Late last week, Jason Snell over at Six Colors reported that with the latest beta of iOS 12.2, the Logitech Crayon now works on the 2018 iPad Pro. The Crayon had previously only been compatible with the 2018 9.7 iPad. I was immediately interested. I like the idea of having a writing device for my iPad Pro, but I also have literally zero artistic ability. I felt like the $130 Apple Pencil was insane overkill. I just needed something to sign docs and do super basic storyboarding and stuff like that. I threw the beta on my iPad and checked Best Buy's website. Two in stock at my local store for the low low price of $69. So I stopped after work and picked one up.
I kept the packaging and receipt since this working was predicated on using a beta version of iOS, but that ended up being not necessary because Apple released the official 12.2 update on Monday, and the pencil continues to work.
I actually like this a lot. It's pretty much exactly what I need. I don't need the pressure sensitivity (or the extra cost) of the Apple Pencil, but having something to poke around on the screen and draw simple diagrams and sign contracts and stuff is a great addition to the iPad Pro. We're currently house hunting, so I have a feeling I'll be using this combined with the excellent Linea Sketch app to plan my garage, my kitchen, furniture, yard, etc.
Overall, the Crayon seems to be an excellent choice for the, uh, less artistically inclined among us. I'll add a video to this post when I get a chance.
Like I said in my previous post, I returned my Osmo Pocket and picked up a Hero 7 black, primarily for vlogging and making car videos for my YouTube channel. So far, I really like the Hero 7 Black a lot, but I would like the ability to mount a shotgun mic. The built in mics do a pretty damn good job if I'm somewhere even remotely quiet, but I feel like my Rode VideoMicro will work a lot better, particularly in noisy cars.
While GoPro does make a USB C microphone adapter for their cameras, they don't make a case or a mount to easily pair it with a camera. I searched around and the case with the highest rating that includes a cold shoe mount is this one from Puluz.
Name aside, this thing is pretty impressive so far. It's very sturdy, (in fact one of my only complaints would be that it's pretty damn heavy), though you can't have it both sturdy and lightweight and cheap. All the mic and LED holes are lined up perfectly, it accepts a 52mm filter on the front (I've ordered this from amazon, will report back).
The side is cut in a way that allows you to open the charging door with it still in the case, unlike the stock cases that require you to remove the battery door completely if you want to charge while it's in the case.
This is nice because leaving the door on retains the cameras waterproof properties. Once you take the door off to expose the charging port, it's no longer waterproof.
As I mentioned above, the main point of buying this was the ability to mount a hot shoe microphone, and it does indeed allow that.
So far I'm happy with it. I have it mounted on a just-arrived GoPro "3 way" selfie stick type thing, eagerly awaiting my mic adapter. I'll post some videos to showcase the external mic performance as soon as it shows up.
I've gone back and forth on this for a while and finally made a decision. The Osmo pocket is neat, but there's a complete and total lack of accessory availability. Months after it came out, there's still no way to mount it to a TriPod or a gopro mount, the wireless adapter (that honestly should be included) is backordered, and the lens is too narrow to use for a selfie camera.
Looking at the Hero 7 black, the digital stabilization is good enough for what I'm going to use it for, it has wifi and bluetooth built in, the voice controls are amazingly useful for getting shots from weird angles or away from where you're standing, and the automatic uploading is amazing if you're looking for a setup that allows you to easily edit and post on the road from an iPad Pro, as is my primary use case for a dedicated video camera.
Here's my youtube video with a lot more details and sample footage from the Osmo Pocket:
The same one I mentioned in a previous post is on sale at Amazon right now for $17.09 if you click the little "5% off" coupon. This charges the 2018 iPad Pro 11" super fast, and also has a high speed USB A port to charge your iPhone simultaneously.
The new USB C iPad Pro will be out tomorrow, so I decided i needed a good USB C charger. I realize that the iPad will come with one, but I like having a spare in my bag. I looked at quite a few and settled on this Anker unit. It’s USB C Power Delivery which is what most stuff uses. It should also fast charge my Nintendo Switch. The charger itself is a little bigger than the Apple 29W, but then again the Anker also has a USB A outlet that will put out 12W, which is about as fast as the old iPad charger and should be fine for an iPhone or Apple Watch. Overall, I feel like this covers my needs pretty well.
For the cable, I again went with Anker because I’ve always had good look with them. I’m using an Anker lightning cable in my car for CarPlay and it has held up really well despite the relatively rough environment. Specifically, I went with this 6ft model in red. I figure the red will be easy to spot and 6ft will give me some flexibility when I’m in a hotel with not great outlet locations.
I obviously haven’t tried it on the new iPad yet, and I won’t until tomorrow, but I did put my USB C to Lightning cable in it and it fast charged my iPad Pro 10.5, so it should be fine. I will report back tomorrow.