Just a week ago after another successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, US-based company Turbo Ace announced that they have started shipping the first units of their latest budget All Steady six handheld gimbal stabiliser. That is the right time to see whether their mission to create the ultimate DSLR/Red gimbal experience for professional filmmakers at an affordable price has been accomplished.
The device weighs only 6 lbs, which is a half the mass of traditional and more expensive gimbals such as the MoVI M10 and the DJI Ronin. At the same time, the handheld stabiliser gimbal has a payload capacity of up to 8 lbs, which makes it extremely versatile and able to carry smaller cameras such as the A7s, GH4, Canon 5D Mark III to the heavier Red Scarlet or Red Epic Dragon and everything in between.
The AllSteady 6 Pro also offers convenient options including a wireless joystick for a second operator, follow focus ready set up and continuous 360 degrees panning for multi-rotors.
The gimbal also features a 32-bit processor just as the predecessor models with ultra-fast pan, roll and tilt auto-compensation. The Dual Sensor enables the controller to monitor and maintain proper gimbal orientation at all times.
To power larger motors at cooler operating temperatures, Turbo Ace have upgraded the controller to 30A so overheating on longer shoots or under extreme conditions shouldn’t be an issue any longer.
All in all, the device provides exceptional capacity and versatility but without the extra weight and bulk of larger gimbals, along with an entirely toolless balancing that enables the simple switch between smaller and larger payloads. Turbo Ace just released a video tutorial showing how to balance flawlessly the new gimbal.
There is a total of five pre-programmed operating modes including lock, aerial and ultra smooth full follow at different speeds. Upon power up, the default mode is a slow full follow mode. With a couple of clicks of a mode button on the joystick, the All Steady 6 operator can quickly switch between the desired operating modes.
The stick itself can be used to align the camera’s direction or to facilitate motorised panning or tilting, an excellent way to create smooth and consistent camera movements from a stationary or moving vantage point.
AllSteady 6 Pro Specifications
Gimbal Weight: 6 lbs including battery
Payload Capacity: 8 lbs
Gimbal Controller: 32 bit, 30A
Operating Dimensions: 450mm (Width) x 443mm (Height) x 260mm (Depth)
Folded Dimensions with Top Handle: 450mm (Width) x 455mm (Height) x 160mm (Thickness)
Folded Dimensions without Top Handle: 326mm (Width) x 345mm (Height) x 113mm (Thickness)
There are also some additional accessories that can be purchased with the gimbal such as wireless joystick control, AS6 Red Mounting Cage Upgrade & Power Package, extra gimbal battery, robust foldable tuning stand, heavy duty waterproof case and more.
At the moment the price of the AllSteady 6 Pro is just $1,297.95 and the company will showcase the handheld gimbal along with their other products on NAB 2015 at Central Hall-C11133.