WEARABLE CAMERA STABILIZER vs GIMBAL
Which Stabilizes Better?
Over the last years we’ve have seen many 3 axis gimbals on the market but also the mechanic wearable camera stabilizer evolve into something new and better, the result is the new hybrid wearable camera stabilizer to meet the challenges of the film industry.
In this post we’re going to show you some of the best hybrid wearable camera stabilizer systems from us that will defeat any handheld 3 axis gimbal on the market today, find out more about the new affordable options we have.
COMPARISON BETWEEN GIMBALS, MECHANIC AND HYBRID CAMERA STABILIZERS
Which is better for stabilizing your videos?
If you ever thought that saving some money buying any of the top rated 3 axis gimbals like for example the Dji Ronin or Freefly Movi will give you the same results in terms of performance and stability as buying any of the new 8 axis hybrid camera stabilizer gimbal system, well the answer is NO.
You may have seen already many comparisons between classic mechanical camera stabilizer vs 3 axis gimbals such as the Dji Ronin or the or the Freefly Movi on youtube.
They find out whether a 3-axis electronic stabilizer Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi can indeed accomplish the similar camera moves like the mechanical camera stabilizer on multiple occasions and also at longer distances to the subject you are filming, and performs very well following a subject, going up or down on stairs, turning corners and more.
But they also realized that the 3 axis gimbals have many issues and It has several weaknesses when compared to the old classic mechanical camera stabilizer that already has 5 axis stabilization just by physics and due to the mechanical design.
This is the main reason that explains why the classic mechanical camera stabilizer were not replaced in the professional film industry and also explains why professional operators in Hollywood still use them as the main professional camera stabilizer.
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WEARABLE VIDEO CAMERA STABILIZERS VS GIMBALS WEAKNESSES & ADVANTAGES
Just to mention a few of the weaknesses of a 3-axis electronic stabilizer such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi, is the issue with the 4 axis or z axis or up and down movement while walking because they do not have a shock absorber arm to do that job for them.
Then other big weaknesses is that the 3 axis gimbals such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi do not use physics to stabilize the cameras its just electronic stabilization, and that has its consequences on the final result, as they do not have a weight on top and a weight at the bottom as a mechanical camera stabilizer has to help stabilize the cameras, they only depend on what electronics can do, so for that they consume most of the power and a lot of battery trying to correct the 100% of the stabilization.
On the contrary a hybrid camera stabilizer gimbal camera stabilizer works with two different sources to stabilize a camera. First of all it uses the Free power of physics in combination with a double shock absorber arm to do the main stabilization job that in the hands of a professional solves the 90% to 97% of the total stabilization, and then uses an electronic board with electronic motors to do the fine tuning to correct the remaining 3% to 10% to achieve the perfect stabilization result with less than 1 degree of inclination error, so for this reason the electronic board does a better job than with a regular 3 axis gimbal.
It's like if a 3 axis gimbal would have a 5 axis control board with 5 motors to stabilize the worst part without consuming any batteries or any power, and then after processing the footage goes to a second electronic board also with electronic motors to stabilize again what the first board could not do.
Then the operator of a 3-axis electronic stabilizer such as the Dji Ronin or the Freefly Movi also has the issue of achieving an accurate framing specially when running in low mode, just by holding the 3 axis gimbal from the top handle, like when you see gimbal users running like crazy holding the 3 axis gimbals from the handle without caring about framing, reflections, noises and so on.