‘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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90 thoughts on “‘New’ Flycam Nano DSLR Video

  1. I'am so lost with the Flycams, Now what is the difference between the regular Nano and the Nano DSLR since they both claim to work with a weight up to 1.5KG then what is the difference ?!

    I have a D7100 with a tokina 11-16mm and a tamron 17-50 as the both bundles weighs around (1.2-1.3)KG ,, What model should I go for !? and there is a future upgrade to the D750 in the planning .. so should I go now for the HD-3000 or its gonna be too much for the package I have now !? Thanks a lot

  2. 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?


  3. Emm

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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"?

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.


  19. 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:[email protected]
    thank you in advance.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?


  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Humza

    hello emm,i am about to buy flycam nano for my 550d,ill be upgrading soon to 5dmk2, i am having tamron 17-50 f2.8 ,will it be able to fly?

    should i go for old flycam nano,or the dslr one?

  27. Emm

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    @joff - I can tell you that the GH2 with 14-42mm lens is way too light for the Flycam. The Flycam has a handle with more angle in the Gimbal than this. In order to get a light weight camera to fly on at least the Nano, you'll need to add some weights to the top.

  28. joff

    hey, im looking into getting a flycam nano but since seeing this one im kind of confused, i have a panasonic lumix G10 which is fairly light compared to other DSLR's and was wondering, which would you recommend from experience would be better for my camera (eg, would my camera be too light for the DSLR version or would it perform better with less weight to balance?) i have the money for either so the money is not a massive issue.
    thank you very much.

  29. Emm

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    @V. - These rigs aren't aerodynamically correct so as you walk it could turn very easily with simple wind drag. Standing still and blowing on it will probably turn it around too. If you want less spinning, load up the bearings. Throw some real weight on there. This is why you don't want to get too large of a stabilizer. You need the right amount of weight for the right size stabilizer.

    It's a two handed operation and it takes practice practice and more practice.

  30. V.

    @Emm - So it's perfectly normal for the Flycam to rotate my camera as I walk around when just holding the designated handle?

  31. Emm

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    @V. - Moving stabilizers around while the camera remains in place is just to show it's balanced. To actually use any stabilizer i.e. Merlin, Glidecam, Pilot, Flycam, etc. you should be using two hands. Don't want to send the wrong message out there, people should practice using two hands to use a stabilizer properly.

  32. V.

    @Emm - From what I see, people don't have to hold the flycam to prevent it from rotating by itself as they use it.

  33. Emm

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    @Jo - Because the 5D Mark II is a full frame camera, it can't use the Tokina 11-16mm (unless you leave it at 16mm). I usually use a Sigma 20mm Macro F/1.8, or check out the Canon 24mm if you don't want it too wide: Here's a link: Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle

  34. Emm

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    @Musouka - I love / hate my Glidecam HD4000. Works well, but it's just too big for traveling. If you do this often enough, there are times you don't need audio and lighting, so you'll want a smaller stabilizer. I personally have several because sometimes all I need is just the camera, no need to break out the big vest and big HD4000. You should start small, practice, and then try a larger one if you want to fly more weight. You'll still end up keeping the small one for certain situations, especially since all these cameras are getting smaller.

  35. Musouka

    Thanks Emm, I just weighed my 7D with the Tamron 17-55. They weighed a little over 3 lbs. so I guess we are at the limit here. I'm now thinking about buying the Nano DSLR and once I get used to this kind of mounts, I will buy the HD-2000 which can support the extra weight of the LED lights and the microphone, I suppose.

    In your opinion, is there anything that would make the HD-1000 a better overall performer regardless of the price?

  36. Emm

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    @Musouka - If you're going to add more weight eventually, you'll want to step up to the HD2000. The Flycam Nano or HD1000 would be good for just the camera and lens.

  37. Musouka

    I'm still contemplating whether to get the Glidecam HD-1000 or the Flycam Nano DSLR. My setup consists of Canon 7D with Tokina 11-16 and/or Tamron 17-55. I might end up buying the Z96 and maybe an external microphone. Do you think I can fly with this setup using either of these?

    I don't know which one flies better. The HD-1000 certainly looks more professional but it's also $184 more expensive. The Arm Grip that comes with the FCN DSLR might come handy for longer shooting sessions. Decisions! Decisions!

  38. Emm

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    @Patrick - The 18-135mm isn't an ideal lens to be flying, but it should support that weight.

  39. Emm

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    @Patrick - Bigger is not always better. You need just the right amount of stabilizer for the weight. If you have too much stabilizer, then you need to really pile on the weight to make it work smoothly. Otherwise it's just all over the place.

  40. Patrick

    Is it safe to say that you prefer the nano to the newer DSLR version? Im about to buy mine soon and want to make sure im getting the better product. I plan on using my 60D along with a 18-135mm for now. The nano still a better product for weight and balance?

  41. Emm

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    @richard - Yes it would work. You might have to add more weight to the top, like a light or microphone.

  42. richard

    hi emm,

    do you think it work for sony nex-5 18-55m? im worried, its say 1.5-2kg but i think my cam is less than that?

    thanks in advance


  43. Emm

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    @Joshua - I would go with a wide and small lens. Easier to get the stable look and easier to balance on the Nano.

  44. Joshua

    Can anyone help me out... I recently purchased a Flycam Nano to fly my 60D, but I'm not sure what lens would be best for a steadycam?? I currently only have the kit lens (18-135mm 3.5-5.6) and the 50mm 1.8... do I need to look into buying a different lens, or would the ones I have work fine?

    Also, is there a quick release plate I can get for the Flycam that would also work with the WF -717A tripod fluid head?

  45. Emm

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    @JWE - Yes others have mentioned the same, and said it would be the Gimbal. I only have 1 Flycam so i've not yet experienced one that does this to see what the problem is.

  46. JWE

    Hey Emm greeting from Germany,
    i have a problem with my Flycam Nano! I can balance it nearly perfect, so no wavy effect etc. Thx to your Tutorial!

    But when i turn it with my fingers to the left or to the right it loses the balance. I have no idea why because when it looks straight it is balanced. Some Users with the same problem say it is the gimbal that causes the problem. I hope its not. I use a 550D, 18-55 and a Manfrotto 394 release Plate. Maybe you can help.

  47. Emm

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    @Rogelio - The 24mm is pretty expensive because it has auto focus features, and why pay that when it wouldn't work on the Canon. Also it's a smaller lens and the 7D has a larger sensor, so I don't think it would even work. You could of course take a larger lens and fit it onto a small sensor by just making the right adapter, but it also won't keep it at the same focal length of that lens.

  48. Rogelio

    I was wondering if anyone has put together a canon 7d with 24mm Olympus Om Zuiko lens since there much more lighter then any other lens and a rode video mic pro with and z96 led light or a similar setup.

  49. Rob

    Kevin and Chris,
    I tried my 24-70 f2.8 L lens with 5D MKII on the Flycam DSLR again. It can fly that lens with lots of weight added to balance it, but because the lens has the extending design, it is not very suitable. I prefer a prime wide lens, or a zoom that does not change lengths.

  50. Chris

    @ Emm. Thanks so much for the advice. Do you think the Canon 24-70 2.8 will work with the flycam?

  51. Emm

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    @Chris - You'll have tons of fun with either the Canon 10-22mm or the Tokina 11-16mm. Both are used on Crop cameras (not 5D).

  52. So far, there are 3 knob versions to tighten the main post:

    1- The original round one

    2- The regular knob which didn´t work for me, no matter how much I tightened it, it would work

    3- Then proaim sent me a new flycam with a bigger handle and a knob which is a bit different from the previous one, and which works perfectly!

  53. Chris

    @Emm - Thanks for the reply. Could you please suggest a good Canon lens for me to fly with? I can rent it to try it out.


  54. Emm

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    @Chris - Yeah that lens might be a bit odd to balance. Best if you keep things light. It's also better to use a wide lens that doesn't exaggerate all the small movements.

  55. Chris

    Hi everyone,

    I have the flycam nanon dslr and am trying to balance it with Canon 60D and 18-200 Is lens. Is it just me or is it possible to balance it properly? I have it at about 80% balanced. I also have a 50mm 1.8 lens, would that be easier?

  56. Rob

    I just got the Nano DSLR with Arm Brace last week. It CAN fly a 5D MKII with my 24-70 L, but it gets heavy so I've settled on using a Nikon 24mm f2.8 ais and also a Nikon 20mm f2.8 ais. Because these lenses are similiar in weight, I can switch and rebalance very quicky by moving the camera about 1/8th inch on the Manfrotto 577 sliding quickrelease system. The whole thing weighs 8-9 pounds with camera, lens, QR, and Fader ND, so I do get tired and the Arm brace helps. (My Nikon 50mm f1.2 ais also works but it's not wide enough to be super smooth: I probably need to practice more on it.) The metal rig can be removed from the arm brace so I sit on it on a chair, and attach the Flycam and camera to do the balancing setup... Works great for me.

  57. I have the older style Flycam Nano and my friend has the newer one with the new locking nut on the sled i tend to find the new one a pain to get tight and wonder why they switched it out.

    I think the flycam is a really nice rig to learn on and to have in your kit bag as its so small but i find it a pain to balance and not a patch on the Gildcam HD for set up time. so i think when i upgrade i will be going down the glidcam set up with vest and monitors

  58. Well, I bought the latest model of the flycam nano (non-dslr version), and it came with the new knob you announced on this site. Unfortunately it wasn´t working properly, so I contacted proaim. To my big surprise they decided to send me the updated nano version, without the weights (which I already had).

    I don´t know which version is this one, the handle if bigger and much more comfortable, as the other was too small for big hands. Besides that, now the knob works. I´m very happy with it and I´ve been doing some experiences flying my Sony a55+Sigma 10-20mm which I´ll post probaly today.

    Cheers, keep up the great work.

  59. Emm

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    @jeremy mayhew - Yes, you can fake crane shots, but make sure you practice your squats!

  60. just by looks alone I'm thinking of getting the new hd dslr version... just need to sell this steadycam jr first. I've had some clients ask for "the crane" type shot and I think i can fake this with a steadycam, yeah?

  61. Kevin

    How would a heavier setup like a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70 work with this stabilizer?

  62. Emm

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    @cheetah - It does not make it more stable, but it does help you carry it longer.

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