The gimbal stabilizer market been growing fast ever since release of the Freefly Movi M10 caused ripples through the industry and gave most the ability to achieve super fluid shots that might have been otherwise impossible to achieve.
However, for most the price of the Movi M10 is impossible. It is a tool which most productions would hire instead of buying, and rightfully so, it costs that much because it is a very high-quality device.
Nowadays, there are hundreds of 2 and 3-axis gimbals out there for all sorts of cameras from GoPro’s to the BMPCC, GH4‘s and all they up to RED Epics and Alexa cameras. It just depends on what your budget is. Most of them do the job well, require more work to stabilise, and some are just a pain to deal with.
DJI hit a home-run with their Ronin, which is a lot more affordable than a Movi M10, but sells for more than half the price at only $3K – taking into account the solid build-quality, load capacity and easy of balancing and operation, the Ronin is miles above the rest.
There are even more affordable gimbals out there such as those from CAMETV. Check out our prior posts on gimbals here and here to get an idea of the various options that are out there, and yes there have been more released since, but that should be enough to get you started.
CAMETV recently re-vamped their CAME-7800 3-axis gimbal, which may not have the payload of the DJI Ronin or the Movi M10, and lack some of their features, but it is capable of production a very smooth footage with smaller cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark III, GH4, A7s and the lot.
- 32 bit Alexmos board
- Based on the 7500 “Ready to Run” pre-assembled gimbal
- Slim quick-release plate
- Improved and adjustable handles in black
- Pre-loaded with profiles
- Weighs 2.2 KGs, max payload 3 KGs
Cheesycam has some a really neat tips and tricks video for this gimbal, as well as an unboxing video, both of which you can check out below.
It does take a bit of work to properly balance the camera, but with the Dual IMU’s on the 32bit Alexmos board featured in the CAME 7800 but it’s worth it considering the fact that at the moment this gimbal is selling at a discounted price of $1,298, which is about 13% off the regular $1,480 price. And even at the regular price it is still a bargain and definitely an option to consider for those of you looking for a nice budget-friendly 3-axis gimbal for your DSLR or 4K mirrorless camera.
The promo above is by California based Sato Studio and features shots done with the CameTV 7500 gimbal, on which the 7800 is based on.
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