New CAME OPTIMUS Gimbal – Upgrade to The CAME SINGLE

During NAB 2016, CAME-TV announced the CAME-OPTIMUS gimbal which is an upgrade to their popular CAME SINGLE. This enhanced version sports the same 32-bit boards with encoders as the CAME-SINGLE, but has some other neat improvements.


This new version of their CAME Single gimbal features some nice improvements regarding usability and performance. It sports the same 32-bit boards with encoders to ensure smooth movements of the motors as well as a longer battery life.

On top of that, the battery itself is now attached to the gimbal section of the rig and not the handle, so you can detach the handle and mount the CAME-OPTIMUS on whatever you like, a jib or a suction mount for example.

The battery itself is replaceable and according to CAME-TV, it is designed to power the gimbal for 10 hours on one charge.

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Another benefit of this design is the ability to switch between one-handed operation with the included handle or two-handed operations with the respective handle. With that handle attached, the whole rig looks more like a DJI Ronin or Freefly MöVi rig. It’s a neat approach to be able to switch between different modes of operation easily.

The new design—in particular, the motor design—with 360° of motion allows for switching between normal (upright) operation and low mode operation without the need to recalibrate the rig. That’s a cool thing as it has the potential to save you a lot of time on set.

Everything can be adjusted without tools, another neat feature. Nobody wants to fumble around with screwdrivers when adjusting something on the rig quickly.

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The CAME-OPTIMUS comes with a tiny thumb remote control which puts you in the convenient situation of being able to control the gimbal while your colleague is running around with it. You’ll need some form of a monitoring solution for that scenario, of course. If you are a single shooter, you can attach the remote controller to the dual-handle rig and control the gimbal conveniently with your thumb.

All in all, it’s more an evolution than a revolutionary product—but it’s good to see that CAME-TV is improving their product range on a regular basis.

Pricing and availability

As of now, no pricing has been set. It will fall within a “very attractive” price range, according to CAME-TV, though. The CAME-OPTIMUS gimbal is available for pre-order on their website.

UPDATE: The product page just has been updated and the pricepoint for the OPTIMUS has been set to $1,388.00. The set includes:

  • Bluetooth Joystick Controller
  • Mini Foldable Stand
  • Magic Arm with Clamp
  • Dual Handles
  • Single Handle
  • Hard Case
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Stephen McCarthy Reply
Stephen McCarthy April 27, 2016


Raul Alejandro Nuricumbo Morales Reply
Raul Alejandro Nuricumbo Morales April 27, 2016

Jose Arturo Alfonzo Aguilar

Flávio Sganzerla Reply
Flávio Sganzerla April 27, 2016

Fabio H. R. Px

Myles Thompson Reply
Myles Thompson April 27, 2016

How much weight can it take?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss April 27, 2016

there are no exact specifications available, yet. But as you can see in the video, a reasonably seized DSLR should be just fine.

Phil Dean Reply
Phil Dean April 27, 2016

Stick with ronin mx

Craig Seeman April 27, 2016

I’d really need to see why this would be better than the new PilotFly H2 which also has encoders and can handle a much heavier payload (about 4.8 lbs).

Ramon Solorio Reply
Ramon Solorio April 28, 2016

Came has told me it’s about the same weight capacity as the Single. Hard to justify $400 price upgrade here.

 Leon Kolenda Reply
Leon Kolenda April 28, 2016

Too High a price. I havbe the Beholder DS1, that works very well, and for only $699.00

Martin Bleazard Reply
Martin Bleazard April 28, 2016

How does the top bit attach to the handle? do you need an adaptor of some sort to attach it to a crane, a car mount etc?

Amir Anwar Reply
Amir Anwar April 28, 2016

These gimbals are getting there, but not quite there. Another 3 years I say. Plus it gets very heavy over time.

 Maciej Dolzycki Reply
Maciej Dolzycki April 28, 2016

’10 hours on one charge’, that’s great!

 Ez Bz Reply
Ez Bz April 28, 2016

try 22Hrs by Pilotfly

Ry Clark Palis Reply
Ry Clark Palis April 28, 2016

Definitely waiting for this one

the SUBVERSIVE April 28, 2016

What’s the max load?

Johnnie Behiri April 29, 2016


CAME-optimus max payload is 1.2kg



Clovis Free Reply
Clovis Free April 30, 2016

That looks so cool, cant wait to put my hands on.
I own 2 regular single, one doesnt work properly, and i really look foward the team to answer me on how to fix it (the customer service is really great but a bit slow for some reasons)

RG Kissoon May 4, 2016

The payload is a joke absolutely no improvement on the old model. The Pilotfly H2 just blows it away!

Ramon Solorio Reply
Ramon Solorio May 18, 2016

i agree. my pre-order is in for the H2.