Obsbot Tail is an AI driven camera originally crowdfunded on Indigogo and Kickstarter, which is ideal for those who film solo but would like movement while filming. I was a backer and had a delay in arrival while the campaign progressed, something you won’t experiance as it’s now widely available via Amazon.
I was impressed with the packaging, it’s a professional looking product that arrived in a mostly black box with a red panel from the inner box. Opening it up I found the Obsbot snugly tucked away in the included carry case, a great addition as this has been designed with portability in mind, along with USB type C charging cable.
I found setup very simple, I download a companion app to my mobile, powered on Obsbot and connected to its Wi-Fi. An initial firmware check was carried out, requiring me to disconnect from the Obsbot Wi-Fi and reconnect to my home Wi-Fi to download the file. Reconnecting to the camera started the firmware update, something I’ve had to do this a couple of times since launch.
Hat’s off to the designers, Obsbot Tail camera is a great looking bit of kit. It’s been designed to be usable out of its carry case, weighs 610g, is quick to setup and is very compact; I could power it up and pop it on the ground, a desk, a shelf or anywhere else you can fit a mug. I’ve also used it by mounting it on a tripod via the standard tripod mount thread on the bottom.
Obsbot is a camera of two halves, a lower main body and an upper rotating camera. The main body has 4 battery indicator lights, a USB type C charging port and power button. The top section can rotate 360 degrees and has the camera along with a microSD card slot and second USB type C port. It comes with a 32GB card preinstalled but you’ll likely want to swap that out for at least a 128GB card to ensure you don’t quickly run out of space.