The best Pan and Tilt Heads for Time Lapse, Video and Stop Motion

A good quality fluid tripod head will allow smooth and accurate panning and tilting shots. But if you want a different option or are interested in doing time lapse shots with panning and tilting, then a motorised pan and tilt head could be for you.

The following are a few different time lapse and video pan and tilt heads and controllers that can be used with the Digislider or other sliders.

eMotimo Spectrum ST4

All in one beast of a kit from eMotimo, the Spectrum ST4 - approx £2544/€2077/$2299 - for video, time lapse & stop motion the Spectrum ST4 is a 4 axis power house offering all the bells and whistles of high end gear 4 times more expensive.  All in one time lapse controller and pan and tilt head with camera shutter control.  Great for time lapse, with the inbuilt intervalometer, and live video mode, with a wireless PS4 joystick allowing ramping up to a steady speed as well as repeatabl movements back and forth like a ping pong -

The Digislider pan/tilt rotary head units - (£199/€220/$244 per unit and £797/€882/$975 for 2 including the NMX Controller) - the cheapest option of the bunch -

The gear system results in zero backlash so it is very stable in high winds.  One pan/tilt unit can be bought separately and can easy be attached to another for Pan and Tilt functionality.  The units are controlled by the awesome Dynamic Perception NMX Controller which is, in our opinion, the best digital motion control device on the market for it's price because of its user friendly interface and super quick set-up and automation which makes shooting video and time lapse a breeze.  It can be hooked up to Graffik 2.0 Motion Editing Software (Mac and Windows free open source software) for greater control with unlimited keyframes and powerful motion editing.  Dragon Frame animation software is also compatible.

The controller can control 3 motors at a time so you can add it to our Digislider or Digislider Jib for 3 axis motion control.

Digislider multiple axis pan tilt video shoot move shoot time lapse stop motion units


Dynamic Perception Rotary Units with NMX - (approx $400/£300/€350 per unit and £900/€1100/$1300 for 2 including the NMX Controller) - great for both time lapse & video. It has greater versitility than the eMotimo Spectrum ST4 and the Digislider Pan/Tilt because the 2 axis can be seperated and used separately or combined in many unique ways to get some incredible footage.  It sits between the 2 in terms of price -

Dynamic Perception Rotary kit

Dynamic Perception also have Sapphire Pro Pan + Tilt head - $1750/£1429/€1583 -

The Sapphire Pro is a pre-assembled pan + tilt head and features professional locking motor connector cables compatible and includes the Pro NMX Motion Controller.  It is smaller and lighter than its other Rotary Units, comes pre-assembled, is ready to go straight out the box, and remains very stable in high winds.

Dynamic Perception Sapphire Pro Pan Tilt Head

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