The newest Steadicam model for upcoming release is the Pilot 2. The Pilot 2 is a tool-free, versatile stabilizing rig that accommodates a wide range of camera classes and operating contexts. The Pilot 2 is a true upgrade from the original Steadicam Pilot model. The versatility of the Pilot 2 stems from the fact that it was designed to succeed both the previous Pilot and Scout models from Steadicam. Additionally, the Pilot 2 boasts more options when it comes to battery mounts, including Anton-Bauer, V-Lock, and DV battery mounting. For operators looking for a new system, this means choosing the Steadicam model best-suited for their professional needs is as simple as selecting their preferred battery mount and choosing from one of two reliable arm and vest pairings. The new Steadicam Pilot 2 is offered with two different arm and vest pairings to cater to camera setups of varying weight:
- When paired with the 15 pound arm and vest option, the Pilot 2 can carry loads up to 10 pounds.
- When paired with the 30 pound arm and vest option, the Pilot 2 can carry loads up to 25 pounds.
What’s more, each arm and vest pairing is affordably priced for the rising camera operator to reasonably expand their toolkit. The tool-free Pilot 2 includes an HD video line, a P-Tap connector for camera and accessory powering, and a superb 7” 1000 nit 3G-HD/SD/SDMI monitor. For dynamic balance and best operating practice, the monitor, battery, and gimbal are all position-able along the rigid carbon-fiber post of the Pilot 2. With a convenient detachable base and lightweight sled design, the Steadicam Pilot 2 is easily transported for the operating job ahead.
Steadicam also Introduced their Universal Smartphone Mount for Shake-free Smartphone videos. The new Steadicam Universal Smartphone Mount lends a stable hand to everyday, anywhere photography and videography through the lens of the ever-present smartphone. Designed for imagemakers from the novice to the professional, the Universal Smartphone Mount attaches and balances virtually any smartphone to a Steadicam Smoothee with ease and security. No more do users have to worry about updating their Steadicam mount each time a new smartphone is released. This mount supports it all. The Universal Smartphone Mount begins stabilizing in just two steps – 1) just clip on to the Steadicam Smoothee, and 2) It easily grips any mobile device with a dual lock clamp, adding extra security from accidental release and damage, while cradling it with soft foam pads for extra protection. Both image viewing and capturing are completely unobstructed, allowing for the best shot in any situation. Ideal for on-the-go smartphone videographers looking to catch the perfect spur-of-the-moment story or memory, the Universal Smartphone Mount is compact enough to fit in any Steadicam carrying case, and it will be ready to offer support the second the moment strikes. For added versatility and a unique shooting style, users can also attach the Universal Smartphone Mount to a tripod, including any tripod model from the Davis & Sanford collection, or place it on a flat surface for use as a tabletop stand.