Following the success of the CAME-TV Single and Optimus, this new handheld gimbal by Tilta builds on the one-handed design for medium weight cameras like the Sony a7s II or Panasonic GH4. Designed for single operation, the new Tilta Gravity G1 has the typical modes of operation “follow” and “lock”, with the latter named “chicken head mode”. With the new 360° motors incorporated in this handheld gimbal, the Gravity G1 has no end points and can rotate indefinitely. Comparable gimbals currently on the market include the CAME-TV Optimus and ikan Beholder EC1. The Tilta Gravity G1 will be $900 and should become available in the next months. It is only available for pre-order at CVP Europe right now.Read more
At NAB 2015 DJI presented their new DJI Ronin M which is a more lightweight and smaller version of their original DJI Ronin. Today they announced the shockingly low price of the device: $1,399 !!!! This makes it one of the most affordable gimbal stabilizers out there. And it looks mighty good as well. (pre-order here) The way Doug handled the Ronin M in front of our eyes when we recorded the video at NAB seemed pretty smooth. But the new Ronin-M has a few nice things to offer. On closer inspection you will see that it comes without the complications that other gimbals work with and all adjustments are tool-less (thumbscrews). Along with the quick-release system it’s apparent that some thought has gone into the ergonomics of this device, which isn’t the case for some other affordable gimbal stabilizers. The DJI Ronin-M was originally said to come at a price “lower than $2,000”. The new $1,399 price revealed today is shocking for the whole industry as it will considerable crush some of the competition and sell like hot cakes. It should start shipping within the next weeks. Get your pre-order HERE. While the DJI Ronin M is really affordable there are even cheaper gimbal stabilizers out there. Check out our recent article: 5 Affordable Gimbal Stabilizers Cheaper than the DJI Ronin M The highlights at a glance: Supports Cameras up to 8 Pounds Precision of Control: ±0.02° Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System Assistant Software for iOS and Windows Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup Silent Mode For Quiet Operation USB and PowerTap Power OutputsRead more
A few months ago, at NAB 2014 we’ve been reporting about one of the brushless gimbal stabilisation systems we currently find most intriguing, the Letus Helix. Hien Le, CEO of Letus gave us a complete rundown of all the features and advantages of the newest version of the Letus Helix. One of the things most interesting about this brushless gimbal stabilisation system is that it is very light and easy to hold and can be easily operated by a single person. Hien mentions all the other benefits in detail in the video above. Apparently the Letus Helix is currently on back-order, so if you place an order now you will most likely have to wait a while before it is delivered. The basic Letus Helix 3-Axis stabiliser is $4000 and can be ordered on the Letus Website.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Apologies for the delay in posting more episodes of ON THE COUCH until now, we had some technical problems with some of the recordings, but they are now sorted out. We pushed the less time critical episodes to the end, and there a few exciting ones coming over the next week or so. On this 10th episode of ON THE COUCH, I talked to Tabb Firchau from Freefly Systems about new things in the world of their famous brushless gimbals. It’s been one year since the fuminant debut of the MōVI M10 with Vincent Laforet’s spectacular launch film, which propelled handheld gimbals into the filmmaking world stratosphere – ever since then, they have infiltrated an incountable number of productions around the world. The big success of the MōVI introduction spurred a seemingly endless flurry of copycat systems from countless small and big manufacturers, with mixed results. I asked Tabb about this and what he thinks about the long-term success prospects of some of these companies. Tabb talked about Freefly’s new products – the now-shipping little brother of the M10, the M5, which is made for DSLR-sized cameras, the upcoming M15, the larger version for bigger cameras (such as the Alexa M), as well as innovation around their gimbals which makes them more versatile – for example a ring around the MōVI which makes hand-overs easier, or their plans to release a wheeled dolly-type version of the MōVI. MōVI M5 for smaller cameras like DSLRs started shipping at NAB We also had a chat about Freefly’s history and how they actually got to make make these gimbals in the first place. Freefly Systems’ sister film production company Freefly Cinema used to be their core business as they are all shooters who were looking to ways to move the camera – that’s when they founded Freefly Systems and they realized within 6 months that it had become a much bigger business than the production business. Watch the episode above to learn more about where Freefly came from, where they are now and where they might be headed! Next episode coming early next week … stay tuned to cinema5D.com. For all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here:Read more
As expected we’re seeing numerous camera stabilization systems here at NAB that look very much like the Freefly Mōvi and only a few come close to the functionality of the original. But gear manufacturer Letus has something very special to show off. Their brushless gimbal system gives us a fresh look at camera stabilization.Read more
Since April of this year many cameramen are looking forward to the new stabilization techniques that the so-called “brushless gymbal” approach promises. We’ve seen the famous MōVI and numerous helicopters with gymbal stabilization showing up. Unfortunately the MōVI is unaffordable for most of us due it’s hefty “15,000 pricetag.Read more
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