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SOLOSHOT Automatic Tracking Tripod

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Product Description

Tracks at distances up to 2000 feet (half a kilometer). The maximum pan speed is over 40 degrees per second. The fastest object tested so far was a race car going 143 mph. Batteries last 5+ hours. A super bright tracking LED lets you know SOLOSHOT is pointing at you.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 31 x 5 x 5 inches
Item Weight 5.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.8 pounds
ASIN B009NIX3ZY
Item model number SOLOSHOT
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3.0 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,591 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripod & Monopod Accessories > Camera Mounts & Clamps
Date first available at Amazon.com November 9, 2012

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I was one of the first to try this product out and I think it's a great idea if it was worth it being such a pain to use. I can deal with getting it to pair and waiting and then it doesn't work after going through everything, it is what it is I suppose. But good luck getting ahold of anyone in customer support if you lose a armband for the original soloshot, I've tried 5 times or more in 6 months and I've never got one response. This is the first product I've ever rated and after wasting $500 on it when it came out I'm happy to make other people aware now that the company is the worst to work with, I'm sorry I wasted my time and money on this unit with no support at all. Great idea, but they missed the mark by a mile
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Apparently this is only useful if you are a surfer, and track only in a single direction from a fairly far distance.
The setup is overly complicated, and the tracking does not do well going from one side to another. Bought this for my wife to use in showing horses, and it would constantly mis the tracking and record the opposite side of the track, or never have her in the frame.
Really disappointing.
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I purchased it for riding and I am too close for this to operate. It is ONLY for distance. I emailed them asking if there was a way to change settings or ideas with zero reply. It sits in it's case, brand new. I'll sell it for half the price to someone that needs it for the rec. 200' distance. It works great in that regards. arnold . dressage @ gmail
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By Sakib Spahic on December 30, 2014
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Just received the solo shot. Built very well and sturdy. After reading instructions and charging I started to get turned off. After charging I have to leave it on for 15 minutes to warm up. After that took another 15 minutes almost to pair. So all of this was for set up and then it lasted a whole 15 minutes more before the battery died. So I decided to return it. No battery life and set up time is way too long.
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Soloshot is awesome. It allows you to film yourself without having to beg your friend or girlfriend to sit bored for hours and hold a camera, watching you have fun. I'm super happy with it. (but be prepared for random people on the beach to come over and ask you about it though)

I use it for filming surfing mainly. It definitely helps a lot with improving technique, being able to watch your self from a surf video perspective. Plus you won't miss footage of that one awesome wave that no one saw you catch but you swear was epic. Some of my friends with kids borrow it to film soccer, little league, or whatever...so they can watch their kids game and don't have to hold a camera the whole time.

How it works:
You basically just put on a waterproof armband and "pair" it with the base station (there could actually be multiple people on the same beach using multiple Soloshots because each arm band is only paired to one specific base station). The entire process of setting up the tri-pod, making sure the camera is level, and pairing the arm band with the base station takes about 5 to 10 minutes (much faster once you do it a couple times). After this point, the camera just follows the arm band wherever it goes.

Security / Theft:
I just set up next to my girlfriend or group of friends who are hanging out on the beach. If you could find something sturdy to lock to, there is a notch and bar in the base station you can use to lock the camera to the base station, and then lock the base station to a light post or bike rack or something.

Camera & Filming:
I use a digital HD video camera with a 20x optical zoom so I can get footage from a long way off.
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Among other things, I have used this Soloshot for kitesurfing. It is amazing how it can follow you, even when you are far out in the ocean. All in all, this unit does what it advertises.

The set-up seems complicated at first, but becomes easy with familiarity.

The basic parts are:
Transmitter (this is what you wear on your armband)
Base Unit (comes permanently attached to an included tripod)
Video Camera (separately, you purchase whatever brand you want and screw it onto the Base Unit)

Basically, you turn on the Transmitter 10 minutes prior. When it is ready, you pair it to the "base unit", which has your video camera attached to it. Set your video camera to record (you will need a long lasting battery for your video camera). Then edit your footage into something like this (2 minute video of kitesurfing):

https://vimeo.com/68498922

This product warrants 5 stars because it is so ingenious. However, I would suggest a more stout tripod since wind vibration was a big problem for what I was doing.
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i was more into the Soloshot 2 but i decided to give the first generation model a shot. it comes all put together and its in its own little carrying bag. it takes 3 hours to charge both the onboard battery and the arm band. this unit comes with a very descriptive user manual. my first time setting this up was a bit tricky, but by the second attempt i was golden. it works best outdoors for it uses GPS. it works best when your at least 40ft away from the camera and tripod.....any closer and it won't track you properly. it is made out of a durable plastic and the tripod is made out of aluminum. it has a bubble level and a compass on the tripod. i don't know what the compass is used for but i hope i find out soon!

PROS:
light weight
sturdy design
can hold larger cameras like DSLRs
long battery life
waterproof arm band
easy setup instructions (user friendly)
has a special mount for locking your camera to it (aka...so it isn't stolen)
you can add multiple solo shots together

CONS:
price $299.....for just panning (but with a huge distance and accuracy of devise...its worth it)
it only pans left and right
arm band can be a bit bulky to wear

over all i love this and i bought 2 of these and both are perfect!

i can't wait to get the 2nd one!!!!!!
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