Camera Dollies to Steadicams and 3-Axis Camera handhelds- the journey of tools used for providing stability to your camera has been so exciting. Though the basic concept behind the invention and inception of all these has been the same, each one of them used an entirely different way to serve the purpose. Out of these, gimbal, the newest tool in the family is certainly the hottest of all and here’s a list of dos with your 3-axis camera handheld or gimbals to nail it every single time you use it.
- Do not assume that your gimbal is a replacement for those camera dollies and steadicams, they are still the mainstream in the cinematic world. So make use of your gimbal along with your sliders, jibs and dollies to make the most of it.
- Gimbals are light-weight and compact and for this are your best companion when you need to shoot while you roam. Move them as much as you want, your gimbal is absolutely fine with that!
- You need not to carry those redundant gears with your gimbal. Just your gimbal is enough to take instant shots, without setting up all those messy gears. So, don’t worry if you have lack of patience, time and space, trust your gimbal and click perfectly stable pictures and shoot invincible videos.
- Your gimbal doesn’t track the vertical movements of the objects and this may definitely affect your images or videos causing a floating or bobbing effect. As a camera operator, you are the sole responsible person to keep track of those vertical movements.
- Rotate it, invert it or do whatever you like to do with your gimbal’s position. Be selective in taking the shots, make use of your gimbal’s flexibility!
- Balance your gimbal accurately! Yes, you need to take care of the balancing of your gimbal. If you don’t, you hamper its motors, thereby draining its batteries.
- Shooting with gimbal is not a cup of tea for everyone, you need power up yourself before you try it. It may turn out to be tedious and laborious.
A gimbal is basically a hinged support that firmly holds your camera or smart phone in an upright position and thereby lets you click perfectly stable pictures and videos. In earlier times, mechanical gimbals with single-axis rotation were used for this purpose. Later on, these gimbals were updated to have two-axis rotation for better stability and providing better flexibility to your device. These gimbals make use of gravitational force for providing stability to your device while it is rotating on a single-axis, of course the mass of the camera or phone is also an important factor.
However, continuous improvements and newer ideas in the gimbal industry introduced electronic gimbals which soon replaced mechanical gimbals completely. The obvious reasons for this replacement include some advantages and features of electronic gimbals like three-axis rotation, improved stability, stabilization of on-board moving objects, lesser camera shakes and jitters, no impact of gravitational force, and independent projection.
Camera shakes and vibrations are not acceptable in handheld shooting and on-board footage, three-axis electronic gimbals serve this purpose well in stabilization systems which are projected to offer an immense ease of handling camera operator. Moreover factors like abrupt speed changes and g-force in corners do not affect the stability and performance of electronic gimbals; three brushless motors keep the level of your camera intact as it moves on all three axis and provides you an immediate response. In addition, a robust microcontroller accompanied by a set of electronic gyroscopes and accelerometers (together known as micro-machined inertial measurement unit – IMU) lets the electronic gimbal to respond to every slight movement and keeps the camera stabilized utilizing the motor assembly.
An electronic gimbal can easily level a camera or smartphone in case of turns, vibrations and changing directions whereas a mechanical gimbal suffers from inertia and negative gravitational force when used for shooting on-board moving objects. These amazing features and excellent performance of electronic gimbals, they are preferred over mechanical gimbals and have replaced them completely in the industry.