BIRTV 2011 Showcase: Polecam Starter Pack (for DSLR)
BIRTV 2011 Showcase: Polecam Starter Pack (for DSLR)
BIRTV 2011 Showcase: Polecam Starter Pack (for DSLR)

Digital Precision Systems was pleased to showcase the new Polecam Starter Pack featuring a Wide Head for DSLR video enabled cameras at BIRTV 2011, Beijing.

Many excited visitors had flooded the booth to try out this innovative DSLR wide head first hand. The new Polecam starter package specially enable users to the unique advantages of the Polecam camera support system for a very affordable price tag. Its rigid, built to perfection readily take on for challenging shoots and productions.

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What is the Polecam Wide Head for DSLR?

The Wide Head by Polecam is specially designed for D-SLR Cameras and benefits from full electronic control with pulse encoded Faulhaber motors used for both pan and tilt operations.

The head uses a 12 bit PID motion controller to regulate the pan and tilt axis via a closed loop configuration meaning you get an extremely accurate and easily controllable head. This head can move up to 30 times slower than previous versions and can also do a full 360º in just 7 seconds.

The Wide Head is backwards compatible with most Polecam rigs (using up to five sections).

Weight:  1394g / 3.07lb(US)
Max payload: 3.6kg / 8lb

Overall height (pivot to base):

Max load height on cradle:
240mm / 9.45”
Max load width on cradle:
200mm / 7.87”

Base plate:
100mm / 3.94” depth
slotted centre with two slots either side at 20mm / 0.78” intervals, slot width is 6.5mm / 0.255”


To facilitate unlimited panning the Wide Head has power and monitoring options built in via slip rings on the head, designed to monitor a composite signal the BNC actually handles HD SDI which is a useful bonus! Power is provided to enable camera DC adapters to be used and there is an iris drive power outlet for our small iris drive motors (used with split head Toshiba cameras and similar mini cams).

The Wide Head is designed with flexibility in mind and you can detach the Polecam mounting bracket drop arm (4 screws) and that will reveal a 3/8 UNC threaded plate screwed to the drop arm, remove this and screw it to the top of the Wide Head. Attach the inverted head to whatever suits your intended use.

The Wide Head is great for 3D with two mini cams side by side using our optional 3D mounting plate.

Due to the load capacity and the ability to re position the mounting cradle the Wide Head can take a wide variety of cameras; we have tested it with Canon 5D and 7D cameras as well as the Panasonic AF101 (restricted tilt due to the height of the viewfinder).