A couple of years ago, we first heard about the Solo Shot. It is a robotic device that sits between a video camera and a tripod, automatically panning the camera to keep the surfing, skiing, or any other activity in shot while you enjoy the show. The idea is that you can get video of yourself doing your thing or a social event, without calling upon someone else to act as a videographer while missing out on all the fun. The Solo Shot 2 takes things a step further, most notably by also tilting the camera.
As with the original Solo Shot, this model consists of two units – a base and a waterproof transmitter called the tag. Mounted on the tripod, the base moves to track the location of the tag, which the user wears on an armband. The base has a maximum communications range of 2,000 feet (609 m), runs for up to eight hours on one battery charge, and can pan a full 360 degrees at 80 degrees per second which guarantees you get the best shots overall. The tag has a battery life of four hours. The Solo Shot 2, however, can also tilt the camera 150 degrees in order to follow the action – at a rate of 35 degrees per second, unlike the original Solo Shot that only moved from left to right.
Additionally, by plugging an optional camera control module into a new accessory dock in the base, users can now remotely start and stop recording via buttons on the tag, plus they can zoom in and out. The tag-wearer can also send “highlight commands” to the camera – these can subsequently be used to more easily locate the best moments in the raw footage when editing. The base is now compatible with most third-party tripods (although a purpose-built Solo Shot tripod is still available), along with camcorders and DSLRs weighing up to 5 pounds (2.3 kg). It is possible to lock the camera to the base, and the base to the tripod, although users will have to figure out their own method of locking the tripod to an immovable object.
Another change is the Solo Shot 2’s ability to track multiple tags. In this scenario (depending on how it’s set up), the base will either lock onto whichever tag is closest, fastest-moving, or that has most recently sent it a “call camera” command. Conversely, a single tag can also be tracked by multiple cameras on multiple bases, allowing for the
same subject to be captured from a variety of angles. Nowadays, most parents use it to film their kids’ sporting events. Usually, instead of enjoying the game, your smartphone is in video mode while you hold it up to film your child, which acts as a barrier between you and the real life experience. Now, with Solo Shot you can go back to
cheering on your kid while the camera does all the work for you and captures the best moments.
The Solo Shot 2 has proven to be really convenient in occasions where you have to be in action or inside of what is being recorder yourself. However, I am firm believer that you get the best shots of your most memorable moments when you are on the other side of the screen. This may seem like a hassle, but this guarantees the quality and that you capture the scenes you truly want to capture when you are recording. Nonetheless, this all comes down to what the client is looking and the Solo Shot can in fact, be very efficient in many different aspects.