The ikan Beholder Gimbal for DSLRs, sporting a 3 axis gyro stabilized brushless motor, is lightweight, durable, and works perfectly with DSLRs and cameras that weigh up to 3.7 lbs.
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I've gone through 3 of these units, and each one would not balance properly. One of the three units also had issues with the rubber grip. The rubber on the handle began to deteriorate and peel off. This occurred within one week of using the unit.
The manufacturer has been quick to help, but all replacement units have had issues.
The first made a very audible grinding noise while attempting to balance. The battery was fully charged and the phone (iPhone 6) was balanced properly before turning the unit on. I submitted an exchange to the manufacturer, which was promptly handled.
The replacement unit was worse than the first. After going through the proper procedure before powering on, the unit would spin uncontrollably. I tried three different phones and different weighting to see if the issue could be rectified. No luck.
I purchased a third unit from another retailer. This unit appeared to balance properly at first; however, I noticed...
I've been using the Ikan DS1 Gimbal for a couple of weeks now, and I think it's amazing. You've got to understand what you are getting before you get it. This gimbal gives you great smooth camera movements, just like any other gimbals. You just have to cater to the weaknesses of a handheld gimbal... By that, I mean you have focus a little more on the weight you are putting on the gimbal, and you have to worry about balance relative to camera size... Once I found that using a lens that weighed significantly less than the camera body makes setup quick and painless, I can't say enough good things about the DS1.
I'M GOING TO START BY PROVIDING MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE "DJI RONIN" THEN COMPARE THAT TO MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE IKAN DS1.
Disclaimer: I know that the two gimbals are very different, with different capabilities. But these stabilizers serve one purpose and that is to help get smooth camera movements. Both gimbals can get you the same...
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