If you recall about a month ago we told you about the new hand held gimbal stabiliser that FilmPower were working on called the Nebula 4200, which is to be the successor to their very popular single pistol grip Nebula 4000. The Nebula 4000 proved extremely popular in the filmmaking community and its success quickly spawned a few competing products namely thePilotfly H1 and the upgraded H1+ model, the CAME-TV Single and theMiniSturdy Flight. These style stabilisers are very useful as they are very light for travel, small enough to be carried around in a backpack. For cases where you want to blend in with a crowd they tend to work also quite well as they don’t attract too much attention as more traditional stabilisers like the DJI Ronin M for example or the bigger Ronin/Movi’s or any other two hand stabiliser system.
Just earlier this week, Filmpower released a few updates on their upcoming Nebula 4200 stabiliser, which ups the ante by adding 5-axis stabilisation, tool-less balancing and support for DSLR style camera/lens combos of up to 1.6kg / 3.4 lbs. Detailed information on all features and specs of the Nebula 4200 are skim at the moment, but here is what we know so far.
You will be able to pre-order the new Nebula 4200 on September 28th. It looks like there will be three versions of the new stabilisers – the 5-axis priced at $999, a two-hand operation gimbal (3-axis) Pro for $899 and a single hand pistol grip Lite for $799. Meanwhile, the original Nebula 4000 is on sale for $599 at B&H.
Nebula 4200 5-Axis Stabiliser Features
- 5-axis stabilisation – vertical / horizontal / pitch / roll / yaw
- 32-bit controllers
- Single and Double Handle Operation
- Support for DSLRs/Mirrorless cameras
- Maximum payload of 1.6 kg
- Wireless controller
- Tool-less Balance
- Bluetooth Capability
The advantage of having vertical stabilisation is that it will help eliminate the vertical bumps from footsteps when running or walking with these kind of stabilisers. Vertical stabilisation is usually a feature exclusive to Steadicam devices with a vest and specialised iso-elastic arms, which require specialised training and are not cheap. In addition, the tool-less balancing will alleviate a lot of the hassle associated with camera balancing.
The Nebula 4200 will also feature upgraded 32bit controllers (wheres the Nebula 4000 uses 8bit) which bigger motors which in fact can hold more weight hence the bump to 1.6kg so those who want to use some heavier lenses – good news for you. Cameras like the Sony A7s, the new A7R II, the upcoming A7s II, the Panasonic GH4 and the heavier 5D Mark III shouldn’t be a problem for the Nebula 4200, given the spec.