Flycam, Glidecam, and Skyler Stabilizer Features

This video is complete rambling about different feature sets of a few 'Small Camera stabilizers' I use. I have quite a few very large ones as well, but for now i'm just touching on these specifically because they are so close in what audience they are intended for. The three small stabilizers i'm showing are the Flycam Nano, the Glidecam HD1000, and the Skyler MiniCam (new and old). If you're not interested in knowing about the differences of such products, I suggests you skip this video since it's quite lengthy.

I'll start by saying that it's possible to get excellent results from ALL of these stabilizers. Don't be fooled to thinking you'll be achieving excellent results on the first day, even if you wanted to spend thousands of dollars on high end gear. With any stabilizer, it will require practice, practice, and even more practice. This video will probably generate more questions, but hopefully it's an insight of the different things to look for when shopping for a stabilizer.

Flycam:
The Flycam Nano does not have the best fit and finish as the other stabilizers, so obviously it will be much cheaper. It also does not carry the fine tuning knobs of a Glidecam HD series stabilizer. The Flycam Nano does not come with any type of Quick release system to make packing up and re-balancing more convenient.

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find-price-button Flycam Nano Video Camera Stabilizer

Glidecam: The Glidecam HD1000 has a quick release system, fine tuning knobs, and has better overall build quality and aesthetics. The quick release system will help you remove your camera from the stabilizer when you need to pack up, and makes it easy to get the camera back in the right spot for rebalancing. The fine tuning knobs help get very accurate alignment.
Note: Recently Glidecam released an XR version of their stabilizers which is cheaper, but will lack the QR plate and fine tuning knobs. (click here to see Glidecam XR-1000 via eBay)

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find-price-button Glidecam HD1000 Small Video Camera Stabilizer

Skyler MiniCam: The Skyler MiniCam is the most expensive of these three small stabilizers. It's also the smallest and lightest, but yet can still fly just as much weight. You can remove all of the parts from the Skyler for travel and set it back up without having to rebalance. Everything falls perfectly in alignment. It also offers a quick release stage - not only for packing up, but it can be used to move your camera to a tripod, slider, cage, rig, etc with the included 'mounting base plate'. The design of the lower sled makes it easy to adjust up and down for weight compensation, and does not have the same potential to shift (like the Glidecam and Flycam models). Build quality is top notch.

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find-price-button Skyler MiniCam Video Camera Stabilizer Kit

If you're just starting out, doing it as a hobby, or just curious about flying camera movements you could start on the lower end. The actual practice of flying a stabilizer is more important than the stabilizer itself. Sell it off later when you're ready to upgrade or try renting one for a weekend to see if it's something you're interested in, and how often you think you'll be using it. If you're already flying a stabilizer and need more of the convenience of fine tuning knobs, quick release plates, compact for travel, and ease of rebalance, then look for the higher end models that offer some of those features like the Glidecam HD or Skyler Minicam.



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66 thoughts on “Flycam, Glidecam, and Skyler Stabilizer Features

  1. i really recommend you guys to AVOID flycam! my camera fall off from its base it broke my $2000 lens! the materials used to make it is dirt cheap and can be faulty especially for video production where it aint rainbow and sunshine. Its bad for long term use. Take my advice and save yourself from this awful material brand, you can thank me later.

  2. Agnius

    I just received Skyler Minicam and i was worried that i will run into the same problems with balancing and max weight after reading all posts.
    Yes, it can support 5lbs 6oz (Canon 7D, BattGrip w/ 6 AA, Zoom H4n w/2AA) Rod height at #8, plus 5 extra (total 15) big washers on each leg (i dont remember washer size, but it was the biggest at Menards)
    It balanced easier and handles better. Adding wires or removing lens cap did not change balance at all. Its more stable.
    Dont know side effects yet, as i had no real possibility to benchmark it, but the only problem im worried about is extra stress on joints. Also i have to figure out how to permanently attach washers.
    Liquid Thread locker helped a lot on micro adjustment bolt, its less wobly now.

  3. impoze

    I was surprised at how small it is, and quality is really nice.

    Yeah just thought something was missing on mine because I don't even have the thread to put the weight there,

    Also the adjusting one at the botom where you mention you can put a monopod is different as well,

    thanks

  4. Emm

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    @impoze - It's just another option and not really required to balance the Skyler. I have that option on mine, but actually don't use it very much. So what do you think of the unit so far?

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  6. Emm

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    @Cindy P. - The XR series lacks the quick release, fine tuning knobs, and lower sled weight adjustments. I would have gone with the HD1000.

  7. Cindy P.

    I am new to videography and I am trying to do my research before buying product, but I need some advise on a GlideCam XR 1000 that I just purchased. I settled in the Glidecam brand due to the reviews and noted performance along with a better price point. I was confussed at which model I should purchase so I contacted one of the large camera stores and consulted them on which model for my camera. I have a Panasonic AG HMC 40 that weighs around 2.5 pounds (give or take a few ounces) and it was recommended that I purchase the Glidecam XR1000. I realize from everything I have read and watched these things are not easy to balance, but I am seriously wondering if I was sold the wrong version for the model of camera that I have. When I look at the Glidecam website they show a small compact consumer type camera on the model I have and they show the 4000 with what looks to be more like my camera looks. Did I purchase the wrong one? Can you help me out and give me your advise on the model that would better suite my camera.

  8. Emm

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    @carl - True. I think it can be modified to work, but after picking up the Skyler, I sold the Arm Brace I had. LOL.

  9. Hi Emm,
    Thanks for replying to my above question.
    It's great that it has a hole and fine that it is at an angle because if you look at the flycam arm brace you can move the post to various angles to fit onto the styler. In fact it would make a great video because with your DIY skills I've sure you could easily adapt it.
    thanks
    carl

  10. Emm

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    @carl - Yes it has a hole in the handle, but it's only half the size of the Glidecam handle. It's probably possible to attach it to a vest but the adapter would have to be at an angle.

  11. Hi Emm,
    Does the handle of the skyler have a hole in the bottom to attach an arm for a vest or the forearm support I own that I bought from the people who make the flycam in India.
    Thanks
    Carl

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  13. Hi Emm,
    got the Skyler Minicam now, and I am now on the practice makes perfect regime. One quick question - is it better to have fewer weights at the bottom and a longer extension of the centre column, or better to have more weight and less extension? Or does it matter?

    thanks
    Simon

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