We all wish we had our own cameraman sometimes. Whether we’re doing an insane stunt, or just want to be sure we’re in the shot, it’s hard to frame a static shot perfectly to capture the action. Hence, the invention of the Soloshot, which was successful enough that the robot cameraman just got an upgrade.
Tag, You’re Filmed
Essentially, the Soloshot is a motorized tripod head. You mark yourself with a tag, included in the package, and then you can get up to 2,000 feet from the Soloshot and still be the center of attention. The servos in the unit simply adjust the camera, at up to eighty degrees per second, and track you as you move across the frame. Neat idea, but what’s new for the Soloshot?
Quite a few things, actually. The Soloshot 2 has vertical tracking, making it a lot more usable right off the bat. It’s also got a camera controller accessory dock, which will allow automatic zooming and other stunts. And, perhaps most usefully, you’ve got the ability to network Soloshots and tags; have one Soloshot follow one tag, have a dozen follow one tag, or anything in between. Essentially, you’ll have a fully robotic production crew in a Pelican case. Oh, and, needless to say, it’s water-tight up to twenty feet and shock-resistant. You can’t hit it with a hammer, but it can take any necessary abuse.
There are a lot of “extreme sports” tools out there to help you film your crazy stunts and wipeouts, but this looks to be one that allows you a lot more creative freedom. Especially now that the Soloshot 2 has vertical tracking and can be networked with other units, it’s likely a real problem-solver if you’re filming extreme sports, or anything that requires a lot of tracking. It’s currently available for preorder for $400.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.