattern so you know where to talk into! On this mic, you talk into the side with the UHURU logo. Also with a bit of planning, you can point the rear of the mic to anything that you don’t want to hear for instance your keyboard or the fans of your computer.
Overall, we really like this mic, it’s reasonably priced and is exactly what is needed for any video creator, greatly impressed with the sound quality and build quality. no complaints at all!
We at Hoddys Guides have just had an upgrade for our videos in the form of a new camera, the Canon EOS 700D. Unfortunately, although we got the original battery we didn’t get the charger so that’s where the PowerExtra LP-E8 comes in.
To be honest for the price I thought id read the description wrong because I couldn’t believe you got 2x battery’s included with the charger and that they have a longer runtime vs the one that came with the camera (1800mAh) but when it came I was pleasantly surprised, and so allowed me to get back to making videos, starting with this review!
Ok, so before we go any further ill admit the video isn’t quite up to our normal standard, I was trying to do some tricks to improve the audio of our video and using the camera to record and well it didn’t go so wall so ill apologize that sound isn’t up to our normal standard! Definitely learned a lot and it hopefully won’t happen again!
The charger is very compact, it has a nice tucked away cable on the back so you don’t need to carry one with, but it will also accept a USB-micro in the top from a stand-alone cable (also provided), its light and will easily fit in your camera bag with no issue. Simple to use as the LCD display shows you how far charged the batters are, they seem to charge quite quickly 50% to full in about 1-2hrs using a 2A charger, (i would assume a higher amp USB port would charge it quicker too).
This kit is designed not only for my camera but this is the full list: Rebel T3i, T2i, T4i, T5i, EOS 600D, 550D, 650D, 700D, Kiss X5, Kiss X4, Kiss X6 They also do other versions that work exactly the same way for virtually all other style cameras and if my experience with this one is anything to go by they seem a good quality product.