The 3-axis handheld camera stabilizers continue to evolve at warp speed. Following the tremendous success of already popular models such as the Freefly Movi M10, Movi M5, DJI Ronin, AllSteady 5PRO and many others, now its time for a new lighter, more efficient and more precise remotely controlled BeeWorks Camera Stabilizer.
The gimbal has an asymmetric design to offset motor weight, making it inherently more balanced and reducing adjustment points. The gimbal is not only lightweight, but also very portable, and features a simple and slick design. All cables and electronics are built into the body.
The main difference between the BeeWorks 5 and the competition is the advanced controlled system for remote control that BeWorks 5 uses. With the BeeWorks Kinetic Remote system, the BeeWorks 5 can be controlled remotely while attached to its stand. Furthermore, the Kinetic Remote captures your movements and transmits that information to the BeeWorks 5 not only on one axis at a time, which results in a simple matching of gimbal operator movements in real-time. Here is the actual outcome:
While experimenting with early prototypes, the creators of the system learned that framing a shot is hard to do when the camera is controlled remotely by a traditional RC stick transmitter and moving it in only one direction. It is hard to get natural movements, particularly when more than one axis is changing at a time.
The Kinetic Remote has a position sensor that captures your position and movements and transmits those to the stabilizer in real-time. It uses the same handlebar as the stabilizer, so you can quickly switch between a handheld mode and the Kinetic Remote without extra gear. The video feed from your camera can be transmitted wirelessly back to the Kinetic Remote system via the Paralinx Arrow Plus (sold separately) so that you can flawlessly monitor your framing while operating with the gimbal.
The weight is the other important asset of the BeeWorks 5. The gimbal is built entirely of aerospace-grade aluminum, as opposed to the most typical carbon fiber tube construction of the competitive products. Thus, with a weight of 4.06 lbs only the BeeWorks 5 is the lightest camera stabilizer in its class.
Furthermore, balancing the BeeWorks 5 gimbal is a fast and straightforward process. The lens changes typically take 10-15 seconds to balance, while camera changes take 30-60 seconds which is quite impressive, indeed.
The gimbal is designed for smaller mirrorless camera and DSLRs such as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, GH4, A7s, Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 7d Mark II, etc. The gimbal comes with a dedicated stand specially designed for the system that not only carries the stabilizer but is intended to mount the system to the different type of surfaces as well.
Currently, there is a BeeWorks Kickstarter campaign running in case you want to support the project and its founders. This is their official Kickstarter video presentation.
The suggested retail price of the most advanced package of the gimbal is $3,499 which includes the BeeWorks 5, Kinetic Remote, Stand, Handlebar, Paralinx adapter and the case which is $500 less than the price of the competitive Movi M5 and $500 more than the current price of DJI Ronin.
You could pre-order the BeeWorks 5 gimbal and the Handlebar for $2,740.