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Review Comparison: Sport Scope 20' vs. Hi-Pod Lite - Sport Scope Video

Review Comparison: Sport Scope 20' vs. Hi-Pod Lite

In recent years both Hi-Pod and Sport Scope began offering End Zone Telescoping Tripod systems at lower price points to accomodate schools, organizations, or individuals looking to film their sports program at a lower budget. The Hi-Pod Lite is an end zone camera tower with less height, less weight, and at a much reduced price compared to their standard "Pro" line. For a single parent looking to film youth sports this may be a reasonable option. But for serious sports programs such as High School Football, the Hi-Pod Lite is a poor investment as compared to the Sport Scope 20' Endzone Camera. Today we'll compare the Hi-Pod Lite and the Sport Scope 20' and discover which option is best for your program . . .

Weight and Sandbags

The Sport Scope 20' Endzone Camera is a much lighter weight tripod than our 30' quadpod towers. Nevertheless, the 20' Sport Scope is still more robust and appropriately weighted than any of the Hi-Pod Lite models. It's going to be much more planted on the ground. And despite this extra weight, the tripod is still very manageable to handle and easy to transport. Also, the Hi-Pod Lite requires you to use a sandbag at all times in order to weigh down the base. While this may be recommended during extreme weather for Sport Scope Towers, sandbags are typically an extra peice of equipment not needed, even with the 20' Sport Scope End Zone Camera.

American Made Towers

Each and every one of Sport Scope's towers, including our 20' Endzone Camera Systems, are proudly made in the U.S.A. Hi-Pod towers are not produced locally or domestically, and this includes the Hi-Pod Lite line.


Due to the fact that Sport Scope towers are American-made and only use pole and tripod materials of the highest quality, the Sport Scope 20' Endzone Camera will be far more durable than the Hi-Pod Lite. Combine this detail with the added weight, and these are the reasons your Sport Scope tower will stand the test of time.

10 Yr vs 2 Yr Warranty

Because we believe in the durability and quality of our towers, every Sport Scope telescoping End Zone Camera quadpod or tripod tower has a 10-year warranty. Hi-Pod's towers don't have a warranty this long and the Hi-Pod Lite only has a 2-year warranty.

Quality of Electronics

Regardless of tower, the Hi-Pod Lite R-line tripods all use a third party Pan/Tilt head to pan the camera left and right and tilt up and down once elevated. Conversely, at Sport Scope we custom build our own Pan/Tilt head in house with our own design and a greater range of tilt rotation than the third party device used by Hi-Pod. We also use premium remotes, monitors, and cable materials.

What We Offer

The Sport Scope 20' End Zone Camera is available in three models. The 20' Smart Endzone Camera gives you the ability to control the camera wirelessly from an iPad AND comes with built-in instant sideline replay. Connect with multiple iPads to a strong, private wireless network and get instant replay clips of each play from the Endzone angle live during the game. And the first year of Sideline Replay subscription is included at no additional charge!

The 20' Wireless Endzone Camera is a premium End Zone Camera system that fits in between the Smart Camera and a traditional Endzone Camera. This is a wirelessly controlled end zone tower without access to the built-in instant sideline replay. With this system you can control from the comfort of the Pressbox or up to 100' away depending on network model. All the controls are done on a single iPad so no need for a big cable set, monitor, joystick, or remote. Price for the 20' Wireless Endzone camera starts at $4,099.

Last is our more traditional non-wireless option: the 20' Automatic Endzone Camera. This package comes with the End Zone telescoping tower and custom-made Pan/Tilt head and joystick and premium electronics for control at the base of the tower. For a product with this much quality the very competitive starting price of $3,499 is an incredible bargain. The Hi-Pod may have a lower price point, but the value doesn't come even close by comparison to any of the 20' Sport Scope models.

Call (888) 335-7875 to learn more and find out how to get a 20' Endzone Camera system for your sports program today!

Posted on September 20, 2019