The tools we use as filmmakers are more often than not, unitaskers. That is, objects that can only perform one task (except for the mandatory on set Leatherman tool).
The Pandora DSLR optimizer isn’t a unitasker. In fact, this might be the first audio recorder that makes an effort to help the stability of your image.
Why you might ask? Honestly, I’m not too sure myself. This unit has the watermarks of the work of some mad scientist engineering. And that’s not meant to be a criticism! We’re so used to dealing with unitaskers that we don’t know what to think of something that presents more possibilities!
At the core of this Frankenstein is a professional quality audio recorder, equipped to provide Phantom Power multiple mics, 2 balanced XLR inputs, 3 SD card holders and audio meters on the unit itself.
Here’s where it gets crazy: The Pandora DSLR Optimizer also sports a shoulder grip to enable you to better stabilize your camera when on the move. It also has a SOLAR CHARGER on the top, which will, I assume, charge the batteries as you shoot.
Wait. What? A SOLAR CHARGER?
Before you scoff and roll your eyes at the efficacy of the Pandora, remember, these guys have made a recorder that looks like literally no other recorder on the market. That type of ingenuity is the type of creativity that leads to new groundbreaking gear. And honestly, it incorporates many features that we all really need.
I encourage you to check out their Kickstarter for a more in-depth look at this feature heavy, unique piece of gear.
The Pandora DSLR Optimizer Is a Fully-Featured Camera Rig Unlike Any You've Ever Seen
Via No Film School:
Just when the DSLR revolution seemed to be coming to an end, a few Argentinian dudes came along and invented a camera rig that is both fully-featured and very, very strange.
The Pandora DSLR Optimizer, which is currently in the crowdfunding process, is many things. It's a stabilizer for smaller cameras. It's an audio solution that claims to provide better audio than many existing external recording solutions. It's a battery solution that provides all-day power to your camera (and it's solar-powered). And it's got, like, a gazillion other features.
Pandora DSLR Optimizer
Pandora – DSLR optimizer Indiegogo Campaign
Pandora is an all in one sound, battery and stabilizing solution for your DSLR camera.
Pandora has a 14.000Mah battery, with enough power for the camera and two attached accessories to shoot for more than 5 hours!
And if you’re just running the camera, more than 15 hours of video!
-More than 15 hours shooting video sporadically.
-More than 96Gb recorded onto your Canon SD.
-More than 14.000Mah
-More than 103.6Wh.
-It´s like 14 Canon LP-E8 Batteries in your camera
Read more about Pandora DSLR Optimizer's Indiegogo campaign
(cover photo credit: snap from Indiegogo)