The iFootage Shark Slider Nano was announced back at NAB 2019, and has seen quite a long development cycle. It promised to simplify motion-controlled camera moves, in a small, portable yet powerful slider, and iFootage have done just that.
Unlike their previous sliders, the Nano is a motion only slider and comes with all the motion control gizmos built into the slider, so there is no need to attach motorised modules to the slider, which really helps keep the size down. The slider can be used either on a table top, where you'll get around 40cm of travel or on a tripod, you'll get 80cm of travel as the slider doubles over itself. To keep the cost, size and weight of the slider down, iFootage have opted for this to be a 2 axis system, meaning that you cannot control tilt with this slider. Which for a lot of motorised shots, isn't something that's used too often for video. Take moving product shots or a looping slide during an interview, 90% of the time, a tilt isn't usually needed unless you're trying to do something out of the ordinary.
Controlling the slider is also very easy, there is an Android & iOS app, which is more needed for control of the timelapse and stop motion side of the slider, and is by no means required. There is then the touch screen on the slider, which is how you'll be using the slider for setting up simple A to B moves. Setting move up is very simple, you can either tap on the screen to start setting your points, or press both function buttons at the same time to begin setting up point A & B (which is our favourite way to set a move up) which will let you physically move the slider into position. Setting A & B points is quite literally as easy as moving the camera to the start and end points manually, so there's no fidgety fine-tuning with awkward controls on an app or the screen, you just need to physically move the carriage and you'll be good to go.
When it comes to power, the options are good. The slider has an NP-F battery slot on the side (and the bundled version comes with a battery) so you have plenty of options out there to choose from, but we recommend the SWIT S-8975, which has a capacity of 75Wh's so it should power your slider all day. There is also a USB Type C port on the side, which can also power the slider, either through a standard power bank, V-lock battery with a USB port or through mains if you want to. This Type C port also allows you to charge your NP-F batteries and also hot swap them, which is really useful for much longer timelapse shots.
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