A Sub $3K Gimbal for DSLR Filmmakers: Meet the Letus Helix Jr.
If you're a fan of Letus' modular gimbal stabilizer Helix, but don't need quite as much power, the Helix Jr. might be more up your alley. This smaller gimbal is geared more toward DSLR and mirrorless cameras, like the GH4 and A7s. Letus gave us a demo, which you can watch below:
- Magnesium alloy frame (2/3 the weight of aluminum with better vibration dampening)
- Weighs 4.75 lbs (2.2 kg) with battery in handheld mode
- Weighs 3.65 lbs (1.7 kg) in "fly" mode and no battery
- Payload capacity: 7 lbs (3.2 kg)
- Includes 2600 mAh Lithium Ion battery .5 lbs (0.2 kg)
- 16 in (40 cm) span handle to handle (handheld mode)
- Quickly converted between handheld and "fly" mode in less than 3 minutes
- Flat bottom design. Set it down without a stand
- Super easy balancing
- No software changes needed between camera swaps / weight changes
- One Letus JuiceBox and charger included
The great thing about the Letus Helix and Helix Jr., as well as the DJI Ronin, is that users can easily transition into different shooting modes to fit with whichever camera move they're going for. This was an exciting development in gimbal stabilizer technology, which is already incredible to begin with (we all remember when the MōVi came out back in 2013). The Helix Jr., though, offers the same technology, only on a smaller scale -- something that DSLR filmmakers will definitely appreciate.
The Helix Jr. is currently available for $2899, but the larger Helix won't be ready for about another 8 weeks. It will cost $12K, $15K, and $18K depending on, we're assuming, models, kits, and add-ons.