CAME-TV recently released a new isolator cradle to eliminate moving vehicles’ vibrations during a shot. This isolator cradle has a maximum payload of 8kg/17.6lbs. In addition, a kit with a specific base for the DJI Ronin RS2 is also available to create buttery smooth footage. Let’s take a closer look at it!
There are multiple ways to mount a camera onto a moving vehicle. The most affordable one is to use one (or multiple) suction cup with a small tripod head. It’s lovely, but the road you’re using to get the shot must be smooth, and you better ride at a low speed.
Next, some systems like the Tilta Hydra Alien car mount that we reviewed or the Kessler KillShock Mini are more advanced. Indeed, they have an isolator cradle with wires that attenuate the road’s irregularities. However, if you use this kind of car mounting system once a year, you’ll probably not be able to justify their price of over $800.
Here is where CAME-TV comes in – they just released a very affordable isolator cradle and base adapter that could be an excellent solution for owners/operators that wants to add some creative possibilities to their offering.
CAME-TV isolator cradle: features
The CAME-TV isolator cradle consists of two metal plates attached via twelve metal wires, three on each side.
At the bottom, you’ll find a mounting plate that has multiple 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded holes for a wide range of mounting applications. You can attach the isolator to a suction cup or even poles.
At the top of the CAME-TV isolator cradle, you’ll find a 3/8″-16 screw. Then, you can attach your camera to a tripod head or gimbal and mount everything onto the isolator. The maximum payload capacity is 8kg/17.6lbs, which is enough for mirrorless and small cinema cameras.
Base for the DJI Ronin RS2
If you wish to attach a DJI Ronin RS2 gimbal at the end of the CAME-TV isolator cradle, don’t worry, there is a kit for you. This kit consists of a base, a power adapter, and a power cable.
The base mounts to the isolator cradle and is firmly secured to the gimbal via two screws. Then, a power adapter will power the gimbal from the RS2’s battery. I’m not a massive fan of the offset battery system. Of course, you can strap the RS2’s battery to the car’s hood, but I’d put it next to the gimbal instead. In that case, the cable seems a bit long. Again, I’m not a grip or car mount specialist, so feel free to let me know where you’d put the battery!
Price and availability
The CAME-TV isolator cradle and base kit are available now. The isolator cradle retails for $128.00, and the kit with the DJI RS2 mount and the powering system is $238.00.
For more information, please visit CAME-TV’s website here.
What do you think about this vibration isolator system? Do you often shoot with a camera strapped to a car? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!