With Taro, not only are your shots buttery smooth, but your subject remains in the frame and in focus automatically.
There are a bunch of pretty decent 3-axis gimbals on the market, but Taro brings a little something extra to the table to set itself apart from the rest: auto-tracking. With these two gimbals, one designed for smartphones and one for larger DSLRs, you can capture smooth camera movements all while keeping your subjects within the frame and in focus thanks to its infrared tracking algorithm.
Check out Taro's Kickstarter campaign video to learn more:
As stated before, Taro uses an infrared tracking module, the Taro M1, along with a wearable infrared tag to keep your subject in the frame. It has a maximum tracking speed of 57 mph at a distance of 60 feet, which is crazy fast. Also, the great thing about the M1 tracking module is that you can purchase it as an accessory and use it with other stabilizers.
So, how does it all work? Here's a bit from the Kickstarter campaign that explains:
The secret to Taro’s tracking lies in the combination of a flickering sequential infrared tag and tracking module (M1), which contains an infrared camera. Together, they work to rapidly identify which part of the frame is integral to a dynamic action sequence, instantaneously establishing the intended object's approximate location. A powerful learning algorithm then immediately eliminates sub-optimal positioning, precisely pinpointing the object’s exact location. The result: a perfect balance between efficiency and accuracy.
Taro comes in two flavors: the Taro T1, which was built for smartphones and GoPros, and the Taro TX, which is for DSLR or mirrorless cameras of up to 4 lbs.
Both the T1 and TX have auto-tracking, but they also have some other pretty cool features as well, like 360-degree panning and an app that gives you access to cool effects like action sequencing, timelapse, and auto-cut. It also has three different tracking modes that give you more control over how and what the stabilizer tracks when it's set to auto: Vertical, Horizontal, and Full Following.
Here's a pricing breakdown for each of Taro's offerings:
- Taro T1: $200 early bird, $360 retail
- Taro TX: $600 early bird, $1000 retail
- Taro M1: $100 early bird, $180 retail
To learn more, head on over to Taro's Kickstarter campaign.