Smoother Video Shoot­ing With red­dog r1

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am­a­teur­ish than jit­tery video footage, but the equip­ment the pros use to en­sure smooth shoot­ing can be both pricey and bulky. The Red­Dog R1 is a com­pact three-axis gim­bal sta­biliser from tri­pod-maker Benro and it’s de­signed to give su­per-smooth hand­held video shoot­ing with cam­era-and-lens com­bos up to 1.8 ki­los in weight.

A clever de­sign fea­ture of the R1 is that its han­dle can be very quickly be moved from the ver­ti­cal to the hor­i­zon­tal po­si­tion (or vice versa) with­out chang­ing your grip, thereby al­low­ing for more flex­i­bil­ity when shoot­ing. It also in­cor­po­rates fin­ger­tip con­trols as well as re­mote op­er­a­tions us­ing the Benro Red­Dog App (for both Ap­ple and An­droid) on a tablet or smart­phone via Blue­tooth. Com­pat­i­ble cam­eras from Sony and Pana­sonic can be re­motely con­trolled di­rectly from the sta­biliser’s han­dle. The R1’s three in­de­pen­dent mo­tors are claimed to have re­ac­tion times of just 16 mil­lisec­onds which en­sures pre­cise sta­bil­i­sa­tion even when you’re on the move. Three op­er­at­ing modes are avail­able – a ‘Uni­ver­sal Fol­low Mode’ (where the cam­era fol­lows the direc­tions of the shooter), a ‘Locked-Down’ mode (which keeps the cam­era locked on the sub­ject while mov­ing the gim­bal), and a ‘Hor­i­zon­tal Fol­low’ mode (when the cam­era smoothly fol­lows the di­rec­tion of the op­er­a­tor, but main­tains a hor­i­zon­tal po­si­tion).

Pre­ci­sion en­gi­neered from alu­minium, the Red­Dog R1 is both com­pact and light­weight, weigh­ing just 980 gram (in­clud­ing its bat­tery). It can be folded and packed in its spe­cial­ly­de­signed car­ry­ing case with­out the need to change any po­si­tional set­tings. This means that re­peated bal­anc­ing isn’t nec­es­sary if you’re us­ing the same cam­era. The R1 is sup­plied with a 3200 mAh lithium-ion bat­tery which typ­i­cally pro­vides up to 12 hours of op­er­a­tion and can be fully recharged in just three hours (and a spare is in­cluded in the kit).

The Red­dog R1 sta­biliser is priced at $649 and is dis­trib­uted in Aus­tralia by Maxxum Pty Ltd. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.maxxum.com.au

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