Ikan Introduces the PIVOT Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal with up to 8lb Payload

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Mar 062018

The PIVOT handheld 3-Axis gimbal stabilizer supports a wide range of DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even cinema cameras weighing up to 8 pounds.


It’s gimbal time – or should we say: another day, another gimbal. In January, we covered two new gimbals: the Filmpower Nebula 4100 Slant and the DJI Ronin-S. Both of them share a lot of similarities. So, what’s new about the Ikan PIVOT? In one word: Payload!

Max 8 lbs Payload for Cinema Cameras

The PIVOT can hold a maximum combined payload of 8 lbs – truly impressive compared to other gimbals. This not only allows you to use a wider range of camera and lens combinations and accessories, but also opens up the possibility to handle heavier cameras, even compact cinema cameras (RED, anyone?). 

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New Nebula 5100 Slant Gimbal and Other Accessories from Filmpower, by Fabian Chaundy

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Jul 012017

Filmpower — the company behind the popular Nebula gimbals — have announced the new Nebula 5100 Slant 3-axis gimbal, a new line of shotgun microphones and a wireless follow focus system.

Nebula 5100 Slant

A couple of years ago, the Nebula 4000 from Filmpower was one of the many popular choices among a new breed of affordable 3-axis gimbal stabilisers for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. A few incarnations later, the Nebula 5100 (covered HERE) offered amazing battery life, time-lapse support, unlimited rotation on all axis and strong encoded motors that needed very little balancing. The newest model, the Nebula 5100 Slant, has already been announced, coming only a few months after the original 5100 and offering some interesting structural improvements.

The Slant part of the name refers to the new design of the roll-axis arm, which now sits at a 45-degree angle from the camera rather than totally perpendicular behind the screen. According to Filmpower, not only does this improve the overall rigidity of the unit, but it also allows for a heavier total payload: the 900g Nebula 5100 Slant can take camera systems up to 3.2kg — a whole 700g more than its predecessor. Additionally, the new design allows for a clear view of your camera’s rear LCD monitor for easier use.

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Freefly MōVI Carbon and Pilot, by Rin Ehlers Sheldon

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May 132017

NAB 2017 was abuzz with the sound of Freefly: adding to their big MōVI XL release, they have also announced the MōVI Carbon gimbal and Pilot controller.

Freefly MōVI Pilot

If you’re a fan of the MIMIC, you should be pretty jazzed about the MōVI Pilot. With remote control over the 3 axes of focus, iris, and zoom, the Pilot gives an AC or an operator a pumped follow focus that fully integrates with MōVI Pro. The Pilot features adjustable focus knob damping and a 2-axis joystick that can be set to control focal length, gimbal, pointing, or just about anything you want at the tip of your thumb.

Freefly promises a price point under $5,000, and if you want, you can reserve one before you even know what you’re spending. If you’re a part of a team that leans on a MōVI gimbal, this seems like a smart purchase to fully take advantage of what your rig can do.

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Compact Wireless Video Gets Range Boost – Teradek Bolt 500 Announced

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Nov 122016

Teradek has announced a new compact wireless video system. The Teradek Bolt 500 keeps the small form factor of the Bolt 300, but with an increased range of an impressive 500-foot distance, as well as offering HDMI/SDI conversion. 

Teradek has become one of the industry standards for wireless video transmission systems. They offer robust solutions for when you are you looking to transmit your video signal to a wirelessl, whether for providing a separate monitor for client viewing, director viewing and/or your camera is situated where running a cable isn’t practical, such as when sat on a gimbal, high out of reach or across a long distance.

The Bolt 500 is, however, still placed in Teradek’s short range category, a product that will favour users looking to keep their wireless systems small. The Bolt 500 is similar in size to its smaller 300-foot range brother, but step up to the Bolt 1000 and above and you’ll have to deal with a larger physical system when taking antennas into consideration.

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Pilotfly H2

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May 162016

Pilotfly H2

The Pilotfly H2 is the finest one-hand-gimbal for mirrorless and DSLR cameras we‘ve ever designed.

The Pilotfly H2 introduces a whole new way of video shooting with highest versatility, flexibility and power efficiency. The 32bit technology with Triple-MCUs and 2 integrated IMU sensors offers you a more powerful shooting experience than ever before.

The ergonomic lightweight handle is equipped with an easy-to-use 4-way joystick, mode button and a power/battery status LED. Now, three integrated ¼(inch) screw holes (one on each side and one at the bottom) give you the utmost flexibility for mounting other devices, like an external display or a microphone. Additionally, you can put it on a tripod, extension pole, slider or on a jib — everything is possible now depending on your shooting requirements. And we even went one step beyond: Now you are able to detach the handle and easily exchange it to extend your operation time.

The 3 axes of the gimbal consist of a CNC aluminum alloy construction and is tool-less designed to balance your camera even faster. The new brushless motors were designed with integrated MCUs. We reduced their size of about 30% compared to standard motors on other gimbals. This makes the Pilotfly H2 the most elegant and ergonomic one-hand-gimbal on the market. And we don’t want compromises anymore! Therefore we designed the motor without limitation on YAW . Consequently, you can turn it 360° without having to worry about damaging the cables. Full 360° time-lapse is possible as well now!

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Working with the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

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Mar 212016

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K is an affordable cinema camera that raises high hopes among cameramen and filmmakers. Blackmagic Design’s attempt at creating a new custom made 4.6K sensor with a global shutter is said to deliver impressive qualities.

Our friend and fellow filmmaker Sebastian Wiegärtner had a chance to test the new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K, shoot some crispy medieval footage and speak about his first impressions on the results. Like all other reviewers that were sent a 4.6K, unfortunately Wiegärtner was not allowed to share his observations about the camera itself. (Intro by S. Wöber)

One camera. One lens. One gimbal.

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6KThis was the challenge for our Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K test shoot: I did not want to shoot another landscape video, so I decided to team up with my director Andreas Schultze and we developed a quick idea within a few hours.

Just two days later we had actors, costumes and everything we need for our improvised project. In two days we shot this little piece with zero budget, just two people behind the camera and three wild guys in front of the lens.

We had no artificial light, just the camera and a Carl Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 15mm. All the shots in the short trailer were done with the help of the Sachtler Artemis Maxima Gimbal, which I normally use for my feature film projects.

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Drone powerhouse DJI seeks to bring ‘drone-like’ video to the ground

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Oct 092015


The company that has made its name putting cameras in the air is bringing them back to the ground.DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, announced today at the London Film Festival a new product called Osmo, which isn’t intended for drones at all. It’s a tiny, hand-held device (what’s known as a “three-axis gimbal” in videography) that integrates with cameras made by DJI and allows for video shot by people on the ground to have the smooth, gliding look of footage shot by an airborne drone. An Osmo costs $649, and also comes with a 4K, 12-megapixel camera.

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Nebula 4200 – 5-Axis Stabilizer Now Available For Pre-Order

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Sep 302015

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)

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Lanparte HHG-01 3-Axis Gimbal for Smartphone iPhone and GoPro HERO

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Sep 062015

Z1-Smooth Review – 3 Axis Gimbal for Smartphones

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Sep 062015

Shocking Low Price on the DJI Ronin M – Most Affordable Gimbal Stabilizer ? – NAB 2015

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Apr 282015

The DJI Ronin M is now available for purchase at Adorama. The DJI Ronin M weighs in at just 5 pounds (2.3kg), and is small enough to fit into your backpack and take anywhere, yet strong enough to support camera setups weighing up to 8 pounds (3.6kg).

$1399.00 with Free Expedited Shipping *

*Camera not included

Test Drive: Freefly Mimic with Chase Jarvis

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Apr 142015


We live in a world of superlatives and emphatic ballooned statements, that in all reality the very poignancy of the terms and phrases has been diluted. ‘Game changing,’ ‘revolutionary,’ is tacked onto anything new, and of course everyone’s favorite adjective, ‘Epic,’ (which, by the way, will force me to be sick on you if said in my presence).

Of course, these sorts of terms can mean more or less depending on the source, and in our world, the image world, few people have the reputation and gravitas to distinguish something as game-changing or to repudiate such a claim, as Chase Jarvis. According to Chase, democratization of the tech by bringing it to the masses is a key element, and in case you were unaware, Chase has done photo and video work with names like Apple, Nike, Nikon, and that’s the tip of the iceberg. He’s also a founder and COO of Creative Live, on the forefront of our field, and the education within it.

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