OBSBOT Tail AI Camera Hands on Review: The World’s First Auto-Director AI Camera

OBSBOT Tail AI Camera Hands on Review

Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence or AI is everywhere. It has become the new trend to put AI in almost every electronic device on the market. Whether it’s a smartphone, a TV, or the device you are reading this article on, AI is available in everything and everywhere.

The very idea of creating artificial intelligence was to make the lives of humans easier, and so far, it has been doing well and showing big promises. AI allows our devices to complete multiple tasks without a touch or presence of a human, with such precision that humans often cannot achieve.

Hence we came up with the idea of reviewing the most innovative AI camera, the Obsbot Tail. The Obsbot Tail is an AI-powered camera that debuted at CES in 2019 and has completed a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. After its successful campaign, the Obsbot Tail is available online.

The camera comes inside of a bit of carrying for convenient storing and carrying with you wherever you go. The Obsbot Tail is equipped with a 12-megapixel CMOS Sensor that offers 3.5 times optical zoom and 10 times hybrid zoom. This camera can record 4K videos at up to 60 fps and full HD resolution slow-motion videos at up to 240 fps. The camera sits on a three-axis gimbal that offers unrestricted panning, up to 90-degree tilting, and 135-degree rolling capability. There is a camera indicator light, cooling outlet, type-c data port, and a microSD card slot on the gimbal. It features a battery indicator, a power button to turn it on or off, a magnetic charging port, and a microphone port that you can find on its body. Under the camera, there is a threaded hole to mount on a camera and an electrical contact interface. The Obsbot Tail is powered by an 1850 mAh Lithium Polymer battery that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge fast charging protocol and gets fully charged within 90 minutes in fast charging mode, while allows you to record up to 90 minutes in 4K 60 fps and 2 hours in 1080 30 fps.

But what is an Ai Camera? From the company’s perspective, it’s like having your own director to track expose and record your movement without needing help from another person. Although that’s not really a director’s job. It is more of a job for a camera operator. So, in other words, the Obsbot Tail AI camera is an operator that will record your movements allowing you to be free and do whatever you like without needing help from any other person. All of us want to keep a memory of ourselves on a trip, and for those who love to travel solo like me, it can be awkward to ask someone to take a photo or video of yourself. And to make matters worse, you could even lose your camera as Mr. bean did on his tour. Obsbot Tail AI will definitely be of a lot of help since it doesn’t require other persons’ help. All you need to do is set the camera on a surface or mount it on a tripod.

Shooting buttery smooth videos on the move has always been challenging for people who love to travel a lot. Many handheld gimbals are on the market, that can provide you with stabilized videos of your surroundings. But they all fail when it comes to keeping you in the frame. That is because those gimbals need to be operated by a human constantly and cannot complete any task on their own. That’s where Obsbot comes into play. Equipped with AI, this camera can provide you stunning shots anywhere while keeping you focused within the frame, without a touch of a human, just set it up and you are good to go.

OBSBOT AI is the first in class to introduce AI technologies for a smart video shooting system. It is equipped with a powerful AI Chip enabling the device to provide unprecedented performance, autonomous optimization, and composition processing. It can shoot stable and smooth videos while tracking the subject even in a low light environment, unusual shooting angles and body movements, noisy background, and busy streets. The Camera keeps the target in the best position always. And its unique landscape lock function enables an auto-zoom ‘in or out’ process with a single gesture to achieve scene changing or locking.

With its 12MP CMOS sensor, I shot 4K videos at 60FPS, which is incredible quality for a compact-sized camera like this. So the cameras tracking system isn’t just the basic face detection stuff that you find in a smartphone. Instead, it uses a complex AI algorithm to recognize not just faces but body shape and posture. So the camera can track on to me even if I’ve moved from one place to another. I also took slow motion videos at 120 or 240 fps in HD and full HD resolution. These modes are perfect for shooting slow motion videos of any sports like skateboarding or cycling. Equipped 10 Optical lenses, this camera offers 3.5 times optical zoom and 10 times hybrid zooms. I was able to zoom in on objects that are up to 30 meters away. But the thing that amazed me the most was it could auto-track those far away subjects with so much precision as if those were just in front of it. The Obsbot Studio app is a powerful post editing app as well. The app has a user-friendly interface so that anyone can be an editing master with OBSBOT Studio App and unleash their creativity.

The Obsbot Tail AI weighs around 610 grams and has a compact design. Traveling with Obsbot tail is no trouble since the device is perfect for traveling as it takes less space in my backpack and with the carrying case, I could take it anywhere without any hassle.

There are a lot of 3-axis stabilized handheld cameras on the market such as DJI Osmo Pocket, Removu K1, and Vmate, which is currently going through crowdfunding. They all allow you to you shoot stable videos on the move, but they all need to be held by a person to shoot videos. Shooting POV videos with them can be frustrating. In contrast, the Obsbot Tail dominates its AI power, as it does not require to be held. Simply setting on a surface or on a tripod is enough for the Obsbot tail AI. Any user will be impressed with the technology and how greatly it works. Although the Obsbot Tail is far from being the perfect camera, however, it is certainly a move in the right direction and hopefully, with firmware updates, it can become a much better camera. Or they can take all the customer feedback and come up with upgraded hardware to make it easier for people who travel solo, shoot for vlogs, and want to make activity videos without needing much effort or others help.

Joe Pfeffer

Joe Pfeffer

What started off as just a dream for Joe Pfeffer, turned into his passion and livelihood. He started his career as a wildlife photographer and then transitioned into becoming a cinematographer. With a decade of raw on-the-field experience, Joe Pfeffer has all the technical knowledge about the ins and outs of cameras. Now, he uses his vast experience to educate others about photography.