3-Axis Powered Stabilizers for Your iPhone or GoPro Hero4

On the day of the official release of the new GoPro Hero 4 cameras, we’ll explore one option to turn the smallest and most affordable 4K camera into a usable shooting device that could produce some descent professional results as well.

Many filmmakers use the GoPro cameras mostly for aerial shoots, behind the scenes and for B-roll footage, however I’m sure with the new features implemented in the new GoPro 4, including the ability to shoot 4k at 30fps, this is about to change.

DSLR Pros is the one of the companies that strongly believes in the capabilities of the GoPro cameras and this is the main reason why they have produced the first 3-axis gimbals dedicated to those cameras.

The DSLRPros 3-axis GoPro Stabilizer features three different stabilization modes and it’s got a metal handle with a robust design and allows a wide range of motion.

The 3 Shooting Modes are as follows:

  • Heading Following Mode Pitch and roll locked – in this mode heading smooth rotation will follow the direction of the handle.
  • Heading And Pitch Following Mode roll locking –  here heading and pitch smooth rotation follow the direction of the handheld.
  • Locking Mode Heading ,pitch and roll locking – In the last switchable mode the camera will not move in any direction.

The modes can be easily accessed through a single or multiple hits of the button, located in the upper part of the grip on the device.

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As any other 3-axis gimbal DSLRPros 3-axis GoPro Stabilizer still needs some time and practice before you could produce some compelling footage, however at the price of $349 it definitely deserves consideration. It’s an intuitive device, easy to set up. Simply insert the three batteries into the handle, attach the camera, press the power button on the bottom  side of the handle and you are ready to go. The gimbal is suitable for  all GoPro models and the brand new GoPro Hero4 Black or Silver as well.

Another product from the DSLRPros catalogue that attracts our attention is the DSLRPros 3-axis Smartphone Stabilizer. According to Jeff Foster from thepixelpainter.com who already had the chance to test the gimbal the 3-axis Smartphone Stabilizer works just like any 3-Axis gimbal  one could find on a drone or other electronic stabilized system for larger cameras.

The 3-axis Smartphone Stabilizer is perfectly balanced to handle a smart phone, it features a spring-grip clap that easily can be adjusted for a variety of phone sizes. However, larger smart phones such as Samsung Note or iPhone 6 Plus won’t fit on the gimbal. The retail price of the DSLRPros 3-axis Smartphone Stabilizer is $299.

Even though those gimbals could be quite forgiving and provide some excellent results in a certain shooting situations we should never forget that smart phones and GoPros still have a lot of limitations. However, the freedom and the creative options they give you – to shoot steady, high production value videos with a device that simply fits into the palm of your hand is quite appealing.

[via videoprocoalition.com]

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  • Roger wouters

    Hi guys,
    Nice blog.

    Is there already à 3 axis gimbel on The market for à iPhone 6 Plus!?

    I haven’t found one yet on the internet.
    Thanks in advance,
    Roger
    The netherlands,europe

    • Vlady Radev

      Hi, Roger!

      I can confirm that the 3-axis Smartphone Stabilizer is not suitable for the iPhone 6 Plus, unfortunately. Yet, we don’t have any information whether there is a suitable 3-axis stabilizer for 6 Plus. However, as long as we get such, we’ll post on the blog.

      Best regrads,

      • Jacalyn

        Hi Vlady, Nice to meet you! We’re developing 2 axis and 3 axis gimbal for iPhone5S, so would you like to test it when our samples are turn out?
        Best Regards.
        Jacalyn

        • Vlady Radev

          Hi there! We’ll be more than happy to test your products! Send us more info to [email protected]
          Best regards,

    • Jacalyn

      Hi Roger, We’re developing 2 axis and 3 axis gimbal for iPhone5s, we can talk more if you’re interested in.

    • Stephen McCarthy

      Ikan already have one that fits iPhone 6plus. It’s pretty good too.

  • Rick

    Would this fit the one plus one 4k android phone??

    • Vlady Radev

      Hi, Rick!

      As the One Plus One is almost identical in terms of physical size to iPhone 6 Plus I doubt it would fit. I hope this helps!

      Regards,

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  • Jason Chesebrough

    I wish this setup would allow you to attach GoPro’s waterproof housing onto the stabilizer… Thinking it could be awesome for snowboarding…

  • Phil

    I am suddenly seeing quite a few 3 axis iphone stabilizers; Swiftcam M3L, the Fly X3, etc. Thety all look very similar. Are they different products or re-branded versions? Has anyone done any comparisons?

    Thanks for your thoughts,

    Phil

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  • Declan

    DSLRPros 3-Axis Gopro Stabilizer has failed and no troubleshooting is available for it. Where are the firmware updates for past customers folks? You can’t even find the thing on their website. What gives DSLRPros? Pros? Really? Don’t think so! How can you expect a customer to return to you if you treat them this way?