by Tim Fok | 6th March 2017
Film Power has announced a new single handheld gimbal stabiliser. The Nebula 5100 3-axis boasts a new high-torque motor for ‘no-balancing’, extended battery life, hidden cable design and 360° unlimited rotation on all three axis’. Pistol grip-style handheld gimbals are becoming quite popular nowadays. It’s only natural given their fuss-free design and vastly smaller footprint than a conventional cross-barred gimbal. They suit small mirrorless cameras down to the ground, and Film Power has been making them for some time now. The Nebula 5100 is their latest revision, continuing their more concise battery-in-the-handle design. Nebula 5100 – Main Updated Features A new generation motor with built-in encoder for all 3 axis’ High torque, no need for balancing, 8-10 hours battery life 360° unlimited rotation on all axis’ One key back to midpoint & one key recording Supports direct charge Like the previous Nebula, the 5100 has a max payload of up to 2.5kg and is a cable-less design. The latter feature is an advancement, however, as all internal cabling impressively supports 360° of unlimited rotation. 360° of tilt rotation is of course limited to shorter camera setups, and will probably nearly never be used due to the inevitability of getting both yourself and the gimbal in shot. However, the technology is there so you don’t get too lost in orientation when switching between standard and underslung modes. The one key back to midpoint feature helps with this also. The Nebula 5100 features a new generation motor with built-in encoder, with a higher torque that requires ‘no balancing’. I personally wouldn’t take this too literally, as it probably means that the margin for error in balancing is greatly decreased; a more balanced gimbal will always perform better than one with the camera just thrown on. The increased torque gives you more flexibility with being a bit ‘rough’ with the gimbal – subtle focus adjustments and simply moving the camera into place on the tilt/pan axis can now be achieved. Just like previous single-handed gimbals from Film Power, you have a joystick for axis control, a quick-release plate and a ukulele-esque carry case. Last to mention is the included direct charge port for the new longer 8-10 hour battery. You no longer have to remove the battery like every product ever, you can now charge from a pole-tap connection from the handle. If you like the idea of this, more for you… The Nebula 5100 is currently available for pre-order. Link will follow.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
by Nic Divischek | 15th September 2015
CAME-TV showed us the new CAME-Single, a lightweight 3 axis gimbal with intelligent motors for one-handed operation. Compared to similar popular lightweight 3 axis gimbal stabilizers, the CAME-Single is actually one of the first commercially available “32bit basecam” controlled gimbals, which offers brushless motors with so called “encoder” technology. According to CAME-TV this new type of gimbal design “prevents motors from losing synchronization and skipping steps, provides important information about frame and camera angles, decreases power consumption (longer battery life), increases Torque, increases precision of stabilization, and more.” The CAME-Single is completely tool-less adjustable. It features a joy-stick, which controls the camera movement. The Gimbal has 3 different modes: Follow Mode, which is always on. Follow Mode is off in the pitch axis, but on in the yaw axis Both pitch and yaw axis are off – the camera stays in the same place. The batteries are embedded in the handgrip of the gimbal and last up to 20 hours, but cannot be replaced. The CAME-Single 3-Axis Gimbal is available now and costs $988.Read more
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