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Swivl Personal Cameraman - Hands-Free Control with Wireless Mic for iOS Devices or Pocket Cameras

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  • Easily self-capture lecture, videos, and presentations
  • Record high-quality audio at the source with integrated wireless mic (iOS devices only)
  • Start/stop/tilt from across the room with wireless remote
  • Use with iPhone, iPod touch, or tripod-enabled pocket cams
  • Tripod-mountable and runs on AA and AAA batteries (included)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0082GTPD2
  • Item model number: SW1721
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2012

Product Description

Product Description

Capture your passion more easily than ever. With Swivl you can create great-looking videos with automatic panning and CD-quality sound using just your iPhone or pocket cam. No more tedious setup, no more awkwardness of being watched during filming. Simply connect your device and Swivl automatically follows you as you move-horizontally and vertically on demand. And the integrated wireless mic captures audio at the source for high quality sound, even in noisy environments. Perfect for lectures, engaging home tours, marketing or how-to videos, and playing with the kids. It even works with existing applications like FaceTime, Ustream, and more.

From the Manufacturer

Shoot great-looking video of yourself with your iPhone, iPod touch, or pocket camera with Swivl. Using a wireless marker, this device automatically follows you horizontally and vertically, and features an integrated microphone for CD-quality sound.

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Complete Personal
Cameraman
  • Easily record presentations or Facetime while on the move with 360-degree panning
  • Integrated wireless mic delivers high-quality audio
  • Start, stop, and tilt from across the room with wireless marker
  • Use with iPhone, iPod touch, or tripod-mountable pocket cam
  • One-year warranty
Swivl (complete personal cameraman) Product Shot

Swivl base and integrated wireless mic capture great video and audio.
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Swivl (complete personal cameraman) Product Shot

Wireless microphone captures high-quality sound through a lossless connection. View larger.

Capture your passion

Swivl takes the awkwardness and complexity out of capturing video of yourself. It's the ideal solution for sharing things you are passionate about and for improving your skills, both at work and at home. Use it for recording lectures or presentations, virtual home tours, how-to videos, and much more. Swivl is simple to set up and works with FaceTime and other streaming applications, making video chat more natural and interactive.

Automatically Pans Horizontally and Vertically

Swivl lets you keep subjects in picture effortlessly. Simply pair the wireless marker with the base, then connect your device and begin shooting. The base smoothly follows every move up to 33 feet away. It goes 360 degrees horizontally and 10 degrees down and 20 degrees up vertically.

Wireless Marker for Hands-Free Operation

You can easily record yourself and control the shot using the wireless marker. While recording, you can hold the marker, clip it to your clothes, or wear it around your neck for optimum sound quality and image capture. The marker also allows you to start or stop recording from across the room (only with iPhone and iPod).

iOS Digital Microphone for Crisp, Clear Sound

Swivl captures audio at the source through a lossless wireless connection to the marker for high-quality sound. This ensures voice is recorded clearly, even in noisy environments. (Microphone works only with iPhone and iPod.)

Easy to Set Up and Operate

Get up and running in 30 seconds or less. Simply connect the USB cable and place your device in the grip. Secure the lock bar to hold your camera in place and you're ready to begin shooting. Thanks to Swivl's compact size, it easily fits into a bag or pocket, so you can create video wherever you go.

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Swivl is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, or tripod-mountable pocket cam.
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Swivl (complete personal cameraman) Product Shot

Base rotates 360-degrees and tilts 30-degrees vertically. View larger.

Swivl iOS App for Controls

Download the Swivl app on your iPhone or iPod touch to access basic remote controls and enhanced audio through the microphone-enabled marker. It also provides settings and controls for your Swivl that allow you to customize its performance. New features are also being added regularly to expand its use for photographers, videographers, video conferencing, and more. You can also use Swivl out of the box with applications such as FaceTime and Ustream to shoot streaming video with greater flexibility.

Compatibility

Swivl is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch (4th generation). It provides follow functionality for tripod-mountable pocket cameras under 6 ounces, Android phones under 11mm thick, and mounts to most standard tripods. Android apps not available.

Product and Warranty Information

The base requires two AA batteries (included) and provides up to 4 hours of action capture. It can also be operated using a Swivl AC adapter (sold separately). The marker requires two AAA batteries (included) and provides up to 10 hours of wireless operation.

Swivl is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box

Swivl base, marker, tripod mount, lanyard, micro-USB cable, two AA and two AAA batteries, and user guide.

Customer Reviews

The mic provided great sound quality.
Bob Pike CAP, CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame
Perfect for facetime, stage time, filming lectures when using a whiteboard, flip chart or you in front of the room talks or just playing on the grass at the park.
Adriel
The Swivl app is clean and easy to use.
Mapper

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By B. Stubbe on May 28, 2012
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I made a youtube video showing my new swivl personal camerman. I absolutely love it in all ways. It works flawlessly and the designers of the product are very open to suggestions on how they can make the product even better. Check it out!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blue Socks on May 22, 2012
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I couldn't wait for this product after seeing some reviews for Swivl after CES. I was wondering why no one thought of this before, it's a great idea.

I was looking for a solution to capture video in a 360 degree rotation as I often work with horses in a round pen and want to see how the horses respond to commands. I would ask my wife to stand in the middle of the round pen and film the horse as it walks, canters, etc based on my hand gestures. Needless to say, my wife would get tired and dizzy from spinning around in place while filming.

Now with Swivl, I simply place my iPhone into the Swivl stand, place the marker on the horses saddle, launch the app and press record and am able to record 360 degrees perfectly. Swivl has a built in tri-pod mount, so I'm able to use my old tripod for a sturdy platform. My wife loves the product, not just because it alleviates her filming and getting dizzy, but she's able to use it in the kitchen for facetime or skype handsfree calls with our daughter who's away at college. The marker has a built in mic, so she's easy to hear what she's saying on the other end.

The Swivl has a solid build to it and has gone from horse barn to house to office with ease because it's battery powered (easy to replace, buy purchasing regular batteries), no cords to carry and the ability work with iPhones 3 and 4. I just ordered another Swivl from Amazon to allow my wife and I to have our own.

Highly recommended to those of you who want to capture video when you're active by yourself or when you want hands free video conferencing at home or in the office. Great product.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LOJ on November 29, 2012
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Was able to use it to record in a short time. Documentation was OK, but not as helpful as it could have been. Had to order the connector in order to plug it as a separate purchase from manufacturer; $20 seems ridiculous for the part that arrived that should have been included with the purchase even if at a higher cost for the swivel. I look forward to trying it out on a different camera device using a different remote mic.

It does what is says it will do and I will continue to use it and look for improvements as they develop.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Redeeming Dogs on June 26, 2012
I am a dog trainer, and I frequently need to send video to my client to show them how their dog is progressing. Previously I just set up a flip video and was careful to stay in frame while training the dogs, but that is very difficult to do. When I heard about the Swivl I thought it might be a good fix for my filming dilemma. I did my first filming with my flip video, because my iphone in the otterbox would not fit into the base. I did have some troubles with the base "losing" me for a bit as I moved around with the dogs, but Swivl customer service was very responsive and helped me to make better video. I then found the Kungl iphone case which let me protect my iphone and put it into the Swivl base. One of the issues I had with the Swivl, the fact it does not pan up/down automatically, is about to be changed with a software change to be able to be made automatic. I like that improvements to the system can be done through software updates.

Whenever I have had an issue or a question the Swivl folks have gotten back with me very quickly, by email or by calling me. I think this is a good product that will get better via software improvements with the feedback we early users are providing.

Tod McVicker
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gold spun on December 24, 2012
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Guess I saw in the reviews that this worked with the iPhone 5. It does, but one has to buy a special cable (more $$$) and even then, the phone would only work in landscape position. This detail is buried somewhere in the fine print. I planned to use it to record dance movements, rather than rely on someone to do that.

Upon calling the company, I was informed that they're working on a new wireless unit, so I decided to wait for that. Otherwise, the set up on this and operation seemed very straightforward and easy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mapper on June 15, 2012
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This is the second Swivl that I am purchasing. The first I bought for myself. This second one I am buying for my brother as a birthday gift. I travel frequently for work and wanted a more relaxing way to video chat with my husband while I am on the road and to also use it to capture presentations for work. After a month of using my first Swivl, I must say I really enjoy using the product and it works as advertised. It works smoothly, quietly and fits easily in my travel bag. And it definitely turns heads at work when I use it! Initially I thought the dongle was large, but as I used the product I got used to it and now it doesn't bother me at all. I like that you can use it with Facetime or other apps and not just the standard Swivl app. The Swivl app is clean and easy to use. No major complaints. I like that it keeps my videos from work separate from my normal iPhone photo library so that I can keep things straight. And they just added a new feature to the app that allows me to download it through iTunes directly to my Mac. The first app version didn't allow this and created some initial complications.
Only reason why I didn't give it a 5 star rating is that the app capability is pretty basic. I'd like to see the Swivl do more things like photos and prescribed motion scans for panoramics . It sounds like those are on the way based on what the company says. If that turns out to be true, I would give it 5 stars.
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