Taking high resolution HD video with reasonably priced digital SLR cameras is now no big deal, thanks to the plummeting costs of these cameras and the massively improved quality of the optics and software. However some things never change, and that includes making use of clever accessories to get the most out of your shooting options.
The pros know that to deliver very cool video results, at some point you’re going to need to use a dolly system, which is a kind of track which lets you produce smooth, steady tracking shots of your subjects. This Digital Juice Orbit Micro offers a nice low cost alternative to the expensive traditional options, and also manages to cram in some neat extra touches along the way.
The device consists of a flat anodized aluminum baseplate with four polyurethane skate wheels attached, which can be set to accept a variety of camera and accessory mounts. This means you can add a camera, plus a light, microphone or extra battery and move the whole shebang smoothly from A to B for those cool results.
You get straight line or curved trajectories via simple wheel adjustments and the whole thing is very portable, weighing in at a measly 1 pound. Let’s be clear here, you’re not going to get the completely smooth results you get from the really top end dolly systems, but then again you’re spending $80.00 rather than $8000, and this device is portable, so you can keep it in your bag for those emergency moments.
The Orbit Micro is currently on special offer at B&H for $65.95.