July 11, 2013

DEFY G2 Gimbal Camera Stabilizer from Relentless Now Available for Pre-Order

DEFY G2 Gimbal from Relentless Pre-OrderThe DEFY G2 Gimbal from Relentless is a 3-axis brushless gimbal camera stabilizer that has been in development since NAB 2013 and is capable of carrying cameras up to 2 pounds, like the Panasonic GH2, GH3, and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cinema, as well as any other mirrorless or small cameras like those from Sony and Canon. Check out an introduction video below from Drew Janes where he introduces the G2 and answers some questions you might have about the stabilizer:

http://vimeo.com/69932284

Here are the detailed specs for the device:

DIMENSIONS:

Height: 200mm // Width:120mm // Depth: 120mm // Weight: 2 pounds

OPERATIONAL AXIS OFFSET:

Yaw: 360 degrees continuous rotation // Pitch: +/- 45 degrees // Row: +/- 70 degrees

CAMERA BALANCING:

6 points adjustment using just three thumbscrews // Tool-free // Balancing can be achieved under 3 minutes

POWER AND BATTERY:

Charged with supplied Lithium-polymer charger via 110V wall outlet

Operational Time per Battery: 1 hours (2 batteries are supplied with kit)

ELECTRONICS:

3-Axis Controller Board

5 different operational modes on each axis (selectable using 2 buttons)

mini-USB connectivity

Joystick for manual controller on Yaw and Pitch (sold separately, coming soon)

Separate radio controller for second operator (sold separately, coming soon)

Built-in 5V power supply for Paralinx Wireless Video Systems

Check out some more recent examples of footage:

http://vimeo.com/69221859

http://vimeo.com/68577223

The first batch of stabilizers are going to ship at the end of July, and then the G5 will ship sometime in August, followed by the G10 later. The G5 is going to be for heavier DSLRs and cameras like the 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and the G10 is designed to handle cameras like the RED SCARLET and EPIC.

It will be interesting to see how quickly balancing will actually be. I know the designers of the MōVI mentioned to me that it was taking about 30 minutes to balance correctly, but after it's balanced, it would stay that way for a long time. The same is likely true for any of these other gimbals, assuming you aren't adding or subtracting any gear while shooting and no weight is shifting on the rig.

People have already been messing around with putting these on Steadicam arms, but I'm sure you could also attach it an Easy Rig, which would allow you to operate much longer without getting tired. That's one of these issues with using handheld camera stabilizers for too long, and it can limit their usefulness if you're trying to get smooth shots for an entire shooting day. The operator is going to be exhausted!

Not all of the stabilizers coming out allow you to actually control the pan and tilt, something that is a bigger selling point of the MōVI. As Drew said above, it will work with a remote to do exactly that, but it will be a $200 add-on which is not included in the purchase of the gimbal. If you need to monitor wirelessly (for example if you're using the remote), it can be powered directly from the gimbal itself, keeping down on weight and wires. The DEFY G2 is currently selling for $2,300 which includes the gimbal, two LIPO batteries which power the gimbal for two hours each, a LIPO battery charging station, and a Pelican case. You can head on over to their store to pre-order one now.

Link: DEFY Gimbal Store

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38 Comments

When you're using these remember that it's no excuse not to walk like you're using a stedicam - their demo videos are filled with vertical movement from walking.

July 11, 2013 at 10:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tyler

in the first demo I see some artifacts that look a bit like post stabilization, like when the camera goes behind the columns of the house. are those from the gimbal itself or something else?

July 12, 2013 at 12:20AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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It says on the description on Vimeo that no post stabilization was done, so it must be from the gimbal itself.

July 12, 2013 at 1:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Joe Marine
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I wonder if Defy is planning to sell to any of the rental houses or if they are more or less set on the direct-to-the-consumer model. I bet a lot of people would love to take it for a test drive first.

July 12, 2013 at 12:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

I noticed that with the motorcycle section the operator was going up and down and all over the place, and we didn't see any of that in the final shot. Also I saw a shot made of similar smoothness (of the actual shot) achieved by putting the camera on a tripod in the bed of a truck or back of a stationwagon

July 12, 2013 at 1:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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KevinPaul

price is bit more attractive than MoVI and BeSteady but i'm concerned that "robotic" issue... most of the movement for "trying to keep steady" makes the footages looks so "from camera on the curiosity on Mars" kinda stuff...even they said "no post stabilization", it looks so machinery.

July 12, 2013 at 1:11AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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farbeyond

Yeah, that's something that bothered me even in the Movi footage. I think that robotic feeling takes away some of the goodness these stabilizers bring.

July 12, 2013 at 12:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I tend not to buy add-ons that are 4 times the price of my camera

July 12, 2013 at 3:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

buy a more expensive camera and then you can buy it!

July 12, 2013 at 4:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Peter Kelly

Tell we what camera more expensive than a GH2 or a BMCC would fit on this thing within the weight limit?

July 12, 2013 at 5:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

Alexa M.

July 12, 2013 at 5:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gabe

Basic question: how do pull focus when handling such gymbals with only one operator?

July 12, 2013 at 4:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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pask

answer - you don't.
either you get a second operator with a wireless follow focus or autofocus in your camera, like the 70D, which will make a pretty nice combo with a gimble.

July 12, 2013 at 4:43AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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h264

...or stop down, though i'm guessing you for some reason want to use this at f/2...

July 12, 2013 at 8:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Pat

i cant see how you could do it with just one operator. I would imagine this works best with wide lenses with little DOF.

On something like the BMPC with a smaller sensor keeping focus hopefully wont be such an issue if you have the right lense on.

Speaking of BMPC any update on when they are going to be shipping? Supposed to be this month right?

July 12, 2013 at 4:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Peter Kelly

July 12, 2013 at 7:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Razor

Once I noticed it I couldn't stop seeing it - not one level horizon in any shot in the demos.
Is this on purpose do you think? Or is it a limitation/feature of the device?
I saw that they mentioned on one of their Facebook comments that the "Follow Me" mode actually follows in all three axes. I can see that following in pitch and yaw is a good thing (although I'd argue that you generally want the yaw to be quicker to follow than the pitch), but is following in roll ideal? Or should "Follow Me" default to strongest (relatively) in yaw, middle in pitch and weakest in roll? I guess for the target market they're mostly aiming at one-man operators, so this will be an important aspect, and the details on it seem a little hard to find.

July 12, 2013 at 4:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sam

I'm pretty sure these are things that can be fine tuned via firmware/software. If I remember right the BeSteady device will come with a software where you can control that yourself.

July 12, 2013 at 5:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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hansd

Are they going to bring out a version that can shoot something other than hipsters on it?

July 12, 2013 at 5:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

It's called a Steadicam!

July 12, 2013 at 8:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Pat

sssssshhhhhh........you can say James Cameron is an asshole in a usefull and documented article but you can not say hipster......sssshhhh be careful

July 12, 2013 at 10:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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jesuan

such a useful comment

July 12, 2013 at 6:10AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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cuartosvacios

BeSteady will start kickstater very soon. they has "follow mode", seems like it's same function called "majestic mode" at MoVI.

what about DEFY? does it have same kinda function?

July 12, 2013 at 7:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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farbeyond

"Charger via 110V wall outlet"

How does that work in Europe (220V) and the rest of the world?

July 12, 2013 at 11:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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FWIW, one could buy a handheld (Merlin style) stabilizer that will support a large DSLR with the carbon fiber vest and the arm for ~ $600-$800 on eBay. That will leave you with enough money to buy an electric 3-wheel Segway clone for $500-$1,500. (an actual 2-wheel gyro stabilized Segway is a frequent platform for the original Steadicam, since it provides mobility and support for the whole rig, including the add-on's like battery, monitor, recorder, the followup focus, etc.)

July 12, 2013 at 2:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

And you can probably put the Merlin style together with the segway clone into a bag, right?

One of the main factors which makes these types of stabilizers so interesting for me is the ultra compact size and light weight. Even a small sized Steadicam like the Zephyr weighs around 10 Kg/ 20 pounds itself and at least 30Kg/60 pounds when you factor in all the accessories, cases etc. you definately need. Additionally you can use these brushless gimbals in ways you never could use a Steadicam, like they did in the Movi presentation videos - handing it off through small openings, use it as a poor man`s car rig etc etc etc. - but it`s NOT a real replacement for all cases you would use a Steadicam in normally. These things aren`t made for long days of shooting, not for heavy cameras (now) and some others.

July 12, 2013 at 4:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Mariano

And you can probably put the Merlin together with the segway clone into a bag, right?

One of the main factors which makes these types of stabilizers so interesting for me is the ultra compact size and light weight. Even a small sized Steadicam like the Zephyr weighs around 10 Kg/ 20 pounds itself and at least 30Kg/60 pounds when you factor in all the accessories, cases etc. you definately need. Additionally you can use these brushless gimbals in ways you never could use a Steadicam, like they did in the Movi presentation videos - handing it off through small openings, use it as a poor man`s car rig etc etc etc. - but it`s NOT a real replacement for all cases you would use a Steadicam in normally. These things aren`t made for long days of shooting, not for heavy cameras (now) and some others.

July 12, 2013 at 4:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Mariano

The best shot in Laforet's "LA Hotel" video was when he handed the camera down from the second floor to the pool area. But that also could have been done by a cable cam with the very basic image stabilization. Sergey Urusevskiy accomplished far more with his tracking shots with"Soy Cuba" (I am Cuba) that was shot 50 years ago. The "LA Hotel" winding staircase shot was mediocre (once again, refer to Urusevski's winding stairway shot from the "Cranes are Flying"). And, at some point, you'll get tired of all the "under the table" clips once you see them a few dozen times. Meanwhile, if you just need a small dolly to record movement outside, you could do worse than this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmV28s4AE20

July 12, 2013 at 5:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

Oh and here's another 3-Axis brushless - remote control, flying 7D.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbMHdZqfdas

July 12, 2013 at 6:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

This really does look great! Would rather see some shots with longer lenses though. You can shoot handheld with a wide lens and get it looking okayish. Put a wide lens on a gimbal and it's almost guaranteed to be steady. I think some shots with a lens above 85mm would give a more realistic and fair representation of how solid this is so how about it Relentless? :)

July 12, 2013 at 8:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Kraig

Would a BMCC work on this?

July 12, 2013 at 11:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Aaron

By the way - as an alternative to a very pricey EasyRig ($3K+), one may try a far more affordable Atlas Camera Support that's a near-facsimile of EasyRig, especially when going with a DSLR weight class cameras. Atlas is using less expensive fiberglass rods rather than EasyRig's heavier duty materials (aluminum and carbon fiber, I believe) for support.

July 13, 2013 at 2:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

Anyone crazy enough to consider spending that much money of this needs to look at this- http://www.rctimer.com/product_912.html

Only 2 axis, but 3 axis versions aren't much more; Defy is absolutely counting on people not being informed enough to know better.

July 13, 2013 at 2:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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looks great, but what about the women who want to use this?

July 18, 2013 at 9:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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daniel

I'm very excited by this product and all of the new gimbal type devices coming out. I've been getting orders for my product, the Atlas Camera Support, from operators in anticipation of their Defy, Movi, or besteady rigs arriving. I can't wait to see the footage from Atlas Users using any of these devices.

November 17, 2013 at 7:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Great workshop by Drew Janes on the DEFY G-5 and G-2 camera gimbals in Toronto on Friday, December 13, 2013. It was part of Sony's and Vistek's CineAlta Training Event.
https://vimeo.com/81946988

December 15, 2013 at 9:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming again to read other news.

December 20, 2013 at 5:13AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Thanks for the shout out!

August 10, 2014 at 6:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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