Swivl: A Downrange Personal Cameraman

Nick Chen emailed me about a nifty camera mount called the Swivl that, using infra-red, can track people as they move about, making it perfect for shooting video downrange without putting a cameraman in harm’s way. Nick wrote …

It is a small base that you mount a camera to. The base then tracks a small infrared marker.  It’s purpose was for video conferencing and facetime. The device was developed around the iPhone and iPod. However you can mount small video cameras to it.

I realized immediately the potential of this device to give me a safe way to video the shooter downrange.

Here is a video i just edited with some samples from a few shooting matches these past few months I have had this thing.

A feature I do not use is the wireless mic feature. There is a cable that the base plugs into an iPhone or iPod. The IR marker is also a wireless mic. Sadly it only works with apple products. I decided I would sacrifice sounds of me breathing and talking to myself for wider angle video from my GoPro.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Ghostalker

    very cool, love the idea, and it isn’t stupid expensive either.

  • Robert PARIS

    SOOO AWESOME. not only for shooting but for other yet to be named purposes. ( bare bones film making comes to mind. boom cam shots. .etc .etc)

  • Now if only it was wireless,and you could hook it to a tablet or laptop. You could have a camera 6 feet away from you target for real time correction. Fire,hit play and see how you are grouping,then correct. Much better and easier then a spotting scope for long range shots.

    • That would be a waste of a $100 tracking mount. Get a spotting scope and a phone mount. They have software that tracks where you are hitting and keeps score.

    • You can already achieve that with a GoPro with wifi and the GoPro App. Only issue is the live preview via the app has a 4 sec delay. So it is fine for seeing hits down range but not for anything immediate.

  • Jeff Wong

    “you’ll shoot your iPhone out!”