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What’s in my Bag: Portable Travel Gear for Samsung Unpacked in NYC

I’m flying to New York in a couple of hours to cover the Samsung Unpacked event where they will be launching the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Being the most petite and the only girl in Team Unbox, the guys made sure I didn’t have to lug around heavy and bulky equipment. Here’s a quick look at the gear that I will be using for the trip.

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II

Although it is still considered a point and shoot, it takes great photos with its 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and is one of the best vlogging cameras available in the market. Its 3-inch touch screen display can swivel around so you can frame yourself correctly for awesome travel selfies or for taking full HD videos at up to 60fps for event coverage. You can also take gorgeous timelapses for interesting b-roll for your vlog.   Best of all, it’s incredibly handy and perfect for travel.

Boya BY-MM1 Universal Cardioid Microphone

If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford one of the microphones from Rode, the Boya BY-MM1 is a great alternative at less than half the price. You’re not getting the same quality as the VideoMic Go from Rode but at this price, it’s pretty darn good and is way better than the onboard microphone of the G7X Mark II. Plus, it comes with a dead cat to lessen wind noise if you’re filming outdoors.

 Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

If you can’t tell by now, my set up is intended to be as light as possible so it won’t be cumbersome as I travel around. Since the G7X Mark II doesn’t have an internal mic output, connecting the Boya BY-MM1 to the Zoom H1 is essential to getting the best audio possible for videos. Just like its name says, it’s quite handy and small enough to attach to the rest of my rig via an L-Bracket.

Acer Spin 7

I brought this laptop because it’s incredibly thin and light.  At just 2.6 pounds, it hardly adds any weight to my bag.  It is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass and sports a 14″ narrow bezel screen on a 13″ chassis. It has 4 modes that allow you to use it as a laptop, tablet, display or tent.  It has a 1.3 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB of RAM, a 14-inch Full HD Display and 256 GB SSD.  It has an 8-hour battery life so I don’t have to keep on charging while I am out working.  My only concern is that it has no USB ports so I still need to bring dongles to connect other devices via USB.  Other than that, it should make a pretty good travel companion.

Joby Gorilla Pod

This gorilla pod works great with the Canon G7X Mark II. I can use it as a selfie stick, a mini tripod, place it on the floor or wrap it around a tree branch – it is just so flexible that it deserves a space in my travel bag. While there are other gorilla pod brands, I still go by Joby because while it may be a bit more expensive, I know for a fact that it can support the weight of my gear.

Because I’m both kikay and a geek, I can’t leave without my Darth Vader handbag, a bottle of my favorite perfume to freshen up during the long flight and my lipstick for a quick touchup. 🙂

Going back to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch, are the rumors about it true? Is it worth your hard earned money? Stay tuned to Unbox.ph as we will be giving you news and updates in just a few hours.

Read:  Samsung Note 8 vs Samsung Note 7: What Changed?

Lea Cruz

A hardcore Star Wars fan, we’ve been calling Lea the Philippines’ Princess of Tech. She serves as the Lifestyle Editor at Unbox and the host for some of our YouTube videos.

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