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.
While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been the primary focus of both companies, a critical component of any drone setup is the gimbal that connects the camera to the UAV. Considering much research and development capital is invested in this tech, it only makes sense that both companies should make the most of it and figure out how else they can utilize the tech they develop.
I just know that many wedding photographers will hit their heads and go “how come I did not think about his before” but it looks like this could be an emerging trend with wedding photographers.
PhotographerMendel Mish of CJ Studios posted this cool short video on Facebook showing how a videographer gets a super smooth shot of the bride. He uses a self-balancing scooter along with a glide cam to do a full 360 around the bride.
Some gear needs extra protection especially when going on an outdoor production. Here is how to quickly make a hard case to protect your gear. I am actually going to use part of the packaging that the gear was sent with. While this is not a solution for every piece of gear, it is often a quick and solid way to protect your gear.
I recently started using the Feiyu Tech 3 Axis Gimbal. Being a small piece with some electronics inside, I wanted to protect it when going on productions, but the hard case was not yet in stock. I still needed the gimbal, so I went ahead and got it, figuring that I will figure the hard case later.
As many camera gear pieces, the gimbal came in a cardboard box. Luckily, that cardboard box was fitted with hard foam insert, and the different pieces of the gimbal (charger, batteries, cables) are nicely tucked inside that protective foam.
BOOM! I knew what to do.
If you are following DJI, this will not come as a shock for you, and it is pretty much the obvious evolution in the company’s road-map. Today DJI announced that they are taking the camera off the drone and putting it in your hands. They announced the DJI Osmo.
The Osmo is an integrated device – a 4K camera permanently mounted on a 3-Axis Gimbal.
While GoPro supplies great footage it is often unusable without some sort of stabilization. Sometimes stabilization is made in post, with some cost in image quality, but we are seeing more and more options for stabilizing footage while shooting. This is what Aeon wants to do for your GoPro – “Create Smooth, Cinematic Videos“.
The Aeon has some very nice features under the hood and a very slick design as a the hood itself. Think Halo meets District 9 kind of look.
The Aeon is a 3-Axis gimbal so it provides all the stabilization you would expect from this kind of device (and the demo reel is quite impressive). But it also has some nice features to make it stand out.
The video pitch and some thoughts after the jump
With Gimbals becoming more common, it is not surprising that DIY versions emerge, and with the maturity of technology, they are usually pretty awesome. But this 2-Axis gimbal from Daniel Rhyoo stands out big time!
Aside the slick looks, light weight and carbon fiber finish, Daniel provides full instructions, as well as a full part-list on his site.
Ever since the motorized gimbal made it into the industry about two years ago, that market segment has been getting more accessible to low budget shooters. From the $15,000 MoVI through the $2,499 DJI Ronin and now DJI announces a smaller sub $2,000 Ronin M.
But it is not only the price that matters, DJI made a huge change where it has been getting the most feedback – the weight of the system. The Ronin M is down to 5 lbs while the previous bigger brother weighs 9.3 lb. This is almost a 50% weight decrease. Of course that with a mounted camera that difference will shrink, but it is still 4.3 lb off the load.
Ever since the MoVI made it’s first appearance, we’ve seen many new players enter the market. From established companies like DJI to emerging Kickstarter campaigns. But this build by Oscar Liang takes small form factor and hack-from-scratch to an entirely new level.
The gimbal, which can work both hand held or on a drone, is made entirely from scrap wood and some metal brackets.
If you are using a motorized gimbal (like the DJI Ronin or the more expensive MoVI) you’ve probably noticed that setting them up on location can be a drag. In Getting all the cables set up, attaching the camera to the plate and balancing take up precious time and are pretty much simply inconvenient. In the studio, or van you probably have a rack where you can place the Gimbal and set it up, but on location…. usually not.
Videographer Eric Stemen came up with a few clever tips on getting the gimbal up and running pretty quickly while going on location.