The ultralight Moza AirCross 2 lets you mount the Pocket 4K without a cage – even vertically
The recently announced Moza AirCross 2 is the latest 3-axis motorised gimbal from Gudsen. It was originally teased at NAB 2019, but now it’s been officially announced and is available to order. Gudsen were showing off the Moza AirCross 2 at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, so we went to go talk to them and find out more about it.
And, yes, while this will upset some and make others giddy, you can mount your camera to it vertically. Of course, it does accept cameras the old fashioned horizontal way, too.
3-axis gimbals have really taken off in the last few years, and we’ve seen a lot of really good ones from a number of now-familiar companies. And while they all largely do the same thing – keep your camera level and steady while you walk around handholding it – each has its own unique benefits over the others out there.
In the case of the AirCross 2, those benefits are a 3.2kg load capacity and having the ability to mount the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (or BMPCC 6K) horizontally or vertically without any kind of cage or 3rd party adapter plates. While it can handle a pretty decent load, as with other gimbals, you still need to be concerned with balance. A heavier load might not always be suitable for use on the AirCross 2 if you can’t balance it well.
The Moza AirCross 2 is a pretty small gimbal, weighing in at a mere 950g. It’s not quite as small as the Zhiyun Weebill LAB (although it’s lighter!) but it’s smaller than the Zhiyun Crane 2, which offers the same 3.2kg load capacity. This small size allows you to keep your hand a little closer to the camera, which combined with the low weight of the gimbal itself means you can easily hold it with just a single hand.
It does come with a little tripod if you want to extend the handle for heavier rigs, but if you’re regularly using heavier camera rigs, you might want to consider something a little larger with more wiggle room for balancing, like the Moza Air 2, Zhiyun Crane 2 or Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB.
The Moza AirCross 2 is available to buy now as a base package for $429 or you can pre-order the Professional Kit for $499, which also includes a quick release plate, phone holder and Moza iFocus M mechanical follow focus unit. At the moment, only black versions of the gimbals appear to be available to order. There’s no word on when you can get your hands on the white ones yet.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.