First Thoughts At The Nebula 4200 “5-Axis” Stabilizer

Dec 25, 2015

Benjamin Von Wong

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First Thoughts At The Nebula 4200 “5-Axis” Stabilizer

Dec 25, 2015

Benjamin Von Wong

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At only 1000$, there is no other product on the market that gives you fully motorized 3-axis stabilization with shock absorbers for (rated) 1.6kg.

Stabilization:

Although they market it as “5-axis image stabilization”, the spring loaded handles serve more as dampeners and shock absorbers than true 5-axis stabilization. That being said, they do work rather well at taking care of the unwanted bumps when one moves rapidly around. The down-side is that the springs tend to creak quite a little bit.

The motors are strong enough so that my A7r-ii with a 10-18 f4 has hardly any problem regardless of which orientation I fly the camera which is fantastically flexible.

Set-up:

The Nebula features a tool-less design which is pretty snazzy. It makes it very convenient to re-adjust balance. The downside though, is that it is a lot harder to get a super precise calibration. Maybe I just need more practice. For anyone who’s balanced gimbal’s before, it shouldn’t be more than just a little bit frustrating. For someone who’s never done it before… It doesn’t really come with instructions.

Build Quality:

You get what you pay for. There are a lot of plastic parts and the tooling and machining is definitely not A-grade. That being said, there is not really anything else on the market that has such a tiny form factor.

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Customer Support:

This is IMHO the biggest worry – customer support is pretty terrible, unless you speak chinese. They do offer some email support but it is very broken, and not very reassuring.

Additional Features:

The removable battery is a significant step up from any of their previous models. Lasts up to 4 hours (according to specs. I haven’t run it out yet)

[Nebula 4200 $999 @ B&H]

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3 responses to “First Thoughts At The Nebula 4200 “5-Axis” Stabilizer”

  1. Touti Avatar
    Touti

    Hi,
    I have read your review of the Nebula 4200 5-axis.
    I order it 5 day ago and still waiting for any news from the FilmPower team.
    I saw a loooooot of people disappointed and angry about support and order never arrived !!
    What about your expérience ? When did you order and when did you get the product ?
    Did you had any tracking number before delivery ? In which country do you live ?
    Thank you for all these info !!

  2. Nathan Petersen Avatar
    Nathan Petersen

    I’m interested in purchasing a nebula 4200. My concern is viewfinder screen is blocked by the back stabilizer which seems like it would be hard to set ISO & focus. Also, what if you’re shooting for long hours (ex. wedding)? Can you swap out batteries, or do you have to charge the whole unit and when it runs out of batteries it dies?

    1. Veronica Brown Avatar
      Veronica Brown

      Yeah. Would be nice to be able to use Sony NP batteries or equivalent, or maybe a battery adaptor