The VW-HU1 Detachable Handle Unit is a top handle and mic input for the HC-X1500 camcorder. The unit features two 3-pin XLR audio inputs, a microphone holder, a start/stop record button, a zoom rocker, and a built-in LED light.
The VW-HU1 attaches to the top of the camera using its proprietary connector and it's secured by a thumbscrew. The two 3-pin XLR audio inputs feature volume controls and selectable mic/line and +48V phantom power features so you can add two channels of audio to your recording. A mic holder on the top fits a standard shotgun mic for convenience.
Camera controls include a start/stop record button and zoom rocker, and a tally LED indicates when you are recording. The diffused LED light on the front of the unit allows you to illuminate your shot, and also provides dimming control. There is one shoe mount and one mounting thread on top to add additional accessories.
At a recent conference, one of the delegates drew my attention to a new BBC Academy training video on using smartphones for journalism. I was particularly interested because I’d just bought myself a smartphone with a decent stills camera. My wife is really pleased about this because now when we go on holiday, or walk up the rugged Wolstonbury Hill near my home, I can carry my share of water, dog treats, snacks etc. because I’m not carrying five lenses and my DSLR in a backpack the size of a parachute.