As we at Pointofviewcameras are expanding our product offerings to service the burgeoning smartphone and dslr videographers, we scour the web for interesting products that our customers would be interested in. We often will buy a demo unit to try out. After testing in the field, some make it to our shortlist and we end up stocking them or they fail our criteria and they are forgotten.
The Mobislyder is one product that has come onto our radar that we think will be a good addition to our product portfolio. It meets our criterias for what we think smartphone videographers are looking for.
For the most part we have discovered smartphone gadgets for portable videographers must be the following:
- low cost: with smartphones either being free or $100 to $200 for a high end phone on contract; users do not want to spend several hundred dollars on a photo accessory
- portable: well, duh, the whole idea of using a smartphone for photos and video is the convenience factor so the accessories must be small and light as well
- sexy: the iPhone and Droids are high tech looking devices; nobody wants to put their fancy phone on a gadget that looks like it was cobbled together in a basement
The Mobislyder meets most of our criteria. We would prefer the device was less than $100 but it looks well designed and has multiple attachments so hopefully the build will justify the cost. For a track and camera dolly system it certainly is the most portable we have seen. It should be able to fit in a backpack or messenger bag. The round feet and rail system looks pretty high tech so it fits the “sexy” criteria.
The Mobislyder comes with several mounts:
-an articulated mount so it can be turned on an angle
-mobile device mount to fit the iPhone, Android and other smartphones; you can even use it with your camera case on
-1/4” standard mount for point and shoot cameras
-adhesive ball mount
-1/4” ball mount
For those Contour and Gopro camera fanatics among you who think this would be great for tracking shots in sports, yes, the 1/4” mount will work with those cameras.
We hope to order one in for testing and review very soon so watch for our upcoming blog post on the Mobislyder.