Edelkrone SliderONE PRO vs iFootage Shark Slider Mini Review 2018
Today we are doing a little comparison and review of the Edelkrone SliderONE PRO vs iFootage Shark Slider Mini. For those not in the know, camera and video sliders are used to move a camera smoothly up or down, left or right creating cinematic scenes. A lot of product reviews will employ sliders to showcase close up product shots, making the visuals more appealing.
Edelkrone SliderONE PRO vs iFootage Shark Slider Mini Review 2018
There are certainly a lot of companies that make sliders, but 2 companies seem to have risen to the top in the prosumer market for those who shoot Youtube videos, weddings and lower budget commercial projects. Right now the Edelkrone SliderOne Pro and iFootage Shark Slider Mini are the ones to get
Engineers at Edelkrone have taken the Apple approach with the SliderOne Pro using a very minimalist elegant design. iFootage engineers on the other hand designed the iFootage Shark Slider Mini to allow for expandability by allowing the attachment of additional tracks, something the SliderOne can not do.
Edelkrone’s response to longer slides is to say “Is it really useful to have a longer slide, when a shorter slide will work?”. The theory is most people’s attention span is short, so showing more than 4-5 seconds worth slider footage, could be a turn off. The other advantage to having a short slider, is portability. A short slider can be put into a backpack with ease or taken on a trip. The downside of course is short sliders do require a bit more creativity to make a slide look engaging.
Edelkrone SliderONE PRO Unboxing
The base model SliderOne Pro comes as a single unit, with an integrated motor. It uses a standard LP-E6 battery, easily found at most camera stores.
Currently Ederkrone sells the Pro as a stand alone unit ($589) or as part of a bundled package including the FlexTILT Head 2 and StandOne.
The Pro is the replacement to the older SliderOne. Enhancements include
- Motion Module is now built-in
- 2 in (5 cm) longer camera motion
- More powerful coreless DC motor with even better position control capability.
- Increased incline capacity
- Thinner unified body. 5.29 oz (150 g) lighter than the previous SliderONE + Motion Module
- Improved App with vertical layout and never-before-seen motion time-lapse features
What makes the SliderOne rather cool is all the Edelkrone accessories that can be added to it, which integrate seamlessly including the Motion BOX, FlexTILT Head 2 and StandOne. For macro video work and close up product shots, the Edelkrone SliderONE PRO really shines. Where the Pro has difficulty is matching other sliders who have a longer tracks to work with. This is especially true when comparing it to the iFootage Shark Sliders ability to add up to 10 tracks.
Edelkrone SliderONE PRO Application
The SliderOne uses a smartphone app ( iOS 9.0 or later & Android 5.0 or later) to control the action. Those who enjoy taking timelapse will find the interface very easy to use.
SliderONE PRO Incline Shots
As long as you don’t have a heavy rig, the SliderONE has no problem doing incline shots. Both the speed and capacity is reduced as the degree of incline increases. One potential improvement to the SliderONE would be an assist pulley to help the SliderONE’s motor during incline shots. The pulley along with a counter weight could help assist the motor when moving upwards.
Edelkrone SliderONE PRO Technical Specifications
- Weight:: 2.1 lb (0.958 g)
- Recommended load: 20 lb (9 kg) or less
- Mounting Options: 3/8″-16 mounting screw on top 3/8″-16 mounting port on bottom
- Camera Travel: 7.87 in (20 cm)
- Min. speed: 27 탆 (micrometer / sec)
- Max. speed: 1.57 in / sec (4 cm / sec)
- Supported fps: All
- Number of axes: Single (slide motion)
- Motor type: Coreless DC motor with ultra high-res encoder
- Power input: LP-E6 type battery (Battery NOT included)
- Battery life: Up to 12 hours in active slide* (average speed) : Up to 99 hours in time-lapse mode* *with single 1800 mAh standard LP-E6 battery
- Shutter trigger socket: 2.5 mm (shutter trigger cable sold separately)
- Mobile device connection: Bluetooth low-energy communication
- App compatibility: iOS 9.0 or later & Android 5.0 or later
- Materials: CNC machined aluminum & stainless steel components
Since the SliderONE is solely controlled using a phone app, if the app or battery should fail, you can still use the SliderONE Pro in manual mode by releasing the tension on the top screw.
EdelKrone SliderONE PRO All The Bells And Whistles
If money is no object, the EdelKrone SliderONE Pro can be outfitted for some really amazing slider shots using the FlexTILT Head 2 ($149), StandONE ($169), QuickRelease ONE ($99) and Motion Box ($299). This setup would give you the ability to both pan and slide at the same time, using the same application and offer the most versatile setup for both indoors and out.
iFootage Shark Slider Mini
The base model iFootage Shark Slider Mini is a manual slider, but it has the ability to become an electric slider with the addition of X2 Mini Pan and Tilt Head and motor. As stated earlier, what makes the iFootage become a bit more useful than the SliderONE PRO, is it’s ability to integrate additional tracks, making the slide much longer.
While the iFootage doesn’t have the compact design of the SliderONE, it is very modular and right out of the box has more bells and whistles, including a manual flywheel, slider legs and a tilting slider carriage. Although the base model doesn’t have a motor, it can be purchased separately or purchased as a bundle. The slider itself is made from high quality anodized aluminum. It has quick release levers and mounts which don’t require tools.
iFootage Shark Slider Mini Track Extensions
One of the main features to the iFootage Shark Slider, is the ability to add extra tracks. Additional track extensions can be added as necessary, using the iFootage clamp style connection. The single track will allow the camera to travel a total of 8.7 inches. Combining 2 tracks allows camera movement for a whopping 23.2 inches, providing much more versatility.
iFootage Shark Slider Mini Track Accessories
The iFootage base model is manual, but with a few additional accessories, you can transform it into a fully automated sliding machine.
iFootage Quick Mount Motor
The first item you may want to consider is the iFootage quick mount motor. The motor replaces the flywheel and offers automated sliding through an iFootage mobile app.
The motor uses a standard Sony NP-FW50 Battery. There is also a micro USB port providing an option for powering the motor externally.
iFootage X2 Mini Pan Tilt
iFootage also has designed an X2 axis pan tilt head, which works in conjunction with the iFootage app and quick mount motor for fully customized timelaps and slide maneuvers. The X2 mini allows camera movement on two axis, +- 35° on tilt both sides and +-360° on pan
iFootage Shark Slider Mini Technical Specifications
- Materials: Aluminum alloy and anodized aluminum (SUS304)
- Weight: 1.9kg/4.2lb
- Max length: 840±5mm
- Effective length: 600±5mm
- Specifications: 377x45x25mm
- Max load: 4kg/8.8lb
Edelkrone SliderONE PRO vs iFootage Shark Slider Mini Bottom Line
Looking at both the Edelkrone SliderONE PRO and the iFootage Shark Slider Mini, one might have a really hard time choosing. Both are high quality products that deliver excellent sliding capabilities. Our choice however boils down to slide length and versatility, where we feel the iFootage Shark Slider Mini wins. Being able to extend the track for certain video shoots makes the Shark Slider Mini more useful and ultimately a better all around slider.
While we love the fantastic design of the SliderONE PRO, we feel it’s slider length limits it’s usefulness as THE goto slider for most situations. Another disappointment has to do with bundle discounts. Currently EdelKrone only offers 5% off when you purchase the SliderONE PRO bundle package. To me 5% isn’t enough justification to make one want to purchase the extras, which are really nice. Make it 10% and you will get more buyers.
For the iFootage Shark Slider Mini, sliding timelapes are not possible unless you purchase the iFootage slide motor, which pushes the price point above that of the Edelkrone SliderONE PRO.
So if price and timelapes are essential, go for the Edelkrone SliderONE PRO base model. While the iFootage Shark Slider Mini can be setup to do timelapes, it will cost considerably more to do so.
If you are a big traveler and you want to pack light, the EdelKrone SliderOne Pro might be your best choice.
Lastly, customer service. From our experience Edelkrone is very responsive to customer inquiries. iFootage, doesn’t appear to respond as quick. Neither has a direct phone line to get an actual customer service rep, which ultimately is the best way to communicate with your customers and answer questions they may have.
Let us know what your thoughts are and what you decided to go with.
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