As more and more sports are harnessing the power of elevated over-the-field video, there are more Endzone Camera tripods entering the market. While the competition is good for the consumer, you also need to be wary of products promising more than what they can deliver at lower than normal prices.
The primary factor for what will make or break an End Zone Camera system and also what determines its price is the tripod tower itself. The tower's design, height, and materials are all extremely important. It may seem simple to put a camera on a tower 30 feet up in the air, but as teams who have bought cheap endzone cameras in the past have learned, this is no easy feat.
Cheap towers sway in the wind much more than the average tower. They also vibrate resulting in shaky video, are prone to bending or breaking and blowing over in strong gusts, and simply don't stand the test of time. For the amount of money you spend on a cheap $2,000-$3,000 endzone tripod tower, you'll probably be spending that again in a relatively short time. Maybe only a couple of years. And then the same consequence will occur again, and again. Alternatively, if you purchase a trusted Endzone Camera in the $4,500 to $6,000 range from a reputable manufacterer, your tower will easily last you 10+ years, will be able to handle wind and other harsh weather, and will get you the game film you expect.
In most cases, one of the big reasons you're going to spend less on an End Zone Camera system is because a number of necessary items will be left out of the total package. For example, important parts like a durable travel bag, video camera, or other electronics may have been stripped from the final product in order to cut costs. This just creates more work for you as the customer. We know coaches are busy and don't have time to put together a system for what amounts to, in the end, poor return on value. Putting forward the funds for a complete system up front will not only remove headaches, but will give you piece of mind that everything is compatible and all parts can be traced back to a single source.
Poor Technical Support
When choosing an Endzone Camera, perhaps an equally defining factor to that of the tower itself is the company's customer service. Manufacturers who offer End Zone Camera towers at cheap prices are typically cheap on service. The endgame is to reduce cost as much as possible in order to improve their margins, but that means you as the customer can't be supported from season to season the way you need to be. The fact of the matter is, Endzone Cameras take a beating. They need to be tough, but they also need a company to stand by their product and help the customer if issues arise. An Endzone Camera manufacturer who has the resources to support their product year round will you give you the return on investment you deserve.
Sport Scope is the only company in the Endzone Camera industry that can meet the needs described above at the most competitive prices. Sure you can get another tower for less money, but in the long term not only are you getting significantly less value, but you'll very likely be spending more money than if you had gone with Sport Scope in the first place. We do Endzone Cameras right and our history along with the plethora of testimonials straight from the mouths of coaches testifies to this truth.
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Posted on February 1, 2018