Pivo Max review

The Pivo Max is perfect for solo shooters who need their phone or camera to follow their movement

Pivo Max
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Pivo Max is brilliantly simple, and it’s like having a little motorized camera operator to follow you as you move around. It works via a phone app that can recognize and track you and other objects, but you can also insert a camera between the Pivo and the phone for higher-quality recording. It does have a couple of limitations and glitches, but it’s brilliant nonetheless.


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    Easy to set up

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    Works with any tripod

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    Very ‘sticky’ tracking via the app


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    Extra phone mount needed for cameras

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    Some remote buttons not working

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    No camera control

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So many content creators work alone or single-handed, and that creates limitations on the style of filming you can do. In particular, you can’t follow yourself around a scene when you’re in front of the camera and not operating it. But that’s where the Pivo Max comes in.

Essentially it’s a motorized horizontal panning device controlled by an app that can recognize faces, human bodies dogs, and, of all things, horses. As these move within the frame, the app turns the Pivo Max base to keep them centered. It’s like having an automatic camera operator.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com