Glidecam HD1000 vs. Flycam Nano

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These are two of the most popular and smallest DSLR stabilizers. I'm not going to say one is better than the other when it comes down to the actual video footage. End results between these two micro flyers would be the same once you have them fine tuned and balanced. The main differences to consider between these two is cost, quality of build, time to balance, and handling.

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First no surprise here, the Flycam Nano can come in about three times cheaper than the Glidecam HD1000. The Flycam Nano comes in a bit smaller than the Glidecam but this also means it won't handle as much weight. If you want to stick to the smallest flyer but are concerned you might be pushing the limits too much, then the HD1000 might be the safer bet. The Flycam being the smaller stabilizer can pack down smaller for traveling. Of course the Flycam Nano can easily handle a 7D + Tokina 11-16mm (and then some), which is about the average weight needed for most entry level flyers. The Flycam might be a better choice for smaller cameras like the Sony SLT-A55 or Panasonic GH2.

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The Flycam build quality isn't as polished as the Glidecam. Cheaper materials, painted metal instead of anodized plating, lack of fine tuning knobs, tiny handle, and non-professional looking weights. That's what helps keep the cost down. The Glidecam is far superior in build quality, but fancy plating alone doesn't make it a better flyer.

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The Glidecam handle is much larger and more comfortable to grip. The Glidecam handle is the same width as it's larger HD2000 and HD4000 siblings making it possible to use the HD1000 with a full Vest. The Flycam has a much smaller and shorter handle designed to be used with an optional Flycam Arm Brace.

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The Glidecam HD series stabilizers also have fine tune knobs. The fine tuning knobs allows micro movements of the stage making exact placement of the camera much easier and faster to the center of balance. This is a great feature for anyone who seems to change out lenses, cameras, or accessories that require the entire stabilizer to be rebalanced. If you're pretty much set with the camera + lens combination for flying, a Flycam Nano with a quick release adapter should do the trick. No need to rebalance.

Here's a sample video with the Glidecam HD1000:

Here's a sample with the Flycam Nano:

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87 thoughts on “Glidecam HD1000 vs. Flycam Nano

  1. Emm

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    @Jonathan - I'll be testing out some of the Lensse stabilizers to see how it works out. A smaller stabilizer is recommended, maybe even a modified smoother.

  2. Jonathan

    What stabilizer would you recommend for the nex-7 then? I don't really have any accessories to add up top for additional weight, and if I could downsize to something smaller and lighter that would work just as well, why not?

  3. Emm

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    @Jonathan - Yes it's too light, but you can always add more weight to the top with the camera, and then balance it.

  4. Emm

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    @Jerry also - The Glidecam designed type stabilizers (like Flycam) allow you to tilt easily without losing much balance. The Steadicam Pilot, Flyer, Zephyer, etc can do the same.

  5. Jerry also


    Is it true that the 1 & 2000HD Glidecam stabilizers allow easy tilting of the camera while flying, and that the others don't allow it at all? I read somewhere that the Merlin at least doesn't allow this. That would seem a huge advantage, if so ...

    Thanks for your wonderful work! I hope that you are prospering from it.

  6. Emm

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    @Tom - The fine tuning knobs are definitely helpful, but once you know how to balance one, you can do it pretty quickly even without the knobs. It's practice practice practice.

  7. Tom

    Hi guys. I own a Flycam Nano and I try to use it with a Rebel T2i and a Tokina 11-16mm. I'm having a very hard time, trying to balance it and it takes ages for me to get it right.

    I definitely want a steadycam for my productions and I don't mind spending a (reasonable) amount of money.

    Do you think the Glidecam is much easier / faster to balance? Or are these fine tune knobs not so important?

  8. Geemo

    Which flyer do you think is the absolute best? Glidecam? Or is there something that does pretty much the same thing but is a Chinese knockoff or DIY?

  9. Geemo

    I wonder if there is a carrying case for the glidecam for traveling so it doesn't get all dinged up?

  10. Emm

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    @Jerry - I've never used a Flycam 5000, and going too big would make it harder to balance. You need the right stabilizer for the right amount of weight. If the stabilizer is too big, you would have to add more weight to the top load, then it could be too heavy to handle for very long.

  11. Jerry

    Emm- just came accross a flycam 5000, I want to know if it's easy to work with. I want to use it with my 5dm2, 24-70, and led light, possible 7in monitor too.

    Are they easy to balance or would you recommand Glidcam HD2000 as the plate look more easy to balance. Just the flycam 5000 is 200 buck cheaper then Glidcam from


  12. Just a heads up. I purchased a Flycam Nano from ebay by a seller named Proaim23. I just received the product and the center post is about two inches shorter on the bottom than what Emm appears to have. The bottom of the gimble handle practically lines up with the adjustment screw on the center post. This Flycam was advertised as "up to 700grams" even though the picture wasn't the same as the final product. I've got a question out to the seller right now, but for anyone thinking of buying one, it's something you might want to look into.

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  14. Emm

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    @Phil H - If the stabilizer is too big it won't balance a light camera. I would go with the smaller for a 550D.

  15. Phil H

    Following on from Chris C comments about the standard nano (700gm) and the DSLR nano (1.5kg- 2.2kg) can you advise on the best choice for 550D.

    I assume that your footage was on the standard nano (centre post 11"-14")? In whch case it clearly works with 550D.

    Although the new DSLR nano add states that it is 550D compatible , am I correct in thinking that I would have to add additional 750gm on the top plate just to get into the weight range.

    At this time I dont envisage heavy lenses or monitors ....but you know how things grow !!

    Bye the way , great site and excellant footage in the video!

  16. Emm

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    @Chris C - Personally I think they are using the Flycam 3000 and calling it a nano also..

  17. Chris C

    I've been looking into the flycam and there seems to be a few different kinds available on ebay from India. One claiming 700grams and the other marketed for the 550d, d90, etc with a hold capacity of 1.5-2kg. Im concerned that both are the same and are just being marketed as different to justify the price increase... So im just wondering what's the difference? And which one were you using in the above video? Thanks!

  18. Lance

    Thanks Emm - I'm getting closer... Your site is awesome btw! Tips, tricks, gadgets, education...

  19. Emm

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    @Lance - I left them spaced out. The DSLR isn't a very long camera, and the lower plates are just added ways to make adjustments. There's no exact science to dialing in every piece. You just adjust where you think you need it. If you wanted it 'bottom heavy' you could add more weights or you could lower the sled. If you wanted it more front heavy you could move the front weight forward, rear weight in, or add more weights to the front, or use the fine tune knob to push the camera forward. There's infinite ways to getting it centered.

  20. Lance

    I noticed you mentioned moving the sled up and down but did you at all adjust the base length by moving counter weight plates apart from each other on the HD 1000? Or did you leave them spaced as it was shipped and only play with up and down and the stage?
    I am so close to getting my T2i body with Tokina 11-16 (with lens hood) and my manfrotto 394 quick release just right on the HD 1000 and thought perhaps the only thing left to do is move the base counter weight plates apart...

  21. Emm

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    @Danny - Further away using your arm as some type of suspension. Still use two hands, one to carry the weight, one to control panning and tilting.

  22. Danny

    Hi! I was wondering what's the best way to hold one of these? Closer to your chest or with your arm more straightened out?

  23. Can the pole from the weight plate be removed for making this stabilizer as compact as possible?? If so, is it easy to remove it?

    What about the top stage where you place the camera? Can that be removed as well?

    I travel a lot and need my gear to get pretty compact...

    Thanks for the review!

  24. Sean W

    I guess I did not compare the specs too much, but wondered how that fit into their lineup. Simple renaming and cosmetic changes make sense to account for it, and presto, a NEW HD DSLR model!
    Thanks Emm, I will be getting a standard Nano to try out then. I appreciate it.

  25. Emm

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    @Sean W - Looks like 'Flycam 3000'. I'm wondering if because the Nano is so popular, they are using the name as a marketing scheme and it's really a Flycam 3000. Check this out Flycam 3000 Stabilizer

  26. Sean W

    Hi Emm ... Sorry, I was not asking about the comparison between the two models of this particular thread. I just posted my question here figuring this is related to Flycam (not knowing exactly where to do so I guess). Sorry to confuse :-)

    ... search "Flycam Nano" on eBay and actually there now are TWO versions of the "Nano" ... the regular Nano and the DSLR Nano.


  27. Emm

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    @Sean W - I'm confused, LOL. There's only one Flycam 'Nano' from India, the other is a Glidecam HD1000 from Glidecam (the larger one).

  28. Sean W

    What exactly is the difference between the "Flycam Nano" and the "DSLR Flycam Nano"?
    I have about 1500g+ at the most I want to push around (3.5 lbs), twice what the stated weight limit of the Nano is. But if I understand it correctly I will be fine with doing that? I will not need this new larger Nano? I would rather not at a larger size, weight and price.
    I am just looking for understanding and confirmation.
    Thanks, I appreciate the site!

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