Product Review - The Fat Gecko Camera Mount

Posted by Frank
KWIKFILMS has used the Fat Gecko for 2 projects now and we are highly impressed. The suction cup design is simple and lightweight, but strong and rigid -- inspiring confidence in the field.

Although their website shows consumer type video cameras and DSLR's attached, the Fat Gecko is capable of holding much larger cameras weighing as much as 8lbs.We used a Panasonic AG-HMC40 HD video camera that weighed a little over 2 lbs with the battery, and a Canon 7D DSLR, shooting HD video.

Operation was surprisingly simple. We made sure the suction cups were clean and that the area was clear of debris. A fresh layer of wax on the "subject" vehicle also works well for added "stickiness." This rig only relies on 2 suction cups instead of 4, like other mounting systems, adding real flexibility to your shoot. The footprint is relatively small giving you more creative options and angles.Of course this all depends on the type of vehicle you are shooting. You can feel confident telling your client that this suction cup system won't scratch or damage the paint, or cause unsightly dimples on the body.

Our test car was a 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena. We attached the Gecko at several key positions on the body. Our first position was at the rear of the vehicle shooting the prancing horse emblem while the test driver drove through several levels of a parking structure. The shot turned out great. We also positioned the Canon 7D on the front bumper looking back at the front wheel for a more dramatic angle.After reviewing the footage we considered the Fat Gecko a success.

We would recommend using safety straps as an added layer of safety and protection for your gear, especially if you are using a larger prosumer camera like we did. You should also purchase the optional extender bar from delkin so you can really explore dynamic angles. The affordable price and ease of use makes this piece of equipment a must have for any serious videographer.

You can purchase the Fat Gecko here.

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Posted on: 3/17/2010 at 12:39 PM
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