Oftentimes, photographers are so caught behind the lens of a camera manning the shutter, they are rarely seen in front of one; which can be especially problematic if that photographer is as adventurous as the waves he’s hoping to catch or pull out some Evil Knievel tricks.
Since its humble beginnings from a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, SOLOSHOT has already been widely featured and praised in such publications as Wired, Surfer Magazine, Popular Mechanics as well as National Geographic. Touted as the most advanced robotic cameraman for all your action “selfie” needs, the tracking SOLOSHOT2 can expertly film any subject up to 2,000 feet away.
Initially started by surfers looking for the perfect perspective photo, SOLOSHOT, much like GoPro have surpassed the boundaries of aquatic action sports and pervaded the communities of other action and field sports like motocross, skateboarding, lacrosse and extreme RC flying, amongst others.
“That type of adventure spirit attracts the same skill set you need to be an entrepreneur. You need to be able to jump first and figure out what you’re gonna do before you hit the ground sometimes,” said Chris Boyle, CEO of SOLOSHOT.
For $400, the SOLOSHOT2 beginners package, includes a “base and tag” allowing users to mount their camera and automatically pan, tilt, zoom, track and send record shot commands from their wearable waterproof arm “tag” for up to eight hours.
Although it requires a fixed stationary platform and is not waterproof, SOLOSHOT is capable of rotating 360 degrees at 80 degrees per second, 90 degrees up and 60 degrees down at 35 degrees per second making it perfect for action sports like Skiing, Snowboarding or Surfing. Compatible with most cameras, it can even track a subject traveling at 100 mph at distance of 100 feet.
For a $100 more, you can take photo bursts with the SOLOSHOT2 and camera controller package. This package allows the user to take automated programmed shots at timed intervals for the perfect motion time-lapse or astro-tracking shots.
Boyle recalls being thankful for the lack of money SOLOSHOT began with, as it made it easy to limit the cost of their mistakes.“There’s a cool line we kinda throw around sometimes, that you can solve any problem with money or creativity and the more you have of one, the less you need of the other.”