‘New’ Flycam Nano DSLR Video

Moderately impressive video on this most confusing 'latest' Flycam Nano DSLR Stabilizer. I say 'moderately impressive' because it's not that you couldn't already do all these tricks with any other version of stabilizer. Aside from what looks to be overall bigger (so it can carry more weight), there's not a lot of information about what's actually better. Do you need this version over the other? I'm still waiting to see a side by side review Nano vs. Nano to see if there's anything really significant other than just more mass. Maybe i'm missing something, but If you're already sold on the video, you can find it below..

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89 thoughts on “‘New’ Flycam Nano DSLR Video

  1. Tom


    I was wondering if it would work with a 600D + kit lens, and/or 50 mm ?

    I heard you needed to add weights to the top, if so, how could you do that?


  2. Emm

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    @logan - I have only used the smaller Flycam Nano. Anything larger, I have been using the different Glidecam models.

  3. logan

    @Emm im looking at the flycams, and idk what to get.. i see the flycam blue and its going for 145. then i see the flaycam cf3 for 199. i dont wanna spend more then 200.. i know it isnt a lot but i thought it can work for now. only thing ill have on the flycam will be my mkii and 24-105. and my 7d with my 10-20mm. no mics or anything.

  4. Mr Penguin

    Hi folks, my first ever post on cheesycam (I've been lurking for some time lol)... Actually decided to get a flycam nano dslr based on reviews from this site and I'm glad I did... Took my about ten min to balance my setup (600d with battery grip and kit lens) - I got mine with the arm brace but am finding it difficult to carry for more than 10 min at a time ( and being a wedding video guy 10 min certainly isn't enough) , anyone have experience of the vest/arm setup? I'm thinking of actually putting on le together myself ...

    Any feedback appreciated as always and many thanks to the cheese people for making such an amazing resourceful site! Love from London!

  5. Emm

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    @Jon - eBay is my fail safe due to Paypal disputes and eBay tracking and feedback. More ways to stay protected.

  6. Jon

    I'll be rocking a 600D with mostly a tokina 11-16 but possibly also a 50mm 1.8 or a sigma 70-70, so guess the DSLR version would suit me best?

    TheCineCity has some really competitive pricing ($188 incl shipping), but I'm not too sure if it's completely safe to shop from there? Anyone with experience of shopping from them and have it sent to europe? (sweden in my case)

  7. Emm

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    @AlpineZone - The DSLR Nano is larger than the Nano. You don't want your stabilizer to be too big for your camera, or you won't be able to balance it. (exaggeration) - You can't balance an iPhone on a Glidecam HD4000 (large). If you get the right stabilizer for the right camera weight, then it will be easy to balance. I think the Flycam 'DSLR Nano' is a bit too large for just a T2i. The Flycam 'Nano' should be fine.

  8. I'm lost on the models. What is the difference between the Nano and the DSLR Nano? I don't mind the extra price, I want something I can use regularly.

    I'm shooting a T2i and will probably be using a th e3.5/5.6 15-85mm lens I own, which is fairly heavy, OR my 50mm 1.4 prime. Also will likely toss on the Rode mic on occasion.

  9. Lenard

    I was just wondering how much weight you put on
    Will be using a 5dMkII and 24-70 2.8L lens.
    dunno how many white (ceramic wights) i have to put it to balance.

  10. Hi Emm
    I have just started to make my own music videos just got a canon 7d (mainly for the video frame rate options)im just about to set myself up with some kit. 1st purchase is a sigma 24mm f1.8. You probably havent tried these two on a flycam nano but im just wondering off your experience with using the nano if you think it would balance correctly?
    Thanks awesome blog btw!

  11. JJ

    I have a Canon 60D with a canon 50 1.4 I plan on purchasing the Tokina 11-16 soon which of the FlyCam nano should I get the regular Nano or the Dslr Nano? Thanks

  12. Firsttimer

    Ok. I don't want to question your knowledge, but I was thinking that the weight of the nex5 n is so close (490 grams) to the weight limit (700 grams) for the Nano, so that it would operat normaly. But I understand your point about a minimum operating weight. That said, do you know if there is a weight distribution factor between the weight of the camera and the "sled"?

  13. Emm

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    @Firsttimer - Even the smallest Nano would be too big for a 5n camera. You really have to stack some weights on the top. There's a minimum amount of weight needed to balance correctly. Someone here is using a modified Smoothee with a 5n.

  14. Firsttimer

    Hi guys!
    I'm just about to buy my first stabilizer for my sony nex 5n kit. I want to buy a Flycam, but the question is wich of the models I should go for. The new DSLR nano or the Nano? I'm thinking to get a bigger camera soon, but not in a wile. Is it stupid to consider one flycam for both cameras?

  15. bkpr100

    Also forgot to mention, I have access to both the new and old version flycam so I'd welcome the advice of anyone that has used a Tokina 24-70 on either of these models.

  16. bkpr100

    @Emm or anyone know whether this would support a 7D/Tokina 24-70 combo? I currently have a Tokina 11-16mm and a Canon 15-85mm that I use with my flycam, but was thinking of selling the 15-85, and getting a 24-70 for the constant aperture. Part of what would really make it worth my while is if the flycam can support the larger 24-70 lens; that way I'm not losing that range in my flycam options. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Love this site!

  17. Matt

    Hi guys, just looking for some advice. i have a 60D with 18-200 IS, 50mm 1.8 (24 years old) and I'm looking into a Tokina 11-16 2.8. and advice on what stabilizers will work best, on a students budget. i also have access to a full shop so making my own is very easy, any suggestions on how to make it or any ones suitable for a students budget.


  18. Hello Guys,
    I just have my flycam nano with armbrace and i wanna use it with Canon 5D MK II + 24-70 L lens.I couldnt balance it yet I saw @Rob did balance it with the same equipment as mine.Can anybody help me balancing it?how many weights shoukd i put or what should i do? I will check here but if anyone will help me and send me a mail i will be really so so happy :) mail:omtcontact@gmail.com
    thank you in advance.

  19. Emm

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    @Pat - It doesn't have to line up perfectly. Sometimes I offset my lower sled just to compensate for balance.

  20. I bought this a while ago, and noticed that when I move the bottom part up or down it can spin left and right, do they all do this? I feel like having the bottom weights off center would impact how to balance it,

    I have trouble balancing it and have never gotten it perfect, I've come close enough for smooth flying though.

  21. I saw a lot of amazing work on short films on youTube using the GH2 and the Nano. Not sure what they had on top. If you don't see a difference between the two then I'll go ahead and get the cheaper one. I was asking cause while doing my research I ran into a few people talking smack about the Nano saying it was painfully difficult to balance and very cheaply made. So you think the Nano is as good or better than the HD1000?


  22. Emm

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    @Paul - Not to be confused. The stabilizer 'itself' is too heavy for a small GH2. Both stabilizers are too big to fly the GH2 alone. If you want to fly it, you'll need to add some extra weight around the camera. There's a minimum amount of weight these stabilizers need to work properly, so you'll have to add some type of LED light, microphone, quick release plate, etc. Just add more weight to the whole camera and then the Flycam or HD1000 can be balanced properly.

  23. Hello Emm. I love your site.

    I am sold on adding a stabilization system to my workflow as I do a lot of handheld. After almost three hours of trolling the internet its come down to the Flycam Nano or the Glidecam HD1000. I like the cheap Nano but you say it's too heavy for my setup (GH2 w/ 14-42). So I'm guessing the HD1000 is better for me?

    I MAY add a small r0de shotgun at some point.

  24. Emm

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    @Humza - The little Nano can still fly a 5D Mark II, but not with a battery grip. If you feel you'll be adding on in the future, go with the larger version.

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