Senna Five Second Head – Motorized Pan Tilt Video Head

I received this motorized Pan/Tilt video head a short while back, but we finally just got around to mounting up this Senna Five Second Head up to one of our Video Cranes. Any time you can combine a motorized Pan / Tilt head to a video crane, you're going to come up with some interesting camera movements.

The name of the product comes from how quick it is to mount to your Video Jib (after you've balanced your camera). Wireless operation of the Five Second Head is an optional feature, so you don't require the communication cable. Operation is smooth, and there are many settings available to adjust your pan and tilt speeds. The ability to program up to six memory points to repeat scene and speed comes in handy to pull off consistent movements. Here's a short video we did showing some of the features along with example footage shot using the Senna Five Second Head.

Product Description:
Aimed toward the DSLR and small HD cam market, the Five Second Head weighs in at 4.4lbs (2kg), allows 360 degrees of pan/tilt, six points of memory for scene storage, speed replay, memory recalls and loop cycles. Motion Control features allow time lapse in six different speed settings and storage of 30 second head movements.

• Pan and tilt 360 degree rotations, two axes
• Wireless Range: 1640' (500m) line of sight
• Timelapse function 90 degreed – 60 minutes,
six different speeds
• Six memory points to store favorite scene and
speed replay
• Auto memory recalls and loop cycle
• Motion Control – store up to 30 seconds of
wanted head movement
• UV joystick backlight for night working mode
• Two ramp modes for smooth starting and
• Tilt and Pan joystick polarity configuration
• Power: Rechargeable 12v Battery
• Wireless Frequency: 431 / 478 MHz, frequency is
preset on 444 MHz and cannot be changed on
device, only at factory when ordering, in steps of
200 KHz (200 Channels)
• Head Weight: 4.4lbs (2kg)
• Weight Capacity: 8.8lbs (4kg)
• Head Dimension: 9"x11"x5" (23x28x12cm)
• Remote Control: 6 memory point buttons, menu
button, speed reply, pan and tilt joystick, gain
control, night mode plate
• Case: Flight Case 7.9"x15.7"x19.7" (20x40x50cm)

For more information about Senna products, you can check out their website at
Senna Five Second Head Cheesycam
Senna Five Second Head - Motorized Pan Tilt Video Crane Head

7 thoughts on “Senna Five Second Head – Motorized Pan Tilt Video Head

  1. Emm....How loud is it?
    When you program a move, does it store it forever or do you have to reprogram it each time you power it up?

  2. clement

    @ Matt :
    so what would you use instead ?
    or what do you use to get similar results ?

    I too think it's pricey but are there any cheaper alternatives for motorized pan tilt video heads ?

    Emm, maybe it would make a good article like those great listings of monopods you made.

    and thanks for your work, i'm constantly checking your site & tests...!

  3. Matt

    @ Robert Yes, I agree.

    And I gave up in the video at the 1:40 mark after what feels like a LONG set up for what could be done with other cheaper, and more manageable equip. I would wait..I would never buy this product.

    Sorry No Go.

  4. Robert Shaver

    No prices on the web site means to me that they think their prices are too high and will turn people away.

  5. Alex

    I have two of these. They are called Merlin heads and were built for telescopes. I paid about US$200ea for mine. Yes, I don't have the control module for mine (it looks like they have built that from scratch, but i'm sure there are some out there similar - for much cheaper) but mine work off of an iphone wirelessly hooked up by bluetooth.

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