Getting A Steady Image Hand-Held
DSLR cameras may have first come into being to replace film with digital, but it was only a short matter of time before video came into the picture. But as vlogging and YouTube and related content came into being, the problem of stabilization came into the forefront. Because as DSLR’s quickly became the professional choice for shooting video — smartphones and such not being able to compete with the resolution or quality that comes with digital cameras — it wasn’t a stretch that systems for stabilizing the content became needed. Especially since today’s content is less static not being a guy just sitting at a desk or standing, and more zany if not insane at times, like following a person running or a skateboard in action or a guy climbing the sides of a wall. Plus doing interviews and short format videos where a stabilized image is desired. So out comes a gimbal, which is basically a device attached to the camera that enables a steadier image than hand-hold provides. So since the main purpose of any gimbal is to provide a shake-free, steady image, it would be great to find one that provides this feature but also makes it such that anyone can effectively use it so that the finished product can look both professional and compelling. All this points to the highly affordable ($229.00) Feiyu’s AK2000C Gimbal, which is just as home with the once-conventional photography/video uses as well as today’s more hectic and wider ranging content.
A Touch Screen Simplifies The Process
So let’s understand what we can do in order to have this device make sense. First off, it’s a “stick” with electronics inside and a platform that attaches to the camera at the top (obviously). So it’s definitely designed to be hand-held. And the controls obviously need to be well placed on the body so that they are quickly accessible. But instead of it all being a bunch of buttons we get a touch screen. That means tapping and touching in order to run through menus and access features and make decisions (note: there are physical controls on the body as they are necessary like a trigger). However a real problem could have developed here had the touch screen been an LCD — pretty much everyone has been tortured by the “disappearing” screens when outside. The answer is to go with the same material as found on an Apple Watch— OLED. This not only provides better blacks than LCD, but also stands out visually.
Making Selections Using The Touch Screen
Using the screen, one can cycle through choices that are relevant to the kind of shooting that is going to occur: Time Lapse and Selfie modes, white balance control, the choice of the shooting “speed” (ISO) and exposure control. Plus 360 degree panning and the highly effective W7 precision control (through an algorithm that creates a barrier to the shakiness that hand-held is prone to). Keep in mind that you need choices for both still photography as well as video so these options need to be there. But what DOESN’T need to be there is an app getting in the way of things: the AK2000C is totally self-contained and no outside influence is required. Nor does one have to worry about the electronics failing due to lack of battery power: the internal battery having a 7 hour (aprox) working life — we got 5+ hours on average with no problems — before needing a recharge (sensibly one can charge the battery while continuing to use it, and recharging happens fast, i.e., being less than 2 hours).
Attaching The Camera
Featuring a quick-release 3-axis mechanical lock, the AK2000C weighs under 3 lbs and has an attractive finish with a pearl wood handle. It is made of an aluminum alloy for durability and can hold up to 5 lbs weight of a camera/lens combo; it is compatible with most mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and lenses, for example the Fujifilm X-T3, the Sony a7 III, the Panasonic GH series and Nikon Z7, but also DSLR camera/lens combos like the Canon E05 5D Mark IV. But probably the most important to all this is how quickly one can get up and running with using it — built-in calibration handles setting up the camera being placed at top, and getting that camera into position happens rapidly once a bit of time is spent understanding just how the mounting needs to be done.
The AK2000C Gimbal looks to meet the needs of the pro and pro-sumer users, and does so at an affordable price. For more information go to https://store.feiyu-tech.com/products/ak2000c?variant=33315611672662