The Swiss Army Knife of DSLR Stabilization: Edelkrone's Pocket Shot
For all of you DSLR run and gun filmmakers, Edelkrone's new camera stabilizer might be the solution that you've been looking for to shaky camera movement. With a cleverly creative design, the Pocket Shot goes from being a pocket-sized hunk of plastic, to a multi-tool with different stabilizing combinations that are made depending on how you unfold it. Boasting portability and versatility, the Pocket Shot is definitely worth taking a look at. Find out more after the jump.
Edelkrone is no stranger when it comes to developing portable film gear, and their Pocket Shot is no different. Weighing in at less than a pound (0.77lbs,) the stabilizer fits comfortably inside a pocket when folded, but extends to over 1.7 ft. when unfolded.
One of the strengths about the Pocket Shot, in my opinion, is the its design, which is conducive to many different shooting situations and stabilization needs. Essentially, you get to unfold the Pocket Shot and decide for yourself what stabilization solution you want based on your needs. You can unfold it and use it as a mini-stand, chest support, top handle, or a belt stick -- and those are just a few options. You can also mount equipment to the Pocket Shot, be it a sound recorder, light, mic, whatever you need.
Check out this quick video to see how it works:
Here, you can watch as Edelkrone CEO Kadir Köymen explains the Pocket Shot in more detail:
Made from Delrin, a light but strong plastic, the Pocket Shot supports weight using a constant friction multi-joint system, and handle a number of cameras. The official suggested load is 1.5lbs, but the max is 4lbs. For heavier cameras you can adjust the tensions with a hex key, however that system seems like it'd be temperamental to me -- and what if the screws strip?
Obviously, filmmakers shooting on big, heavy cameras, like those from Arri or RED, aren't going to be utilizing this, but those who work with any number of DSLRs, Blackmagic cameras, even a GoPro if you have a tripod mount, can consider using the Pocket Shot.
For $199.99 you can get your hands on it, but before you do, make sure that your camera and lenses, as well as all the accessories you want to use with it, fit within the weight limit. Considering the friction-based system, too much weight probably means that the joints with bend and unable to keep its position.
If you want more information on the Pocket Shot, head on over to Edelkrone's Pocket Shot website here.
What do you think about the Pocket Shot? Does it seem like a good stabilization solution for DSLR filmmakers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.