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Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System

B&H # STPAA Mfr # PILOT-AA
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You Pay: $2,795.00

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Offer ends: DEC 31 '14
Price after rebate: $2,545.00
Product Highlights
  • For Lightweight Cameras
  • Includes Sled, Vest & Iso-Elastic Arm
  • Expandable Carbon Fiber Post
  • 5.8" LCD Monitor
  • Low Mass Gimbal
  • AA Battery Mount
  • Back Pack Transport
  • 2-10 lbs Capacity

The Steadicam Pilot-AA is a state of the art, lightweight stabilizer system designed especially for the modern breed of lightweight cameras from 2 to 10 pounds. It features a 5.8" NTSC/PAL LCD monitor, Iso-elastic Arm and ultra low profile vest, lightweight sled with CarbonLite expandable post.

AA Option
The AA option allows the monitor to be powered by AA batteries by including an AA battery mount.
Iso-Elastic Arm
The Iso-Elastic arm is a two-section, articulated, design that can be adjusted while supporting the camera. With this patented, unique design, the Steadicam operator can smoothly and effortlessly raise or lower the arm throughout its 28 inch boom range.
Vest
A low profile vest allows the Iso-Elastic Arm to work in a very smooth fashion.
Low Mass Gimbal
Utilizing a proven Low Mass Gimbal the operator has the ability to capture the fluid movement that only Steadicam can provide.
LCD Monitor
A 5.8" 16:9 LCD monitor is offered for great images and an upgrade to a modern aspect ratio.
Construction Carbon Fiber and Aluminum
Load Capacity 2 to 10 lbs
Vest Low Profile Vest
Arm Iso-Elastic Arm
Head Assembly/Top Stage Flat Base
Quick Release No
Docking Bracket Yes
Dovetail Plate No
Gimbal Low Mass Gimbal
Dynamic Spin Not Specified by Manufacturer
Post Carbon Fiber
Monitor 5.8" LCD (NTSC/PAL Compatible)
Battery AA Batteries
Battery Mount AA Battery Mount
Optional Accessories Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System
  • Vest
  • Arm
  • Center Post
  • Sled
  • Stage Plate
  • Pilot Sled Docking Bracket
  • 5.8" LCD Monitor
  • Battery Mount
  • Counter Weights
  • Manual
  • Back Pack Transport
  • 1 Year Parts, 6 Months Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SteadicamPilot-AA Camera Stabilization System
     
    4.6

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (26)
    • Improves performance (21)
    • Compact (16)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Lightweight (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (24)
      • Complex projects (17)
      • In the studio (7)
      • Stabilization (7)
      • Movies (6)
        • How long have you owned it:
        • A month or less

           

          75% 

          (3 reviews)

          One-to-three months

           

          Three-to-six months

           

          More than six months

           
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (18), Professional artist (13), Enthusiast (4), Film student (4), Tech savvy (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      How cool can it be?

      After much pondering, I took the plunge. Well, I have never looked back. Sled:The Pilot is very light and exceptionally good in terms of quality. The construction is so simple yet...Read complete review

      After much pondering, I took the plunge. Well, I have never looked back. Sled:The Pilot is very light and exceptionally good in terms of quality. The construction is so simple yet effective. I love the precise tuning knobs for both axis. It gives u flexibility to tilt the rig on the move by not as much as a tilting top stage would do. However it is advised to put more weights to yr EX1/HVX200/XH-A1s or the rig will be whippy. The heavier it is at the stage, the more stable. Buy the optional weights and steadi stand as the balancing is quite a humbling process! Take note this sled cannot be handheld! Arm:AWESOME! Well, do I have to say more? The arm is capable of lifting my Fx1 combo without me holding it as all. U can walk around the seld with the cam pointing in the same direction, hands free! Lifting power and the leaning direction of the arm can be controlled. Vest:Well the vest fits a small Asian guy so itz great for me. Yr muscles get a good workout but its good enuf to wear it for an hr in the hot sun.Cons:The top stage plate that your camera mounts to, has an interference with the fore n aft adj knob. It is a factory defect n I took an hr to file it to fit. Informed Steadicam alr but I'm in Asia so I decided not to ship it back. Other than that, the bag is more like a large travel suitcase so it is quite unportable but great for home storage. Others:Customer service from Steadicam was A1. They shipped the missing bag to me (due to leadtime issue) within 2 days once the bag was available. [...]Conclusion:Buy it if u can afford it. It is truly the best in it's class!!!!!!!vulcanpro[@]

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      Beware

      I honestly think this is a great product. My problem is its only been 2 monts since i have bought it and the chest piece has already snapped at the shoulder making the vest...Read complete review

      I honestly think this is a great product. My problem is its only been 2 monts since i have bought it and the chest piece has already snapped at the shoulder making the vest unusable there is no replacement part for the chest piece and the closest replacement is [$]. Aside from that when it eas working it was great. Id suggest getting the Mannefroto (forgive the spelling) quick release plate as it would make moving from tripod to steadicam and vice versa much easier.

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      3.0

      Great product, But....

      By Military videographer

      from Knoxville, Tennesee

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Extremely Cheap Monitor
      • No batteries
      • Plastic Chest Piece

      Best Uses

      • If - Can't Afford Better
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

      -Kit doesn't come with batteries for the monitor.-Monitor is analog, so if you have a pro camera/newer camera you'll have to get an analog converter.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Smooth

      By Hollywood

      from Covington, Wa.

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

        Love it

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent results, could be better

        By Ben the student

        from Mississippi

        About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Hard To Put In Case

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

        This is most definitely a good Steadicam system to start with. It is easily the cheapest full system that Steadicam offers, and provides excellent results for the price. That said, the quality of the product shows that it is the cheapest system. It is mostly very high quality, but there are a few small things that reveal the compromises that come from the price tag. First, the LCD screen is rather low quality. It feels cheap, looks cheap, and is cheap. But, it does it's job well enough to keep it from losing a star for performance. Next, the wiring on the head of the column is questionable. The connection solders are exposed, and look very flimsy. Again, however, since they perform well and are protected by the head's size, they do not detract from the performance of the system. The last minor complaint is that the case it comes with is poorly fit for the system. The foam cutouts are inaccurate and reflect the "one size fits all" method Steadicam used for the case. The Pilot does fit, and is protected well, but it takes considerable effort to make everything fit correctly.One surprising note, the AA model offers impressive battery life. I have experienced over four hours of use form one set of AA's, and that was with the default factory charge on the batteries.Overall, this is a solid system that will increase the artistic and professional appeal of almost any footage.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great equipment, recommended!

        By LucasRachinski

        from Paraná, Brazil

        About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • Weddings

        Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

        I use the product in weddings, and shorts.
        It's a bit hard to achieve the dynamic balance, but once you got it, it just stays set. O have an Glidecam HD1000, and i need to balance it every 30minutes. With the Pilot, i can set the balance on the night before the wedding and it's still good after the wedding is over.
        It's pricy, but you get for what you pay.

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        5.0

        Perfect for a variety of reasons

        By Mark from Mizzou

        from Columbia, MO

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

          Love using this to film sports and anywhere mobility is required. The balance takes some time to get right, but then filming is a breeze. We use ours with the college TV station and Film Crew and require students to be trained and tested before taking it out on a shot. Worth every penny.

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          4.0

          Wonderful Piece of Equipment

          By Marcus

          from Oakland, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

              Pretty easy to set up, but takes some practice to get the dynamic balance right. The results blow me away! I'm giving it only four stars because the vest broke within a 2 week, but B&H took great care of us!
              Thank you B&H!

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              3.0

              Beware

              By Veritas Hawke

              from Bermuda

              About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Photographer, Wedding videographer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Cheaply built chest piece
              • Chest plate breaks easily
              • Parts hard to find
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

              I honestly think this is a great product. My problem is its only been 2 monts since i have bought it and the chest piece has already snapped at the shoulder making the vest unusable there is no replacement part for the chest piece and the closest replacement is [$]. Aside from that when it eas working it was great. Id suggest getting the Mannefroto (forgive the spelling) quick release plate as it would make moving from tripod to steadicam and vice versa much easier.

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              • No

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              5.0

              WOW!!! now i can "fly"

              By Vidimagen

              from Veracruz, Mexico

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                Excellent product, Great performance!!! i upgraded to Steadicam, i was using glidecam 4000 Hd - PRO .. and its ok.. is easier and faster to setup, but this steadicam pilot is the best i have ever tried!!! at the beginning it seems to be hard to use, you just need to practice!! then the results will appear! Nothing like Steadicam!

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                4.0

                Pilot SteadiCam

                By Christopher1

                from Denver Colorado

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great value
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • SD Monitor

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                  Hi all,
                  This unit is a very good value. I am running a Sony EX3 with mounted Convergent Designs Nano Flash recorder fitted with a Vocas reinforcement plate. I am max performing the unit as my camera weighs exactly 10 lbs. I did strip the entire EX3 of everything that could possibly go to keep it under weight.

                  The new modular weight system made this rig very easy to set-up and balance. The construction of the vest is excellent and it really is as comfortable as advertised. The arm is also as advertised, "Awesome". The telescopic center post is carbon fiber and very sturdy as well. If you already have SteadiCam experience you will be right at home, and if this is your firs time flying a rig this unit provides the same feedback and builds the same muscle memory as it's bigger brothers. You really will love it.

                  The area where the pilot is needing some improvement is in the monitor. The provided model is a very bare bones SD model. I understand SteadiCam needing to keep cost to a minimum in this department especially considering the high quality of the rest of the system. Unfortunately however, they have made it nearly impossible to run any other type of cable down the center of the tubes. You can always run your cabling down the outside of the rig, however if you find yourself transitioning to low mode and re-balancing frequently, this will not make it easier. If you have a nice HD monitor you probably won't be using it with this SteadiCam model.

                  All in all the Pilot is an excellent buy and lets face it, for the money the only choice in this weight range.
                  Thanks SteadiCam

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                  4.0

                  Effective Tool

                  By J Good

                  from Cody, WY

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                    This product seems very effective at stabilization and has a lot of options toward achieving perfect balance. Of course, achieving the best balance is a real challenge, but I'm sure I'll be able to figure it out. Even without being perfectly balanced it stays pretty stable.

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                    5.0

                    Great rig

                    By vdruts

                    from Toronto

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                    I switched from a Glidecam 2000 to this baby and would never look back. First off the vest is awesome and takes the load off completely, but second and most importantly the construction of this is a lot more solid. The glidecam looked like it would fall apart within a few months of use. While the pilot is rock solid, made of carbon fibre.

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                    5.0

                    Great!

                    By Richard Steffens

                    from Carthage, TN

                    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Produces High Quality Film

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Cinema
                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Pro Productions
                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                      Love it! Amazing!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Thanks to All For Your Reviews!

                      By Modern Bounty Hunter

                      from Tracy, California

                      About Me Bounty Hunter, Business Owner, SEO Consultant

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality
                      • Quick Setup

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • Internet Marketing
                        • Run-n-Gun Bounty Hunting

                        Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                        [...].I had prior and extensive experience balancing the Glidecam 2000, which I purchased from B&H; accordingly, "dynamic" balancing of the Steadicam Pilot Sled took about 10 minutes. Setting the arm(s) took another 10 minutes, and the vest turned out to be the most challenging—taking about 20 minutes.Thankfully, the Steadicam Pilot came with the docking bracket that plopped right onto one of my existing C Stands, and I strongly suggest that one either have a C Stand or purchase one in order to have a painless experience balancing the sled.While I am still practicing with the rig, I began to record exceptional video clips (using Panasonic HMC150) within 10 minutes!The monitor on the sled is great indoors, though it is a bit difficult to see outdoors around Noon.I will be using the Steadicam Pilot to document bounty hunting, live seminars and online education classes.Overall, I am ecstatic to put the Steadicam Pilot into action, and I would like to extend my appreciation to all those who participated in the reviews. You all helped me make a great purchase!!!

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                        5.0

                        Best product for videographers

                        By Alasker

                        from Kfar Kama, Israel

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • First adjustment

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                        It esay to use after the first adjustment
                        in the first adjustment the opertor's handbook so useful to understand the balances (static and dymanic forces) of the prodect.
                        It get's prfect resalts after useing in camera moving shots.

                        It's very useful prodect for small Business

                        Thank's
                        Alasker

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                        4.0

                        works great

                        By Film Prof

                        from New Orleans

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Lacks Functionality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                          We used it with my students and it was a great tool. The major problem is that the monitor is basically unusable in sunny conditions outdoors.

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                          5.0

                          Absolutely stunning

                          By Etnobotanic Media

                          from Cluj, Romania

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                            I've had this for 2 days now and I'm still trying to figure out how to stabilize it but I've already shot some test footage and even with bad stabilization the results look amazing. Other than the frustrating struggle to get it stabilized I have no other complain.

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                            4.0

                            Amazing product

                            By Kay Fabian

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Filmmaker, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                              This does exactly what you need it to. It takes a little while to learn how to balance it, but once you get it, it's not that difficult. My only complaint is that if you don't own a C stand, you will need to purchase one. Otherwise, balancing will be near impossible.

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                              4.0

                              Steadicam Pilot This

                              By Supaxiro

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Business Owner, Film maker, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality
                              • Smooth movement

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Independent Films

                                Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                                Use Steadicam Pilot for Independent film shoots. Shots look great and the whole set up is not too hard on the body after a few hours. Stabilizing arm is a good concept. Initial balancing is quite irritating but once you get the hang of it one can become more tolerant. The velcro vest design could be improved to use adjustable buckle clips instead. The gimbal tool seems a little flimsy and bends while you try o turn the screw on the gimbal.

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                                4.0

                                Great once you figure it out!

                                By Leianna

                                from NJ

                                About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                                  [...] when I opened the box I was surprised to see that the steadicam came in a bag since it wasn't listed under "what's in the box."The steadicam doesn't come with directions on how to put it together, just a packet that tells you all the pieces you should have. It also doesn't come with any video or directions on how to help you balance the device. However, once you figure all of this out (and you will, it's not hard just frusterating) you will find that the steadicam is a great tool to add to your toolbox of video equiptment. I like he AA battery option the best because it tends to be lighter and for the most part, cheaper.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By Robert

                                  from California

                                  About Me Local Acsess

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Events
                                    • Everyday
                                    • Feature shows
                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio
                                    • Sports

                                    Comments about Steadicam Pilot-AA Camera Stabilization System:

                                    The pilot is perfect we got the pilot for local access we were doing more and more things that could use the interesting smooth and cool shots that the pilot can provide us. Also the pilot is a better product than the glide cam. It was cost effective for us.

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