. What is it useful for now, and does it have a safe future? I have written quite recently about how I have embraced the Panasonic S1 for video making, and how many of the preconceptions of shooting using a mirrorless camera may now be falsely held. With that in mind I'm going to hand a bit of love back to the fondly viewed shoulder mount camera, but also to note a word of caution that the final curtain may well be starting to draw on it, even in its traditional safe space in broadcast.
Watch your backWeight has always been an issue with shoulder mount cameras, usually when they are rigged up to the hilt with lights, transmitters, radio mic receivers etc. You wo not for example find the XLR audio inputs on a dedicated shoulder mount camera randomly placed by the viewfinder or hidden….