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Review: Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS POV Camera Rig



Overview : The Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS is the “go-to” POV rig for shooting action-sports, athletes, documentary film makers and video professionals alike. When you want to capture moving first-person shots, a POV rig is essential, and when it comes to POV rigs, the Sniper 1080 KS is in a class of its own.

Features :
  • Net Weight : 1lb 11oz
  • Collapsed size : 10 1/4″L x 4 3/4″ w x 2 1/4″ T
  • 19 3/4″ full extended L
  • Anatomical hollow handle for concealing wired accessories
  • 1080 degrees of angles
  • Universal 1/4″20 mount
  • 3.5lb weight capacity for camera, lenses, and accessories
  • Remote mounting post for lights, mics, and monitors.

Quality/Usability : For you more active videographers who are constantly on the move or need to get shots from multiple angles and still be a stabilizer, the Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS offers a variety of angles and is perfect for first-person perspective shots.


The Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS is small and compact. In addition to the Sniper 1080 KS, a quick release plate and rubber cap is included. The Sniper 1080 KS is an all-aluminum platform with a three-part articulating arm and has a maximum load of 3.5 lbs.


The base of the Sniper 1080 KS is a mounting bracket with a quick release plate. The mounting bracket and quick release plate has a safety feature that prevents the plate from accidentally sliding out. To release the plate, you either have to loosen the mounting bracket knob all the way and lift the plate out or loosen the mounting bracket knob slightly, press the safety mechanism and slide the plate out.

Due to the articulating arms, it can be folded down into a relatively flat package that can be put into your camera bag or case.

There is also a slot to attach a wrist or hand straps to the plate.


The articulating arm has knobs to lock the position of the ball joints in place. The upper-arm segment is a comfortable handle with a receiver post to attach additional Camtrol accessories (accessories below). Thanks to the articulating ball joints, you can customize and configure it to how you want it.

You can configure it to let you do selfies, low/high angled shots, POV shots and many more.


I've used the Sniper 1080 KS with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition as well as a Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II and both worked great. There are so many configurations that you can set the Sniper 1080 articulating arms. The Sniper 1080 supported the cameras very well and the articulating arms did not move. I do however check the knobs every so often just to make sure it's tightened.

These are a few other Camtrol products that you can purchase and attach to the Prime:


The Remote Mounting Plate ($29) is a 90° camera mounting bracket made of black anodized aluminum. It includes a Velcro pad so you can mount remote controls or accessories the way you like them.


The remote mounting plate mounts to the end of the handle on the Prime 22, or Sniper 1080 KS. You can then attach the Camtroller, other LANC / infra-red remotes, GoPro remote or other camera accessories for quick access. It allows the shooter, via his remote, to use his thumb to operate his HDSLR, camcorder, or POV action camera.

I'm not the type of person that likes to stick anything to my accessories in the event that I upgrade, replace or swap gear.


Camtrol allows versatility with the addition of TROL ($139): a 4.2” camera articulating arm with miniclamp. Easylink connectors for attaching: monitors, remotes, lights, clamps and accessories.


You can also connect your iPhone 4 to the miniclamp by using Camtrol's X-Shot case ($35). The X-Shot is a two-piece snap on case that features removable tripod adapters, which allow you to mount your iPhone to a tripod, or to the Camtrol rig, in either landscape or portrait orientations. Also included with the X-Shot is a mini flex tripod but my review unit did not. This will allow you to film a live feed straight to your iPhone.

Conclusion : Overall, the Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS POV Camera Rig is very versatile. It's compact, lightweight and configurable. If you do video with a GoPro or smaller camera, you'll definitely want to take a look at the Sniper 1080 KS. The articulating arms and knobs are strong and durable enough to hold the weight of your gear.




Manufacturer: Camtrol
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