ProAm USA Autopilot Camera Stabilizer System

ProAm USA Autopilot Camera Stabilizer System

ProAm USA Autopilot Camera Stabilizer System

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The Autopilot Camera Stabilizer System from ProAm USA is a stabilizer designed to keep shots smooth and fluid using a precision bearing gimbal. It holds a DSLR or HD video camera up to 6 lb.

Precision bearing gimbal keeps outdoor shots smooth and fluid
UPC: 728028311563
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ProAm USA Autopilot Camera Stabilizer System
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    ProAm USA STA9 specs

    Maximum Load Capacity 6.0 lb (2.7 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.9 x 10.4 x 4.7"

    ProAm USA STA9 reviews

    Autopilot Camera Stabilizer System is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 37.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Work, but will take practice I have a Nikon D7100 and set this up with a Nikon 35mm 1.8 for the first tests. Balancing was done pretty quickly. To get it perfect does take a fine touch, but it really isn't all that hard. Now, onto taking videos. I took the rig out for a test walk around the block and it worked pretty well. There is no doubt practice will make perfect. It definitely is FAR more smooth than hand held, even on the first try. But note this, I am a 5'10 guy, not weak, and after the mile walk, my arms were hurting, I had to switch arms frequently. I only had to use two weights for the set up too. It's all physics, it's NOT a fault in the design or construction.
    Date published: 2015-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best solution for small budgets When I saw the benefits and the production value that a Stabilizer has I wanted to buy one, but I don't have the crazy amount of money to buy a Ronin or even a Glidecam. Then I found the Autopilot, and after I saw a video on YouTube I decided to buy the Autopilot. It's easy to balance, and if you have any problem you can see the tutorial that ProAm has in their website. The Autopilot it's easy to use, but it requires a lot of practice and patience to get the best results, you are not going to get smooth camera motion out of the box, but after a couple of weeks of practice your shots are going to be so much better and your production value is going to grow!
    Date published: 2016-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I own two of these! This is probably the best and simplest camera stabilizing system available! This is comparable or even better than a Glidecam! I have used dozens of different handheld stabilizers and this is easily by far the best! If you follow the video instructions properly and balance it correctly you won't find a better stabilizer! It does take about a weeks time of consistent practice if you are just starting out with these types of stabilizers, but it is worth every second! The best part about it is how easy it is to balance! I have gotten to the point where I could literally balance mine in about a minute. The worst part about it is as with any type of stabilizer like this is the fact that it is pretty heavy with max weight and will take a beating on your arms! My solution is if you have the money go ahead and purchase a Vest & Arm to mount this on! You could literally use this for any professional production!
    Date published: 2016-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! Perfect for the price. Balance it takes a little time, but once balanced, it works. Do not forget to buy a plate system, it will be needed. It is not a gadget for long shots, it's too heavy. I used with 5DmkIII, 7DmkII & XF205.
    Date published: 2015-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stabilizer I received my AutoPilot stabilizer and find it to be well made. This should last a long time being made with quality materials. I am new to using a stabilizer and have been practicing. Using a small Sony NX30 on it performs nice and smooth. Setting it up was easy. Recommended is using a light stand which makes the process easy. My light stands did not have a 3/8 threaded end but I easily got a 3/8 bolt 5 long and duct taped it to a stand. Worked good. I would definitely recommend this for it being well made and affordable.
    Date published: 2015-02-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Difficult to balance, but end results are worth it. I picked up this stabilizer for an event that I was hired to film where I knew that my standard tripod setup would not provide enough mobility. It arrived quickly, and I was rather impressed with the build quality and presentation. However, actually using it was a different story. Despite the fact that ProAm USA provides and incredibly helpful video on how to balance the Autopilot, it is still a hard and time consuming process. I placed the gimbal on a lightstand as recommended to get things calibrated, which took about 30 minutes. Once I took it off the stand, I still had to make adjustments for a solid 10 to 15 more minutes. After this process though, I was rather pleased with the results. This by no means will be as steady as a Ronin M or Movi M5, but it does get the job done when you are on a tight budget. Oh, and one more thing to add that might be obvious: though this can do many things that a shoulder rig can, one thing a setup like this is not good for is when you want to manually pull focus from one subject to another. Save using a wireless follow focus, there is no good way to pull focus without the shake being noticeable. Just keep that in mind when considering this product. In conclusion, despite the difficulty in getting it balanced, I am pleased with the overall results.
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from my first stabilizer This is my first camera stabilizer for my DSLR, I wasn't sure what to expect. When the autopilot arrived I set it up immediately and found it was easier then the video posted on their website. At the time I did not have a stand to put the autopilot on and succeeded to balance the camera without it. I have a Canon 6d equiped with 28-70mm lens. I have only had a chance to experiment a couple of times. I found the video was smooth. The setup does get a bit heavy when walking up stairs, but it is fairly easy to guide the camera. Quality of the product is excellent.
    Date published: 2015-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful This is a great piece of gear for the price. It really helps to smooth out camera movement. It's compact and easy to set up. I got the bag as well and it's nice to have for carrying the stabilizer around. There is also more space in the bag for other equipment. P.S. You are still likely going to need a lens with IOS for really smooth shooting. I've used it with lenses like the Sigma 18-35 and Tokina 11-16 (on a GH4) and though the footage is a lot smoother, it isn't as smooth as I would like it to be, especially if i'm moving around on bumpy ground.
    Date published: 2015-07-06
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