Review roundup: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Review roundup: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon is looking to hit another home run as it comes back for round two with the EOS-1D X Mark II. It looks impressive on paper, but how do the camera buffs think it holds up? 

When it comes down to numbers, 1D X Mark II is a winner. Offering 14 fps shooting, and breakneck 16 fps when shooting in live view mode, it’s definitely up there as one of the highest resolution DSLRs available. Numbers aren’t everything, but this camera certainly isn’t lacking substance.


We’re big fans of the 1D X Mark II, even down to the way it looks. It’s a fairly hefty bit of tech, and while its size may deter those after something smaller, the 1D X Mark II delivers in almost every way, more than making up for its size. said: “if you’re looking for something small then, well, this isn’t going to fit the brief. Having just reviewed the mid-range Canon 80D, the 1D X II is a whole different beast… despite the size everything falls to place in the hand well, catering for both portrait and landscape orientation thanks to dual controls.”

Tech Radar said: “the EOS-1D X [Mark II] feels almost identical to the 1D X. Both cameras are heavy and solid-feeling, with the characteristic ‘battery bulge’ in the base doubling up as a vertical grip for portrait format shooting. This has been revised for the Mark II with a deeper grip for a more secure hold.”


When it comes to autofocus, the 1D X Mark II packs a punch. Although it may initially appear similar to the autofocus system found in the previous model, Mark II delivers on a variety of upgrades and tweaks that set it apart from the last generation. While still operating on a 61-point system, the new Ai Servo III+ tracking system allows the camera to more accurately predict tracking movement.

Pocket Lint said: “all 61-points are sensitive to f/8 – which will be handy if you’re using a 2x converter and are forced to use a smaller aperture (21 of these AF points are cross-type to said sensitivity). You can choose to utilise all points or cross-type only in selection, with 1-point, 5-point group, 9-point group, centre/left/right areas and full 61-point arrays being available using the dedicated focus type button and M-fn button.”

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This camera is fast, that’s for sure. When 16 frames per second isn’t enough for you, the Mark II’s 4K Frame Grab feature means you can capture 8.8 megapixel JPEG images at a whopping 60fps.  

ephotozine said: “The 1D X Mark II offers a wide range of 4K video recording options, as well as high-speed FullHD video, and the video capabilities of this Digital SLR are the best you will find in a consumer level interchangeable lens camera, better than most other cameras, with the ability to record full CINE resolution 4K video at 60/50fps, whilst others only offer 4K video at 30/25/24fps.” They called it the fastest shooting full-frame camera available.

Backwards compatibility

Canon’s latest offering may come at a price, but don’t worry, your kit and accessories from the last iteration will still work with the Mark II.

Digital Photography review said: “As well as offering familiar ergonomics, the camera offers a good degree of backwards compatibility. For example, the Mark II uses a new battery, the LP-E19 but is still able to make use of the LP-E4 batteries used by its predecessor.”

4K video

Making the big jump to one of the latest video standards, the EOS-1D X Mark II also introduces 4K video, which was lacking in the previous model. As mentioned above, the Mark II is capable of shooting beautiful 4K video at 60fps.

Tech Radar said: “the 1D X Mark II doesn’t just shoot 4K at 30fps, it can shoot it at 60fps too. That requires serious processing power and it means you can record smooth 2x slow motion footage at 4K resolution. Interestingly, the Mark II shoots ‘real’ 4 at 4,096 x 2,160 pixels, rather than the slightly smaller UHD format most other cameras refer to generically as ‘4K’.”

You can pre-order the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II here and receive a free SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO CFastT 2.0 memory card . For everything else, call 03332 400 888, email‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

NAB 2016: NDI Source set to make a splash

NAB 2016: NDI Source set to make a splash

With so much hardware and software lined-up for the big event, we’re starting to get really excited for NAB 2016. One thing we’re particularly excited about is NDI Source. 

NDI is already shaping up to be a big hitter at NAB this year, and now BlackMagic Video Interfaces can upgrade to join the IP Video party.

NDI Source, from broadcast pros Sienna, is the latest NDI offering. Source uses BlackMagic Design interfaces like UltraStudio Mini Recorder on a Mac, to convert your baseband SDI or HDMI source into an ultra low latency, high quality NDI stream. With Source, streams are now compatible with any NDI device (such as NewTek TriCaster and VMix), with other other devices being announced every day as we lead up to NAB. Simply put, NDI Source allows video editing and production work to be carried out over IP networks. 

A Demo version of NDI Source for BMD is available for compatibility and performance testing if and when required. If you want to take NDI Source for a spin yourself, head over to the Mac App Store. 

For all the latest NDI and NAB news, keep it here with us. We’ll be covering official announcements, tech and more in the run up to the event.

If you’re after the hottest NAB and NDI news and updates, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook. For enquiries, call 03332 400 888 or email

Atomos unveil ‘Flame’ Series

Atomos unveil ‘Flame’ Series

Atomos have announced their new ‘Flame’ series of monitors. The latest range of products will bring 4K HDR monitoring to the Atomos Shogun and Ninja.

Modern cameras are capable of shooting a much wider dynamic range than ever before, however, most monitors, LCDs & viewfinders are simply incapable of reliably showing what you’re actually recording. Now, Atomos have created the Flame series – the latest advancements in HDR monitor technology, in a camera top recorder.

The Atomos Flame monitors measure in at 7″ (calibrated at 1920×1200 325i), boasts 10-bit HDR post-production colour accuracy (a first for in-field monitors), and runs off the AtomHDR engine, which resolves HDR brightness detail and processes 64 times more colour information than 8-bit panels. AtomHDR allows you to view footage on the monitor as you would with your own eyes, clear and colour correct.

When filming in a traditional style (i.e. not HDR), the new Shogun and Ninja Flame can be switched into Rec709, which activates a brightness slider. This enables shooters to make the most of the impressive, daylight viewable screen. Also, the new units inherit Atomos’ patented continuous power system, enabling you to shoot nonstop (or for as long as you have charged batteries to circulate!).

As with previous Shogun and Ninja models, the Flame series comes with the same high quality, professional 4K/HD ProRes/DNxHR recording, playback and editing that Atomos is known for. All 4K/HD footage is recorded straight from the sensor into 10-bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/DNxHD, and is stored on reliable, leading brand SSDs. Both monitors feature timelapse and pre-roll options, while 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown removal is also possible. The built-in focus, framing and exposure tools help make post production decision making a breeze, complete with various playback options.

Atomos Ninja Flame

– HDMI only model.

Available for £995.00 exVAT.

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Atomos Shogun Flame

– HDMI and SDI model.

– Bi-directional SDI/HDMI conversion.

– Raw to ProRes/DNxHR recording for select Sony and Canon cameras.

– Balanced XLR audio input/output.

– LTC/Genlock connectivity.

Available for £1,295.00 exVAT.

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Accessories include (both models):

– HPRC case.

– Snap-fast HDR sunhood.

– Fast battery charger.

– Control cable.

– 2x NP-F750 4 cell batteries.

– USB 3.0 docking station.

– D-Tap cable.

– 5x Master Caddy cases.

– 12V 3A AC-DC power adaptor.

– XLR breakout cable (Shogun Flame only).

For more information on the new Atomos Flame range, email or call 03332 409 306. For everything else, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Event Roundup: FS5 Fiesta

Event Roundup: FS5 Fiesta

Hosted by pro storm chaser Alister Chapman, our FS5 Fiesta brought some of the hottest Sony camcorder kit to Soho. Guests got the lowdown on the cameras and learnt some handy techniques and tips to boot, all while enjoying tapas and a few beers. 

First off, we’d like to thank everyone who made it there on the day! Alister kicked off the event by imparting his filmic wisdom, dropping his knowledge on lens options, variable ND, clear image zoom, super slow mo, picture profile settings, gamma curves, Cinegammas, S-log and S-log2 and much more. As a storm chaser and someone who’s been apart of the Sony ecosystem for years, Alister knows all about Sony camcorders and the intricacies of using them and we’re confident our guests will be making use of the cool tips he was dishing out.

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Alister wasted no time showing the audience how to get the very best out of the Sony PXW-FS5, and demonstrated some impressive footage of the Geysir in Iceland where he’d made use of the super slow mo and end trigger settings. The Sony PXW-FS7 also made an appearance, as guests had the chance to get their hands on both of Sony’s video cameras and put their questions to the expert. Atomos brought along their Shogun 4K recorder and monitor, while Rotolight brought their NEO lights kit along to the event. In addition, we had some top of the range lenses from Zeiss on display, which work perfectly with Sony camcorders – remember, every top quality camera is only as good as the lens attached to it!

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As I’m sure you’d imagine, the tapas went down a treat and our guests walked (or stumbled) away with some extra camcorder knowhow they can put to the test themselves.

Here’s what some of you had to say about our FS5 Fiesta:

If you’d like to find out more about Sony camcorders, call us on 03332 400 888, email, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24. Want to come to one of our upcoming events? Find out what we’ve got coming up here.

Introducing the new Apple iPhone SE

Introducing the new Apple iPhone SE

Here at Jigsaw24, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for a new iPhone (yes, we’re big Apple geeks!) to be announced. Well, much to our excitement, today was the day as Apple unveiled the new iPhone SE at an event in Cupertino, California. 

iPhone SE (SE stands for ‘special edition’) rocks a 4-inch display, similar in size and design to iPhone 5 and 5S. iPhone SE boasts a retina HD display with 1136×640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi, meaning all of your photos and videos will look extra pretty when viewed on its screen. It’s Apple’s smallest handset, but still manages to fit in all the cool features and capabilities of iPhone 6S and it’s really light too, weighing just 129 grams. They say it’s “the most powerful 4 inch phone ever”.

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24

iPhone SE will be available in Apple’s signature Rose Gold, silver, gold or Space Grey and features 16GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Its speedy A9 processor will have users coasting through apps, whilst its extensive LTE support promises faster 4G LTE and speedy WiFi connectivity. Siri can also be triggered via the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command, making it hands-free with iPhone SE.

Touch ID and Apple Pay also feature, meaning your phone, and any payments you make on it, will be safe and secure. iPhone SE also comes packing an impressive camera, complete with a 12-megapixel sensor and a five-element lens including True Tone flash, burst mode, improved face detection and slo-mo video capture. iPhone SE features a front facing camera with Retina flash too, which is perfect for those Snapchat selfies or long FaceTime sessions, and can even produce Live Photos, which were introduced with iPhone 6S.

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Want to know more about iPhone SE? Call the team on 03332 400 888 or email For everything else Apple and iPhone, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

Introducing the Apple iPad Pro 9.7″

Introducing the Apple iPad Pro 9.7″

We love iPad, and Apple have just unveiled a brand new one at their Spring event in Cupertino! The latest tablet from Apple, the iPad Pro 9.7″, adds another dimension to their iPad lineup and we’re excited to get our hands on it… But what’s new? 

Measuring just 6.1mm iPad Air 2, it still features everything awesome about iPad Pro. Its A9X processor means it’s super speedy, and multitasking between apps will be a doddle. The high resolution Retina display found on iPad Pro is smaller this time round, shrinking from 12.9″ to a more portable 9.7″. iPad Pro also comes with speakers on all four corners that adjust the orientation of its sound output depending on how you’re holding it. The device continues to support the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil (which is great news for designers), while Touch ID returns to ensure your iPad remains safe and secure.

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Sporting an impressive 1080P 12MP iSight camera (the 12″ version’s 8MP), iPad Pro features an advanced sensor that allows you to shoot gorgeous images and video. Panoramas, time-lapse and slo-mo can all be captured in 720p HD, and the front-facing HD camera with Retina flash allows for great picture quality even in low lighting. Complementing the cameras, the beautiful high-res Retina display means you’ll be enjoying picture and video content more than ever, and with 4K editing capabilities, iPad Pro is ideal for creatives on the go. Apple are calling it “the ultimate PC replacement”, and with all this packed in, they could be on to something.

The iPad Pro 9.7″ is available in Apple’s Rose Gold, Space Grey, silver or gold colour schemes, and will offer 32GB, 128GB and now a whopping 256GB internal storage.

9.7" iPad Pro at Jigsaw24

Want to know more about the iPad Pro 9.7″? Call 03332 400 888 or email For everything else Apple and iPhone, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Cisco suggest that video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic by 2017, meaning the time is now to get involved in video content creation. We think these fine pieces of production tech are a great starting point for anyone looking to step it up in the studio.

First off, we’d suggest giving some studio basics from Blackmagic Design a look. With the Hyperdeck Studio 12G Professional VTR (an advanced, high-quality broadcast deck), the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K (adding 4K to your workflow) and a Blackmagic Audio Monitor (featuring a dual subwoofer design with extra wide speakers), your studio will be off to a strong start.

If you’re making video, you’ll need a camera. Fortunately, we’ve got an awesome 0% finance offer running on the JVC GY-HM890CHE. This compact shoulder camcorder is perfect for filming in the studio or out in the field. It can even live stream content wirelessly via WiFi or 4G-LTE/3G.

Keeping it in the JVC family, we’re giving away a free training day worth £300 with every purchase of a GY-HM170E. Take this compact 4K camera anywhere and grab the footage you need without being lumbered down by a larger unit.

Finally, we’ve got a Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm lens to give away when you pick up a JVC GY-LS300 from us. Get recording in a variety of formats ranging from web friendly proxies and SD to full HD and Ultra HD 4K. It’ll work perfectly with photographic lenses you already own, so make sure to grab this bargain offer while it lasts.

If you’re interested in putting together your own studio build and would like to find out more, call us today on 03332 409 306 or email Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Introducing the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle

Introducing the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle

We pride ourselves in delivering the very best from Apple to schools up and down the UK. Designed with teaching and learning in mind, the Apple Classroom Essential Bundle provides schools with affordable, but utterly impactful educational tools. 

We’ve been providing high-quality services and solutions to educational institutions for 24 years, so we know what you need to make your classroom a more productive learning environment. The Apple Classroom Essential Bundle is designed to support your high standard of education, packing the kit you’ll need to get the best from your students and curriculum. The bundle includes:

– 30x iPad mini 2.

– 30x rugged cases.

– A large Lock’n’Charge Carrier with capacity for 30 iPad.

– Three-year warranty.

Optional extras can include:

– Mac mini caching server.

– 30x one year licences for Lightspeed Mobile Device Management.

– 1x day installation for configuration of caching server and Lightspeed.

– 3.5 days’ bespoke CPD training.

We offer special pricing on all Apple technology for education – we won’t be beaten on price, it won’t break your budget and we return quotes fast! Our knowledge of creative technology allows us to give expert advice on creative educational solutions, ensuring you’ll be making the best use of your new tools for years to come.

If you’d like to know more about our Apple Essential Classroom Bundle, call 03332 409 290, email, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Jigsaw24Edu


Jigsaw24 achieves JAMF Software Gold Partner status!

Jigsaw24 achieves JAMF Software Gold Partner status!

Joining an elite group of four in the UK, Jigsaw24 has received Gold Partner accreditation from JAMF Software. As a Gold Partner and System Integrator, we’ve demonstrated continued commitment to JAMF Software, customer service and sport a strong sales record.

In 2015, we sold a cool 7252 Casper Suite licences and performed 37 JumpStarts (including 42 total JumpStart sales), successfully integrating Apple IT into schools and businesses throughout the UK. Last year, we provided more JumpStarts than any other partner in the UK. A JumpStart engagement accompanies all purchases of Casper Suite – a certified JumpStart integrator will work alongside your staff to implement your new system, and integrate it seamlessly into your existing IT environment.

Casper Suite allows businesses and schools to harness the power of Apple hardware and manage it accordingly. Designed with self-sufficiency in mind, Apple Mobile Device Management is incorporated into Casper Suite providing establishments full control over their Apple hardware and individual user activities – a powerful, unified solution for device management.

We are the UK’s No. 1 Casper reseller, having sold 10% more than any other partner in 2015. JAMF Software are dedicated to providing the hottest Apple tech to businesses and educational institutions all over the country, offering some of the best IT implementation and integration solutions around. Our engineers work in conjunction with JAMF Software to JumpStart Casper Suite, and deliver refreshed, reliable IT infrastructure.

Gold partnership status and being a system integrator reaffirms our strong relationship with the guys over at JAMF Software, and our commitment to delivering high-quality IT solutions and system integration services to our customers.

We can now add a Gold Partner badge to our growing list of industry-recognised qualifications, which also includes Avid Elite Reseller, Adobe Platinum Reseller and Apple Premium Service Provider accreditations. We’re pretty good at what we do.

If you’d like to know more about JAMF Software and Casper Suite, call us on 03332 400 888, email, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24


A guide to the G-Technology Evolution Series

A guide to the G-Technology Evolution Series

The Evolution Series is evolving. With a whole family of storage products, G-Technology provides a variety of options for consumers and consistent innovation means the series continues to deliver flexibility and reliability, suited to any of your workflow needs. 

G-Drive ev RaW

The G-DRIVE ev RaW drives are ideal for creatives out in the field. The drives come equipped with a shock and vibration resistant protective bumper; they’ll withstand day-to-day wear and tear and can withstand a 1.5m drop. If you’re a photographer or videographer, cram all your pictures and videos onto the drive (500GB or 1TB versions are available) while you’re out, then head back to the studio and dock it into the G-DOCK or Evolution Series G-SPEED RAIDs for fast, seamless data transfer or duplication.

G-DRIVE ev RaW is available from £70.00 ex VAT

If you’re a speed freak, the G-DRIVE ev RaW is the SSD for you. The solid state drive adds breakneck speed to your data management, perfect for anyone on the move or in a rush. Whether you’re shifting media over USB 3.0, G-DOCK or G-SPEED RAIDs (ev RaW drives aren’t just standalone; they act as modules for RAIDs), you won’t be waiting around.

G-DRIVE ev RaW SSD is available from £315.00 ex VAT.


The G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt is an all-terrain add-on solution for G-DRIVE ev RaW drives. It adds shock, drop, dust, pressure and even water protection to the lightweight hard drive, meaning you can back up, transfer and edit in the field without the fear of breakages. The ev ATC protects the ev RaW drive from drops up to 2m, and can survive in water for up to 30 seconds. This is a handy bit of kit for any out-and-about creative pro, perfect for protecting those precious data back ups and transfers in the field.

G-DRIVE ev ATC is available from £125.00 ex VAT.

G-DRIVE ev ATC (All-terrain case)


Designed to optimise your digital content workflow, the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt storage solution boasts a two bay swappable drive system and user configurable RAID 0,1. G-DOCK is built with flexibility in mind and is compatible with USB 3.0 G-DRIVE ev hard drives, making it ideal if you’re after a high quality portable storage solution.

G-DOCK ev is available from £210.00 ex VAT.

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NEW: G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Series Bay Adapters

This 8-bay, highly portable, hardware RAID with Thunderbolt 2 delivers whopping storage capacity up to 48TB. With high-definition performance, this impressive storage solution is designed to support multi-screen 4K workflows and much more. The new G-Speed Shuttle XL is configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10, comes with six enterprise-class hard drives and offers transfer rates up to 1,200MB/s. Providing that familiar Evolution Series flexibility, two of the RAIDs 8-bays come with ev Series Bay Adapters. These are compatible with any portable G-DRIVE ev or ev series reader.


Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.