2020 was definitely a strange year with international travel and many trade shows cancelled but didn’t stop many new products from being released. While some may have been delayed, we have seen a number of new products hit the market in the last few months.
So what are our favorite products of 2020? Well, Erik and Matt have assembled a list of what most impressed them during 2020. Their picks are personal choices based on what gear is relevant and useful for the type of work they do.
Erik & Matt, joined by host Jem Schofield discussed their choices in this week’s live show. If you missed it, you can catch the replay above.
We would also love to hear from our readers as to what their favorite products of 2020 were. Feel free to tell us in the comments section what your personal favorites were.
Now, the criteria for these selections was as simple as following one rule:
- The product had to be available to purchase for the first time in 2020
Erik and Matt have both picked a winner and one or two honorable mentions. Just to be crystal clear, these selections are personal choices otherwise they may have still been debating (or arguing!) over the winner of each category.
The categories are:
- Digital Cinema Camera
- Hybrid Camera
- Audio Product
- Camera Accessory
- Camera Support Device
Favorite Digital Cinema Camera
MATT’S PICK: Sony FX6, Canon EOS C70
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: RED KOMODO, Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K
ERIK’S PICK: Canon EOS C70
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTION: RED KOMODO
Favorite Hybrid Camera
MATT’S PICK: Sony A7s III
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Panasonic S5
ERIK’S PICK: Canon EOS R5
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sony A7s III
MATT’S PICK: Luxli Taiko
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: ARRI Orbiter, Lupo Smartpanel Dual Color
ERIK’S PICK: Aputure LS 600d Pro
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Aputure MC
MATT’S PICK: Tokina Vista 135mm T1.5
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Canon Cine-Servo 25-250mm T2.95
ERIK’S PICK: DZO Pictor Zoom Lens
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Vazen 85mm T2.8 1.8x Anamorphic
Favorite Audio Product
MATT’S PICK: Tentacle Sync Track E
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: RØDE VideoMic NTG
ERIK’S PICK: Tentacle Sync Track E
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Zoom F2-BT
Favorite Camera Accessory
MATT’S PICK: Accsoon CineEye 2
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Bright Tangerine ONE Tray
ERIK’S PICK: BMD ATEM Mini Pro
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sprig
Favorite Support Device
MATT’S PICK: Sachtler Aktiv8
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Zhiyun Crane 3s
ERIK’S PICK: Sachtler Aktiv8
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: iFootage Gazelle
MATT’S PICK: DaVinci Resolve 17
MATT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Final Cut Pro
ERIK’S PICK: DaVinci Resolve 17
ERIK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Apple M1 Silicon
So there you have it, there are Matt and Erik’s favorite products of 2020. Again, these are very much personal choices and not products of the year. Please let us know what your favorite products of 2019 were in the comments section below.
Happy holidays to all our readers and their families.
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