I came across the Gimbal at the beginning of lockdown and was looking for a fun new project to fill my time. I wanted to find new ways to film my yoga classes and experiment with yoga poses. The Gimbal allowed me to record professional footage of classes, using gesture controls and ensuring smooth stabilised footage throughout. Although using just my phone for filming was an option, I found it very difficult to position my phone for recording (without falling over) and it produced shaky footage when walking near. This was not adequate for the level of professionalism I hoped to achieve.
What is a Gimbal?
A handheld device that helps stabilise video footage. This particular model helps stabilise mobile phone footage.
A gyroscope or Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) identifies sudden jolts in movement and these motions are cancelled out by 3 brushless motors within a few milliseconds. This guarantees a smooth professional outcome of the footage.
The software is well integrated within the hardware giving the product additional features alongside image stabilisation for example: gesture control and face identification.
The Gimbal can be folded into a small compact size of 160mm x 130mm and weighs only 405g.
The Handle
The handle of the Gimbal incorporates many features. Firstly, the handle is angled at 15° to the vertical, this allows for a comfortable grip fitting perfectly in your palm enabling a long-lasting hold. The unique one-handed grip allows versatility and freedom of movement.
Trigger commands are operated at the top of the handle. The main 3 controls are tilt, roll and pan.
The Gimbal is a new innovative product that can turn a beginner into an advanced photographer. I have been able to use the Gimbal throughout the summer for Holidays, yoga and art. I would recommend this product to anyone learning about cinematography.
4th October 2020.