Ikan have announced the release of the innovative PIVOT 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer, which uses a complete 360 movement on all 3 axes, while providing advanced stabilization and an unobstructed view to of the back LCD screen of the camera. The Ikan Pivot gimbal stabillizer supports a hefty maximum payload of 8 lbs (or 3.6 kg) maximum payload, which means it can support not only popular DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but also compact S35 camcorders such as the Sony FS5.
The angled arm on the roll motor is a great idea, and is something that we’ve seen recently from other gimbals such as the Filmpower Nebula 5100 Slant, however with the new Ikan you get a slightly bigger max payload and included feet to set the gimbal on a flat surface. Using an adaptive algorithm, Ikan has improved the response speed and torque, allowing for better image stabilization.
The Ikan Pivot features a pressure sensitive joystick that allows precise manual control over the gimbal movements, and a helpful OLED status display screen on the operator side, which conveniently indicates battery life, operation mode, and joystick direction.
Another useful feature of this gimbal stabilizer is the fact that it is compatible with the super popular Manfrotto 501PL series mounting plates making it easy to switch from a gimbal to a compatible tripod easy. The gimbal’s battery holder is also compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and the the battery is said to give operators a full day’s work on a single charge (8-10 hours).
The Ikan Pivot is also compatible with the Ikan Dual-Grip handles, as pictured below. The compact design features a lightweight carbon fibre handle that makes the gimbal perfect for event and music videography, and travel vlogging among others.
Ikan Pivot 3-axis Gimbal Features
Max payload of 8 pounds (3.6kg)
Angled arm for unobstructed view of the camera’s LCD
Advanced image stabilization
iOS and Android app
Carbon fiber handle
Full 360 degree movements on all three axis
Compatible with Manfrotto 501PL series mounting plates
Battery holder is compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
As a companion to the Pivot gimbal, Ikan is also releasing an IOS/Android app in March, which will transform your smartphone into a wireless pan-tilt controller for your gimbal. The app also supports advanced calibration to optimize performance.
Ikan Pivot Specifications:
Battery Charge Time:
3 – 4 Hours
Battery Operating Time:
8 – 10 Hours
Battery Stand By Time:
Up to 20 Hours
18650, 3.7V, 2600mAh, Li-Ion Battery
16 x 10 x 3 in.
Up to 8 lbs (3.6kg)
18 x 11 x 5 in.
Shipping Dimensions :
45.72 x 27.94 x 12.7 cm
Here’s what’s included in the box:
1 x Battery Cradle (Installed In Gimbal)
1 x Carrying Case
1 x Charging Adapter
1 x Flathead Screwdriver
1 x Micro USB Cable
1 x Mini Tripod
1 x Mounting Plate
1 x PIVOT Gimbal
3 x 18650 Batteries
The new iKan Pivot is priced at $700 USD (get yours from authorised dealers such as B&H here) and is shipping in a couple of weeks.