After unboxing the new DEFY G2 Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer along with recently receiving the new BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera, it was time to pair them up for a test drive. Here are the first results, which I know can be improved with additional practice.
I’ve heard that these brushless gimbals are a lot simpler to learn than traditional stabilizers like the Merlin or Glidecam but that is absolutely not true in the case of the Defy G2. Yes, balancing is simpler and doesn’t take more than a few minutes but I found getting a nice stable image to be just as hard if not harder than the Merlin or Glidecam.
The Defy G2 is simple to set up. It comes in a nice laser cut Pelican case, pre-assembled and ready to go. Just attach your handles, plug in your batteries, balance your camera and your up and flying in minutes.
The Defy G2 can look great once you figure out it’s kinks and limitations.
I found the Defy G2 worked best when I moved slowly and taking advantage of the flexibility of being able to do up and down movements that I couldn’t do with traditional stabilizers.
Oddly enough, I struggled with the G2 when doing very simple moves like simple following shots where I would get micro-vibrations with every few steps. I called customer service and showed them some test footage, wondering if it was a balancing or rigging issue. They said it wasn’t a balancing issue but the way I was operating it. They told me to hold the handles too tightly and to walk heel-to-toe. They even told me that it might be the shoes that I’m wearing.
So I did what they asked and began “cradling” my G2 instead of holding it, began walking heel-to-toe, and wore the most comfortable Nike’s I own. I did notice some improvements but it didn’t eliminate the vibrations.
I’ve had the G2 now for almost a week and my footage has been gradually improving but I don’t think any amount of practice will eliminate some of its limitations. I don’t think I’ll be able to able to run with it in a full sprint without any vibrations, I simply don’t think it was made for that type of camera work. I think it works best doing slow calculated movements.
I’ll continue to work on my handling and footwork and hopefully get the best out of my G2.
For information about the DEFY G2, check out my previous article: http://procinematools.com/unboxing-the-defy-g2-brushless-motor-camera-stabilizer/
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