AFI MRA-01 Pro Panorama Head for DSLR and Smartphone Overview
The MRA01 Electronic Panoramic Head from AFI is a wirelessly controlled and Bluetooth enabled motorized panoramic head ideal for use by both photographers and videographers.
Capable of full 360° rotation at a number of speed settings, the MRA01 has been designed to add continuous panning to your video or time-lapse photography. The head’s movement may be controlled using a combination of directional, speed, and rotation settings, which are controlled by the included wireless remote. Panning may be set to either 90°, 180°, or 360° intervals while rotation speed may be set to either 15, 30, or 60 minutes per revolution. The user may also select whether they wish the head to pan in either the left or right direction.
The included wireless remote features dedicated buttons for each of the head’s control options and is capable of controlling the head from up to 30′ away. Additionally, integrated Bluetooth connectivity allows the user to wirelessly trigger their smartphone camera’s shutter via the remote.
Physically, the MRA01 is constructed of durable aluminum alloy, stands 2.3″ tall, and features a base diameter of 3.7″. It’s top plate is equipped with a 1/4″-20 mounting screw—adaptable to 3/8″-16 if required—and features a rubber anti-friction and anti-scratch surface to prevent your equipment from damage or unwanted movement. With a load capacity of 6 lb, the MRA01 can only function properly with a moderate amount of weight and is not recommended for use with large, heavy cameras.
In terms of power, the MRA01 uses an integrated lithium-ion rechargeable battery which provides up to 4 hours of continuous use per charge. The battery may be charged in 2 hours via the built-in USB port and includes a charging cable for this purpose.