April 23, 2009 Camcorders have come a long way from the analogue behemoths people were forced to lug about in days gone by. With the steady reduction in size, it has not only lightened the load for budding directors, but also it has done away with the need to rest the camera on your shoulder when filming, with the exception of expensive professional models. But this has had a downside – increasingly unstable shots as the user’s hand tires and begins to shake. Camera accessory manufacturer Hoodman has come to the rescue, however, with a simple solution that gives videographers’ wrists a rest. The WristShot is a camera mount that transfers the weight of the camera from the wrist to the forearm.

Able to fit all camcorders up to 10lbs, the WristShot features five axis adjustment to accommodate all shooting styles and body types, while the quick release mounting system – with its universal tripod adapter mount – makes switching from WristShot to tripod and back again quick and easy.

Cameras can be mounted on the device via the standard 1/4-inch stud found on most cameras, or by using the pro mounting plate for bigger cameras. Since the WristShot completely supports the camera’s weight when the user needs to give their arm and hand a rest, they can simply drop their arm to their side and let their hand relax, without worrying about dropping the camera or needing to put it down.

Hoodman believes the WristShot is suited to anyone – professionals and the poor old family videographer alike – who understands the pain that builds in the arm and wrist from even bursts of filming – and that's just about everyone.

The WristShot Camcorder Support System is available online for USD$199.99.

Darren Quick

Source: Red Ferret Journal