XCAM Sabre Mini Video Stabilizer Review

When i'm traveling with a stabilizer, my goal is always to travel as light as possible while still being able to pull off long smooth dolly-like shots at my destination. Here's a closer look at the new XCAM Sabre Mini Video Stabilizer that I think addresses those two main points for me.

Off the top of my head, I don't know too many mini stabilizers that offer so many details, while still being able to fit in a travel pouch. The Carbon Fiber Post adds a nice aesthetic and sheds some weight as opposed to the previous version. The larger diameter post is also easier to handle when steering (flying with two hands), but you'll see in the video many times i'm just working with one hand.

The top stage offers a quick release for fast setup and breakdown, and to dial in your center of balance with fine tuning knobs for both left/right and forward/back adjustments. Outside of that, the adjustable Gimbal along the Carbon Fiber post and telescoping lower sled add another dimension to getting perfect balance with different types of cameras.

Telescoping Sled Supports Heavier Camera Systems

Build quality is very nice and if you're not a fan of the blue anodized finish, the XCAM Sabre is also available in all Black. You can find additional information about the XCAM Sabre at the web listing (found here).

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74 thoughts on “XCAM Sabre Mini Video Stabilizer Review

  1. Anna


    Thank you for the video.
    What would you suggest? I maybe want to buy this carbon sabre but also am looking at the glidecam HD 2000 (which I hear is very difficult to balance) For my Canon 70D.

    What would you say Is a better stabilizer? And is the money worthwhile? Since the glidecam is twice expensive but if the glide cam is better i would rather spend a bit more money for a good stabilizer. I hope i hear from you. Kind regards from Amsterdam.

    Thank you,


  2. caneos

    Hey Emm
    I have bought the new XCAM Sabre as in your video. I use it with Canon 5D Mk III and a zoom lens, e.g. EF 24-70 f/4 or the new EF 16-35 f/4. After testing it for several times already, I must say that I still have difficulty with keeping it in balance . When I hold it still, the camera is well-balanced. After making any movement with my hand in any direction (e.g. forward, backward or to the side) and then stopping, the system starts to swing. And just I can't achieve to make a movement without this swinging at the end. I tried it with a smaller mirror less camera (Lumix GX1) too - without success. Do you have any ideas how to fix my problem? Many thanks.

  3. Emm

    Post author

    @Phil Sorry no other sellers I know of. Best bet is to have a friend buy it for you.

  4. Phil

    Hi Emm -

    I am having a great deal of trouble finding the xCam Sabre on sale anywhere but eBay. Unfortunately, I am not an eBay member and hate to join and go through the long setup (secure?) only to buy this product.

    Can you share any other USA sources, please?


  5. I would also be interrested in the difference between the H4 and the Sabre mini. They seem to be almost the same. Anyone?

  6. Kirin

    This or the Came H4 for panasonic G6 + various lenses?
    I realize there is not a huge difference, between the two and both would probably work well, but if you had to choose one, which would you lean towards?

    From what I can tell, price, size, weight, etc are all quite similar...

  7. Just got mine yesterday. I haven't shot anything with it yet, but man, i'm so impressed by the build quality. Super sturdy and strong. Doesn't seem to have any cheap plastic parts. Can't wait to shoot with it

  8. Scott

    Thanks for your ongoing answers Emm!

    Cheesycam is now part of my daily bookmarked reading. Kudos my friend!

  9. Scott

    Hi Emm

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question the other day. I'm about to hit the button on this but have one final question I hope you can help with...

    Can you fit a Manfrotto 577 Quick Release Adapter to this rig so I can quickly swap between tripod to stabiliser?

    Thanks again!

  10. Emm

    Post author

    @Scott - I believe I can balance a 5DM3 with 24-105mm on the Sabre (not with battery grip). Shouldn't be a problem. The unit balances the same as any other. and the fine tuning knobs and telescoping post make it easy to find center of balance.

  11. Scott

    Hi Emm - thanks for the video on the Xcam Sabre. I updated to a Canon 5D Mk III (with the 24-105mm lens) and need to replace my Glidecam HD1000 which won't balance enough.

    Will the Xcam Sabre handle that kind of weight (it looks like it on your review but thought I'd check).

    I notice with the HD1000 the camera tips to the side with the bulge/handle and there isn't enough movement to adjust it. Is that likely to be an issue with the Sabre?

    And finally - how hard is it to balance this unit?

    I was looking at the Skyler MiniCam 5 but this looks like a more affordable alternative. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks for reading through this query, I hope you can provide an answer (I notice it's an older post but I just discovered it).

  12. I'm totally new to the world of handheld stabilizers and purchased an X-Cam Sabre for my Sony NEX after reading this review. There was no manual in the box with the stand, so I'm completely clueless as to how to balance it. Can you recommend a good tutorial on how to balance one of these?

  13. Emm

    Post author

    @Marija - Both different stabilizers. The smaller one for smaller cameras, the larger one for larger setups. I would use them both, but depends if i'm traveling or if i'm trying to add more to it (like a monitor).

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