At the heart of many modern cameras and drones is a magical device called a 3-axis brushless camera gimbal – you can buy a gimbal to improve your videography for mobile phones, DSLR and Mirrorless cameras alike.
A gimbal is a tool that uses motors and intelligent sensors to support and stabilize the camera, meaning you can film silky smooth video without moving. In the case of GoPro gimbals and DSLR gimbals, it is used to stabilize the camera against vibrations. Just as you use internal gimbal technology to ensure you don’t spill your cup of coffee in rough seas, a camera gimbal keeps your aerial camera in a certain position and counteracts the tremor and shaking of your video as the cameras move, roll and yawn around the axis on the playing field
A gimbal with three axes makes it possible that the object mounted on it is independent of the movement of the wearer. Whether GoPro, DSLR or even 3-axis gimbal, it ensures that the movement of the camera is stabilized regardless of the movement.
A good camera gimbal also allows focus to be set via controller, wheel grip or stabiliser, often via a special app. If you want to capture smooth, trembling, free video without holding the camera in your hand during movement, one of these gimbals can help you. What do you do if you want to pan for a shot but don’t have the time or resources to set up a tripod to take a shot? What if you want the camera to move horizontally between shots, but can’t because you have to hold it in your hand whilst moving?
A gimbal is a battery-powered device that uses motors and sensors to correct unwanted shaking by moving the camera along one of three axes: pitch, roll or pitch roll. It is designed to keep your camera at the same angle by automatically compensating it with calibrated and often remote controlled electric motors. Gimbals in videography refer to both motorized and non-motorized systems that stabilize your cameras.
Before you start buying a gimbal, you need to know whether your camera supports gimbals or not. First, there is the question of how much the stabilizer itself weighs, and you also need to check whether the gimbal you choose for your camera and stabilizers are strong enough to carry the weight of the lenses you want to use with it. Not to mention that some of them are specifically designed for different types of drones and cameras so it’s important to work out what you need; here’s a list of the best gimbals and camera stabilisers you could choose for phones and cameras alike:
The DJI OM 4 Combo is a compact & foldable gimbal that features 3-axis stabilisation for stable and smooth footage plus a new magnetic phone clamp to attach and detach your phone easily and quickly.
- Portable Bluetooth Gimbal for mobile phones
- Improved 3-axis stabilisation
- Magnetic phone clamp
- Magnetic ring holder
- Phone clamp sensor
- Buy on the DJI Store
DJI RS2 Pro Combo
DJI RS 2 Pro Combo is a handheld gimbal for DSLR and mirrorless cameras that is one of the best solutions for videography to date. It delivers industry-leading camera stabilisation and gives the highest weight-to-payload ratio in the industry, supporting a 4.5kg payload.
- Carbon fibre construction
- 4.5kg payload
- 1.4-inch full-color touchscreen
- Professional mounting options
- Max 12hr fast charge batteries
- Buy on the DJI Store
DJI Pocket 2
DJI Pocket 2 is a small handheld gimbal camera that lets you easily record stabilised sharp photos and smooth 4k videos. It fits perfectly in your bag or even pocket so that you can take it anywhere.
- 3-Axis Stabilised camera
- 1/1.7-inch sensor
- 64MP photo
- 4K/60fps video
- Hybrid AF 2.0
- ActiveTrack 3.0
- AI Editor
- Buy on the DJI store
FeiyuTech G6 Plus
The FeiyuTech G6 Plus is a portable gimbal compatible with mirrorless cameras as well as smartphones. Compact and lightweight, the FeiyuTech G6 Plus has a load capacity of 800g. It easily fits into the included padded case for easy portability.
- 3-axis stabilised handheld Gimbal
- For Cameras and smartphones
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Includes case
- Buy on the FeiyuTech store
Zhiyun Crane M2
The Zhiyun Crane M2 is a compact handheld 3-axis gimbal stabiliser designed for smartphones as well as compact and light mirrorless cameras. Ideal for any type of videography, it has an easy-to-use quick setup system and smart lock design, as well as six creative operation modes. With included WiFi and Bluetooth functionality, this stabiliser is also easy to control.
- 3-axis stabiliser for multiple devices
- For smartphones and smaller cameras
- Control via WiFi and Bluetooth
- 360 degree POV
- Intuitive OLED display
- Buy on the Zhiyun store
If you decide to go for any of the gimbals above or you have a different one you’d like us to mention, leave a comment below and tell us what you think!