There are plenty of options out there for vloggers, YouTubers and influencers, but cameras like the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III are pretty hard to beat. And now the company has revealed a complete kit that makes it even harder to beat: the Canon DM-E100 Stereo Microphone and Canon HG-100TBR Tripod Grip.
Designed to be a simple plug-and-play stereo microphone, the light and compact Canon DM-E100 draws power from the camera itself to give you one less thing to charge (and to remember to turn on).
The device caters to the vlogging community, which is an increasingly important part of Canon’s customer base, given their rapid adoption of the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III in particular, and is very similar in size and design to the Rode VideoMic Go. However, with its cold shoe mount, it's just as at home on top of larger bodies like the Canon EOS 90D or Canon EOS R.
It doesn’t offer the same sensitivity as some of the manufacturer’s more heavy duty mics, but then “heavy” definitely isn’t in the DM-E100’s vocabulary – and this pocket rocket is still sensitive to 120º unidirectional stereo sounds down to -40dB.
It pairs perfectly with another new release from the brand, the Canon HG-100TBR Tripod Grip – a brilliantly designed hand grip, with a stock that flips out into a tripod. Even cooler, the grip also has a built-in compartment to store the Canon BR-E1 Bluetooth Remote – which is included in the package (costing £41.99 / $50.00 alone), and enables you to zoom in and out when using a camera like the G7 X III.
While it’s not a gimbal, it offers some useful controls that will be familiar to gimbal users such as the ability to switch from rear-facing selfie shooting to forward-facing filming at the touch of a button.
It also, with a little rejigging of the plates, supports vertical-orientation shooting – an increasingly necessary requirement for things like Instagram stories, which is supported by the G7 X III and the Canon EOS M200. In another brilliant bit of design, a mount adaptor enables you to orient the microphone into portrait mode, too, so that it continues recording stereo sound channels accurately.
While it definitely seems a setup tailor-made for the Canon G7X Mark III, the HG-100TBR is also ideal for EF-M series cameras like the Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS M6 Mark II (though in tripod orientation it will likely tip over if shooting in portrait mode, due to the balance of bigger bodies).
The Canon HG-100TBR Tripod Grip and Canon DM-E100 Stereo Microphone will be available from December at a price of £99 ($127) each. They will also be sold in the US as part of three kits in late November and early December, including the EOS 90D Video Creator Kit ("for the advanced video creator" consisting of the 90D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens, DM-E100 and a 32GB card for $1,449.00.
The PowerShot G7 X Mark III Video Creator Kit ("for the vlogging enthusiast") features the camera, HG-100TBR, an extra NB-13L battery and a 32GB card for $899.99. The EOS M200 Content Creator Kit ("for the social media maven") includes the body, Canon EF-M 15-45mm lens, HG-100TBR and 32GB card for $649.99.