by Tim Fok | 23rd October 2015
Filmpower, the company that has brought us many interesting products including one of the original handheld gimbals and a 5-axis stabilizer now has a new kit in the arsenal, the ROXOR. The new handheld gimbal camera is 4K, wifi enabled and less than $200. The DJI OSMO is set to be a very popular product. These simplified handheld stabilizer cameras will have a wide range of use for consumers through to professionals. Even though the OSMO has yet to find its way onto retailer’s shelves it already has some very affordable competition. The Filmpower ROXOR looks like a valid OSMO alternative. It is a handheld gimbal with an inbuilt 4K camera. It has a screen on the back for monitoring, takes removable batteries (that last around 2 hours) and can accept up to 32G TF cards (that’s MicroSD to most people). Dropping in resolution to a mere FullHD will get you up to 60p, and a further drop to 720 will get you 120p. Full features at a glance of the ROXOR Handheld Gimbal Camera: 3-axis Stabilization Camera System with LCD Screen Shooting Modes: Video up to 4K, 12MP photo, Time-lapse Slow Motion: 1080 at 60p 720 120p Wifi: monitor & remote control via smartphone Battery: Replaceable up to 2 hours Memory: up to 32G MicroSD Accessory Support: 1/4″ thread on bottom There’s no other information at this time. It will be nice to find out if there’s any manual control over the exposure, and any flat picture profile like GoPros ProTune. So $199 for an OSMO alternative, looks to be a bit of a steal. Shipping will start in 4-5 weeks.Read more
by Tim Fok | 28th September 2015
As of today, the Nebula 4200 will be available for pre-order. Filmpower were responsible for one of the first pistol grip stabilizers, their innovation has continued with an affordable sub $1000 5-axis stabilizer – the Nebula 4200. Not much has been covered since its original announcement a few months ago; here is the Nebula 4200 at BIRTV 2015 in August: The stand-alone feature of this stabilizer is the fact that it’ll account for 5 axis: vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw and roll. That all important spring loaded section is reminiscent of a steadicam arm, controlling the vertical axis (something gimbal devices like the Movi really miss). The Nebula will be available in 3 versions, Lite (one handle) Pro (dual handle) and 5-axis stabilizer version (dual handle with spring section for vertical axis). You’ll be happy to hear that all will retail at under $1k: $799, $899, and $999 respectively. “What else makes the Nebula 4200 so remarkable? Aside from the 5 axes controls, the Nebula 4200 Gimbal contains a 32-bit board dual sensor controller. In addition to increased operation speeds and precision control, this new 32-bit board allows users to carry up to 1.6kg (3.5 lbs)” The above payload and it’s form factor means the Nebula 4200 will be compatible with compact DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It’s nice to see that the Nebula 4200 will feature tool-less adjustment, something we usually miss out on with cheaper stablizers. Also keep an eye out for optional wireless joystick to control the gimbal.Read more
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