First Impression – CAME 5000 3-Axis Brushless Motor Gimbal Video Stabilizer

I'm sure everyone is aware of 3-Axis Gimbal Video Camera Stabilizers surfacing on the Internet. Some people think this is going to be the future of hand held stabilization in cinema. There are literally dozens of versions available today, and here's one of the inexpensive versions that was sent over to me - the CAME 5000.

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This article is truly my first impressions on the CAME 5000 product, so keep in mind I am by no means an expert in this area. If you are just now looking into these types of stabilizers, hopefully this review should appeal to many of you who are also not experts. First let's take a look at a demo video about the CAME 5000 Stabilizer from the company.

Notice that with fast movements the camera stays pretty level, but with slower movements the camera will 'follow' the direction of Pan/Tilt. This area of operation does require a bit of practice steering the camera in different directions. Now lets take a look at what I was able to achieve with my first tests in this 15 minute video overview (below).

No matter how expensive other systems are, my impressions are that these gimbals are not as simple as they have been advertised to be. Like any other tool it can yield great results or look totally amateurish. It still boils down to skill and experience. Practice and and patience to perfectly balance your camera. Swapping out to another lens on this type of system will take several minutes to re-balance.

Ok, so from the examples I shot as a first time user, I think the unit seems to work pretty well with a Panasonic GH3 camera. The footage has not been stabilized in post, and it seemed to stay pretty level as I rolled the handles around. They state this CAME 5000 model can easily support larger Canon 5D (or similar) DSLR Camera Bodies.

Can this particular system perform even better than my examples? Considering my inexperience and lack of patience to perfectly balance my camera, I think there is definitely plenty of room for improved footage. How much better, I can't really say. Only time will tell as I continue to practice more and hopefully work with many other 3-Axis Gimbals. I'll be revisiting this again shortly as I think I figured out how to better balance my camera...

Further info on the CAME 5000 3-Axis Gimbal can be found at CAME-TV.com
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31 thoughts on “First Impression – CAME 5000 3-Axis Brushless Motor Gimbal Video Stabilizer

  1. Frank X

    Hi Emm,
    Thank you very much for the reply! your idea on by-pass that design flaw is brilliant. If only I know that earlier!!

    I am wondering if the 5000 model worth the extra $1000

    my research shows that the benefits includes: please correct me if I am wrong.
    0) lighter, neat, better wiring
    1) less time to set-up the gimbal (balancing camera is still required)
    2) no need to calibrate sensors.
    3) no need to do the PIDs thru software.
    4) the remote control, it is not that useful to me because only one person will be operating the gimbal.

    any other benifit from the Came 5000 model?

    One of my other concern is: the 7000 has been updated to the 32bit board with 2 IMU sensors (giving better results) does the 5000 model also get the newer 32-bit board?

    I also saw you post about the Varavon BirdyCam which is around the same price range with the Came 5000 model. do you suggest to wait for that gimbal?

    Thanks a lot!
    Frank

  2. Emm

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    @Frank X - The CAME 5000 does not have the same design on the YAW. I know what you're talking about with the two small set screws. Although I didn't have a problem with mine, I didn't like the design. Here's how I modified my latest build.

    After finding the marks on where the set screws sit, I drilled the shaft a bit so that the screws can recess into the YAW shaft.

    Then before reattaching the set screws, I added loctite which is used to prevent screws from backing out. Of course with a bit of force you can still remove the screw if needed.

  3. Frank X

    Hi Emm
    Thanks for the review. I bought the Came 7000 version and returned it because of a design flaw. If you remember, in one of your review for the Came 7000 model, there are two tiny screws under the Yaw motor which provide the friction to secure all the weight below the motor. unfortunately, during the configuration of the Yaw motor(which did not work for me.) The random movement from the Yaw motor cause the screws lose the friction. My camera with lens dropped to the floor, not only once, twice!! even after I purposefully tighten the the screws very hard in the second time. my lens might have damaged from the drop.

    My question is: does the Came 5000 model still use the same method to secure everything below Yaw motor? if it is, I think I will pass this model. otherwise, I might consider to get one.

    I am asking because you have both models and have experience to set them up. I really want to buy a 3 axis gimbal and wish make it work me.

    thanks!
    Frank

  4. Emm

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    @Dave B - I'm confused. Are you using a two axis or three axis gimbal? Which model? Also what is your camera setup?

  5. Hello.

    Got mine from the mail and can't seem to get anywhere
    with the device. After balancing and turning it on it just twitches like crazy and makes a loud noise. On the internet
    there seems to be none videos for 2-axis balancing (but i'd guess 3-axis tutorials should work fine. Also there's completely none any sort of an info or users guide with the shipment from came-tv. Shipping was fast, i give 'em that. Any ideas with twitching and horrid noise?

  6. Emm

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    @Scott - I don't see these gimbals as replacements for Steadicams. I see them more as a replacement for Fig Rig or Shoulder Rig stabilizers. If you like the look of a steadicam, then go with the steadicam. If you are simply looking for something to stabilize hand held type shooting, the Gimbal is the way to go.

  7. René

    @Emm

    Thanx for your feedback. The price is very convincing, but......

    I'll let you know if I get it in the near future :-)

  8. Emm

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    @René - This product works ass described, but I feel there's a limit to what it can support, and it also does not have an interface to upgrade the system.

  9. René

    @Emm
    I'm still not sure wheter I should go for it or not. There's footage that looks smooth but on the other hand there's not that much recommendation around as for products by Defy or BeSteady. These are more expensive of course.
    What's your recommendation?
    Thanx

  10. Emm

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    @René - If you want to purchase the item for the BMCC, then of course you're welcome to. I flew my Canon 5D Mark III on this, and I personally feel that was too heavy.

    Static balance is easy, I might even be able to throw a RED Scarlet on here.
    These systems work by compensating irregular movements through the motors. I personally don't think these motors are strong enough to compensate for such heavy setups. I would love to see some actual video footage, not just static balance.

  11. René

    1. What's different between the CAME 5000 and the CAME 6000?

    2. As it seams the BMCC can be used but without external monitor as there's no space for the BNC plug? Any experiances? Thanx

  12. Emm

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    @LaFilm - Yeah I actually thought why not just use a two axis stabilizer and mount that on top of a traditional stabilizer (steadicam). I don't need the pan to be stabilized, and it would keep the camera perfectly level on the horizon. Same on a crane.

  13. Thanks, Emm! I had another "thought" for this gimbal. What if... (don't you hate it when a comment starts this way?) ...you take the gimbal and mount it on the end of a crane or jib arm, especially the less expensive ones that might be a bit jerky. You control the pan/tilt using the plastic remote controller and smooth out your shots that way. Basically turn the gimbal into a motion control head on the jib.

    Just trying to make your life more fun! Cheers!

  14. Emm

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    @LaFilm - Yes it's possible to run an HDMI cable, and I plan to do that next as i'm still trying to learn this thing. No doubt the system is pretty good at keeping the horizon level, but there is a slight twitching that happens. This could be because I did not have it balanced and it was trying to fight the weight, but we'll see what happens on my next tests.

  15. Emm, I know it's not up to the "pro" standards of the MoVi but the results look pretty impressive so far, especially compared to Steadicams or Glidecam style devices. My question is how do you monitor the thing when you're shooting? I guess you could go wireless out of the HDMI port, but could you connect a light HDMI cable to the camera and mount a 7" monitor on the top rail without the cable interfering with the balance of the gimbal?

  16. Emm

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    @Sandman - I haven't had the time to run it for a full day, but it doesn't sound like it's using up much energy. From the camera, I don't even think you can hear the motors working as it's stabilizing.

  17. Sandman

    I would say that for a first time try this is pretty impresive. How long does a fully charged battery of this thing last for non stop shooting?

  18. Guillaume

    The MoVi takes about 6 to 8 hours to set up with a RED 😉 assembling and calibrating. At least the last time we used it on a set but the gimbal was pretty new, less than 15 days in the hands of the operator.

    Of course this includes HF follow focus and framing operator. It didn't looked that easy to operate in the end. The complete set up was pretty heavy and you need a lot of practice to properly use this kind of equipment.

  19. marklondon

    I thought it was pretty spectacular for a 1st try. Loved the direct side by side.
    Very interesting!

  20. Emm

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    @Jordan - Better motors? Better software? Faster response time? The principal is there, it's just not at the same level. One of many reasons it's not at the same price.

  21. Richard

    Do you think there would be any benefit to using this with a vest/arm, and maybe use the remote to control it?
    They make one handed controllers that might work better.

  22. Emm

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    @Rabby - Actually I don't remember anything uncomfortable about the handles. I couldn't feel anything outside of my shoulders burning up from carrying the weight of these two cameras and moving the stabilizer up/down/left/right…

  23. joel

    Kind of a b*itch to balance, isn't it ... think I will wait until they come out with an upgrade that automatically balances the camera ... prob'ly in the year 2056.

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