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VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller

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Product Highlights
  • Controls Zoom, Focus and Record
  • Compatible w/ LANC Sony & Canon Cameras
  • Throttle Provides Speed Control

The Varizoom Stealth Zoom is our ultra slim and compact remote lens controller designed specifically for the smaller camcorders equipped with Control-L (LANC) control. It can also work well with the upper end DV camcorders. Features a stylish and lightweight body built with VariZoom's proprietary TAL technology and the highest degree of craftsmanship. This high quality yet economical alternative to VariZoom's Pro-L and PG-L professional line of controls is the "must have control" for all videographers when low price and/or small size is a factor. This unique miniature control will fit on nearly any tripod, camera support, or stabilizer.

Precision variable-speed control over camera zooms. Ramp up from slow to fast and then slower again in a single move with our custom designed "throttle" style zoom.
Push-button "rocker" style focus is conveniently at your thumb so you can precisely adjust the focal plane within a shot.
LED light indicates recording, low battery power, tape out and other signals.
40 inches of LANC cable is built in to the unit.
Heavy-duty clamping system allows operator exceptional control over tripod and camera functions simultaneously with one hand.
Designed for prosumer shooters - run your camcorder without having to touch it. No more undesired noise from fingers bumping the microphone and lens, etc.
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VariZoomVZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller
 
4.7

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • Interfaces well with camcorder (22)
  • Improves performance (20)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Well built / quality (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting outdoors (11)
    • Shooting indoors (9)
    • Upgrade (7)
    • Replacement (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (16), Film professional (10), Aspiring film maker (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Biggest Improvement for Shooting Sports

    I've been very pleased with the performance of the Varizoom Stealth control for over five years. My Sony camcorder has a hair-trigger zoom control (from crawl to crash speed in the width of a...Read complete review

    I've been very pleased with the performance of the Varizoom Stealth control for over five years. My Sony camcorder has a hair-trigger zoom control (from crawl to crash speed in the width of a hair). With the camcorder's own zoom control, my hand cramped up severely the first time I shot a figure skater, trying to keep her at a more or less constant size from rinkside. I really lucked out when I found the Varizoom. The Varizoom made it so easy to shoot figure skaters that I got goose bumps the first time I used it. Varizoom ergonomics when using a tripod or mono-pod, are vastly superior to any camera mounted controls. You have at your fingertips, zoom control, record button, camcorder wake-up (when it decides to go to sleep) as well as manual focus control when you want it. It makes shooting sports a pleasure rather than a pain. While this Varizoom model works with Sony and Canon camcorders, I found its performance with the Canon disappointing. With the Sony it feels like you have an infinite number of zoom speeds, all the way from almost imperceptible crawl to high speed crash. With the Canon it seems you only have at most 3 or 4 speeds. The slowest is not very slow. You seem to change gears through the range. I would guess that the Canon camcorders I tried were factory programmed with a much more limited number of zoom speeds than the Sonys. I was devastated when my Varizoom died in the middle of a shoot. Using the camera's zoom control just added insult to injury. [...] After locating the appropriate allen key, I opened up the Varizoom, and found that there was a break inside the cable. A couple of dollars later for a piece of 2 conductor shielded microphone cable and a mini connector, I was back in business. All is forgiven.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Connecting wire is EXTREMELY delicate

    I would 5-star this based on its functionality & usefulness, but the wire that comes out of the unit to connect it to the camera is exceedingly delicately attached to the...Read complete review

    I would 5-star this based on its functionality & usefulness, but the wire that comes out of the unit to connect it to the camera is exceedingly delicately attached to the unit. It takes only a little bit of inadvertent bending of that connection to make the unit stop working. Happened to me twice, on 2 different units.
    The connection should DEFINITELY be reinforced; lack of reinforcement is a big flaw.

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    5.0

    Very nice

    By AJ

    from Arkansas

    Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

    This zoom controller by varizoom is nice and easy to use. It pans in and out with ease and can be operated by anybody. Truly a great product!

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    5.0

    Life Saver

    By Andrewbius

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

        I'm working with the Sony HXR-MC200U and this product has made my camera overall a more enjoyable experience. I do video work for local schools recording athletic events and sometimes I need to place my camera in awkward positions in order to get the best shot. The VariZoom controller allows me to record, focus and of course zoom in and out very easy. It runs off of the power of the Camera and it has literally made my big purchase 100% better.

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        5.0

        It just works

        By BelowTheHill

        from Alexandria, VA

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Interface With Camcorder
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Upgrade

          Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

          Works flawlessly with my Canon HF G10 camcorder. I use it to control it remotely when mounted on my ProAm Jib Crane. The built-in screw-clamp fastens it nicely on the crane monitor bracket. I mount it so that the zoom lever moves the same direction as the zoom indicator on the monitor. It does all its supposed to do: turns the camera on and off, starts and stops recording, zooms smoothly in and out, and focuses. The focus only works when the camera is first set to manual focus. It would be nice if it would also switch the focus between auto and manual.

          As an aside, I also finally discovered that the eyepiece monitor on the Canon needs to be pulled out so that camera doesn't go to sleep when you are just monitoring the picture (i.e., not recording) remotely, and have the camera's lcd door closed...

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          5.0

          happy

          By pdubber

          from alabama

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Interface With Camcorder
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

            this is my first and only lanc remote. I use it for filming hunting and it helps to maintain very still with little movement while still operating the camera. just works...what can you say?

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            5.0

            Amazing for hunting

            By Aaron the Hunter

            from Staunton, Va

            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

              Just purchased the varizoom and have used it in the woods, out in the field, turkey hunting. Allows for minimal movement when you could get busted.

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              5.0

              Even my wife thought it was easy to use.

              By Nort

              from Cincinnati, OH

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Interface With Camcorder
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                  The intuitive use of the thumb lever is very good and the ability to control focus is a bonus too. We have Canon cameras and the OEM lanc controller and I would rather use the Stealth. The control of the zoom rate is much finer with the Stealth.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Product

                  By tpt director

                  from LA, CA

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Replacement
                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                    I bought this to replace a less expensive product (made of cheap plastic that fell apart under use). I should have bought this in the first place. Nice, heavy duty, pro feel and the zoom is clean and precise. Excellent Product!

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                    3.0

                    Love this controller but...

                    By Ffej

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Sporting events

                      Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                      I've been using the Stealth with a Sony HDR-CX550 for about 2 years now. I love the controller, the variable zoom is very good. I just got a Sony HDR-CX760 and was intending to use the Stealth with it also. But the Stealth does not work on the CX760. I tried a couple different converter cables but no luck. I record football games and the Stealth is perfect. Very disappointed it doesn't function on the CX760.

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                      5.0

                      VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller by VariZoom

                      By Big-O

                      from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Used with small camcorder

                        Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                        The first unit worked so well I ordered a second one.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        An essential part of any professionals k

                        By John

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                          This is a great piece of equipment that helps keep noise from fingers hitting the zoom rocker down. Not sure if I'd ever use the focus feature, seemed a little slow to respond. But overall would highly recommend.

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                          4.0

                          Nice product, works like a charm

                          By RJ

                          from Minneapolis, MN

                          About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact easily stored
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Interface With Camcorder
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                          • Mounts in 1 direction

                          Best Uses

                          • On jibcrane as remote
                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                          I purchased the VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller for my Sony Z1U camera when mounted on a jib arm. I originally bought a cheaper version and, guess what, I got what I paid for. The VZ-Stealth is compact, rugged, easy to use and very reliable. The pressure sensitive zoom control works even better than the camera's zoom control. I now am using this controller constantly and would recommend it to anyone, for all their cameras.

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                          5.0

                          This product makes my life easier!!!

                          By Mary

                          from Conway, AR

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Interface With Camcorder
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Replacement
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                            I use this product to help capture Worship services and sermons at Central Baptist Church.

                            I love the zoom and focus feature. It is much easier to use compared to the previous stand.

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                            5.0

                            Best thing ever made

                            By Mike

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Interface With Camcorder
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                              I own two of these. They are the best things that I have ever used. When shooting sports games it makes it so much easier than using the camcorders zoom and recording controls. I don't travel anywhere without it. One thing to look for is to make sure that your camcorder will support this model. This model requires a LANC port in the camcorder. There are also other models for other types of camcorders too. Also if you plan on leaving the zoom controller on a tripod handle for an extended period of time, it might start to mold into the tripod handle so taking it off every once in a while may help.

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                              4.0

                              Better than it looks

                              By TVnot4profit

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Technically Challenged

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Replacement

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                                When we first opened it, it seemed like it was missing a part on the zoom control - it was just metal. However, we found once we used it, it faired better than the rocker controls we were using on the other cameras. We could control the zoom better with this design.

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                                5.0

                                Great tool!

                                By bstevens426

                                from NE TN

                                About Me Technically Challenged

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Outdoors

                                  Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                                  I bought this to use while filming my hunting trips. It makes it much easier to get the footage that I want. It is very easy to use and works perfect hooked up to my Canon HF S200!

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                                  3.0

                                  Good for the price

                                  By RCreason

                                  from Corvallis, OR

                                  About Me Film Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy Design
                                  • Poor focus control

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                                    It works pretty good and is a quick set-up. The focus is a little clunky however, and the zoom controls wiggle a little too much. It feels like it isn't secured in there too well. If having a focus control on your zoom controller is a big deal, I would go with one with a dial rather than a button. Overall works great for what I wanted, I just can't rate it too high as the focus functionality isn't all there and the zoom controls aren't as secure as I would like.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very Nice Controller

                                    By DAllen

                                    from Chesapeake, VA

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Non so far

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors
                                    • Upgrade

                                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                                    Unit works as advertised. I used the controller on a four hour job recently. Controlling the zoom and start/stop without having to touch the camera was a breeze. Ample connecting wire to attach to the camera. Nice addition to the kit. Getting the pouch with the controller was a bonus.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works Great

                                    By Jwoody52

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Shooting Outdoors

                                      Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                                      I'm using it with my Canon Vixia HF S20 and Manfrotto tripod and it works perfectly. One thing that I would suggest would be some sort of clamping system so that you wouldn't have to unscrew the unit from the handle after each use.

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                                      5.0

                                      A pro Zoom used by a proZoomer

                                      By Lxsongster

                                      from Monterey Ca.

                                      About Me Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Quality Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                                          I am a professional Videographer I also work for a cable access Public television station where we train community members in shooting and editing content that is of interest to them and the community. We provide equipment for them such as this Zoom controller which they all love. This is affordable and a great product

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                                          5.0

                                          I would buy this product again.

                                          By iamadoor

                                          from Austin, Tx

                                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Improves Performance
                                          • Professional Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • On location shooting

                                            Comments about VariZoom VZ-STEALTH Zoom Controller:

                                            This is a great product. It works great and very smooth.

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