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China is a weird place. The way one company can just put out a product that’s (at face value) 90% identical to another’s, seemingly without consequence. Bizarre.

Sometimes Chinese companies copy things from other international companies, and undercut them. Sometimes the versions they make are shockingly bad... sometimes they actually build on it, and innovate and make it better. It can be hit and miss. Take SmallRig for example - some of their products are blatant copies of Wooden Camera things. But some of their products are totally original, and really useful! Some of their products are top-notch quality, but some things break easily.

Kupo is another example (Taiwanese, actually, though). Many of their products feel like direct copies of Doughty / Matthews / Avenger products... but they also have lots of original innovative variations and new products too (and, as a side note, I've found their quality is consistently premium... and some of their products are actually better than Avenger et al's equivalent).

Aputure for example, it appears, are definitely an innovator, and they've produced some really ingenious and high quality products. They're also really good at listening to their users and taking on feedback. So, regardless of the fact that they're Chinese themselves, I feel bad for them if another Chinese company is then ripping them off.

And here it's the same with Z-Cam, I think. Innovative products, seemingly well made, really good at listening to their users and making changes directly on user feedback. But yeah, they've just been ripped off by another Chinese company it seems... and that's disheartening, and not at all cool.

Bit of a wild west out there!

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