What are the best budget gimbals for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras?
Stabilisation helps enormously in the quality of your video. You may be able to film high-quality video with your camera but if the viewer feels sick watching it, you may have a problem. Shaky video can be a distraction to the viewer and you should try to avoid this. You can reduce the shake if your camera has image stabilisation, but it is best to prevent this shake rather than correct it. If you are standing still then a good tripod or monopod will do just fine. But if you plan to move around you will get shaky shots. A good solution to this is to use a hand-held gimbal. This will help to remove most of that dreaded shake.
Gimbals will make your videos look smooth, fluid and give them a professional look by removing the shaky movement. They are the best solution if you plan to be on the move while filming. Gimbals are also great for action and sports shots, moving over rough terrain or following a reporter. They can do this with the help of 3-axis brushless motors and special software to counterbalance the shake. The gimbal motors each do a different job. The tilt axis motor keeps shots smooth when you move up or down. The pan axis motor corrects shake when you move left to right. The roll axis motor fixes shake that occurs from both up, down, left and right movements. Camera gimbals can often be expensive but luckily there are some low cost choices available.
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The DJI Ronin-SC is the smaller version of the powerful Ronin-S gimbal. It weighs only 2.4lbs, so it will not give your arm ache on a day’s filming. It has all the features of the Ronin-S but packs them into a smaller body, which makes it more portable. It has many different shooting modes including Motionlapse for epic looking time-lapse shots and a Sport Mode for capturing fast-moving action. It can even track your subject by connecting it to your Smartphone to enable DJI’s Active Track technology.
The DJI Ronin-SC can support a camera weight of up to 4.4lbs, which should be perfect for most DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. It has good build quality and comes with an ergonomic grip, which is comfortable to hold in your hand. You operate the gimbal with a set of intuitive controls, which give you full control over its actions. The DJI Ronin-SC comes with an integrated battery that should give you up to 11 hours of use. If you have more experience as a gimbal user, there is also available a professional kit that includes a focusing wheel for manual focus and other gimbal accessories.
Price: $420.00 £340.00 €380.00
The Zhiyun WEEBILL-S is great for many different filmmaking tasks. It has a miniature 3-axis gimbal that weighs only 2lbs, which makes this gimbal light to carry. This gimbal maybe light but it is still able to carry a camera with a weight of up to 4.5lbs. It also has good battery life and should give you an operational use of up to 14 hours.
Just like the Ronin-SC, it has Subject Tracking that you control with a Smartphone app from Zhiyun. So it won’t let you down when you are on the move.
This gimbal can stabilise your camera in the most compact ways. In the standard set-up, the handle will face down but if you need to do low tracking shots you can also have the handle point up at an angle. This lessens the overall height of the gimbal so you can easily film in tight places.
Price: $399.00 £325.00 €361.00
FeiyuTech G6 Plus
The FeiyuTech G6 Plus is one of the lightest gimbals that you can buy to support a DSLR camera. It weighs just 1.5lbs but this minimises the maximum weight of the camera you can use with it. Your DSLR camera can weigh no more than 1.76lbs and have a maximum height of 2.76 inches. This means it may not be ideal for all DSLR camera makes.
FeiyuTech claims that it will support the Sony A6500 but any camera larger than that may have problems. That said, it is ideal for smaller cameras like the GoPro and other action cameras. You operate the gimbal with the various controls on the handle. Here you will also fine a micro USB port and ¼ inch screw mount.
There is another ¼ inch screw mount on the bottom of the handle so you have plenty of choices for putting this gimbal on a boom pole. To mount your camera you simply screw it into the ¼ inch screw on the adjustment plate. The battery life is good too and should give you an operational use of up to 12 hours.
Price: $169.00 £137.00 €155.00
Moza Air 2
You could consider the Moza Air 2 to be a lower cost version of the DJI Ronin-S. It has the same look and feel of the Ronin-S but has many advantages. It has a battery life of 16 hours, so you could film all day without having to recharge it. It weighs 3.5lbs but can carry a camera up to 9.2lbs. You set up the gimbal with a small LED screen with an-easy-to navigate menu, so there is no need to use a Smartphone app to set it up. The Moza Spark power supply system offers 4 accessory ports that can power the camera, and film accessories like an electronic follow focus, LED light or a camera monitor.
It has 8 follow shooting modes that include Inception Mode, FPV Mode, Sport Gear Mode, Panorama and Tracking mode. There is also an AI calculation system that enables the Moza Smartphone app to adjust the gimbal after it calculates the total weight of your camera.
The Moaz Air 2 quick release system accepts Manfrotto quick release plates and offers one-step balancing by a built in hard stop. This hard stop ensures the camera always has alignment to the same spot. This eliminates having to hunt for the correct centre of gravity with the gimbal. At the bottom of the gimbal are a ¼ inch screw mount and a 3/8 screw mount so you can add the gimbal to a boom pole or camera rig if you need too.
Price: $549.00 £445.00 €497.00
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