Ikan have been cranking out new products left and right this year – from compact LED lights, to new on-camera and production monitors, and now they are releasing a new handheld 3-axis gimbal designed for DSLRs and mirrorless fare such as the ever-so-popular Sony A7s II and of course the Panasonic GH5.
The Ikan Beholder DS2-A is designed specifically for professional filmmakers looking for a single handheld stabilizer for a large range of small cameras weighing up to 4 lbs. The DS2-A features a unique angled roll motor arm, which allows you to have a better view of the camera’s screen while using the gimbal, a feature that would be particularly useful to Sony a6500 and Canon 5D Mark IV users. In addition, the new DS2-A also features a 60 second Auto-Sweep mode, which allows you to program a 60 second camera movement.
The Beholder DS2-A is lightweight, easy to use, and can be carried in your camera bag. It is also versatile enough to be used with a DSLR, mirrorless camera, GoPro, or smartphone.
The DS2-A is the first Ikan Beholder gimbal to feature an angled roll motor arm that gives the gimbal operator an unobstructed view of the camera’s screen. This makes it easier to frame your shots and follow the action.
The DSA-2 gimbal features a 32-bit controller with a 12-bit encoder, allowing the adaptive PID algorithm to produce a smooth ride, with faster response time and easier balance. This also means users are able to lock lock the camera into any position by manually pointing and holding it in any direction. After a few seconds, the camera will lock and hold its position until it is reset back to default. This is a huge timesaver feature for those pesky shots where the gimbal just won’t stay pointed to where you want it to go or your horizon drifts and you just need to tap the camera to level it instead of having to stop and re-balance.
The DSA-2 is available by itself for $700 US from authorised dealers such as B&H or as a kit with dual handles or flex dual handles, which somewhat minimize vertical distortion.