Flycam Nano DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer

I've talked about this particular video camera stabilizer before, and have been suggesting it to many people. In my older posts i've always shown demo videos of other people using this Flycam Nano stabilizer. This time around, i'm actually doing the demo. It's an affordable stabilizer with a Gimbal bearing handle that has more range of motion than the Hague MMC or IndieHardware. It's more expensive than the IndieHardware and about the same price of the Hague (if not cheaper) depending on where you live and shipping costs. It can also carry much more weight than both the Hague MMC and IndieHardware stabilizer. The design is similar to the Glidecam series of stabilizers, and it's possible it can carry the same weight as the Glidecam HD1000 which is 3 times the price.

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Flycam Nano next to Glidecam HD4000

The Flycam Nano is a cheaper stabilizer not only because it's coming from overseas manufacturing, but also because it doesn't spend on fancy aesthetics. The weights used on the sled (lower tray) of the stabilizer are just large washers with a wing-nut and bolt combo. The finish of the whole unit looks like it's some type of hard flat black paint as opposed to higher end units that use a flat black anodizing process. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing that feels like plastic. It appears to be an all metal rig. Unlike the the Glidecam HD1000 there are also no simple fine tuning knobs. To balance this stabilizer, you'll need to loosen all the thumb screws, shift the plates, recheck and try again if it's still off. With any stabilizer, this could be a time consuming and frustrating process especially for those who aren't familiar with balancing a stabilizer. For myself who has balanced many other stabilizers, it took me less than a minute. Of course, the first time I balanced a Glidecam it literally took me several hours. I've learned to understand what to look for when balancing my cameras, and practice makes perfect.

I'm very impressed with this stabilizer and the amount of weight it can carry. I'm only using 5 of the weights on each side and the unit shipped with 10 on each side. With the amount of weight I have on there now, it doesn't feel like the unit is struggling. I'm flying the Canon 60D with a Sigma 20mm Prime lens. The Flycam Nano I ordered also came with several extra parts including extra rubber feet and wing nuts. It was packaged nicely in a box of solid foam with cut outs. There are a few parts on the unit i'm planning to upgrade like the screws that hold the weights, and changing out the wing nuts to fancier clamp knobs. There's also a small hex screw that holds the top stage to the post that seems to work it's way loose after a while. A simple lock washer will prevent this from coming loose. It also lacks any type of quick release system to remove your camera when traveling. I'll be placing a Quick release adapter to the top of this unit.

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Minimal Parts for easy Travel

It's super compact and if you decide to take it apart will fit into a small bag. It's a really fun stabilizer, and i'm hoping to shoot something worth watching. If you have any questions for me at this point, leave them in the comments section. You can also check out the earlier related posts showing more examples of the Flycam Nano in use.

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169 thoughts on “Flycam Nano DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer

  1. Emm

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    @Konrad - Yes there are two versions a 'Flycam Nano Mini' and a 'Flycam Nano DSLR'. I am using just the 'Flycam Nano Mini'.

  2. Emm

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    @Henric - You need to hold the handle off to the side so that it has room to float up and down. I think you might be holding it in a position that doesn't allow the gimbal to have good movement.

  3. Henric

    Hey Cheesycam experts!! I'm having alot of truble balancing my flycam nano with my 18-55 or my 30mm 1.4f sigma..... It is a little better with my 15-55, but my t2i and sigma 30mm 1.4f should be fine too :(

    Anyway my problem is swaying and "bumping" up and down:

    It is really really apprent that Im walking and it is not " flying"

    I really need to correct this problem. Could somebody tell me the exact waight ditribution for my canon t2i and my canon t2i with 30mm 1.4f sigma? I have watched ALL videos regarding balancing... I know the bottom should be little heavier, and 3-4 second rule and so on... BUT, it is mainly the bumping I want to correct :)

    TY so much

  4. Craig Mill

    Thanks for such a good review. I'm thinking of getting the Flycam Nano after reading your review and the helpful comments. I use a H4n Zoom together with a Rode Videomic - do you think the Flycam Nano could take the weight of my Canon 600D as well as the Rode and Zoom?
    Thanks again - great stuff, really appreciate it.


  5. Emm

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    @Mark - Hmm. Possibly. I'd have to double check, but somehow I think the top part can't be disassembled.

  6. Mark

    Hi, great video!
    Is it possible to switch the quick release with the bottom weight, so the camera would be hanging upside down? And how about for the Glidecam HD-1000?

  7. I have been messing with this for 5+ hours now and I haven't gotten anywhere. All someone has to do is a step-by-step on the weight settings for the 550D T2i and 11-16mm but I CANNOT find it. PLEASE someone make a tutorial.

  8. benouceh

    Thanks for this video.
    Do you think the flycam nano can support 60 + tokina 11-16 or samyang 35mm ?
    Thanks for your answer

  9. Emm

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    @Adam - Use your other hand to control the steering. It's always a two handed operation when flying.

  10. Just got mine and its working good... But how do i keep it from turning left and right? It just wants to spin in circles when I move it a lot.

  11. Emm

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    @atcc - You would need to add more weight to the top. I'm not sure what the minimum is, but you can always add something to the top with the camera.

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