Since compact mirrorless cameras with extensive video features became the norm these days, another mandatory piece of kit that can increase the production value of your videos is the single grip handheld gimbal. This industry segment is usually dominated by big names such as DJI and their Ronin-S, however, budget makers such as E-Image are making an entrance with more affordable stabilizer solutions.
Budget single grip gimbals are nothing new, and the more brands enter the market, the more difficult it gets to innovate. E-Image are a brand known for making budget tripods, whose appearance is strikingly similar that of more established brands.
For what it’s worth, the company is bringing a new 3-axis handheld motorized gimbal stabilizer called the Horizon One. Sold at B&H and through US distributors Ikan for $400 US, the E-Image Horizon One is a gimbal designed for DSLR and mirrorless cameras weighing up to 8 lbs (3.6kg).
The Horizon One uses the latest steady computing technology for the brushless motors to provide high precise stabilization. The Horizon One features 5 different operational modes, including single-axis and dual-axis follow modes, as well as a 12 hour run time.
The payload of 8 lbs seems ample enough to take care of demanding DSLR and mirrorless setups by allowing users to use a wider range of camera and lens combinations and accessories.
Horizon One Gimbal Features/Highlights
- Max payload of 8 lbs (3.6 kg)
- Full 360 degree movement on all three axis
- Advance steady computing system providing high precise stabilization
- 5 Operation Modes:
- Pan follow
- Free follow (Pan & Tilt)
- All locked
- Sport follow
- Dream follow
- Universal quick release plate, compatible with standard Manfrotto 501 PL QR plates
- Dream follow mode allows 360 degree spin on the roll axis
- 12 hour run-time off 4x included 18650 batteries
However, unlike the Ronin-S and some more premium models, the Horizon One’s roll motor’s design seems to be blocking the rear LCD screen of the camera, which is far from ideal. Most gimbals in the $500/600+ range have a slanted roll motor design to give users an unobstructed access to the camera’s screen. However, for the price, this very well may be a hassle worth dealing with for some of you.
Horizon One Tech Specifications:
- Battery Operation Time: 12h – 18h
- Battery Type: 18650
- Operating Temperature: -10°C ~ 45°C
- Operating Volts: 11.2V – 16.8V
- Payload: 1lb – 8lbs (500g – 3600g)
- Power Consumption: 150m A – 7600m A
- Working Angle
- Pan Motor: 360°
- Roll Motor: 360°
- Tilt Motor: 360°
The Horizon One from E-Image is available to pre-order from B&H for $399.99.