by Tim Fok | 14th January 2016
Right, we can all pack our bags and head on home. The Robot Cameraman is shipping soon and we’re all out of the job. The SOLOSHOT3pro is an automated camera that tracks its subject, panning and tilting, without the need for a cameraman. The Robot Cameraman The camera that had its designer so excited that they jammed the caps lock button when naming it, SOLOSHOT3pro is an automated camera system that tracks its subject through auto panning and tilting. The SOLOSHOT3pro is made up of two parts, the Base and the Tag. The base sits between your existing camera and tripod, this is the automated part that pans and tracks and can support cameras up to 10lbs. The tag is a shockproof, waterproof, and comes with an arm band that you (the subject) wear. It functions up to 2000 feet in distance and is the key to making any person trackable. The base has a detachable 1/4″ threaded top for easy mounting to the camera of your choice. The SOLOSHOT3pro has a battery life of 3.5 hours and is controlled by the in-built touchscreen or WIFI app; you can also login to view a wireless live feed (with compatible camera). Speaking of compatible cameras, the SOLOSHOT Optic65 and SOLOSHOT Optic25 are purpose-built cameras for the SOLOSHOT3pro—just in case you don’t want to mount your own. With these, you’ll get automated zoom functionality also. The SOLOSHOT Optic65 is the top of the range version, it’ll shoot 4K up to 30p and 1080p up to 60p on a 1/2.33″ CMOS sensor. Other key features are the 65x optical zoom, internal mic, 2.5mm for external sound, micro SD recording, and photo burst/time-lapse modes. The SOLOSHOT Optic25 is the cheaper, non-4K version with a 25x optical zoom lens. Specification list for the SOLOSHOT3pro SOLOSHOT3pro Base Supports loads up to 10 lb Compatible with Optic25 and Optic65 cameras Camera Adapter included with for with third party cameras Built-in touchscreen display Wi-Fi for remote control No calibration required; can be moved while tracking Battery lasts 3.5 hours Built-in SOLOSHOTedit software intelligently and pulls highlights from your clips and pushes them to the SOLOSHOTcloud for later viewing and sharing Live stream camera feed to the online SOLOSHOT community via the SOLOSHOTapp Optional Indoor Accessory for indoor use (attaches to top of an optional OpticX series camera) K-Lock compatible SOLOSHOT3 Tag Trackable from up to 2,000′ away OLED display shows Base settings Weighs only 1.4 oz Shockproof up to 100 G Waterproof to depths of 100′ Armband and clip included Camera Adapter Clips to accessory shoe on SOLOSHOT3 and SOLOSHOT3pro Base units Allows you to control zoom, start/stop recording, and shutter release with compatible cameras (visit SOLOSHOT’s website for a complete list of compatible cameras) 1/4″-20 camera screw I can see this being very useful for extreme sports enthusiasts, pet owners, and self-filming consumers. It may even work in the professional world, for event work, as an automatic hothead. Thought of a good use for it other than bragging rights over your surfer buddies? Let us know how you would use the robot cameraman in the comments!Read more
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