Varavon Birdycam Lite 32Bit 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders Overview and Demo

There's a ton of new gimbal stabilizers that have come around in 2015, and Varavon themselves have got a brand new gimbal dedicated for small cameras. The new Varavon Birdycam Lite is one that stands out as it is just one of few to start incorporating newly supported Encoder hardware, is designed slightly bigger than the pistol grip gimbals, yet still smaller and lighter than even the DJI Ronin-M.

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It's a gimbal I think many of been looking for as they want the smallest possible system to work with mirrorless cameras and Speedbooster Lens Adapters. A system still able to work with the Aputure DEC wireless follow focus adapter and easy access to HDMI and Audio ports for adding an External Monitor (recorder) and Wireless Audio systems. All of this would be impossible to do on a system like the CAME-SINGLE or PilotFly H1+, and the Birdycam Lite allows you to do this with ease while still being 33% lighter and smaller than the DJI Ronin-M - filling a void in the market.

Another excellent design feature is that the Varavon Birdycam Lite can be used without it's top handles and can even work in Inverted mode. The gimbal can attach to standard Arca Swiss Quick Release Systems, so you could mount it on top of a Video Monopod, or hang it at the end of a Jib/Crane. And the wireless remote allows you to control Pan and Tilt if you wanted to use it in that manner.

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Even as the DJI Ronin-M exists in the marketplace, and it's certainly a worthy gimbal to get, many people are still trying to find smaller gimbal stabilizer systems for light duty work, travel, or when they want to be more discreet. The new Varavon Birdycam Lite fills the gap perfectly between a system that could be too big or too small for mirrorless cameras with lens adapters - offering the user more lens choices and freedom to attach external monitor/recorders and audio devices.

For more information about the new Varavon Birdycam Lite Gimbal with Enocders, check out the Product Page (here).

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For additional videos about the Varavon Birdycam Lite, check out these Unboxing, Balancing Tutorial, and Demo videos provided by Rik Cordero of RunPlayBack.com.

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18 thoughts on “Varavon Birdycam Lite 32Bit 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders Overview and Demo

  1. lxcellent

    Thank you for your thorough response and your suggestion to look at the Optimus. The one thing that originally attracted me to the H1+ and currently attracts me to the Birdycam Lite is the ability to fly with the flip out screen open to the left. (The PilotFly claims that it can do this, but it really can't without microvibrations.) Have you had experience flying the Optimus with the GH4's screen open to the left? I am not even sure if it can do this, but I was hoping that the Optimus's encoders would dampen microvibrations when flying with the screen open. My guess is that the Birdycam is the best option for me. I can "permanently" fix my GH2 to the Pilotfly and use the Birdycam with my G7 and my 12mm Rokinon.

  2. @lxcellent - Any gimbal with encoders is going to perform better and more consistently. The H2 will be more compact than the Birdycam Lite, but the Birdycam Lite will be very very stable compared to H2 because it can support a good amount of weight. If you're looking for something more compact than H2, keep your eyes on the CAMETV Optimus.

    I've been using a prototype since NAB (April 2016) and it's been my favorite small system. 99% of the time I decided to use the dual handle inverted mode with my GH4 and 7-14mm lens with ND filter. Just super awesome stuff for very small cameras and very portable and lightweight. One battery lasts many many hours. Here's a few videos with @BluSkyFilms on some Real Estate Listings with the CAME-TV Optimus.

    Keep in mind this is only for small cameras. When i'm using a Sony A7sII with a Rokinon 14mm lens i'm using the Birdycam Lite, CAME-ARGO, or DJI Ronin-M. Need a bigger system once you start using full frame EF lenses.

  3. lxcellent

    Emm: I am a current owner of the PilotFly H1+. While it has been good, it is not great. No matter what I do, I cannot get rid of periodic microvibrations with my Panasonic G7 or my GH2 (I do fly with the flip out screen open to the left). So here is my question: Should I invest in the Birdycam Lite or should I invest in the PilotFly H2? I do like how compact the H1+ is, but the H2 is considerably bigger and heavier so it loses some (not all) of its advantage when compared to the Birdycam Lite. I am hoping that having encoders will get rid of microvibrations and having a gimbal with a higher weight rating will be a smoother flier. I see that the Birdycam can be reconfigured to make it more compact (perhaps even without the handle bar?). Your thoughts?

  4. Emm

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    @rob - The Mini 2 can only support small cameras, the Birdycam Lite can support up to 3.3lbs. The Mini 2 does not have encoders, the Birdycam Lite is using Encoders (latest tech in gimbal stabilization).

  5. Emm

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    @Josh - The Birdycam 2 does not have encoders. The Birdycam Lite has encoders. The CAME-TV Argo is said to have encoders, and they say it will support cameras up to 6lbs. The Birdycam Lite will support cameras up to 3.3 lbs.

  6. Josh

    How does the Birdycam lite compare to the Birdycam 2? Does the 2 have encoders also? Any experiences with the Came-TV Argo?

  7. Emm

    Post author

    @Rob - I don't know how long that whole setup is going to end up, but if it's under 3lbs it should work fine. If the setup is too long, you have to slide the camera body backwards. This can become a problem if you have to tilt the camera up or down as it could hit the back frame.

  8. rob

    Would you recommend this for a Sony RX10M2 with a
    SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 2.0x Anamorphic Adapter and rangefinder?

  9. Emm

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    @Ted - Well the 7800 lacks the new encoder technology that has really changed the performance of SBGC gimbals, so the Birdycam Lite will be better in that sense. The Birdycam Lite can carry up to 3.3 lbs so make sure you are under that with your camera and lens setup for best performance.

    The Varavon Birdycam Lite is a smaller gimbal than the 7800. So if you need something larger with encoders you're looking at the DJI Ronin-M or the new CAME-TV CAME-ARGO (has encoders).

  10. Ted

    Hey Emm, thanks for another great review. How would you say this compares with the Came-7800? I was about ready to buy the Came for use with my NX1 based on your earlier review when I saw this one. Very tempted to change my plans.

  11. Emm

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    @Kevin Martis - Yes you can either attach the frame itself (no handles) to a monopod or tripod, or you can attach the tripod monopod to the top handles when in inverted mode. Here's a short video I did where I mounted the Birdycam Lite to a Glidecam Steadicam setup.

    A video posted by Emm (@mrcheesycam) on

  12. I have been using the PilotFly H1+ for 4 months now and absolutely love it. The only downfall for me with the PilotFly is the lack of swapable batteries. If it had swapable batteries, I wouldn't look any further. It is tough to do an all day shoot and have to stop to plug in the gimbal to recharge.

    BTW, I fly the Sony A7s on the PilotFly and am able to pretty quickly swap between three different lenses (the 10-18mm, 28mm, and 35mm).

    Any thoughts on the Feiy Tech MG?

  13. I don't see a need in a two handed gimbal, For me, I like the single one handed gimbals. I think they are much more use full, easier to carry and travel with. Having an external recorder of any type is not needed for my type of shooting, most of my footage shot is B-roll, and some interviews, I had the Turbo-ace gimbal, worked very well, good customer service, Just was too awkward to use. Not just the weight either, just having your hands out front most of the time got tired quickly.

    There is a place for all of these gimbals, just waiting for the single hand held ones to come down in price for my budget.

  14. Bill

    Hi happy new year n all the best
    I love your site I checked it everyday thanks for some Koop info

    What do u think about thoses gimbal

    S monster vs nebula 4200 lite vs moza lite

    I have a canon 5d mkiii +atomos ninja blade n not sure yet I might change for a Sony a7s ii

  15. Cool looking gimbal! Does the remote operate on bluetooth? I'm looking to control a gh4's pan/tilt for live events at around 60-70 feet distance. I'm thinking this wouldn't work and might have to go with the ronin-m with the RC remote.

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