DEFY's Dactylcam Lite Essentially Gives You a 600ft. Dolly Anywhere You Need It

While DEFY already has a camera line system for larger cameras, they've released a cheaper version, the Dactylcam Lite, that handles payloads up to 10 pounds (and with the G2X attached, cameras up to 3.5 pounds):

Here's more on the Dactylcam Lite Kit mentioned in the video, which comes in at $5,000:

  • DEFY G2X gimbal for handheld stabilization
  • Dactylcam Lite line system for line system stabilization 
  • Up to 10 lbs of payload on the Dactylcam Lite line system
  • Up to 3.5 lbs of payload on the G2X gimbal system
  • One-piece solid construction packable aluminum sled
  • Quick hook asymmetrical design 
  • Easy quick release and attachment to line
  • Speeds up to 35+ mph
  • Gimbal Quick Release Plate
  • Self-leveling and Dampening Camera Swing
  • Pelican Case with custom TrekPak
  • Customer Service rep provided for initial set up and tutorials
  • Technical support via phone, email and/or video chat

And what's included:

  • Dactylcam Lite Rig
  • DEFY G2X
  • DX6 Radio Controller
  • Battery - Dactylcam Lite (Quantity 2)
  • Battery - G2X (Quantity 2)
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Gimbal Quick Release 
  • 600 ft of premium Samson Line
  • Rigging Kit
  • Hardware and Tool Kit
  • IM2950 pelican with custom tray insert and base dividers

For an idea of what the system can do, here's a video showing off the results from their larger and more expensive Dactylcam, which starts at $8,000 and goes up to $12,000:

DEFY's less expensive barebones Dactylcam Lite includes just these items and costs $2,500:

  • Dactylcam Lite Rig
  • Dx4e Radio Controller
  • 3 cell Battery
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Hardware and Tool Kit

If you're more interested in the G2X gimbal, it runs for $2,000. Here's more on that:

  • Holds camera and lens combinations up to 3.5lbs
  • Built in stand for ability to balance in 3 minutes
  • Pre-selected auto tuned mode selections
  • Dual IMU sensors for auto sensing camera orientation
  • Extremely compact and lightweight at only 4.5lbs
  • Takes cameras ranging from Blackmagic Pocket to Panasonic GH4 and Sony a7S

For more information on all of these products, check out the DEFY shop.

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Oh man, I have been dreaming about this thing for years, such much to the point were I started making rigs with fishing string. Did it work? Noup. But it was fun. This thing work better for live events where the use of drones get annoying for large period of time.

June 5, 2015 at 12:28PM, Edited June 5, 12:28PM

Edgar More

As cool as the gear is, I'd say those guys really crushed it on the execution. Excellent shots.

June 6, 2015 at 7:02PM


This is pretty cool but nothing completely revolutionary since you can take a gimbal and put it on a zipline and get similar results (as long as you have motors and controls at either (or one) end of the line).

I think we'll see a price drop in the coming years similar to how we have an over-saturation of cheap Movi clones. It is pricey to be an early adopter.

June 7, 2015 at 3:53PM, Edited June 7, 3:53PM

Harry Pray IV
Director of Photography/Lighting Technician/Colorist

A 15lbs payload would be nicer: than I could use a MoVI M5 with full payload plus all the remote stuff needed: wireless FF and video and batteries...

It seems they are reconsidering the prices of the normal version: they now want you to ask for a quote...

June 8, 2015 at 12:29AM

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