By site editor Dan Chung:
We’ve all seen amazing cable cam shots from sports events and wildlife documentaries. Now if you have a spare $11,950 you can try and recreate them for yourself.
Defy have been working with the Dactylcam cable cam system for several months. We’ve seen teaser videos of just what the system is capable of, but the finished kit version has just gone on sale.
The line rig system comprises a Dactylcam motorised radio controlled sled that can move a camera at up to 40 mph along 600’ of premium 7,700lb Amsteel Blue line cable (with up to 1200 ft on request). Payloads of up to 50 lbs can be carried depending on the line tension. The sled self levels and dampens camera swing.
The sled is then combined with Defy’s G12 brushless gimbal to provide 3-axis control. The pair are designed so that the gimbal can be moved from handheld to line in very little time. The setup is claimed to be simple enough for solo operators.
The Dactylcam can also be purchased without the G12, to be used with other manufacturers’ brushless gimbals.
The Dactylcam cost $7950 on its own, or $11,950 in a kit with the G12 gimbal. For more details you can visit the Defy website.