The concept of hand-held gimbal stabilizers for smaller cameras and smartphones that easily fit in a pocket has been a burgeoning market for some time now. We’ve already seen many similar products hitting the shelves and others that are just around the corner. It’s getting harder and harder to catch up with all of the newly released gadgets fitting in that category. However, the better ones inevitably continue to attract our attention.
Being one of the latter, the Morpheus Stabilizer from the Canadian-based company Cinevate already impressed a lot of costumers, myself included, as being one of the first one-hand stabilizers that also could be used on a tripod, dolly, crane, and slider all-in-one. Furthermore, something that you normally would expect from a similar product is to be extremely lightweight, compact and easy to use. And, this is exactly what you get with the Morpheus. It can carry small cameras and devices under 300 grams. However, heavier cameras can be supported by adding optional weights to the accessory ports.
In case you are eager to see how to balance your brand new iPhone 6 Plus on the Morpheus Stabilizer, for example, you’ll enjoy the next video.
Flying your Smartphone on the Morpheus Stabilizer from Cinevate on Vimeo.
The best part here is that Cinevate offers excellent customers support and invests a lot of time in producing solid video tutorials that cover plenty of the information about how to balance and fly the Morpheus with almost any camera in its weight range. They’ve also created a dedicated Morpheus Stabilizer Weight Guide that can be downloaded too.
These are possibly some of the reasons for the extremely successful Morpheus Stabilizer Kickstarter campaign completed at the end of the last year that brought almost $100,000 in pledges to Cinevate.
Here are some other examples of footage captured with a Morpheus Stabilizer and different compact cameras, including the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and GoPro.
Cinevate Morpheus with Black Magic Pocket Camera from Cinevate on Vimeo.
The video you see above has not been stabilized or altered in any way, other than slightly graded. It was shot on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and is one of the heaviest setups the Morpheus Stabilizer can fly with. The next piece covers the assembly, balancing and operating the Morpheus Stabilizer to work with a GoPro camera.
Flying your GoPro on the Morpheus Stabilizer from Cinevate on Vimeo.
With a retail price of $139 (for the gimbal only), the Morpheus Stabilizer seems to be a go-to handheld stabilizer for many shooters already that prefer sturdy, light and easy to work handheld gimbals delivering some great value for the price in addition to the virtually limitless creative possibilities the device provides.