Canon’s Vixia Mini X is a Compact Camcorder with Clean HDMI-Output

Canon Vixia Mini X-4

Canon has been trying its hand at some cameras and features lately that are a bit out of left field. The PowerShot N and G1 X cameras come to mind. In the same vein of “different” comes the Canon Vixia Mini X, which debuted at CES 2014 last month. Just looking at the camera, you are left scratching your head about who its intended users are and how it should/could be used. [Read more…]


Canon 5D Mark III Magic Lantern Update Adds Clean HDMI and HDR Video

5D Mark III

Magic Lantern, the advanced (and unofficial) HDSLR firmware developers, just keeps cranking out the good stuff for Canon HDSLRs.  In this second Alpha update for Canon 5D Mark III, the new powerhouse camera gets even more power with a clean HDMI output and HDR video mode.  Other additions include gradual exposure, focus assist tools, display tweaks and more.

Here’s a short sample of HDR video mode on the 5D Mark III:

There are more details, along with download and installation instructions, available on the Magic Lantern website.

LockPort5M3 Protects the 5D Mark III’s HDMI Port


LockCircle is following up the recent introduction of its LockPort800 for the Nikon D800 with the same HDMI port protection for the Canon 5D Mark III.

As with the LockPort800, the LockPort5M3 protects HDMI output on your camera from production abuse with a solid universal clamp and a mini to full-size HDMI adapter.

The LockPort5M3 retails for $119 and is available direct from which shipping set to begin in June.

LockPort5 Protects Canon 5D Mark II HDMI Port


The LockPort5 (from the folks who make the Lock Circle) protects your Canon 5D Mark II‘s HDMI port and includes a built-in mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI adapter.  As a result, you can use standard HDMI cables on your 5D Mark II when going to an off-camera monitor.

There’s a 7D version coming soon as well.

More details below. [Read more…]