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Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote and MPH-P8 Plate Kit

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Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote and MPH-P8 Plate Kit
Key Features
  • Programmable 360° Panoramic Movement
  • Remote Range: 100'
  • 3 Panning Speeds
  • 1-200 Programmable Positions
The FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote and MPH-P8 Plate Kit from B&H consists of a remote controlled panning head and a rotating 8" product stage. The kit is designed to provide product photographers with the basic tools required to create 360° views of small objects or photograph a product from multiple angles with ease.
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FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote and MPH-P8 Plate Kit Overview

The FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote and MPH-P8 Plate Kit from B&H consists of a remote controlled panning head and a rotating 8" product stage. The kit is designed to provide product photographers with the basic tools required to create 360° views of small objects or photograph a product from multiple angles with ease.

Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote

The FreeWave Orbit from Vello is a programmable motorized pan head which allows the user to capture full 360° panoramic photographs or still or moving product photos.

The Orbit is fully programmable allowing the user to determine the degree angle of rotation, the number of shots taken within that range, the panning speed, and the direction of capture for panoramic photos. Placement of the camera and head is entirely your choice, as the head may be mounted on top of a tripod via the integrated 3/8"-16 female thread or seated on a flat surface using the anti-slip bottom pad.

An ideal tool for the budding 360° panoramic or VR photographer, the Orbit is capable of automatically producing batches of images which may be easily combined to form traditional or interactive media. Operating as a panoramic head and trigger, the Orbit can be programmed to make linear adjustments in up to 360° patterns while automatically triggering the shutter every time the camera pauses. These images can then be stitched together to form multi-image panoramas or immersive 360° virtual tours. Additionally, this function may be used with the optional product plate to create interactive, rotating product tours.

Included with the Orbit is a 2.4 GHz wireless remote capable of communicating with the head from up to 100' away. Programmable to one of 16 available channels, the user can prevent troublesome radio interference with other electronics or use two Orbit heads in close proximity without issue.

The remote may also be used atop the camera as a camera control unit, capable of triggering the camera's shutter when it is not placed on the Orbit head. Previously mentioned, a common use for this function would be 360° product photography with the optional 8" product plate—a rotating stage which can allow a camera in a fixed position to take multiple photos of a small object from up to 72 angles.

The Orbit head is powered by a rechargeable Nikon-type EN-EL3e lithium-ion battery and the remote is powered by two AAA batteries.

Shot Range

Capable of taking 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24, 36, 45, 60, & 72 shots within one panoramic movement

Panning Direction

Pans clockwise or counter-clockwise


Three programmable speeds, 1-3 (from fastest to slowest)

Long Exposure Control

Control your shutter duration from 1 to 99 seconds per shot

Wireless Versatility

Select from 16 separate radio channels
UPC: 847628594739

Vello MPH-P8 Plate for Pan Head (8")

The Vello 8" MPH-P8 Plate for Pan Head attaches to any manual or motorized pan head with a 1/4"-20 camera screw and allows your product to be seen at the best angle in its best light. The plate size is great for jewelry and small objects while its matte surface renders a soft detail-less look free from distracting reflections. A rotation of 360 degrees is possible with most pan heads.


  • The MPH-P8 is an 8" diameter stage to display products for photography. This makes it perfect for use with jewelry and mobile electronics
  • The product stage has a matte white finish that helps guard against reflections from studio lights
  • The circular, flat stage is perfect for taking 360° photos of products when attached to automatic or manual pan heads
  • Mounting the product stage is easy with its universal 1/4"-20 threaded socket
  • UPC: 847628595385

    Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote Specs

    Wireless Range100' (30.4 m)
    Maximum Load Capacity4 lb (1.8 kg)
    Tripod Mount Thread Size3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20
    Camera Mount Thread Size1/4"-20
    Ports2.5 mm trigger output
    USB Mini-B (for firmware updates)
    Frequency2.4 GHz
    Wireless Channels16
    Panning Speed3 speeds
    Number of Shots1-200 (1-99 with remote)
    Power SourceHead: EN-EL3e
    Remote: 2 x AAA
    Dimensions5.1 x 2.6 x 4.7" (13.1 x 6.7 x 12 cm)
    Weight0.9 lb (408 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.165 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 8.05 x 3.65"

    Vello MPH-P8 Plate for Pan Head (8") Specs

    ColorMatte white
    Diameter8.0" (20.3 cm)
    Weight5.0 oz (142 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight0.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 9 x 0.4"

    FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote and MPH-P8 Plate Kit Reviews

    Terrible for a product turntable, great for panoramic tripod

    By Brett
    Rated 2 out of 5
    Date: 2020-10-26

    The top brass screw stud in the top middle of the turntable is actually off center so if you use the plate attachment (that you see the sunglasses on) you would think it would spin in a perfect circle but since it is off center the product wobbles and you can't fix it. So, this makes for a terrible product turntable because it spins off center, and also it's battery powered so nothing over 2 pounds can really work on it. But - because it is battery powered it is mobile so if you are a photographer with a tripod or even just set it on a flat surface and you attach your camera to the top brass screw stud, it will spin your camera around and take pictures. The shutter release is wireless and mounts to your light shoe on top of your camera and you use one of the 3 different cables to plug that into your camera and the shutter release works great! Compatible with everything.

    Great for product photography and panorama timelapses&videos

    By Eugenie
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-09-07

    Great little motor that works really well. The white plate is really useful for 360?? small product photography. The motor uses Nikon EN-EL3e Battery. The remote uses 2x AAA batteries. Comes in a nice little black zipper box/bag. The only thing is that the cables in the package are not for Olympus.

    Great addition to my growing kit

    By Anonymous
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-01-25

    I spend a lot of time reviewing smartphones which means I take a lot of photos and record mobile video. As part of this process, I get to test the time lapse photos and videos of select models. In the past I would use a static tripod mount and grab whatever subjects I could. Using the FreeWave Orbit I am now able to capture more interesting videos and time-lapse photography. Moreover, I can place objects on the product stage/platter and get shots from all angles. The (included) remote control lets me control movement in both speed and rotational degrees, each of which has its benefits. I also appreciate the controls are on both the main unit as well as the remote. It's just enough to give me what I need without overwhelming in the process. It doesn't take long to charge up the battery; the unit is slow to deplete juice. Both are a definite plus for spending longer periods out of the office.

    Free Wave Orbit Review

    By roblewis56
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2017-01-18

    This motorized pan head is compact with wireless control. It mounts on a 3/8 16 tripod with included 3/8 16 to 1/4 20 insert. There is no tilt control. There are three speeds approximately equal to speed 1 = 716 deg/min, speed 2 = 387 deg/min and speed 3 = 267 deg/min. It can rotate continuously in either direction unlike some other motorized pan heads that are limited to less than 360 deg. The included software is too specific, designed be used with a camera. If it included more general software that could be used to simply set speed and start, stop and reverse it would be more useful.

    So simple to use and smooth operation!

    By Luke
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-01-06

    The Freewave Orbit is great for controlling pan on a camera. The included remote gives plenty of options with a very simple layout. The plate kit kicks it up a notch with the ability to add a little flare to a small product review by adding some subtle rotation. The lcd on the Orbit has great brightness and color so you know what you're selecting. Also, it comes with a nice carrying case so you won't lose all the pieces in your camera bag!

    I would buy this again if needed.

    By Anonymous
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2016-11-16

    Great Product

    Pan head w/remote

    By Amy
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2020-07-21

    I used this for a 360 product shot. It works well but you have to make sure the product is in the center of the stage. This item is made to take 360 panoramic, so the when using it for 360 product shots the whole thing rotates not just the stage/platform. It seems odd but does get the job done. The remote works well and doesn't have to be in the camera's hot shoe to function so you can still trigger your lights with a transceiver. Bonus you don't have to depend on some buggy software or app.

    Easy to use. One design problem.

    By Arturo
    Rated 3 out of 5
    Date: 2018-07-23

    When used for product photography, the attachable 8" plate rotates with the complete device....but surprisingly, the rotation center (located below the device) is displaced (not in the same axis) from the plate's center (the screw on top) .... so the plate rotates with a side to side movement ruining 360 product photography.

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