CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal First Impression and Demo Video

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The gimbals that i've personally used in this blog were all preassembled and pre-balanced. When it comes to assembling and programming one from scratch, i'm totally inexperienced. Last week we decided to tackle the CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Kit, and in a few days we were up and running. We probably could have finished sooner, but we wanted to clean up our build by running the wires through the frame and adding a project box (watch the video below).

Cheesycam CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer Assembly Instructions

Looking at the kit in pieces can be intimidating, but it's possible if you have the time and the patience. So here's a short video look at our fully assembled version along with some test footage shot by an inexperienced operator (my wife).

For a first time user without even a monitor to frame with, I think my wife did quite well. The flooring was very rough and so you may notice a bit of 'jumping'. Unlike a Steadicam Vest with ISO (isolation) Arm there's no stabilizing complete vertical up/down movements. My guess is that an EasyRig could solve that. Outside of that I felt Pan, Tilt, and Roll was stabilized almost perfectly to keep the horizon level. When you're just casually walking the unit works very smooth, even for a first time operator to manage. We were all very impressed with the performance for a 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer under $1K.

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Cheesycam Build for CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Wires Run + Project Box Mounted in Rear

While you don't need to be very skilled to operate a 3 Axis Active Stabilized Gimbal, you SHOULD BE skilled at balancing one. Not just balancing a camera physically, but also understanding the software, and troubleshooting. The software settings should be configured to work with different weight cameras. If you plan to balance a Canon 5D Mark III you can create a profile. If you want to balance a lighter camera, you should make a profile for that one.

When it comes to troubleshooting, you can easily run into situations where the camera does not want to sit straight. This could be a combination of software calibration, or physical hardware. I'm not an expert but i'll be sharing my 'what not to do' experiences in another video.

As far as putting together instructions for assembly, i'm currently working on that. There's no way I could have documented my progress as there were several instances where we did things incorrectly and needed to take things apart over and over again. Other times we found a better way to assemble the pieces and also needed to take things apart again. Now that I feel a bit more comfortable about the process, i'm going to work on a dis-assembly video which should make more sense seeing the end product and working backwards.

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Cheesycam Build for CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Wires Run + Project Box Mounted in Rear

If you don't want to wait around for my assembly videos, there are currently several videos on the product page to get you started. Once you have your product assembled, follow my instructions on balancing your camera on a Gimbal (seen here), and then install my profile i've configured for the Canon 5D Mark II (download here). You may just need to tweak your RC sub trim or Follow Pitch Offset Trim. Regardless, this profile should get you very close to flying most DSLR camera bodies.

The software you install on your camera will only work if it matches the firmware on the controller. You would need to download the 2.3b4, 2.3b5 GUI software for it to work with the board. (DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE HERE).

Don't forget to calibrate your IMU (sensor). Here's a video on how I chose to perform the 6 point calibration.

I suggest grabbing these leveling cubes with 3 bubble levels built in (click here)

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Also for your computer to see the board you will need to install the Driver found here: (DOWNLOAD DRIVER HERE).

You can check out the other instructional videos for the CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Kit at the product page at

DIY 3 Axis Gimbal CAME 7000 Calibrate Alexmos CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Instruction Setup Program Software Cheesycam
find-price-button CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer


132 thoughts on “CAME 7000 3 Axis Gimbal First Impression and Demo Video

  1. Emm

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    @Jeff - Make sure you select the option 'Skip Gyro Calbration at Startup'. Sounds like that's what happens everytime you startup and if you don't have that camera squared off and level, it will calibrate totally off.

  2. Jeff

    Any update on the CAME 7000 mount gyrating and the system rapidly beeping after the battery is hooked up? I programed it to follow along with standards I have seen others use, but when I plug the battery in it won't stop beeping, and the camera bounces around.


    Quick question - what diameter size are the tubes on this unit?
    22mm or 25mm?

    -Thanks in advance!

  4. Emm

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    @louis - That sounds too heavy for this system. CAME-TV should be offering an 8000 model soon for heavier camera setups and with a 15mm rail attachment for your follow focus. We should see it by the end of this month.

  5. louis

    Will this work with the 5D Mk3 and Cinema lenses w/ remote follow focus?
    Curious if it will be hitting the weight limit as a lot more weight will be hanging off the front.

  6. Hai

    anyone here using a quick release plate on there's? I'm having to use my camera from gimbal to tripod quite often so this is essential for me since I run and gun all the time. I'm currently using the manfrotto 577 Qr system since the rest of my tripods use it and it's great. seems to make it kind of heavy so balancing is a little tough.

    also, how are you guys mainly taking it around? I'm just laying it in my trunk. and carrying it bare everywhere lol any suggestions would be appreciated!

  7. Emm

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    @Stefan Weber - On some of the newer firmware you can enter into a profile where the Frame IMU is Upside down.

  8. Hi Guys, I am using the Came 7000 gimbal (alexmos 32bit) with a GH4 and a Zuiko 12mm lens . The gimbal is in total balance and is working really well. I was trying to use the Gimbal upside down, but as soon as I try to turn it, it goes crazy and I have to turn it off. Any tips for this problem?
    Do I need any special settings or do I just force it in the right position?

    Thanks in advance!

  9. stephenk

    Pic two.

    There's another zipper cover that really seals it into position. The outter shell is hard. Probably not as hard as the Pelican alternative, but the price is a whole lot nicer and it does the job

  10. stephenk

    GOOD NEWS! I stumbled across a very affordable case for the came-tv 7500 at Costco. I included a picture. There's two similar styles. One is only 99 dollars and does the same thing. The photo below is the 149.99 option. This is perfect as it even has room for the foldable balancing stand in a sealed compartment

  11. stephenk

    Totally understandable. I'll be using it with an slr magic 12mm mostly anyway. I saw a previous request for the 12-35 & figured the profile would help get me there.. as I understand my combo is even heavier!! Haha. The software looks overwhelming but for the price it's hard to justify not spending the time to learn it. I manned up and purchased one

  12. Emm

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    @stephenk - At this time any gimbal you get will require tuning. It's just part of the nature of gimbals. The CAME 7000 and the CAME 7500 32 Bit Version gimbals work very very well with a GH4 + 12-35mm lens.

    If you use a lighter pancake lens like the 14mm, 20mm, or Rokinon Fisheye the camera will tilt backwards. You need to notch the lower mounting frame so that the camera can sit more forward.

  13. stephenk

    Did you ever share your PID settings with the GH4/lens combo? I'm holding back on my purchase until I'm confident it will work without tons of fine tuning. Thanks kindly. Enjoyed the write-up

  14. Emm

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    @Juan - I think the systems are so close in design, I would probably just upgrade my controller because i've done some personal mods to my own unit.

  15. Juan

    Thank you for all the hard work. Would you say that the difference between an 8 and a 32 bit Came would be worth upgrading if you could return the 8 bit for a shipping cost of $140, and then buy the newer version or would you upgrade by changing the board and sensors as you have done?
    Thank you for your time.

  16. Noah

    I can't get my gimbal to connect to my computer.
    I have the 32 bit version. Downloaded the 2.4 software, plugged it in via Canon USB cable. Won't communicate. Tried using the program that unzips the files or whatever , no luck. Any suggestion?

  17. George

    Thanks a lot man! I appreciate it. So what would you recommend? Getting EF Rokinon lenses or just go with the E mount Rokinon's? I'm just thinking that it would be easier to get the ND filter adaptor and buy the EF lenses, so a) I don't have to buy three different ND filters, and b) I could sell the Rokinon's a lot easier if need be.. Any thoughts?
    Obviously I want to use the a7s's full frame sensor to its full capacity and for my budget the Rokinon's seem to be the best bang for the buck. (Maybe I'll get Zeiss cine lenses in a year or two!). Thanks!

  18. Emm

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    @George - Sounds like a winner. The ND Throttle should work great when you need to swap lenses. I would test things out on a gimbal, chances are you may only stick with a few of the wider lenses on a stabilizer.

  19. George

    Thanks a lot Emm! I appreciate the info. I'm just trying to build my rig so I wrote on another page of yours regarding lenses & adaptors. Tell me what you think of this: Sony a7s, Rokinon Cine lenses 24mm, 35mm, 85mm (haven't chosen between E mount of EF mounts), Came 7500, and need an ND filter...
    I'd love your input! Thanks.

  20. Emm

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    @George - Yes the 7500 uses the latest 32 Bit with dual sensors. Yes I recommend the gimbal as it's a nice entry level price for something that is already assembled and configured with profiles. There are many differences with some of the more expensive systems. For instance the Varavon Birdycam system is easier to balance a camera with sliding plates and fine tuning adjustments. If you fly the same camera + lens combo (as I often do), you won't be making adjustments very often so it may not be a big deal.

    Also, the Varavon can fold down (new feature) and can have the handles easily removed for mounting to other tools (jib, cable cam, etc). Still, the CAME 7000/7500 is a petty straight forward gimbal that can carry the weight of a DSLR and works very very well.

  21. George

    Thanks a lot Emm! I appreciate the input. So does the 7500 have the 32 bit and dual sensors? Would you recommend the CAME over other gimbals? I just know it has got quite a lot of attention because of the price to quality ratio, compared to the Movi for example...

  22. Emm

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    @Geoge - Yes, the CAME 7500 has a few upgrades over the 7000 and it should work fine with the new Sony A7s. When shopping for a gimbal, Just make sure you're getting a 32 bit version with dual sensors. The recent changes now make them incredibly stable.

  23. George

    Hi Emm,
    Just wondering if the CAME 7500 is worth getting over the 7000 and also if a Sony a7s would fit in the CAME?
    Thanks and the tutorial and instructional videos are awesome!

  24. Emm

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    @Nicolai - Change the RC setting in the software profile. Just swap the settings for pitch and yaw. You can also physically rotate the joystick mount too.

  25. Nicolai

    I just received my Came 7500. I have a Problem with the Joystick and i don´t know if this is normal.

    If i press right the camera moves up
    If i press left the camera moves down
    If i press up the camera moves right
    If i press down the camera moves left.

    Is this normal? Any ideas how i can change this?

  26. Emm

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    @Otto Haring - Since you won't normally be pulling focus, I suggest a monitor with a focus peaking option. The GH4 can send overlays which is nice so you can use a cheaper monitor.

    I use a very thin lightweight hdmi cable which does not affect the gimbal but to go wireless you will need something like the nyrius or radian wireless kit. Or with GH4 you can try a tablet and wifi app.

  27. Tom

    And my package don't include 7pin receiver. It must be to use the 32bit board? Thanks Tom

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