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Posted 09/08/21
DJI is expanding its family of motorized smartphone video stabilizers with the newly announced OM 5 Smartphone Gimbal. The OM 5 succeeds last year’s OM 4 as the new DJI flagship stabilizer, bringing with it across-the-board improvements to its hardware and software, as well as adding some brand-new features. DJI OM 5 Smartphone Gimbal New to the OM 5 is a built-in 215mm extension rod that allows users to capture footage from farther away and effectively doubles as a selfie stick. Even better: The OM 5 manages to incorporate this extension rod without compromising the same size, weight, and foldability that made the OM 4 so popular. In fact, the folded and unfolded footprint of the OM 5 is smaller than the folded and unfolded footprint of its predecessor. The new design also incorporates metal joints to enhance durability, so you can add “more rugged” to its list of improvements. On the software side of things, DJI used the OM 5 to introduce its new ShotGuides feature. Primarily designed for new users, ShotGuides automatically recognizes your surrounding environment and recommends helpful shooting tips and creative templates. Existing software features, such as ActiveTrack 4.0, were also improved. Highly regarded for its ability to track human subjects accurately, the newly updated ActiveTrack 4.0 not only improves the OM 5’s recognition capabilities, but it also now allows users to track pets accurately, as well.   Shot on DJI OM 5 Along with the new and improved features, many of the fan-favorite shooting modes remain, including DynamicZoom, SpinShot, Timelaps, CloneMe Pano, and more. You'll be able to order the OM 5 in traditional Athens Gray or a new Sunset White. Will you be picking up an OM 5 to upgrade your current setup? Perhaps you're a new user wondering how this can fit into your workflow? Check out our product page for more details and be sure to let us know what you think of the OM 5 in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 01/21/21
Jake Estes takes the Zhiyun CRANE 3S Pro out for a spin—literally! This camera stabilizer boasts a large 14.3-lb payload, an updated axis-locking system, external power input, and the ViaTouch 2.0 motion control system, connectivity with the Zy Play App and more. It can also accommodate a wide range of cinema camera sizes by utilizing a separately available extension module to extend the horizontal arm, which is now positioned at a 55° angle. Have you ever used a Zhiyun gimbal? What are your thoughts? Share them or ask questions in the Comments section! Special thanks to @Armando Ferreira for allowing us to use some of his footage.
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Posted 10/14/20
Designed with mobile video shoots in mind, DJI has introduced the lightweight and durable DJI RS 2 handheld gimbal stabilizer that features feather-light carbon fiber axis arms, ActiveTrack 3.0 support, a full-color touchscreen LCD, numerous mounting options, enhanced balancing, fast-charge batteries, camera control, and DJI's Titan Stabilization Algorithm with SuperSmooth torque enhancements. DJI has also released the RSC 2, an alternative compact gimbal stabilizer with similar specs to the RS 2 but with a more compact, foldable design and motors that are 50% more powerful than the Ronin-SC model. Both gimbals can also be found in RS 2 Pro Combo and RSC 2 Pro Combo kits that include additional accessories. Use these latest single-handed gimbals from stabilizer mainstay DJI to add dynamic, masterful traveling shots to your footage. RS 2 Designed with a high payload-to-weight ratio, the RS 2 employs carbon fiber axis arms and weighs only 2.2 lb while supporting camera rigs weighing up to 10 lb. This improved ratio lets you shoot longer with less fatigue and make use of heavier cameras and/or lenses. The strength of the motor has been enhanced around 20% over the Ronin-S and it supports cameras and professional lenses such as the Sony a7S III with a 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, the Canon 1D X Mark III with a 24-70mm lens, and the ALEXA Mini LF with a 35mm lens. DJI RS 2 Gimbal Stabilizer Speed and ease of use are key when setting up your shots, and the RS 2's 1.4" color touchscreen LCD helps with both by providing access to built-in functions like time-lapse and hyperlapse that previously required the DJI mobile app. ActiveTrack 3.0 is also supported to track your subjects accurately, and new features include a SuperSmooth mode, which compensates for micro-movements with increased torque, producing even more fluid motion with lenses up to 100mm. The touchscreen can also be used for a live video preview with the optional RavenEye system, as well as to utilize ActiveTrack right on the gimbal's screen. The optional iOS/Android app can also be used for all these features, as well as to utilize Force Mobile, a feature that allows the gimbal to follow the movements of your smartphone. Accessories can be quickly and easily attached, thanks to RSA ports with NATO rail mounts, one on each side of the gimbal. These ports feature electrical contacts, as well as a secure mount, allowing you to add accessories such as a focus wheel, mounting arms, handles, or other optional mounts. The RS 2 supports camera rigs up to 10 lb, which is an improvement over the 8 lb limit of the Ronin-S. Social media mavens will appreciate the RS 2's ability to switch quickly to portrait mode, available by pressing a dedicated button. What does remain the same from earlier iterations is up to a 12-hour run time, but from a smaller battery in a shorter handgrip and with PD and QC 2.0 fast charging supported. RS 2 Pro Combo When you're ready to add even more pro-style bells and whistles, try the RS 2 Pro Combo kit that includes the aforementioned RavenEye Image Transmission system, which allows wireless 1080p video transmission from the gimbal up to 330' away, with a latency of only 50 ms to enhance your collaboration using smartphones for monitoring your shots. The other included accessories in the combo are a focus motor, a phone holder, two focus gears, and HDMI cables to get you set up right out of the box. DJI RS 2 Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo RSC 2 For an even smaller and lighter option, the RSC 2 is a great choice for vloggers and mobile productions when you need to move fast, break down even faster, and you don't want to carry a whole lot of equipment. The RSC 2 weighs only 2.6 lb and it folds down. Its features are similar to the RS 2, such as optional ActiveTrack 3.0, portrait-to-landscape one-touch fast switching, camera focus and shutter control, and the Titan Stabilization Algorithm with SuperSmooth. Its motors are 50% more powerful than the ones on the Ronin-SC, and they also provide smoother, steadier movements. The gimbal's bright 1" OLED screen allows you to control settings and configuration using the built-in front dial. It supports the optional RavenEye system that allows you to transmit a video preview to a smartphone app. Its battery lasts a whopping 14 hours, and it is also compatible with USB Type-C fast PD and QC 2.0 charging. The gimbal offers NATO rails and 1/4"-20 threads with ARRI-style anti-twist mounts to provide mounting options for a variety of accessories. DJI RSC 2 Gimbal Stabilizer RSC 2 Pro Combo Similar to the RS 2 kit, the RSC 2 Pro Combo kit includes the RavenEye Image Transmission System, a focus motor, a phone holder, two focus gears, and HDMI cables. DJI RSC 2 Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo Check out the new DJI gimbal stabilizers, as well as the line of combo kits and accessories, at the B&H Website, and remember—when you're in New York City, drop by the B&H Photo SuperStore.
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Posted 08/26/20
DJI has announced its new OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer, upgraded with a stronger motor and new intuitive software features. The more powerful motor provides better support for the latest multi-lens smartphones and for smoother operation in general, and it also does most of the initial balancing for you when you attach your phone. DJI OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer The companion iOS/Android app now offers three new features when used with the OM 4. DynamicZoom produces the famed “Hitchcock effect,” which rotates your shot in a somewhat zooming motion as you follow your subject. The only effort required on your part is to just press the corresponding button in the app, and the built-in algorithms will take care of the rest. CloneMe is a creative panorama tool that combines multiple shots not from the same location but from different ones. This feature creates a panorama of several completely separate photos, allowing you to combine them into one. You can create a panorama image with you and/or your subject in different places at the same time. Another new feature is Flashlight mode, an addition to the existing Upright, Underslung, and Side Grip modes. Flashlight mode relies on a new built-in sensor to recognize your hand movements and automatically make intuitive adjustments for optimal positioning in low-angle shots. All the key features from earlier versions have also been carried over, including gesture control, time-lapse, motion-lapse, hyper-lapse, portrait and landscape positioning, slow motion, SpinShot effect, and much more, and the gimbal is still ergonomic, compact, and foldable like the previous model. The phone holder has been redesigned into a thinner, spring-loaded, magnetic smartphone clamp, and there’s also a magnetic ring holder included for snapping your phone right onto the gimbal. When you remove your phone, the ring holder can be used as a kickstand or a loop with which to securely hold your phone in your hand. And as always, DJI Care Refresh service and replacement plans are offered for the gimbal for cases of accidental damage. Check out the new DJI OM 4 and accessories on the B&H Photo Website today, and stop in at the B&H Photo SuperStore to see the wide range of DJI professional and consumer products.
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Posted 07/17/19
Photographer Jeff Rojas shoots with the DJI Ronin SC, a production-grade gimbal that features sport mode for high-action shoots, Active Tracking 3.0 for precise subject recognition and tracking, a 10-hour battery life, 4-pound load capacity, and lots more. Check out the video for details and footage and come back to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com. Product Highlights: Three-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer Designed for Compact Mirrorless Cameras Force Mobile Smartphone Control ActiveTrack 3.0 Subject Tracking 360° Panorama & Time-Lapse Control One-Handed Operation, 4.4 lb Max. Load Battery Grip Lasts up to 11 Hours USB Type-C and Bluetooth Control Motor Protection, Quick Release Slider Control and Configure via Android/iOS App
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Posted 04/09/19
Jake Estes catches up with YouTube sensation Devin Graham to talk about NAB 2019 and the new Glidecam Signature Series that bears his name. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite to check out all our NAB 2019 coverage at BandH.com.
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Posted 04/10/18
In this video, B&H checks out the latest stabilizer and gimbal technology at NAB 2018, from DJI’s gimbals with wheel modules to its wireless remote controls that allow you to move your gimbal with unprecedented accuracy. Ikan, Redrock Micro, Tilta, and Letus also unveiled exciting new stabilizing tools for a variety of users, from ENG specialists to high-end professional cinematographers. Come look at some of these exciting new products! Let us know your thoughts, below.
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