September 14, 2013

Gimbals Galore: New Handheld Gimbal Stabilizers at IBC

Novo Gimbal StabilizerSo far, we've seen some pretty incredible products come through IBC, including several handheld gimbal stabilizers. Matt Allard from News Shooter visits the  Varavon, FlowCine, and Novo booths and talks with reps about their stabilizing options, some of which include accommodations for large cameras, interesting designs, and wireless monitors. Check out the videos for more information after the jump.

Varavon offers not one, but three stabilizing devices. (Granted, only one is a handheld gimbal, but, who doesn't like variety?) Their 3-axis gimbal stabilizer is specially made for the 5D MarkIII, with a specific intention to lighten the load for individual operators (combined weight of about 4 lbs.)

Also from Varavon is and a remote-controlled wirecam and a handheld mini-gimbal for use with GoPros. These stabilizers are multi-functional, since they can be used separately or together by mounting the mini-gimbal on the wirecam.

How much are each of these going to run you? $3,000 for the 5D MarkIII gimbal, $1,000 for the mini, and $1,500 for the wirecam.

FlowCine has done something new with the EasyRig by adding their accessory, the Gravity One, which is a free-floating, 2-axis gimbal. Though it's only 2.8 lbs, it can handle cameras of up to 37 lbs., like the Alexa, but it's also able to house smaller cameras, like the 5D MarkIII.

The Gravity One can be used with or without an EasyRig: you can go handheld, mount it on your shoulder or tripod quickly, which allows the user more versatility and control.

You can "preorder" one now on Indiegogo for $2,555, but after November when the Gravity One is made available, you can get it for $3,260. FlowCine is also planning to release an upgraded version with more motorized capabilities in the near future. Check out their Indiegogo campaign for more info.

Finally, Novo has developed a custom-made brushless gimbal stabilizer for their miniature digital cinema camera -- the Novo. With everything together, including the camera, lenses, stabilizer, batteries, etc. you're looking at a rig that is under 4 lbs.

Novo also announced their latest development: the Freedom Monitor, which is a wireless monitor that has a line of sight of up to half a mile, though it only transmits in SD.

Most gimbals boast versatility and accommodation of many camera sizes and types, Novo plans to do the same, only in a different way. They plan to develop gimbal stabilizers made specifically for certain cameras, so as to have the maximum amount of customized software, balance, and hardware for each camera. The hardware on these stabilizers are complete, and Novo is now finishing up working out the kinks in the software, but you'll be able to see these gimbals for larger cameras (5D Mark III, RED EPIC, and Alexa M) by the end of January.

As you might know, the Novo camera is only available as a rental, and the stabilizer is no different. The whole package -- camera, gimbal, lens package, wireless video, will run you $900.

What do you think of all of these gimbals? If you've used any of them, let us know about your experience in the comments.


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Anyone who didn't think that this market was going to get crowded was in serious denial. Also it's a clear reminder of "early adopter" tax regarding systems like the MOVI. These are going to be become really quite common place given most of the technology is off the shelf. We all win.

September 14, 2013 at 4:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


However I feel that the Movi still deserves its price - it's a much higher finish than these systems, and is literally flawless. Most of the new ones can only take a gopro (and I don't shoot my 'Steadicam' shots on a gopro for obvious reasons) or is missing an axis of stabilization.

September 14, 2013 at 4:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


I'd never say something was "literally flawless," but the Movi does seem to be a good head and shoulders above the rest in terms of quality. They've priced themselves into the high end market, and that's where they want to be. These new gymbals are pricing themselves into the lower end market, and that's where we want them to be, so as far as I can see everybody still wins and you're both right. Hooray us

September 17, 2013 at 6:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


I'm interested in the Gravity One as it will compliment my MarZpak perfectly. The prototype did shake a bit too much in the run ... hope the final product is more stable.

September 14, 2013 at 7:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


I love this market. Can't wait for a quality version that can handle an F5/Epic/Alexa and come in under $5K.

The Gravity One looks like it could be a decent stop gap until that happens. Although, it's not the most stable footage I've seen, it still looks like it makes a massive difference and the price isn't going to kill you.

September 14, 2013 at 8:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


And, as some of us had predicted, there are the EasyRig and cable cam versions too.

September 14, 2013 at 10:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


These are great to have and mess with , but what about practical framing. Seems like the steady cam is the only way to go if you want to keep your framing in tact.

September 16, 2013 at 1:18PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

John Wilton

You'd use an outboard monitor or look through an EVF, depending on the angles. Of course, then you need to solve the focus problem too.

September 16, 2013 at 7:31PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


The gopro one in particular seems really overpriced. I've been looking at RC Timer's gimbal for Gopro (they also have one that works for NEX sized cameras, and those are $100 and $200 respectively. Not sure how Varavon landed on $1000.

September 16, 2013 at 9:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


The RC Timer gimbals are not 'ready to go' when you buy them...

September 20, 2013 at 5:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


I especially like the Varavon Wirecam. I could see some nifty shots with that. Imagine doing a recruiting video or commercial for a college and flying a GoPro over a totally set-up shot with the footage team running a play. It would look like Monday Night Football for a small college. And, unlike a quad copter, if the line broke and it fell it shouldn't kill someone, at least not football players with helmets. Not sure I'd buy one but bet.

September 19, 2013 at 4:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


Sorry, hire only or $900 which is it.

September 19, 2013 at 6:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

Ash Mills

Enough of the handheld gimbals and remote helicopters...


If people spent as long planning and thinking out and making movies as they do obsessing over gear, we would actually get interesting footage with these tools rather than pointlessly kinetic beauty shots that quickly become tired and repetitive.

September 20, 2013 at 3:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

Daniel Mimura

Hello Guys. I am just clearing some statements about the Gravity one.
First ofce all the Gravity 1 prototype as you have seen running footage, its NOT IN ANY WAY stabilized with gyros or sensors, its purely MECHANICAL DEVICE and the pretty wild running in hand held mode was made with absolutely NO gyrostabilization at all.
In the Second case where you see the G1 WITH 4X4 KENYON GYRO the footage is very stable and you can also pull lenses up to 200mm having the same results, as the Kenyon gyros are capable of doing this very well.

But whats most important for you to know is we have started with a purely mechanical device that also allows different style of operation with large heavy full size cameras, and buying this will let you upgrade to the G1E fully gyrostabilized version, with your own choice of 1,2 and 3 axis depending on the shooting style and operation , with out having to get another rig.

And we will do this for cameras up to 17kg, full size cameras with full accessories, like lens motors, matte boxes, longer lenses , different battery modules, and just about anything you use in a fully professional shooting , with out compromising to get the shot done.

Thank you all for your interest and comments and please follow us close, as we are very close to showcase the G1E , a very new, ergonomic fully gyrostabilised upgrade of the G1 that will be drawing the line between those kind of systems.

September 21, 2013 at 6:09AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM


I am selling hendheld rigs for around $1500 tuned to your DSLR and wide angle lens combo. I rent the combo then tune it here and send it out. I can guarantee this kind of performance:

It is a carbon iber tube frame, with sliding camera plate and joypad tilt pan. Contact for info

April 6, 2014 at 9:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM