How To Balance CAME H4 Hand Held Stabilizer or Any Stabilizer

I've been fortunate enough to operate many stabilizers over the years, and it's amazing how they continue to improve while at the same time become more affordable. Here's a look at yet another new product - the CAME H4 ultra portable Hand Held Video Stabilizer.

As a bonus, i've taken the time to walk you through the steps on how to balance most hand held stabilizers. During the (lengthy) balancing process in this video, you will learn the importance of many key features that will benefit you when shopping for any stabilizer.

Although you may find cheaper stabilizers on the market, many of them will lack a quick release plate with multiple mounting options, fine tuning knobs, an adjustable Gimbal handle, telescoping post, and folding counterweights. Without these features it would be extremely cumbersome to dial in perfect balance.

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If you're looking for great example footage from this unit, hang tight i'm still working on this. For now at least I have a short demo in the video above. I can assure you that this CAME H4 Hand Held Stabilizer is as good or better than any portable stabilizer i've used in the past. The CAME H4 build is a combination of Carbon Fiber and Aluminum with a very high quality anodized finish.

For DSLR Cameras relative to the size of a Canon 5D Mark II/MarkIII, the baseplate fits nicely with access to the battery door. The stabilizer folds down to a minimum height of just 12" inches and comes with a padded travel case. For more information, visit the product page at http://CAME-TV.Com

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You can also find this product available via Amazon (found here) and for International eBay (found here).





118 thoughts on “How To Balance CAME H4 Hand Held Stabilizer or Any Stabilizer

  1. @Suzanne - Well without you telling me what your setup is, I can't say if it's too light. Also most people are confused, but to fly these stabilizers well you have to use two hands. If you are trying to do it with one hand, then you won't be able to control it well. It takes lots of practice to be good. Sometimes weeks to months to get the hang of flying one of these very well.

  2. Suzanne

    Thanks for helpful video, I can balance the camera but it still sways quite a lot when I move. I wonder if the camera is too light. Any suggestions?

  3. Mr. Mac

    What is that thing holding the Rod? I bought the table clamp and I have the rod. I can't find anything to hold the Rod.
    Help!!!

  4. jeff

    I have been trying to figure out the H4 for a few days now. My camera, lens and QR weigh between 1.10 and .756 kg. Lumix G7 with Rokinor 12mm lens with or without a wide angle adapter along with quick release.

    I notice that after balancing just as you do in your great video (super helpful) that the balance seems to change or vary from time to time. I found that the sled is actually kind of loose. So much so that when moving back and forth with a little speed it will actually "clunk" and I can feel it.

    Kind of bummed on that. Also noticed that when the bottom pole is extended all the way it also can move back and forth a bit which also changes balance.

    Is this normal? The balance just won't stay set. I have written to the manufacturer and waiting for reply.

    I see they have the Wieldy on their site also. it looks sturdier. Do you think it would be a better choice for me? Is it more solid?

    thanks for your site. It's an awesome resource and I find it very helpful.

  5. Emm

    Post author

    @Sergui - That sounds too heavy for these smaller stabilizers. You might need something like a Glidecam HD2000 size.

  6. Sergui

    Hi, in my case I between Came H4 and Glide Cam XR 2000. I.m goin to use a 7D mark II (910gr) and the Tamron 17-50 (570 gr) I will use sometimes microphones and led lights no more than 400 gr.
    That means around 1600 gr in total (olus bateries and cards).
    I really prefer the Came h4 because is smaller, and really convinient for my documentaries but I.m quite scare the it will be not enough for all my equipment (in the spec of h4 appears up to 3 kg, whitch will be enough, but it looks so small).
    What do you think?
    And in terms of time to stabilize is as difficult as the glidecam?
    Can i run with it?

    Thanks!

  7. JD

    Great video! I’m looking for a stabilizer for my Gh2. I’ll be using it with the 20mm pancake as well as some vintage lenses. I know the Gh2 is smaller than the Gh3, is that going to be a problem? Will this work with my Gh2?

    Thanks so much,

    JD

  8. Zetty

    @Emm Thanks for the tip, that really might be good solution and shouldn't worry about the fit either.

  9. Emm

    Post author

    @Zetty - I sometimes use Tennis Racket Wraps found at the sports store. They even come padded. This same wrap is used on Tennis Rackets, Baseball Bats, Hockey Sticks, etc. They have some very cool rubber grippy ones in different patterns and colors.

  10. Zetty

    I've just gotten H4 but I'm allergic to the foam handle it's supplied with (rare skin allergy although it's the first time I can't tolerate foam) -- what are my options to replace it with? Would something like bicycle rubber handlebar grip work?

  11. Emm

    Post author

    @Anthony - Almost the same, the H4 is newer but you probably couldn't tell any difference once you have them both balanced. Slightly different products, same end results.

  12. Fred Llewellyn

    Trimming the back edge of the mounting so that the back bottom edge of the camera is flush with the back edge of the mounting plate so that nothing will interfere with the LED display tilting. Doing this will probably lose the rear locking pin. The camera's mounting screw hole is very close to the rear edge of the camera's base, the center of the hole is .25" from rear edge. Looking at the base of the camera, it would be better to notch the mounting plate for clearance of the tilting 3" LED display. to allow as much contact of the camera's base to the mounting plate. The mounting hole of the camera is centered with its display and about 1" left of camera's center of balance when looking forward to the lens. Again the camera is a Sony RX-10. I am going to try to send back the Revo ST-1000 to B& H photo where I had purchased it . Unfortunately they do not sell the CAME H4. Thanks again

  13. Fred Llewellyn

    Thank you for the wonderful video. I own a Sony Rx-10 weighing 1.79lbs. with battery& memory card. It has a tilting led screen. I have tried a Revo ST-1000 stabilizer but the mounting plate and the locking screw in the back prevents the screen to tilt. I have tried mounting the camera 90 degrees, but then it will not balance.The mounting plate for the CAME H4 is secured by rails on the sides rather than front and back. The other problem I see is when you can focal length on the zoom, the balance will change. The CAME H4 is much faster to balance. Do you have any tips using this stabilizer and zooming? Mainly do you think that it will work with the Sony RX-10? I think that if necessary I can grind the mounting plate for clearance in the back to allow the screen to tilt.I do not plan for any other accessory on camera while videoing. Thanks.

  14. Emm

    Post author

    @Antonio - If you have all of the weights equal to each, it should not throw off the balance. Mine does not rotate as it drops.

  15. Antonio

    Hi,
    The bottom part with the weights rotates a little bit when I extend it, and I have to redo the Horizontal balance.
    Any suggestion?

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