Tilta’s new battery camera grip not only improves ergonomics but also holds a rechargeable 50Wh battery that can provide 60W power delivery via a USB-C connection.
Tilta produces a range of accessories that enhance the base shooting experiences for multiple cameras, including an add-on SSD for any Sony Alpha camera that uses CFexpress Type A or a cooling fan for the Canon EOS R5.
The company’s new grip is technically called the Left Side PD Handle with Run/Stop Type VIII, weighs 480 grams, and connects to a camera rig via a NATO attachment receiver — however the company does offer other mounting options.
Once attached, it features an easy-to-operate release lever that allows a camera operator to adjust the handle’s angle per individual comfort or shooting needs. The base of the handle features a 1/4″-20 thread with locating points as well as a magnetic fallen key for adjusting an M3 screw.
Tilta says its grip is constructed of high-grade metal and covered with a non-slip grip that has enhanced carry security thanks to the support for wrist straps.
Once connected to a camera rig, the grip improves ergonomics while also providing the option for extended recording times via a built-in Panasonic battery cell. Tilta says that the high-performance battery works between -4 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit and provides 60W power delivery to any camera that can be connected to external power.
The top of the grip has a cable clamp tie-down that prevents the cable from being accidentally yanked out, a cold shoe receiver to add additional accessories, and two USB-C ports, one which is a capable of delivering the requisite power for extending shoot times on connected cameras and the other for RUN/STOP control.
For example, Tilta says that its battery grip will extend shooting times on the Canon EOS R5, R5C, and R6 Mark II as well as the Lumix S5 Mark II and GH6 along with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, 6K, and 6K Pro cameras.
How much power a videographer can expect the grip to provide depends on the setup, but Tilta says that shooters can expect up to 170% longer shoot times compared to using just a camera’s standalone battery.
For example, Tilta says that shooters can expect to get about 35 minutes of shooting at 4Kp60 with the Canon EOS R5C alone, but its research lab found that with the battery grip, that balloons to 110 minutes. At the same resolution and framerate settings, the Panasonic S5 II grows from 50 minutes to 145 minutes, the Fujifilm XH2S from 70 minutes to 195 minutes, and Sony’s FX3 goes from providing 90 minutes of shooting time to a whopping 245 minutes when connected to Tilta’s grip.
The Tilta Left Side PD Handle with Run/Stop Type VIII grip is available directly from Tilta for $179.10.
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