Soloshot SONY CX240 Camera Controller Driver
SOLOSHOT3 + OpticX Camera (Optic65) Robotic Follow Me Camera. Includes Base, Tag, Sony CX Camcorder, Camera Controller, Armband & Clip, USB. SoloShot 2 Base/Tag/Camera Controller Bundle with Sony CX Video Camera included. This unit, pans, tilts, and zooms to follow your action. Just mount it. The Camera Controller even comes with a special cable for powering the SONY CX while it tracks so you can film yourself for up to 4 hours. In the Box: Base.
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Soloshot SONY CX240 Camera Controller Driver
SS2 was created by surfers as a way to automatically film themselves. Like me, they often lacked someone who was able or willing to man the camera while they were out enjoying their hobby. Although the SS2 developers recognized the potential value of the system for other sports, filming RC aircraft was not on their radar. The bundle includes the base and tag previously mentioned as well as Soloshot SONY CX240 Camera Controller tripod, a Camera Controller, and a Sony CX video camera.
The Camera Controller provides an interface between the camera itself and the SS2. This includes video cameras, DSLRs, and action cameras. Not all cameras, however, are compatible with the functions of the Camera Controller.
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Obviously the CX included in the bundle is one that plays nice. The majority of the current crop consists of Sony and Canon models.
The only concern that I had prior to using the SS2 was that the tag transmits signals in 2. This situation created potential for interference between the two systems.
Perhaps SS2 can even be useful for non-photographic purposes. I recently brainstormed with a friend about the potential for using SS2 to aim a directional antenna at an RC aircraft equipped with FPV gear. Such a setup may provide Soloshot SONY CX240 Camera Controller range or reduce the required output power for the FPV system to be effective.
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As the system becomes more widely known, I am sure that other users will come up with novel and previously unimagined uses for the SS2. I was just unsure how the performance of the actual hardware would measure up.
It has allowed me to capture footage that would have otherwise been impossible. I am still learning different nuances of the system, and I fully expect that I will discover more and better ways to utilize it effectively. Considering my own success using SS2, I am particularly excited to see how other people apply this tool in creative and industrious ways.
Terry spent 15 years as an engineer at the Johnson Space Center. He is now a freelance writer living in Lubbock, Texas.
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Follow Terry on Twitter: The Camera Controller provides an interface between the camera itself and the SS2. This includes video cameras, DSLRs, and action cameras.
Not all cameras, however, are compatible with the functions of the Camera Controller. Obviously the CX included in the bundle is one that plays nice. The majority of the current crop consists of Sony and Canon models.
The only concern that I had prior to using the SS2 was that the tag transmits signals in 2. This situation created potential for interference between the two systems. Thus far, I have used SS2 in conjunction with 2.
I performed a thorough range check for each system with SS2 active prior its first flight. Those Soloshot SONY CX240 Camera Controller and every subsequent flight have failed to generate any noticeable impacts to the operation of either system. This initial success is encouraging, but I remain cautious. I find that these settings maintain a reasonable zoom on the model while also keeping it in-frame for a high percentage of the flight.
I think the manual says it best: For instance, I may make a low-level pass right at the lens to get a unique perspective knowing the SS2 will lag behind as the model passes by. Other times, I may disable zoom to get a different sense of scale. The faster it moves, the louder it gets. You can definitely hear it Soloshot SONY CX240 Camera Controller the resulting video footage as seen below.
I am considering setting up a remote microphone in those situations to avoid mixing the sounds I want with the sounds of the base unit. One that I am excited to try is motion time lapse photography.