CAME-TV has updated their 3-axis gimbal for DSLR/DSLMs and the new model, CAME-7800, has some great improvements. Also, the gimbal now comes in a nice package that includes everything you need when using this technology on a real production. It includes a stand, a solid carrying case and all the cables and tools.
Just as importantly, the gimbal is easier to balance and it now comes with a 4th profile programmed into the gimbal that allows you to quickly calibrate it – you can do it on location, without the need to connect to a computer.
This came really handy while I was shooting once – due to a big change in temperature, the gimbal’s sensors needed to be recalibrated. The same thing can happen when travelling because the earth’s magnetic field can change drastically and throw off the sensors. To fix it, you now just press and hold a joystick button for five seconds, until you hear a beep. Then, you simply keep the gimbal steady until the calibration is complete. This usually takes between 5 to 10 seconds. That’s it!
Here’s my video review the the CAME-7800
Here’s raw footage of my tests of the CAME-7800 (shot on Panasonic GH4)
Some more info about the gimbal:
CAME-7800 = 6.6 lbs / 3 kg
Total weight of the stabilizer without the camera:
CAME-7800 = 4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
What’s included in the kit:
The CAME gimbal doesn’t come with a remote control, but for less than $20 you can buy a Bluetooth module that will let you control it via a smartphone. You can buy the module on eBay
UPDATE: until Feb. 10/2015, you can get $30 off the gimbal if you buy it on the CAME-TV website – at checkout, enter the coupon code “CAME7800”
Also, here are the smartphone and tablet holders that I use with my gimbal so that I can monitor my Panasonic GH4 camera
You can get these and similar holders on eBay.
Here is a great extra battery that will work with this gimbal
To find out everything you wanted to know about old-school steadicams and hand-held camera stabilizers (like Glidecam, Flycam), check out my post “Steadicam How-To And Reviews”.