New CAME-TV 7800 Version 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

CAME-TV has a lineup with some of the most affordable gimbal stabilizers available, but the low cost tradeoff is that they may lack some of the conveniences like tool-less adjustments of more expensive systems. Of course since they operate using the same Alexmos / Basecam 32 Bit control boards and Dual IMU sensors, and are tuned using the same software as more expensive gimbals, the CAME-TV still provides incredible camera stabilization.

CAME-TV's first DIY 7000 Gimbal Kit started with an 8 Bit controller and later was upgraded to a 32 Bit controller with Dual IMU sensors. Following the success of those two models, CAME-TV followed up with a new 7500 (RTR) Ready-To-Run model. If you have the time and patience to learn how to properly balance and tune, the CAME-TV gimbals can offer some amazing dynamic camera movements.

As an example, check out all of the sweeping footage shot in this San Francisco Car Show video {below}. These shots were captured using the CAME-TV 7500 3 Axis Gimbal by SatoStudios.

And now the most recently improved product release in the ‘7000′ series from CAME-TV is the new 7800 model. The 7800 gimbal is based on the RTR 7500 model but now adds a slim camera Quick Release along with modified side and top handles (finally all black in color). The new 7800 gimbal ships mostly assembled, pre-configured with profiles, and is available now at a (currently discounted) price of $1280 US (click here).

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77 thoughts on “New CAME-TV 7800 Version 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

  1. Thanks Very much Emm, really appreciate you response! Just checked the heights as appose to the 5D Mark III. D750 is smaller and the D800 is slightly taller and longer but im sure it will fit. Im super excited about this and have the patience to balance the camera as best possible. Thank you very much, your feed is awesome and so much help!

    Kind regrads

  2. Emm

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    @Hayden - I'm not exactly sure if the D800 or D750 will fit, I don't have one of those camera. If it's about the same height as the Canon 5D Mark III (or smaller), then it should work. As a first time gimbal owner, you really have to have the patience to learn and understand what's going on. You have to balance the camera as best possible, and you may have to tune PID settings (default is usually ok). There are tons of videos online about these gimbals and how to tune them, so you can do some research before you buy.

  3. Hi Guys,
    Really cool info here and loved reading through these comments! Im from South Africa and wanting to buy the Came 7500, I currently shoot with a Nikon D800 and D750, just wanting to know if the D800 will fit? And if the 7500 is the right option, im quite a handy man so im not bothered about the tooless setup, just looking for a good gimbal for a good price. First time 3 axis Gimbal buyer.

  4. Marina

    Hello again Emm, I am sorry for so many posts as I am so frustrated with this gimbal and as you can see I am not familiar with this software:(

    Is 2.43b9 GUI download the appropriate for my gimbal?

    I hope you are having a great day.

  5. Marina

    I am starting to wonder if I should have bought a Ronin instead...
    I have watched pretty much everything related to the Came 7800 online and seems that there are so many variables with the software adjustments, it's scary.

  6. Marina

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate your help.
    I wrote to cametvAmerica as well and they forwarded me a youtube video.( Unfortunately this video
    has no written step by step or info on how to download the software or what so ever. And the software images are blurry. Its incredible how Cametv lacks in communication with their costumers given the fact that the majority of the gimbals that are shipped to the US need calibration.
    Have a nice day,
    thank you again!

  7. Emm

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    @Marina - I suggest doing a Calibration of the sensor and Gyros. If you don't have this mode set on the gimbal, then you will have to connect it in the software and go click on Calibrate ACC and Calibrate Gyros in the menu. Don't change the sensor positions ever, just click on the calibration buttons and make sure the whole gimbal is level on the stand and hold the camera level.

    If it still tilts after calibrating, then you may have some type of 'offset' value in the other options like follow mode or RC input.

  8. Marina

    Hello Emm, first thank you for all the help you provide to this community.
    I have just received my came7800, latest model, balanced my canon 70d with a small nifty-fifty lens on it and for some reason when the motor is on everything works fine except for the horizontal pitch level. It tilts the camera to the left making the left side higher than the right side.
    Please help me, what should a do? I have a project to film next weekend and I am so worried.
    Have a great evening.

  9. Brandon N

    Southern dude -

    How did you get the all steady 5 pro wit extra battery, stand and hdmi for only $1,533. After adding those options, in getting a price of $1,619.85. Thanks in advance

  10. Emm

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    @Aaron - Hey awesome! I had the exact same problem last night with my homemade one. My poor solder job came loose.. Glad I can help.

  11. Aaron


    Thanks for your super fast response. I found the connector to which you referred. I disconnected it and reconnected it more securely. It, so far, seems to be functioning normally again. Thanks for the tip!

  12. Emm

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    @Aaron - Double check your wiring. Make sure one of the wires hasn't been disconnected or is loose inside of the little plastic connector. The wires are crimped to little metal pins that slide into little plastic connectors. Those metal pins are supposed to lock in place, but sometimes they can be pulled out. I would double check to make sure they fit very snug or it will cause that weird movement.

  13. Aaron

    Hey Emm! Been following your site for quite a while. Always great info, and it's very much appreciated!

    I'm using my Canon 70D with the 18-135mm STM on the CAME 7800. I've spent a ton of time trying to get it balanced properly, and it never seems to be "perfect," but it does seem close enough that the gimbal ought to be able to stabilize it.

    Suddenly however, the motor for the up and down "pitch" has started making a grinding sound. It also keeps letting the camera lean forward a bit before jerking it back up. Is this a common issue, and are there any known fixes. I'm pretty nervous about their tech support and am worried I just spent a bunch of money on a broken tool that I haven't gotten to use yet. Appreciate any thoughts you might have on how to get it running!

  14. Emm

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    @David Zung - Use a long cable, use a very thin and flexible HDMI cable and it will work fine.

  15. David Zung

    I use a Nikon D800 with an Atomos Samurai Field Recorder. Will the wires that connect the Nikon to the Samurai affect the performance of the gimbal? I assume it will but do you think with proper calibration this system can work on the 7800? Will the 7800 support the weight of the Samurai plus it's batteries?

  16. sam phibbs

    Does anyone know if you could fly a BMCC MFT with a 25mm SLR Magic lens on this? My scales say this comes out to under 2.1 kg and the gimbal says it is good to go til 3kg.



  17. Alam

    Does anyone know how much shipping is to Canada? I tied their shipping est tool and it failed to work. Reading Dans comments I'm a bit skeptical as I can get a great price on a RONIN since I work at a store that sells them. but none the less still almost a 1000 more than what I'd pay for the CAMETV. Seems as though Quality control is also better too...

  18. Bill

    Has anyone checked if the quick release plate is cross-compatible with Manfrotto system? Will Came-TV 7800 qr plate fit Manfrotto 501HDV head, and will the Manfrotto 501PL qr plate fit Came-TV 7800 qr base? I have asked at the source, they said they do not know.

  19. Emm

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    @Southerndude - No I did not calibrate any of the sensors. I did not touch the software at all.

  20. Emm

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    @Dan - I'm not really that great at tuning, but this video may help get you started:
    Otherwise i'm still learning in that area too. They keep changing the software and adding more and more features which I still don't know what they do. There's also no 'exact' way of doing it. You can come up with a variety of methods and end up with the same results. High PID settings with low motor power, or high motor power and low PID settings. It's just a matter of balancing things out.

  21. Dan

    Emm, one Big Request: can you please do a tutorial on how to use the Basecam software?

    I saw the tutorial you posted on calibrating the six axes of the sensors. But how would you do that on the 7800 when the sensors are mounted and built-in and on short leads? They could not reach the table's edge like you did in the earlier tutorial.

    One trick that helped is to turn the motors off using the software switch in the Basecam GUI. That way I could hold the gimbal still while it calibrated.

    I bought the three cube levels as you recommended and they are indeed handy.

    Now, if I could just get a tutorial on how the Basecam softare adjusts what and when to do it, it'd be perfect.

  22. Dan

    Yes. My 7800 is up and running. It's really nice and a fantastic machine for the money, especially with CAME-TV's current $200 discount. That's enough to buy the really nice Nanuk 945 hard case ($155) at Amazon with enough left over for a spare LiPo battery.

    I had to get the 7800's horizon to be level by calibrating the gyro and accelerometer using the Basecam's GUI software and driver and my laptop PC. It's was, as usual, confusing, and I hoped not to wreck the factory settings, which appeared to be okay. But after some trial and error, the horizon finally became level and all the modes work.

    The 7800 is very smooth in operation with my GH4, using its 12-25mm lens.

    Now that I've figured out the sequence for balancing (pitch, then roll, then yaw, in two axes each) it's no longer a frustrating mystery and I feel I can reset the balance pretty quickly.

    One thing that makes adjusting easier is to have dedicated metric hex drivers mounted in a 1/4" hex driver handle. Much easier than angled Allen hex keys.

    The 7800 flies beautifully. Definitely a good tool.

  23. Johnny

    Just got mine, and after seeing and reading a lot of people talking about issue with the roll bar and balancing, we did our own video to help.

    it took us a bit of a time to make it work, especially the person in the camera (Joe) has very limited knowledge about balancing, so it was sort of, his first time doing it and learning as he goes.

    One thing that Came-TV failed to talk about is the roll bar (the horizontal bar attached to the motor in the back), when first arrive, they are always not tightened, so you have to adjust it/balance it before using the quick release plate to do micro adjustment on the 7800.

    And we thought the quickest/fastest way to understand that bar, is to have it on a 90 degree angle with the vertical bar that holds the motor and the horizontal roll bar. and it helped.

    Hope these videos help others.

  24. Emm

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    @Nathan - Yes you can, but there is a case on the 7800. I will have to see how much room there is to fit one inside, otherwise it would have to mounted outside.

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