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Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip

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Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip

Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip Remote

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  • Remote Control in Grip
  • Specific Camcorder Compatibility

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The Sony VCT-80AV remote control tripod provides rock steady support for your camcorder. This tripod comes with remote control operation that brings a truly professional feel to your camerawork. The remote works directly from the tripod handle, allowing the user to work upright.

Note: The remote control is compatible with specific Sony camcorders that have a 10-pin AV Remote connection, which carries AV as well as control signals. It is not directly compatible with camcorders with a 2.5mm LANC port.

Remote in Handle
The remote control in the handle is designed to give the user a studio feel by allowing him/her to work standing up, away from the eyepiece. This allows for smoother pans and a workable situation for live events.
Remote Functions
Control includes:
  • Variable Zoom In/Out
  • Start/Stop
  • Lock/Standby
  • Photo Mode On/Off
Level
Built-in level allows quick leveling utilizing the leg adjustment.
UPC: 027242724976
Maximum Height 65 7/8"
167cm
Minimum Height 24 7/8"
63cm
Folded Length Not Specified by Manufacturer
Load Capacity 6.6 lbs
3kg
Leg Stages/Sections 1/2
Leg Lock Type Flip Locks
Independent Leg Spread No
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Geared
Center Brace Yes
Spiked Feet No
Head Type 2-way Panhead
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 3.75 lbs
1.7kg
Specialties Remote operation directly from the tripod grip
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.7 x 5.5 x 5.1"
Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Carrying Case
  • 1 Year Parts and 90 Days Labor Warranty
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    SonyVCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip
     
    4.7

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (33)
    • Lightweight (24)
    • Compact (22)
    • Improves performance (20)
    • Highly compatible (19)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (23)
    • Independent films (12)
    • Complex projects (11)
    • In the studio (10)
    • Travel (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (23), Business owner (9), Professional artist (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    READ if you have an older cam w/ LANC

    I ordered two of these and have already given it 4 stars, because I had an 870RM that got lifted a couple years ago, sadly. (The base of the head was cracked,...Read complete review

    I ordered two of these and have already given it 4 stars, because I had an 870RM that got lifted a couple years ago, sadly. (The base of the head was cracked, so I hope they enjoy it). I loved that tripod and I'm sure I'll love the 80AV.Anyway, I have been mortified looking all over the internet trying to find someone who still has 870RM's, because the new tripods don't have the proper connections anymore, and I have a couple Sony HDR-FX1's and will continue to use these as long as I can.These newer AV tripods have a 10-pin proprietary connector that handles all A/V and control signals, as opposed to the 2.5mm LANC connector of old.Here and elsewhere, the descriptions make it sound like Sony just abandoned LANC and that these new AV tripods are not compatible with the older cams, but that's not the case. They are simply using a different connector.Everyone who is looking for a new tripod from Sony needs to read the dvinfo.net thread linked below for all the information you will ever need to use a LANC tripod with a newer camera, or one of these AV tripods with an older LANC camera! It's a simple process that you can do yourself by cutting a little wire, and you will wind up having the best of both worlds!I loved the 870RM, and this one looks even better. Enjoy!![@]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great start but gets sticky

    Love the remote. At first movement was smooth. But after several months of light use, pan movement is now sticky.

    No way to take apart the head and clean it. ...Read complete review

    Love the remote. At first movement was smooth. But after several months of light use, pan movement is now sticky.

    No way to take apart the head and clean it. No obvious damage.

    If you don't mind a disposable tripod, this one's for you.

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By WIndVIew

    from San Jose, CA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

      It's small and light weight, works smoothly with my HDR-CX700V. I give it a five star.

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      5.0

      Thin and quality

      By Edwin Estrada

      from San diego CA

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

        works perfectly with my camera movements are very smooth and excellent zoom

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Sony Handycam VCT-80AV Tripod

        By Coach Caz

        from Flower Mound, TX

        About Me Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

          I got a sony HD handycam for my birthday to shoot video of my kids sporting activities. The camera is very nice but you need a stable platform to shoot video. I saw the Sony tripods with the remote zoom control and read some reviews. The tropd is very stable and has good smooth motion on the head. The remote control zoom makes all the difference in getting those shots and smoothly controlling the camera. You need to be sure you order the correct tipod for the AV port on your camera. This is one is for the newer Handycams. I would also suggest this model over the shorter version. You can always set it up lower, but you can't make a short one longer.

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          5.0

          Great Product works with both Sonys

          By Track Dad

          from Poland, Ohio

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

            I bought the Sony tripod to use while filming track meet running events. My son used the tripod. It was easy to hook up to the camcorder (Sony NEX VG-30). The handle and controls worked very well. The panning movement was smooth. Overall the tripod is sturdy and well-made. I would recommend this tripod

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            5.0

            Must have unit

            By MegaEncoding

            from Seoul, Korea

            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
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

              Great product for producing an excellent video work.

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              • No

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              5.0

              great product

              By La

              from Seattle, Wa

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies

                Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                Very smooth pan and tilt. Solid feel. Love the remote.

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                5.0

                Extends the Handy in Handycam

                By Drafter

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                    I bought this tripod to replace an ageing tripod thad makes clicking noises during pans. I own two compatable Sony Handycams and thought the handle controls were at best an extra plus. Wow! how wrong I was! At my last wedding shoot I was required to start at stage center and extend the tripod to full extension, to shoot over some very tall groomsmen while the bridesmaids came down the aisle, to stage right while lowering to normal height. I used a Pearstone DWL-2 Dolly for the move. The tripod zoom controls were invaluable to follow the girls down the aisle. While the tripod has a slow zoom switch I prefer leaving it off because the normal variable zoom works flawlessly. You have full control. I could have never reached the camcorders zoom while extended!

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                    4.0

                    Excellent Tripod for the Price!

                    By JAG

                    from Woodstock, ON

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects

                      Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                      Very stable tripod for the money. Definitely love the remote grip - makes it extremely easy to operate.

                      Defintely would buy one of these again!

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                      5.0

                      excellent - remote grip a major plus

                      By TJ

                      from jacksonville, FL

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                        Business equipmnet photo's and short .mvp intsall guides

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very useful equipment

                        By Phil

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                          You can't record videos without a tripod once you starts ussing it. For consumer type cameras, this is best one I found after I did my researches. I so happy with this product. the slow zoom is very helpful.

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                          5.0

                          Extremely versatile!

                          By Scott

                          from Kankakee, IL

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies

                            Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                            Well built, easy to operate. A lot of bang for the buck.

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                            4.0

                            Good Low Cost Video Tripod

                            By Eagle3x8

                            from Palo Alto, CA

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Lightweight
                            • Slow Zoom Switch a Plus

                            Cons

                            • Stiff tilt motion

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects

                            Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                            Use for recording indoor/outdoor performances

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                            5.0

                            Works like a dream

                            By Chuckie D

                            from East Brunswick New Jersey

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                Rock steady, lightweight and works as advertised. What more could you want?

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                                3.0

                                No rock steady support

                                By Pete

                                from Richmond, CA

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Complex Projects

                                    Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                    Used mostly outdoors for my camcorder.
                                    The tripod is simple to set up and nice to store, also easy to carry around. I love the remote control though I found the mounting inadequate since the handle wants to wiggle and rotate. Had to re-tighten a couple of times. Love the leg clamps, though. Overall, it's a great tripod for cameras; but not for sensitive camcorders. It will vibrate in the wind as well as with light ground motion. Rock steady support it is not!

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                                    5.0

                                    The best tripod

                                    By Ingmar Ellefsen

                                    from Norway

                                    About Me Hobbyist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Independent Films

                                      Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                      I have never experienced such a good tripod. I have full controll in the remote. The head is smooth and perfect for good result. I give my best rating. Ingmar Ellefsen, Norway.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Product [...]

                                      By Hallway

                                      from Marion, AR

                                      About Me Hobbyist

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Movies
                                        • Independent Films

                                        Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                        I will be using this tripod for filming weddings. My old tripod had too much jerk to the movement. This tripod has very smooth movement and the remote access helps even more. The con is the lighter the camera the less smooth movement it has, but it is not a huge difference. Overall this is worth the price. [...]

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                                        4.0

                                        Great product!

                                        By besa

                                        from Montreal, Canada

                                        About Me Hobbyist

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Movies

                                          Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                          The Tripod works very well with my Sony Sony-HDR-XR520V HD camcorder.

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                                          5.0

                                          i love the tripod so much

                                          By kimosound

                                          from cairo,egypt

                                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Complex Projects
                                            • Home Movies
                                            • Independent Films
                                            • In The Studio

                                            Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                            i found that the fluid head is very usful and there is no fluid head in the market with that quality at this price.
                                            thnx.

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                                            5.0

                                            A Must-have tripod for Sony camcorders!!

                                            By Massoud

                                            from Sydney-Australia

                                            About Me Hobbyist

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home Movies
                                              • Independent Films

                                              Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                              Nice smooth panning and zooming for a professional looking videos. The feature that allows slow speed zooming enhances the video. The pan and tilt head is excellent for a tripod in any price range. Overall a lightweight but sturdy tripod.

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                                              4.0

                                              What I was looking for

                                              By fporta

                                              from Miami

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                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home Movies
                                                • In The Studio

                                                Comments about Sony VCT-80AV Tripod with Remote in Grip:

                                                Good construction, Smooth.
                                                Not a professional grade but does the job.

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