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CAME TV Stabilizer Review: 2 Hours In NYC

March 7, 2016

Please know this is just one person's opinion, there are people with different experiences with different products, so try them before you commit, or think really hard before you put your money into any decision. This is my own personal review about the product, and I have not received any compensation for this review.    


Nowadays, many stabilizers such as the Ronin M 3 axis gimbal, or the MOVI have changed the way we can shoot free flowing cinematic footage, and be able to afford it without emptying our wallets. The reactions to them have been extremely positive, and people are now pushing the limit even further. 



    While in New York for a layover, I was able to test it out with a coworker of mine. The setup of it is very easy. It has a small stand you screw the handle onto, and the gimbal attachment to attach to the handle, then obviously the plate on top, however the plate can be a little annoying to get slid on top correctly. The stabilizing part is simple. All the red levers in the picture are things you can adjust to get the center of gravity, and the weight correctly balanced. I was able to do all of that in about 15 minutes, and be stabilized.  





     The battery life lasts quite a while. I haven't just let it run till it dies, but on one charge I was able to get what I needed. I have heard that it can go up to 10 hours. Something really awesome is the pan, and tilt joystick on the front of the handle that can be controlled with your finger while you stand still or are moving. You can also program the wireless transmitter that comes with it so you can pan, and tilt remotely. This would allow you to treat this like any other 3 axis gimbal. This was a perfect test of using a one handed stabilizer because I had to hold up an umbrella with my other hand since it was pouring rain all day. Luckily, it comes with a small black case making it very portable.




     So far the only real downside I've seen to it is that it can only carry 2.6 pounds, so for all you 5D users out there, you'll have to get the Ronin M. It would be great for mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s | A7RII, and BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras. I also noticed that keeping focus is difficult if you don't either have someone pulling focus, or have one of the new Sony cameras that will pull focus for you especially since if you bump the stabilizer or camera it goes haywire for a second before readjusting after you have refocused. Also remember to keep in mind this a first use, run and gun attempt to show how easy it is to use right out of the box. There are a couple handheld shots I kept in the video so you can see a difference between the shots. I can post another video if something different is requested about the stabilizer. 


With technology very similar to that of the Ronin, and about $400 dollars cheaper you can get CAME TV's single handed version of the 3 axis gimbal with 32bit encoder Boards. I do these reviews because I do believe in the products, and if you want to help me continue writing these. Buy from this link, CAME TV's single. Thank you for supporting this blog.


If you like the review, please feel free to comment, or let me know this is helpful so I can continue to help other. 



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