The Autopilot Camera Stabilizer System from ProAm USA is a stabilizer designed to keep shots smooth and fluid using a precision bearing gimbal. It holds a DSLR or HD video camera up to 6 lb.
ProAm USA STA9 Overview
ProAm USA STA9 Specs
|Maximum Load Capacity||6.0 lb (2.7 kg)|
|Package Weight||6.7 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||17.85 x 10.7 x 4.95"|
ProAm USA STA9 Reviews
Pro Am customer service was available and easy to work with
The main point of my review is to say Pro Am customer service was available and easy to work with. After balancing my STA9, it had a slight drift to the left. I contacted Pro Am USA asking for advice and they offered several suggestions. The unit still drifted left, never to the right. They offered to send me a new tested unit. I balanced the replacement ProAm and no longer had drift. I believe I’m balancing consistent with the method I used on the first unit. However, Pro Am was unable to duplicate left drift of the returned stabilizer so I’m inclined to believe that with more practice, I might have been able to balance the first one successfully. Even as a new user, this device smooths out my shots. It’s certainly going to take more experience on my part but at this price point, I would purchase again.
Again dont waste your money
Barely makes a difference with stabalizing ypur camera. Might as well just hold it normally.
Great price for a good tool
We are using this stabilizer for wedding videography. So far we have just been practicing with it, which has taken some getting used to. But I think it will be a great tool for the price. We use it with Canon DSLR cameras. This is out first hand held stabilizer, so it took a while figuring out balancing and controlling the camera on the autopilot, but the more we practice with it the easier it gets to control. No complaints thus far.
Built well, but definitely hard to master.
Built well, but definitely hard to master. Get ready to spend some time mastering the motion
Initally worked well then fell apart
I used it on 4 shoots and now everything is loose so that the top plate and bottom plate can rotate separate from the body of it.
Best solution for small budgets
When I saw the benefits and the production value that a Stabilizer has I wanted to buy one, but I don't have the crazy amount of money to buy a Ronin or even a Glidecam. Then I found the Autopilot, and after I saw a video on YouTube I decided to buy the Autopilot. It's easy to balance, and if you have any problem you can see the tutorial that ProAm has in their website. The Autopilot it's easy to use, but it requires a lot of practice and patience to get the best results, you are not going to get smooth camera motion out of the box, but after a couple of weeks of practice your shots are going to be so much better and your production value is going to grow!
6 Years update
I've been using this stabilizer for 6 years now and still work like a pro. I decided to write another review because at my office we bought a DJI Ronin S and another gimbal that I don't remember the name but is a good one. Anyway, I use this Autopilot most of the time, I don't like to work with gimbals anymore. After 6 year I put this stabilizer to any kind of bad environment, cold, hot, rain and still good. I never take care of this stabilizer at all. Is perfect for me. Some times I have no idea where I placed it and when I found it work. I'm using this with BMPCC 4K and Olympus 12-100.
Fair price, solid construction, works as it should
Very easy stabilizer to use. Works as it should to stabilize video. Takes a little bit of time to balance properly. I added a Manfrotto 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapter, which you can see in the photos, (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554141-REG/Manfrotto_323_323_RC2_System_Quick.html) onto it so the camera may be mounted and removed without a constant re-adjusting of the top plate.
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