Flycam Nano DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer
December 1, 2010
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.
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.
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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