Thursday, December 7, 2017

Introducing the SOLOSHOT3

About 18 months ago, I found out about a video camera, called a SOLOSHOT3,  that can track a person (or a horse) from a distance all by itself.  This seemed like a pretty cool idea and the answer to how I might get some video clips for my blog (and myself) without awkwardly trying to do them myself or conscripting my husband.  At that time, the camera was still in "pre-order" status, but there was an expectation that it would begin shipping in the fall of 2016.  That did not happen.  Nor did it happen in the spring of 2017 or the summer of 2017 or the fall of 2017.  I had honestly kind of given up on the whole idea when about 3 weeks ago, I got a notice from the company telling me that the camera had shipped to me.  Ludicrous, I thought.  After all this time?  As it turns out, yes.  UPS attempted to deliver it the day before Thanksgiving and because a signature was required and because no one was home, I didn't get it until November 27.

And since then, it has been sitting in the unopened box, patiently waiting for me to look inside and start figuring out what to do with this great piece of technology.  Finally, I had a few minutes by myself and I snuck a peek...

Behold, the SOLOSHOT3!
I don't know what any of the things in the box do.  Based on the description, though, one of them is a base, which is capable of tracking things from up to 2,000 feet away, can complete a 360 degree high-speed pan, tilt up to 140 degrees, and do all this for up to 4 hours before the battery needs to be recharged.  Then there is a tag, which is the secret to how the base can track a person.  Said person (or whatever other sentient being one wishes) wears the tag, which communicates with the base, and allows the base to track the movement of the wearer of the tag.  Most importantly, perhaps, is the camera, which has 25X zoom and can take videos up 1080p/60fps (I do not know what that means, but it sounds impressive) as well as 12 MP photos.  The previous iteration of the SOLOSHOT utilized the base and maybe some kind of tag, but the user had to come up with a compatible camera and that caused any number of problems, according to other people I've talked to.  So, this version should be an infinite improvement over the old one, with all components coming from the same company.

The one thing that does not come with the camera bundle is a tripod on which to mount all this technological fanciness, so I have procured one, and it is on its way.  In the meantime, my plan is to learn how to use the camera, or maybe first figure out which thing is which:)

Anyway, with any luck, by the end of this month, I shall be able to film myself riding my horse and share actual, decent-quality videos with you.  In particular, I am excited because I'd really like to see if what I feel under saddle when we are schooling in the arena actually looks like what I feel.  And I can share some of the exercises I've been working on, so those of you who might be interested in the Science of Motion methodology can get an idea of how they are working for Nimo.

Until then, I will be immersed in the Getting Started Guide...

3 comments:

  1. This post is timely for me because I spent several hours this morning researching both the soloshot3 and the pixio! I can't wait to hear what you think of it ☺️

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    1. I will definitely post the good, the bad, and the ugly. I know people who use both and there are some differences that may be significant, depending on what you want to do with the camera. For me, it really came down to price. I can't remember what the Pixio is going for, but I remember when I was looking that the Soloshot was way cheaper at the pre-order price. But maybe not as much now. But all the Pixio users have been using their cameras for months and months while Soloshot users are just getting them now:)

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    2. Looking at them now, the prices seem fairly comparable (no idea what the soloshot pre-order price was!). So far it looks like the major differences seem to be whether or not they can be used inside (point Pixio) and the range they cover (point soloshot). I probably won't be in the market for ages (long enough for lots of reviews to be written!) but it's definitely something I want to keep an eye on.

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