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- O-Bolt is 1/4" standard and compatible with all brands of action camera. (Gopro, Isaw etc.) and digital cameras up to 300g max.
- Combine 3 panning motions (continuous, swing, stop-n-go) with 3 speeds (normal, fast, timelapse) to get the result you need.
- Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery via USB. Take it with you during your travels
- Use it with your smartphone to create unique videos.
- Perfect for timelapse lovers
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"BLACKBOLT O-Bolt THE FIRST MOTORIZED PANNING HEAD FOR ACTION CAMERAS Compatible with all action cameras with tripod 1/4" mounting Control the speed Not too fast, not too slow! Timing is everything and you can get the timing right and switch between 3 different speeds whenever you need it. Control the movement Don’t just stand there! With BA20 you can double the movement and multiply the action! Continuous 360 degree rotation, simple swings, stop-and-go? Choose the best camera movement for each situation to get the professional effect you want. Box Contents • Blackbolt O-bolt x 1 • USB cable • Operating guide • 1 year warranty Basic features O-Bolt panning head • 90 min running time. • Recharge via micro USB plug • 3 speeds - Fast : 3 round per minute - Normal : 1.5 round per minute - Timelapse : 1 round per hour • 3 movements - Continuous - Swing (Left, right 120 degree arc) - Stop-n-go (Pause every 90 degrees) • 2 directions (left - right) • 1/4" male screw (top), 1/4" female (bottom) • Best with cameras up to 300g. Heavier load will affect performances. • A miniature device for a professional touch First person filming can be dull, repetitive and often won’t do justice to the scenery or the action going on. Take your videos to the next level with the panning motion of the BA20 and include reliable motorized camera movements to impress your friends with a professional result. Don’t worry, it’s small, light and it includes a battery so you can carry it around with you for all your outdoor shootings."
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As a Pan head it sucks because the Normal and Fast speeds are too fast and rough and there is no Slow option, just Fast and Normal.Grrrr!!
The time-lapse works good for Time Lapse but I also wanted to do Panorama stitching and for this is too slow and obviously too slow for Live Panning.
The product is well built, battery seems to last long enough and the fact that it can be powered by a Micro USB cable even when batteries depleted is really handy. I also liked the fact that the mounting head can be tilted a bit for lower or higher angles even though it was not designed for this purpose.
I wish the speeds could be user programmable when connecting the device to a Computer via USB, but that port is just for power.
Unfortunately it has to go back to manufacturer and I'll keep looking for better alternatives. :-(
Battery life isn't great, but it's about on par with what you can expect out of a GoPro's battery, so they'll both run out at the same time. However, you can charge it via USB while it's running, so it is possible to keep it up and going for as long as you'd like.
Another nice thing about this panning head is that (as far as I can tell in my videos and timelapses) it's a smooth, continuous pan regardless of setting. I know a few other panning heads offered here have a few complaints that the motion starts and stops as it rotates.
Two fair warnings about this panning head, though, that both should be expected:
- Be careful with the mode you set it in, especially if you decide to do the timelapse speed. Test it out ahead of time in the fast speed to see how it will rotate the camera. I've had a few shots ruined because I didn't look at the mode I set it in carefully enough. It's not obvious right away, but one mode will continuously rotate and one will rotate once and stop. Both have a very similar icon. If you test it out in fast mode, it will be very apparent which one is which very quickly.
- If you intend to record video with this, be ready to have some music to play over the sound of this thing running on normal or fast. It's going to be 90% of the audio if you don't.
That said, two complaints, one was my fault, one was to be expected. No reason to knock a star off for that.
Overall, while it does have some shortcomings, you really can't beat the price of this.
I've tested it and it works great for panning videos on the Normal speed (1080p 60fps) and for panoramas using the iPhone's Pano camera function. It's great for making the automatic panoramas but you'll need a tripod adapter like the one above that allows the phone to be mounted vertically (portrait mode). Panos on the iPhone require this vertical orientation.
Although some reviews have mentioned that the panning head introduces too much noise into panning videos, I noticed very little. However, having the iPhone mounted in a tripod adapter that has rubber padding in the phone holder might have something to do with reducing noise. Mounting something like a point-and-shoot or GoPro directly to the panning head would probably introduce more noise. In this case, the camera is also closer to the panning head than when using the iPhone adapter.
For my purposes, the small amount of noise from the head won't make any difference since I'll probably dub music to most of my videos. It doesn't make much sense to me to be recording audio while panning, with the microphone continuously changing direction and the probability that the audio source (people's voices) are coming from all directions. But I intend to experiment with that.
For timelapse, it would be nice to have a couple of faster and slower speeds but I don't want to have to spend considerably more money to get it.
UPDATE: After mounting a GoPro Hero 5 Session directly to the panning head (with tripod adapter), the audio while panning video was VERY noisy. Huge difference between that and the iPhone I tested earlier. My suggestion is that if you want to mount a camera and not experience the noise, you MUST get the camera up off the panning head as much as possible. For a GoPro or other small camera, something like the GoPro Handler or Gooseneck should work -- anything with a male and female tripod screw and of a few inches in length. Or record your audio separately and mix in post.
1. The 'on' button sticks out so it accidentally turns on while in your backpack - this has caused the charge to run out while in transit.
2. It would be nice to know how charged it is - a red led illuminates when charging but I never knew if it took 20 minutes or 10 hours to charge. It would be great if it went green when fully charged and went yellow when running out or something.
3. I wish the time lapse setting was even slower. I think an extra slow setting would be nice to allow a quarter turn in an hour or something.