If you've ever struggled to balance cameras such as the Sony FS7 or Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini into a DJI Ronin, then your interest will be peaked by the new CAME-TV Prodigy Gimbal. It's a physically larger gimbal with a deeper, wider, and taller frame offering up a lot more room to balance these types of cameras. Yet despite the larger size, the Prodigy Gimbal is almost a full pound lighter than the full size DJI Ronin (not to mention less expensive too). Here's an unboxing of what comes with the new CAME-TV Prodigy Gimbal and a quick demo of the Ursa Mini placed on the system.
The system comes with a nice rolling hardcase with durable dense custom cut foam. The battery system is powered by (4) 18650 Batteries which doesn't lock you into propriety batteries if you need more run time.
Balancing the system requires no tools, and there are plenty of fine tuning knob adjustments to get the balance perfect. Just like their Mini3 and ARGO Gimbals, there is a built in wireless video transmitter. On the frame is a 15mm Rod Clamp for you to attach accessories such as a wireless follow focus. It comes ready with a wireless joystick, and also a Quick Mount Plate to attach the CAME-TV Prodigy in creative ways (like under a jib or RC Gimbal Car).
Prodigy Gimbal mounted on CAME-TV SailFish
The Prodigy is the latest and LARGEST gimbal CAME-TV has made to date. The final production version is even larger than what was shown at NAB2016. It was designed specifically to resolve the issues of balancing these larger camera bodies or cameras with heavier lenses. The Prodigy is available to order now at the CAME-TV Website (click here).
@David - It depends on the lens you put on that camera body. I would put your camera setup together, and then measure the balance point (put it over a pencil). Then measure how long the rear sits and compare that with the specs on their website.
Is the room to mount Sony FS700 ???
Thanks for the writeup! I was hoping to use my Spektrum transmitter to control this gimbal. Is this possible? I noticed a couple rubber covers on the upper portion of the gimbal that could possibly be something like a D.Bus port. Thanks!
Will the Prodigy power the ursa mini via dtap with a dtap to XLR cable? What makes this better than the full size DJI Ronin for the URSA Mini?
do you know if the URSA Mini could be powered from the Prodigy's D-Tap?
@Rabby - Hmm, not sure. The Prodigy is designed specifically for heavy camera systems, so i'm not sure if the vest will be able to handle that load.
Thanks for the review. I have the CameTV's 15kg Load Pro Camera Steadicam Vest+ Dual Arm. Do you think it will work smoothly in combination with Prodigy as a Gimble support for much longer take or shoot since I don't want to invest in any other ISO support?
@ben - In the video I mention the weight is 8.4lbs. The full size Ronin (which is smaller than Prodigy) weighs 9.3lbs. So Prodigy is bigger, but lighter. I don't know about the final production version (which was made larger), but the prototype shown at NAB says max payload is 6KG or 13lbs.
@kicap - These gimbals are using SBGC, so you can download the software from Basecamelectronics.com
What's the max payload on this guy? and do you know how much it weighs sans camera? Not much info on the C-TV website.
Thanks for the review!
Does CAME-TV gimbal/ stabilisers come with a standard software for it to be fine-tuned?