Now that improving the resolution no longer matters (do you really need something better than 4K?), camera makers are getting more creative with their upgrade lures. A couple weeks ago we found the Rylo 360, which captured everything and let you pick which angle you wanted to keep. Now there’s the Gimbalcam, which builds in one of the most expensive (but also most useful) accessories most of us want, a steady-cam gimbal.
The Gimbalcam uses a mechanically balanced, gyroscopic 3-axis gimbal to keep the lens steady no matter how you’re holding it. From there, GIS software removes vibrations to produce perfectly smooth, shake-free footage. And it’ll start up in just one second, ready to record almost as fast as you can spot the scene.
The lens is a 7-piece glass unit with integrated IR filter (to reduce glare and flares) leading light to a 16MP sensor. The camera captures 4K footage at 30fps with a 170º field of view. Compared to the new GoPro Hero 6, that’s a bit slower than the category creator’s 60fps 4K capture, but that one also costs almost twice as much.
Despite the long-looking body, it weighs in a just 170g (claimed, 225g with waterproof housing) and fits in the palm of your hand. The space is used well, packing in a battery capable of 120 minutes of use, a 1.5″ color touchscreen, control buttons, and a WiFi chip to communicate with the partner app for iOS and Android.
The app lets you switch modes and offers deeper control (and remote control) over the unit. You’re also able to create custom presets so you can get to specific combos quickly and easily. Stock settings include video, slow mo, burst and regular video, and time lapse.
The Gimbalcam comes with the accessories and GoPro-compatible mounts shown above and has the following technical specifications:
- 170g ultra-lightweight
- 3-Axis built-in Gimbal
- 16 million pixels
- 4K ultra-HD
- 170° wide angle
- f2.4 aperture
- Silicone microphone
- IP68 waterproofing rated
- 2 hours recording time
- 1.5 inch LCD screen
- free iOS/Android App
The Gimbalcam is on Indiegogo now with early bird packages starting at $299. Final retail price should be $399, which is still a bargain if the product lives up to the hype.