Pan/Tilt Bracket Kit (Single Attachment)

This is an easy-to-assemble pan/tilt bracket kit that utilizes servos to move on two axes fit for camera and helping-hand applications. This particular bracket kit is the same one we use in our SparkFun Raspberry Pi Zero W Camera Kit to create a remote camera system for your home or workplace.

Everything is included to get this kit assembled, even the servos (just be sure the servo motors are centered during assembly). All you will need is a small screwdriver set and a pair of clippers.

Note: Since this Pan/Tilt Bracket is a kit, some assembly is required. Check our Documents for a complete Assembly Guide.

Pan/Tilt Bracket Kit (Single Attachment) Product Help and Resources

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Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

3 Robotics

Skill Level: Competent - You may need an understanding of servo motors and how to drive them. Additionally, you may need some fundamental understanding of motor controllers.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • erff / about 3 years ago / 1

    Can this be used with an Arduino or just a RPi Zero? They look like just ordinary servos, but the documentation seems sparse.

  • erff / about 3 years ago / 1

    What is the input voltage?

  • Scott21 / about 5 years ago / 1

    Does this include the servos? There isn't an 'includes' tab and the price seems too low for servos. Thanks.

    • santaimpersonator / about 5 years ago / 1

      Yes. As mentioned in the product description, "Everything is included to get this kit assembled, even the servos." You can also check out the Assembly Guide, which pictures the parts in the kit.

Customer Reviews

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Easy to assemble but...

I found this Pan/Tilt Bracket kit simple to assemble. My only disappointment is that the RP camera can only be attached by double sided tape. The camera module has 4 holes on the board which unfortunately cannot be used to secure it. Otherwise the kit works as advertised.

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Servos stripped during its first test.

The servos are no good for the one I got. Followed the assembly instructions, everything centered. Tested it and it worked fine at first. I left it sit for a few minutes to get a cup of coffee and I heard a lot of buzzing. When I got back to it it was really buzzing good. I went to unplug the servos to see what was up and they were very hot and I noticed white plastic from the gears on the inside of the clear case.

I did what anyone would do, I took it apart to see what went wrong. The mechanical stop is being maxed out too much. BTW, I used the Sparkfun Pi Servo Hat on a Pi-3-B+.

All in all the Pan/Tilt brackets are great for the price! The servos I wouldn't pay a dime for, but they just happen to come with it.

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Not the best quality, but it works.

Things don't quite snap into place as they should; many of the parts don't match the description on sparkfun website page or the instructions shipped with the kit; and the frame does not sit up completely straight after assembled (the camera holder won't keep the camera exactly horizontal without slightly tilting the base to compensate for the 'non-square' (not 90degree) alignment between the parts). But if you are skilled enough, good with knifes so you can cut and/or trim the plastics here-and-there, you will like it. At the end of the day, it works.

Pan/Tilt Bracket Kit

This is an easy-to-assemble pan/tilt bracket kit that utilizes servos to move on two axes fit for camera and helping-hand applications. Everything is included to get this kit assembled, even the servos.

Its cheap.

This product is made like a cheap chinese knock-off and can be bought elsewhere for much cheaper. The screws aren't the right size, the directions are bad, and you have to cut the servo attachments to make them fit inside of the frame. However it does work.

Very nice for the price

First off, it looks like the assembly guide was written some time ago and the servo motor parts have evolved a bit over time so keep this in mind as you do the assembly. I had researched things a bit before the kits arrived and found that the servos are driven by a PWM signal whose period is 20ms (50Hz) and whose duty cycle is between 1 and 2ms. This was supposed to span the 180 degree range. I found that it was closer to 90 degrees instead. I wrote my own program (using the RPi.GPIO servo code) that would allow me to step up or down on command. I found that the servos actually responded to a duty cycle from about 0.46ms to 2.42ms and that this range did give me the full 180 degree swing (the duty cycle was measured with a logic analyzer). I bought three of these units and all six servos responded to this range. The assembly guide talks about manually centering the servo by twisting the shaft to find the end points of the swing and then twisting it to the center. My little program, which I used to test each servo before assembly, automatically centered the shaft as it exited and I found this to be a little easier (and probably more accurate). I don't know how long the servos will last but they are available on Amazon if you need to replace one. In summary, I'm quite pleased with the units - exactly what I needed and extremely low priced.

Servos alone worth the price

As others have noticed this doesn't assemble well right out of the bag. Its a good deal if you just want two sg90 servos. It does require some hacking with an exacto and nippers to get it assembled.

Great for the price

At $7 you can beat 2 servos plus the articulating fixture, but don't expect it to be stable or robust. I had to re-solder some wires, then glue them down to avoid them breaking with movement.