Letus35 Helix 3-Axis Aluminum Camera Stabilizer with Bluetooth and RC Modules

Letus35 Helix 3-Axis Aluminum Camera Stabilizer with Bluetooth and RC Modules

Letus35 Helix 3-Axis Aluminum Camera Stabilizer with Bluetooth and RC Modules

B&H # LELTHELIX3BT MFR # LT-HELIX3-BTRC
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Product Highlights

  • Factory Installed BT and RC Module
  • Supports Up to 16 Pounds
  • Modular 3-Axis Design
  • Balances Around Optical Center of Camera
  • Flat Bottom Design
  • Cold Shoe & Accessory Mounting Points
  • Handheld & Works with Other Stabilizers
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • BaseCam App Download
  • Compatible with Spektrum Controllers
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Material: Aluminum

Aluminum Magnesium

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  • 1Description

Stabilizing your camera moves has become the name of the game, and the Helix 3-Axis Aluminum Camera Stabilizer Aluminum from Letus35 stabilizes cameras weighting up to 16 pounds in three axes with its brushless gimbals. This Helix is built from aluminum, which provides an excellent balance between weight and strength. The Helix is a powered stabilizer that features a modular design with a removable platform for each of the three axes: roll, pan, and tilt. The modular design allows you to quickly turn your three-axis stabilizer into a one-axis stabilizer. This configuration includes Bluetooth and RC modules. This unit comes with both the Bluetooth and RC modules installed at the factory. The RC module provides remote control of the pan and tilt functions by a second camera operator, while the Bluetooth module allows you to setup your Helix using an Android device running the BaseCam app, or using a laptop with the BaseCam desktop software. BaseCam is a free download.

The Helix balances around the optical center of your camera, providing less stress on the system and your camera's image stabilization system, but also allowing nodal camera rolls. The flat bottom design of the Helix allows you to place it down on a flat surface without requiring a stand mount or other support. It incorporates a cold shoe and 1/4"-20 accessory mounting points on the unit and handgrips. The Helix is designed to stabilize your camera while hand-holding the unit; however, with an optional 4th axis, you can also mount the Helix to third party stabilizing systems if you wish. Please note: this unit does not include a battery or charger, which you must source separately.

Note: The Helix is wired according to US standards. Any 3rd-party power accessories must be compatible.

The Helix is designed balance and stabilize around the optical center of your camera/lens combination. This allows you to do nodal point rolls, and as the image sensor movement is reduced significantly compared to off-center stabilizers, image stabilization is improved.
It has been tested to work with cameras as light as the Sony a7S, and works with cameras weighing up to 16 pounds.
This Helix comes with the RC and Bluetooth modules installed. The modules provides control of the stabilizer's pan and tilt functions by a second operator. The modules are factory only installation options, and if you have a Helix that you want to add either option to, you will have to send it back to Letus35.
This unit includes the Bluetooth and RC modules. The Bluetooth module gives you the ability to connect the Helix to your computer wirelessly, as well as use the BaseCam app to interact with the Helix via an Android device.
You support the Helix system by holding onto it with two hands; the right handgrip allows you to tilt the Helix, while the left handgrip rotates freely.
Each axis platform of the system allows balance adjustment that reduces operating stress on the unit and the operator, and is indexed in millimeters allowing quick re-sets when switching between lenses.
Re-balancing the Helix after a lens changes is simply a matter of sliding a single axis forward or back. You can be back up and running without missing a beat.
The Helix system can be built up or torn down to accommodate your needs. Use one axis on top of an optional arm/vest type stabilizer for an auto-horizon solution with an optional 4th axis, or switch to a three-axis setup to go full handheld.
The electronics are protected from reverse polarity, overheating, and over-current conditions.
The USB interface allows for configuration, control, and firmware upgrades.
This unit does not include a battery or charger, which you must source separately.
In the Box
Letus35 Helix 3-Axis Aluminum Camera Stabilizer with Bluetooth and RC Modules
  • Helix Bluetooth Module Upgrade
  • Helix Second Operator Receiver Upgrade
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Gimbal
    Number of Axes 3-Axis ()
    Load Capacity 16 lb / 7.3 kg
    Compatibility
    Supported Camera Dimensions H: 5.9 x D: 11.8" / H: 150 x D: 300 mm
    Camera Adjustment Range Roll: 2.36" / 60 mm
    Pan: 2.95" / 75 mm
    Tilt: 3.15" / 80 mm
    Connectivity
    Ports 1 x HD-SDI (BNC) (Video) Output
    1 x HD-SDI (BNC) (Video) Input
    1 x Proprietary (Control) Input
    1 x 2-Pin LEMO (18 VDC Power) Input
    1 x 2-Pin LEMO (18 VDC Power) Output
    General
    Materials Aluminum
    Mounting 4 x 1/4"-20 Female Threads
    1 x Cold Shoe Mount
    Dimensions 20" / 50 cm
    Weight 6.5 lb / 2.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.4 x 10.4 x 6.5"
    Helix 3-Axis Aluminum Camera Stabilizer with Bluetooth and RC Modules is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Gymbal This is an amazing Rig. Being that it's a little less used than the movi or ronin, you need to find custom solutions for cabling when using a follow focus system. It is very stable once you get up and running and Letus now have a website for the rig (letushelix.com). It's very easy to balance and the weight centered on the lens so switching lenses is easy and requires a minor adjustment to the bottom plate. Must haves, Monitor Solution (Small HD 502), Follow Focus (Red Rock Micro Remote Focus). If you get all of these solutions you will spend about $ at the end of the day, but hey, can you run with an 85 mm lens on a glidecam and keep it in focus?
    Date published: 2015-05-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible customer service and gimbal My Helix came damaged, literally had no padding inside the case with the heavy plate loose, hitting the gimbal in the case. The dumbest packaging I've ever seen. When I confronted them about all the scratches they didn't even care and said it doesn't affect what it does. What?... Okay I'm going to spend thousands of dollars on a product that I bought new that is all scratched up? Not only that but 2 of the batteries randomly died and had to get it replaced. The replacement were dead too and the the wire tip was bent so I had to use a wrench to make a circle just so I can put it in anything. Letus' quality control is out of this world, it's like everything they send me is broken. After a few weeks of use, my Helix randomly died on set. It was the most frustrating moment I've ever experienced. Turning it on/off didn't do anything anymore, and it screwed the whole shoot. I sent it back for warranty service, and thankfully they actually did fix it, but they had no idea why it died. So this can probably happen again for whatever reason. When I received the Helix back I noticed that the motors seemed weaker, I can push the camera around with my finger slightly touching it when the motors are on. Again, support says it doesn't matter yet I'm getting the worst stabilization I've ever had on any gimbal. I bit the bullet and stuck with it, I did like being able to put it on the ground without a stand. That's about the only good thing about this gimbal. Balancing is easy, but there is no way to balance the pan axis so that it doesn't shift left/right when you tilt. The way you balance pan on Helix is to shift the core front/back, which also affects the tilt. It's a really dumb design to have no way to have the pan not shift. I contacted support, and they just told me that it doesn't matter and that there is a lock pin that you use to pin it when balancing tilt so it doesn't shift left/right. The motors are not strong enough when you put on bigger cameras. You get all sorts of stutters and shakes it's just awful. Their software is basically just SimpleBGC (AlexMos), which is a nightmare to work with. I spent months trying, hoping to get this to work so I can use it properly. It does work decently with small cameras, but once you put on big cameras, expect earth shaking stabilization. I contacted Letus one last time in hopes to get some kind of refund, but I didn't even get a response. Eventually sold this garbage and will never touch a Letus product again.
    Date published: 2015-12-01
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