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solentlife 12-22-2015 05:23 PM

SoloShot3 .... want to buy !
 
https://shop.soloshot.com/

I really like the look of this and Wife said ... Nigel - its your 60th B/day coming up ... treat yourself to it.

With shipping and tripod etc. $545 ....

Great thinks I ... and I click on the buttons ... enter address ..... put Credit card number .... FAILED transaction.

I try 6 different cards ... yes I have a lot of them !! NOTHING WORKS ... one says wrong match .. another says street and Postcode mismatch ... another says transaction declined ...

I want it but cannot pay !!

I have sent a mail to them and now wait to see reply.

This camera set-up will solve the videoing of my models totally !

Nigel

firemanbill 12-22-2015 05:57 PM

I've got one. Used it once.

seemed like a good idea at the time... Not a bad product, I just never use it.

solentlife 12-22-2015 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by firemanbill (Post 986189)
I've got one. Used it once.

seemed like a good idea at the time... Not a bad product, I just never use it.

Is that the Soloshot2 ?

The site says the Soloshot3 is not available till Spring 2016 ...

My want is for a system that I can set up and then have model centred throughout the flight in video. I can also walk around and not worry about hatcam angle / orientation ...

Nigel

firemanbill 12-22-2015 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 986193)
Is that the Soloshot2 ?

The site says the Soloshot3 is not available till Spring 2016 ...

My want is for a system that I can set up and then have model centred throughout the flight in video. I can also walk around and not worry about hatcam angle / orientation ...

Nigel

Yeah I have the soloshot2, got it with the sony camcorder and connectivity cables. It works and tracks really well. I just don't get out enough to use it I suppose. Maybe I will more next spring when I am able to fly more. I was pretty busy all summer this year getting moved into the new house and didn't get out very often.

formontoya 12-22-2015 06:33 PM

The wife said OK...life does not get much better than that!

I've drooled over them as well but do not personally see the need since it's just me that looks at the vast majority of anything plane related that I would capture. On the other hand...if we had kids it would be great...put the "tag" on little Jimmy and the camera would follow his every move.

solentlife 12-22-2015 07:17 PM


Originally Posted by formontoya (Post 986195)
The wife said OK...life does not get much better than that!

I've drooled over them as well but do not personally see the need since it's just me that looks at the vast majority of anything plane related that I would capture. On the other hand...if we had kids it would be great...put the "tag" on little Jimmy and the camera would follow his every move.

Would be really great IF they would accept my credit card or if they accepted PayPal ....

Nigel

firemanbill 12-22-2015 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 986196)
Would be really great IF they would accept my credit card or if they accepted PayPal ....

Nigel

probably one of THE mst frustrating things to me. Good luck, hope it works out for ya!:D

solentlife 12-24-2015 09:33 AM

Finally sorted the payment .... the US bank they use like many others refused foreign transaction from 'certain' countries ....

This is not unusual ... a vendor sets a site payment with Worldwide accepted, but fails to check the list ... various countries need extra authorization.

Anyway - ordered and now I wait !

What I would like now is a manual to read while waiting ... and to know how it will auto-zoom while filming.

Now we wait till Spring for a review !

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 12-24-2015 10:18 AM

Looks like an amazing gizmo!.. Looking forward to some high quality video productions!

solentlife 12-24-2015 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer (Post 986320)
Looks like an amazing gizmo!.. Looking forward to some high quality video productions!

Its one of the major points ... to get good quality and also make sure model is centred on frame.

There's also the Club Meetings where you go walk-about. Set this up and off you go ... general meeting video that EVEN INCLUDES YOU !!

Other models : Have a guy who really flies well in the Club ? Get him to put the Tag in his model ... perfect video of his flight for him and the Club.

Now there is one aspect that I thought of and might just work ... Get a big model that can carry the weight. Fit the base and camera to the model. Put the Tag where you want in the meeting / group / ground ... the camera will then pan / tilt to video from the air ... mmmmmmmmmmm

Any other ideas ?

I'm hoping that because it says it's fast tilt / pan ... that I can actually use the camera set-up on a boat that tends to rock and pitch while filming.

I must say getting rid of the 'swing left / right / left' annoying bit of headcams is a bonus ! We all do it. Line up for take-off, look left / right / up / down ... and of course its quick so camera makes it look terrible ! But this one won't have that ... so should be a better overall video.

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 12-24-2015 11:37 AM

I'm generally surprised how well my headcam videos come out, the main issue I have is the lack of zoom. Clearly though this Soloshot gizmo is lightyears ahead of any head cam in every aspect.

If I'd not just blown all my pocket money and already cashed in my Christmas and birthday 'vouchers' on a new 770 size heli.... I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

Presumably you can pre set how closely you want to frame the subject, then the camera automatically adjusts zoom for distance?

solentlife 12-24-2015 12:03 PM


Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer (Post 986323)
I'm generally surprised how well my headcam videos come out, the main issue I have is the lack of zoom. Clearly though this Soloshot gizmo is lightyears ahead of any head cam in every aspect.

If I'd not just blown all my pocket money and already cashed in my Christmas and birthday 'vouchers' on a new 770 size heli.... I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

Presumably you can pre set how closely you want to frame the subject, then the camera automatically adjusts zoom for distance?

I've asked the questions and waiting answers ... but of course being xmas ...

I could not refuse the Wife ... SWMBO ..... she said Buy It ... what could I do ?

nigel

solentlife 02-29-2016 04:13 PM

Well ... winters coming to end ... spring round the corner ... so I'm getting itchy towards the time I can get my hands on the SS3 ....

BUT ... I go online to ask about delivery - as originally it said early Spring. Now it says late spring or later and that people who ordered later will wait....

Not too happy with this. I don't know if I'm an early or later order'er ... so when do I get my gear ?

I appreciate they wanted pre-payment to complete development and production - but now ?

I just hope that its worth the wait ...

Nigel

birdDog 02-29-2016 04:20 PM

That thing looks amazing. I am looking forward to your future productions! I am concerned that we may miss your narration/commentary during the flight though. Keep this in mind!

solentlife 03-01-2016 02:13 AM


Originally Posted by birdDog (Post 990785)
That thing looks amazing. I am looking forward to your future productions! I am concerned that we may miss your narration/commentary during the flight though. Keep this in mind!

Thank you ... I always thought I sound a bit daft !
I try to give info in the video and also in the text box - so others thinking of the same model get something ..

Commentary can always be dubbed on .. but of course it loses that 'spontaneity' as when in flight etc.
I have thought about having my usual camera still used. That way I get a soundtrack I can overlay on the SS3 recording. But I will need to sort that 'interference sound' I get quite often. I think its when the card gets used too often and erased ...
I may think about a digi-voice recorder.

Nigel

pizzano 03-01-2016 04:27 AM


Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 990821)
Thank you ... I always thought I sound a bit daft !
I try to give info in the video and also in the text box - so others thinking of the same model get something ..

Commentary can always be dubbed on .. but of course it loses that 'spontaneity' as when in flight etc.
I have thought about having my usual camera still used. That way I get a soundtrack I can overlay on the SS3 recording. But I will need to sort that 'interference sound' I get quite often. I think its when the card gets used too often and erased ...
I may think about a digi-voice recorder.

Nigel

"As soon as I start to watch a video and its 'Fisheye / Wide angle' ... I stop it ... to me I cannot watch them, I absolutely detest FE / WA view.

And to be honest - 99.999% of flights vid are boring and that includes my own. So I wont spend such money on a camera.
....????

My main reason to video flights is actually not for YouTube. I video so I can analyse the flight for faults / reasons for crash / improve the model. YouTube and letting others see them is a secondary function. So camera necessary to do this is not so important and an 808 will do fine.

Nigel"


And I'm sure all of those SS3 RC vid's you're looking forward to making will be for analysis and instructional representation purposes only.......since they will lack any entertainment value to the viewer..................................and "the 'throne' one is comfortably seated upon is best served at eye level with one's constituents"..lol..............................at least the quality of such (vid) should be magnificent.......!

solentlife 03-02-2016 04:33 PM

Hey P .... why do you do it ? You think it funny or a joke ?

I'm going to refrain from being 'un-nice' on WF ...

You post the same on the Runcam thread ... with silly sarcastic remarks.

To put it politely go back and read the 3 points over there which are no "save Sensei" but genuine reply to anothers more acceptable and less sarcastic post.

You miss the point in this thread as well that WIFE actually said buy it when she saw me looking at it.

Well done P ... you've trodden in it again.

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 03-02-2016 06:57 PM

Hi Nigel,

I'm looking forward to hearing your review on the SS3, it does look good... BUT, as is often the case with these pre-orders it looks like they were very 'optimistic' on their claimed early spring delivery date. The web site is now saying 'Summer 2016' (so that could be as late as August). I wonder if that just applies to new pre-orders or has the date slipped for existing orders too?

solentlife 03-03-2016 02:27 AM


Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer (Post 990909)
Hi Nigel,

I'm looking forward to hearing your review on the SS3, it does look good... BUT, as is often the case with these pre-orders it looks like they were very 'optimistic' on their claimed early spring delivery date. The web site is now saying 'Summer 2016' (so that could be as late as August). I wonder if that just applies to new pre-orders or has the date slipped for existing orders too?

No idea really ... I went through their FAQ and news snippets and as I understood ... early pre-orders have priority and they advise later pre-orders will ship in summer.

For over $500 spent BEFORE availability ... I'm not too happy about it. It's not the money - its the lack of communication on it that annoys me at present. I get impression this is a 'cottage' industry set-up and not a full blown manufacturer set-up.

I went through significant delays on the Smartieparts boards - but that guy was straight up and clear with regular updates on situation. But SS3 ? They say they update us ... but in fact they don't. Any info online is sketchy and non-committal.

Our Club already has bookings for Fete's / Shows coming in for 2016 and the SS3 was to be an important tool in these .. looks like it's not going to happen as originally promised.

Cheers JPF ... as soon as I have the gear ... I will post up a review ...

Nigel

solentlife 05-21-2016 07:02 AM

LATE SUMMER delivery now !!!!!!

I am really unhappy about this and they don't seem to think its at all bad.

They palm us of with example videos of Golden Gate bridge shot with the SS3 as they claim ... SO WHY DO I want to see THEIR video's when its MINE I want to see ?

Optimistic ? They really screwed up on their time-line. As I read it now - it doesn't matter whether you were an early Pre-Order or not - no-one is getting a unit till late summer AND THEN they are talking about update software to flash the units with after that !!

Its a bloody shambles.

SS3 ... you are p******g me off with your tales of 'tuning the systems' and adding more to delivery delays ...

Nigel

solentlife 06-17-2016 04:32 PM

Now I am really getting annoyed ...

I check out the audio side of this apparatus and it uses a non-standard 2.5mm Jack plug if you want to use your own microphone / audio input.

So I thinks ... no problem ... just needs an adaptor to swap sizes.

I have an excellent remote wireless microphone which I want to use for this ... I can have the SS3 setup away from me ... the wireless mic with me while I fly ... it has headband mic or lapel clip type ...
The problem is the Rx side has a standard 6.3mm jack as used by most of the recording industry !

Can I find an adaptor from 2.5 male to 6.3 female ? No.

So I thought 2.5 male to 3.5mm to 6.3 ... UGH ... its doing my head in !!

But whatever fits will need to be a cable so the camera unit can pan / tilt etc without the Rx unit on it ... so a shortish cable is needed. Ideally a 2.5mm plug with about 0.5m cable to a 6.3mm socket. All stereo of course.

I've looked over ebay ... and will later check out local electronic shops ...

Nigel

Wildflyer 06-18-2016 07:36 AM

Dang Nigel, I may have just thrown away an earphone for an old cell phone I had, that had a 2.5mm plug, It had a 4 conductor plug, if I can find it I'll let you know, and send it to you if you want it.

Shouldn't be too hard to put a 6.3mm socket on it.

solentlife 06-18-2016 08:46 AM

I've managed to find a heath Robinson lash up to sort it.

6.35 to 3.5 adaptor.
3.5 to 3.5 cable
3.5 to 2.5 adaptor.

Seems an awful way to do it - but there are no 2.5 to 6.35 adaptors.

Tks for the thought WF.

If SS3 had a 3.5 jack like most gear - would have been much better.

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 06-18-2016 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 996750)
Seems an awful way to do it - but there are no 2.5 to 6.35 adaptors.

2.5MM MINI STEREO PLUG TO 6.35MM-6.3MM-1/4 JACK ADAPTER

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFgxMD...U4R0t/$_57.JPG

solentlife 06-18-2016 11:04 AM

Blimey ... I looked for ages .. drove myself nuts trying to find one ...

There is one problem though ... I need a length of cable between the ends !! I cannot hang the Rx on the camera ... MAYBE ...

I will order one anyway and see if it works ..

Cheers JPF ... I owe you another beer !

Nigel

solentlife 06-18-2016 11:13 AM

WOW ... 7 post ?? Ordered anyway .. but 9.59 for a plug ??

This is the microphone I bought and it works really nice .. tried it on my home stereo system and sound quality is very good in fact ... as good as my dynamic wired mic that cost a small fortune !!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1619388115...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA...WjN6v/$_12.JPG

You can see the Rx part that is 44gr or 1.64oz. It may be able to carry it on the camera ... depends where the socket is.

With a cable - I would mount the Rx on the tripod and allow the camera to move without it. Making sure I don't do too many 360's !! I may be able to Velcro it on top of camera ... then no problem of 360's.

Nigel
Nigel

Wildflyer 06-18-2016 06:43 PM

By solentlife; "I've managed to find a heath Robinson lady up to sort it."

Curious, what is a heath Robinson lady?

Robinson is my last name.

solentlife 06-18-2016 07:42 PM


Originally Posted by Wildflyer (Post 996773)
By solentlife; "I've managed to find a heath Robinson lady up to sort it."

Curious, what is a heath Robinson lady?

Robinson is my last name.

My tablet again ...

It has one of the most annoying spelling checkers ever ... you can correct its mistakes but when you click POST ... it can decide to correct again ...

That is now reading "Heath Robinson lash up" ....

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 07-03-2016 10:09 AM

Nigel,

It's gone kinda quiet on the Soloshot. I was looking forward to the report and some videos as I might consider getting one some day. Is there a problem?

solentlife 07-03-2016 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer (Post 997471)
Nigel,

It's gone kinda quiet on the Soloshot. I was looking forward to the report and some videos as I might consider getting one some day. Is there a problem?

Still no sign of it ............ delayed till LATE summer is their last words.

Shocking way to deal with customers especially considering pre-paid purchase.

Smartieparts had trouble with their new boards and kept us all FULLY informed ... even later when the boards came out and had a problem - they supplied FREE corrected boards and told us how to fix the faulty ones !! I still have those as spare.

Soloshot ? They even asked me for my purchase order number so they could 'keep me informed' ... I sent it and last I ever heard.

On line - they push their Facebook page as a means to communicate ... marvellous. Still no better there. Their website gives impression of a truly professional sales team. Yeh ? I get distinct impression that this is a 'cottage industry' job farmed out to a far eastern factory who wanted pre-payment before work.

Its now July - so how much longer ? As I asked them - could they tell which YEAR the late summer they are referring to !

Nigel

solentlife 07-03-2016 12:06 PM

Received all my bits for the remote Mic ... works a treat. Just need the SS3 to plug it into now.

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 07-03-2016 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 997475)
Just need the SS3 to plug it into now.

Ahhh.. Sorry, I assumed that you had received the SS3 when you were looking for the mic adapters!

Have they given any more update on the ETA?

JetPlaneFlyer 07-03-2016 12:31 PM

I just checked the latest updates on the Soloshot facebook page and the delivery has gone to "late summer"... So I'm guessing not to expect any to ship until back end of August, and that will probably be the first batch of pre-orders.

So even if they hit the latest 'late summer' target that will be about 9 months late from original advertised release date!

solentlife 07-03-2016 01:25 PM


Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer (Post 997478)
I just checked the latest updates on the Soloshot facebook page and the delivery has gone to "late summer"... So I'm guessing not to expect any to ship until back end of August, and that will probably be the first batch of pre-orders.

So even if they hit the latest 'late summer' target that will be about 9 months late from original advertised release date!

They also say that they will serve on a priority basis. They reckon I am one of the Priority purchasers having bought early.

Now here's a sting in the tail .... there's hints that the machines MAY need updating shortly after receiving because they have glitches in software !

C'mon guys - they delay shipment because they are working out final specs .. and then casually mention ... Oh - you'll have to upgrade the software once we can get that ready for download ....

This SS3 better be worth the wait ...

So far I have lost the use of it for planned events this year.

Nigel

solentlife 10-19-2016 04:34 PM

It gets worse ... now I read ... no not an update as promised to email ... but I have to search out on their Facebook site .... shipping is now MAYBE November ... maybe December ...

I've been poking the fire with a few messages / comments on their facebook site ... and there is NO denial of my presumptions !!

Lets look at it overall.

In 2015 - Soloshot announce Pre-Order availability of SS3 with delivery expected in Spring 2016. I pay for it with the Pre-Order discount late 2015.... actually dated 24 Dec 2015, ... confirmed order and reply stating delivery Spring 2016

I wait and hear nothing more. I contact them and no info - I give my Order number and then I receive a couple of spam emails thanking me for custom but still no info.

I logon to their Facebook page and find others similarly not so happy.

To each unhappy post - SS say 'bear with us, we are having a few problems and will be shipping soon' ...

Its now mid October ... months down the line ... we only now get news on the Facebook page that TESTS on the camera are made ... tests NOW ... not before !

Delving through the garbage - they now say November / December for delivery.

Now this I find interesting ... :

The Pre-Order discount was supposed to end in the early part of 2016 ... but they STILL have a 10% Pre-Order discount running TODAY ... long after it should have been delivered - long after the discount should have stopped ... What does that tell you ?

It tells me Sales have not made expectation and probably the factory is not paid the amount needed up front for production.

When this is posted on their site - you would expect a denial .... NOTHING ... ZILCH ... NADA ... so what to think ? Do I have $525 invested in a 'dream' ?

I wonder if there are any other systems out there ?

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 10-20-2016 03:22 AM

I feel your frustration Nigel. This is rapidly heading toward a one year delay which is hard to explain away by the usual production teething trouble excuses. It's also concerning that they are still claiming on their web site order page that an order placed today is expected to ship "late fall" which would mean end of November latest.. So how that reconciles with December delivery for orders placed nearly a year ago i'm not sure!

Hopefully they will come good in the end and when they do I'm sure it will be worth the long wait.

Personally I make a policy of never pre-ordering any new 'soon to be released' product, especially so 'hi-tech' type products which tend to be prone to delays at the best of times. A understand the temptation to do so with the Soloshot though as they did have some attractive discounts, but if the discount makes the risk worthwhile only time will tell.

solentlife 10-20-2016 07:51 AM

Anyone ordering now is literally g'teed to not see anything before 2017.

I'm even thinking that I will not have this by Xmas. I will not cancel the order. I've sat it out this long ....

But I am fed up with being told how good I am that I am still waiting.

Nigel

solentlife 11-13-2016 01:36 AM

Don't shout about it .... but just cleared confirmation from SS about shipping my SS3 ... so it looks like its soon to be on its way to me !!

Nigel

JetPlaneFlyer 11-13-2016 08:12 AM

Great news Nigel, that must be a big relief. Looking forward to reading the review and seeing the videos.

solentlife 11-13-2016 09:12 PM

I haven't got it yet - so tongue in cheek at present.

Had heck of job last days though.

When I paid for it near a year ago - I had the usual trouble with USA Bank not accepting transactions from foreign cards etc. Plus of course SS do not accept Paypal. Took 3 days to get it sorted after multiple attempts etc.

Well this last week - receive the email to confirm delivery details PLUS my pre-order data has flagged as Fraud !! So I have to go through the data and card details .... BUT trouble is ...

a) They have country and card issuing country as different - looks like their system logged the UK card I used that failed with their bank. So I have to guess which card - which of course at least one has been renewed since then and no way can I remember the last four numbers !!
b) I actually paid with my local card - which their archive did not log but their bank accepted the money !!

Gave them all the card end numbers I could and then two days communications convincing them I was really the man !!

They finally caved in with the avalanche of info I provided and it should be on its way now ...


Nigel


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