User Review of our ProZoom for Panasonic video cameras.

ProZoom Panasonic Review  Date of Review: February 20, 2013
By: Karl Walter Keirstead
Product Name : ProZoom Panasonic
Supplier Name:
Contact: 386 788 6075

Reviewer Status  I have no affiliation with Studio1Productions.

Overall Impressions  Excellent product, greatly improves workflow – could not find anything wrong with it. At $99, it’s a steal.
Ordering Processing  The supplier promptly filled my order and shipped the next day (I ordered on a Sunday night).
Packaging  The packing was adequate, shipments packed the same way should arrive without damage.
Instruction Sheet  The instruction sheet clearly describes the functionality.
Installation  The unit installs on a tripod handle with two long thumbscrews. The install plates are solid (metal).  I installed duct tape around the tripod handle to prevent the plates from removing surface paint on the handle.  The screws are easy to tighten/untighten.  I recommend progressive tightening followed by testing by trying gently to rotate the unit clockwise/counterclockwise. If there is no slip, do not over tighten.

All of the buttons are well-placed and of superior quality.   Left side for Focus, middle knob for Zoom (anticlockwise for W, clockwise for T), Right side for Iris.

Record  The button is well-positioned and very visible.   ZOOM  The dead zone is in the center, you hear a definite click.

Camera Setting,   ProZoom Switch Setting,   Override
Auto Zoom   Auto (up)   Camera
Manual (down)   ProZoom
Manual Zoom   Auto (up)   Camera
Manual (down)   Camera

As you dial clockwise or anticlockwise, the speed of zooming increases smoothly.  There is no bounce back either at W or at T.

FOCUS/ IRIS  The following summarizes the Focus/Iris actions with toggle switches up (auto) and down (manual)   FOCUS

Camera Setting,   ProZoom Switch Setting,   Override
Auto Focus   Auto (up)   Camera
Manual (down)   ProZoom
Manual Focus   Auto (up)   BLOCKED at ProZoom*
Manual (down)   ProZoom

*very useful, prevents inadvertent adjustment of Focus. But, guard against touching the wheel because if you switch out of auto to manual, you will probably jump to an unwanted focus setting.

Remotes have sensitive Focus wheels (the camera wheel is bigger, therefore easier to get a precise setting). Get used to the small wheels.

IRIS  Camera Setting,   ProZoom Switch Setting,   Override
Auto Iris   Auto (up)   *
Manual (down)   *
Manual Iris   Auto (up)   *
Manual (down)   ProZoom   *did not test

Cabling  The two cables are 5 feet in length. Bigger connector goes on top, smaller goes on below.  For tripod use, I reached the conclusion the cables would be best looped and tied with twist ties, one of which I put around the tripod arm. Make sure you include extra twist ties in your grab bag.   Notice how the wires are able to connect upward and can be looped around the battery down to the tripod handle.   For slider use, it would seem best to have one single coiled cable that splits into two at both ends. I don’t have a slider so I was not able to experiment or comment but it’s my understanding the usual setup finds the tripod in the middle of the slider, or at one end in some situations, so everything should be OK for both horizontal and vertical slides with five foot cables. You can buy extension cables from the supplier should you have a need to use say a 12 foot slider.

Internal Works  The unit under test was not a demo or sample. I ordered it for production use. I did not open the unit because it would invalidate the warranty.

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