CAME-TV CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal

CAME-TV CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal

CAME-TV CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal

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Product Highlights

  • 2.6 lb Load Capacity
  • Pan, Tilt, and Roll Axis Stabilization
  • Keeps Horizon Level
  • Locked Axes and Pan/Tilt Follow Modes
  • Joystick for Camera Pan/Tilt Control
  • Internal Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Provides 20 Hours of Use
  • 1/4"-20 Mounting Thread
  • Hard Carry Case Included
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  • 1Description

The CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal from CAME-TV is a single-handed stabilizer that supports loads up to 2.6 pounds, making it suitable for use with compact cameras such as the Panasonic GH4, Sony a7S, and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It utilizes three motors that stabilize the camera along the pan, tilt, and roll axes. This compensates for shakes, vibrations, and other unwanted movements, allowing you to capture smooth, free-floating shots. The system offers multiple operation modes for increased creative possibilities. You can choose to lock the camera in place along all three axes or have the camera smoothly follow your pan and tilt motions while keeping the horizon level. There is also a Commixture Mode, which locks the tilt axis while allowing the camera to follow left and right panning movements. Modes can be easily switched using a joystick, which can also be used to adjust camera pan and tilt position.

The system includes a quick-release plate for mounting your camera. As with sled-style stabilizers, your camera needs to be balanced in order to get the best performance. The balancing process is made easier thanks to tool-less adjustments along all axes. On the bottom of the handle, you'll find a 1/4"-20 threaded hole for mounting the stabilizer on an additional device, such as a slider, jib, or tripod. An additional 1/4"-20 threaded hole is located just above the handle for convenient mounting of a monitor without throwing of the camera balance or exceeding the load capacity of the motors.

The stabilizer is powered using two included 18650-type, 2500mAh rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that slot into the handle and provide around 20 hours of use on a full charge. A battery charger is also included, along with a hard carry case for storing and transporting the system.

Key Features
  • 2.6 lb load capacity
  • Updated 32-bit board
  • Lock, Follow, and Commixture Modes
  • Joystick for pan and tilt control
  • Button on side of handle for power on/off and changing modes
  • Tool-less balancing
  • Quick-release plat
  • Larger frame for increased tilt range
  • Internal rechargeable battery provides around 20 hours of operating time
  • 1/4"-20 threaded hole on bottom of the handle for mounting stabilizer on tripods, sliders, jibs, and other support devices
  • 1/4"-20 threaded hole above the handle for mounting a monitor or other accessory
  • Hard carry case included
UPC: 602766006700
In the Box
CAME-TV CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal
  • Battery Charger
  • Hard Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Load Capacity 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
    Battery Internal rechargeable
    Battery Operating Time Approx. 20 hours
    Tripod Mounting Thread 1/4"-20
    Accessory Mounting Threads 1 x 1/4"-20
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.4 x 13.3 x 7.0"
    CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 31.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Battery Issues - sent it back Worked great out of the box. Then I tried to charge it. It wouldn't charge. No replacement batteries available anywhere and no specs so that I might have something made for it. Left out in the cold on this and really disappointed because when it worked it worked.
    Date published: 2016-02-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Issues with the battery I purchased the gimbal, and when I tried to charge the battery, the charger LED was always green, but the gimbal didn't work. I tried then with the charger connected and it worked flawlessly. I then opened the handle unscrewing the four hex screws, and I found that the battery was damaged by a bevel inside the handle. I now struggle to find a replacement, and I don't want to send it back. The reseller is trying to help, but, up to now, with very little luck.
    Date published: 2016-01-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from dud Battery would not charge. Returned. Wondering about quality control.
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from If it works it works and this is why I started using it right out of the box and it was extremely easy to set up. Took about 3 minutes. The big plus is after 3 days I have been using it with out having to charge. 20 hours of sweet battery. Now regarding battery issues, be very careful because Came-TV has been sending ones with issues. My first one the battery was burned. Never got to use it. But B & H saved the day by having some in stock. The down side is that it is bigger than the competitor so it's harder to take around. And it doesn't handle small cameras such as the Sony RX100 iv. I actually had to add weight so it can meet the requirements for the gimbal to balance properly. Otherwise it will jitter and have a hard time balancing the small camera. I've posted some videos online and people are loving my results. It does make editing easier and give you quality stabilization. And the big pluss it's sturdy.
    Date published: 2016-01-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dud here too Battery would not charge, and the handle became so hot that it nearly burned my hand while plugged in to charge. I was never even able to turn it on. Returned it for a replacement, and now it's on back order for 4-6 weeks. Considering alternatives.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth Sailing I am an older videographer and find it much more difficult to freehand a smooth shot. I was using my tripod more and more even on those simple shots. This gimbal unit was the right price, much cheaper than the steadycams. I now can get all my shots and have a hard time deciding which ones to use. I went from 25% usable footage to 90%. I also leave it atached when using my tripod. Came Tv has made my footage so much better! I never leave home without it.
    Date published: 2016-04-13
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Several problems with this gimbal & battery problem as well! first i will say that its a good build, feels solid and i was excited to get this gimbal. out of the box it worked pretty well with an A7SII / FE 24-70mm mounted and did about an 1.5 hour test. balance was not perfect so i knew i needed to download software and work on tweaking performance. i bought a Samsung tablet since it won't work with my iPad and never could get the gimbal to connect so i opted for software on my MacPro but had problems there as well. very inconsistent with connecting. i tried a 2nd MacPro and had similar issues. the software would not see that it was connected via USB. i used several cables and these cables worked with other devices. when i did get it connected i would get a near immediate notice that the battery was drained. so i charged the battery and when trying to connect again id have problems. when i finally did get it connected (hit and miss) id get the battery drained notice again. i went thru this many times but once i had it connected long enough to make a few changes on the settings but then battery issues again. i never got the software working long enough to make proper adjustments with the software so it ended up worse than i came out of the box. i feel if your lucky enough to get one of these without issues it would be very nice. i considered sending it back for a replacement but with every review here @ B&H it doesn't bode well for Came-TV that there is an apparent issue with the battery in some way. right before i sent my gimmick bad to BH i saw the article from Came about opening up the handle and tinkering to attempt to fix the battery. no thank you! i felt if i did that and it didn't work then i might not be able to return it for a full refund. this is a joke that all 4 reviews here are all battery related. aside from the battery issue i had other problems so i could see no point from a reliability standpoint why i would want to keep this thing. i was wanting a smaller gimbal as an option to my Ronin but now am happy to just stick with Ronin since its very reliable and on a gig that counts more than anything.
    Date published: 2016-01-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice product, but not there for my needs... SUMMARY: Overall, I found this gimbal's Pros outweighed its Cons. It does what it claims and does those things well. There are limitations that may be problematic, but that depends on the particular needs of the user. Unfortunately, this gimbal did not meet my needs. The shortcomings for my particular needs notwithstanding, I have found this to be a very good (Single) handheld gimbal. Because of this, I gave it 4 stars. REVIEW: I purchased this product for a trip to Europe in March. As luck would have it, it went on back-order the day I tried to order it. It finally arrived, just in the nick of too late, about a week after the trip. The gimbal comes in a Pelican style case. To be clear, this is not a Pelican case, but a clone. It was well built, but not at Pelican's standard. The (laser?) foam cutouts for the gimbal were very good. As any normal guy would, I tried to assemble it without looking at the directions. You know, to test its ease of use. Of course, the first thing I did was to fully charge the battery/grip part. The gimbal motor assembly comes separate from the battery/handle and they must be assembled. The two pieces will kind of assemble the wrong way, but you won't be able to get the collar to lock and the gimbal will not work. So after testing the WRONG WAY to assemble it, I finally figured out the correct way and proceeded to turn the collar/lock. I read another review where they said the collar wouldn't lock properly. I can understand why they thought that. The collar turns relatively easily until you get it to what, at first, feels like a stop. However, I found on my unit that this was actually the tension before it turned into the locked position. Trust me, at least with the unit I had, there is NO WAY it was coming apart on its own! Now I powered it on. After a musical series of beeps, I could see the motors try to initialize, but without the weight of a balanced camera/lens, it pretty much failed. OK, fair enough. So I put my GH3 with the Leica 12-35mm f/2.8 lens on it and did what I later realized was a really sloppy job balancing the unit. And it WORKED! Wow! I was ecstatic! After playing with it for awhile, I realized that it would get kind of jerky on me. I had watched enough YouTube reviews of gimbals to realize that this was probably a balancing issue, so I went back to some of those (Tom Antos, MrCheesyCam, and Dave Dougdale on YouTube are good sources) and saw I had not balanced the camera/lens properly. So I finally balanced it correctly and the jerkiness/jitters went away. Pretty good for straight out of the box. I used the gimbal for about 10+ hours and the battery was, so far as I could tell, still going strong (I never could figure out how to tell what the charge level was). It really does work well! OK, you may have noticed that I have been talking about this gimbal in the past tense. Well, that is because I have returned it. Not because it didn't work. It did work very well. But because I had some particular needs that this gimbal just wouldn't address. PROS: (in no particular order) 1. It works very well out of the box. This is both a good thing and bad. It is very good in that you don't have to worry about getting into PID settings and playing around with them to get things right. The bad is that Came-TV WILL NOT allow you to change the PID settings (assuming you need to) or you will void your warranty! 2. Encoder-based motors are AWESOME! The encoders allow for much more accurate stabilization AND MUCH better battery life! CAME-TV claims 20 hours and I did not find any reason to (seriously) doubt that claim. Sure, it may only be 15 hours (or even longer), but that is WAY more than a day's (normal) shooting. 3. Tool free balancing. This is a big deal compared to other gimbals. You don't need to worry about whether or not you forgot/lost your adjustment tools. They are built in. Because of this, balancing the gimbal only takes 5-10 minutes (completely different camera/lens), at most. Usually, since I was using the same camera body, less than 1-3 minutes for a new lens. 4. It is forgiving. I almost exclusively used this gimbal with zoom lenses. Most zoom lenses change their weight balance as the zoom level changes. I found that if I balanced the body/lens with the lens in the middle of its zoom range, the gimbal encoders could accommodate the weight shift so I wouldn't have to rebalance the gimbal. 5. It is a 3rd generation gimbal. The combination of encoders on the motors and the 32-bit controller make for a very stable gimbal. One caveat though. If you walk with an up and down motion, you can't expect the gimbal to remove that motion. It can handle small vertical motions from your hand shaking, but no gimbal that doesn't include a 4th dimension (vertical) rig will remove that motion. You will have to learn to walk/move with little vertical motion. That is probably why the people who specialize in Steadycam work get paid the big bucks. 6. It has a full motion joystick. This means that the built in joystick will allow you to not only pan and tilt (left-right, up-down, respectively), but you can also move it at an angle. It is also pressure sensitive, so the farther you push the joystick mean faster the camera movement. 7. It supports up to 2.6 lbs. This is nice if you have a heavier camera/lens combo. However, you will need to look at the Cons to see how the adjustability range of the gimbal may actually make this feature meaningless unless you keep your body/lens combo pretty compact. 8. There is a remote joystick available. For the nominal amount of $28, you can purchase the remote joystick fob from the web site. I was unable to test this unit, but it is nice to know it is available. 9. It has a quick-release. You can quickly un/mount your camera with the included quick release. There is also a 1/4-20 threaded hole in the bottom of the handle to mount a quick-release for quick attach/detach to a tripod, monopod, etc. FWIW, I mounted this gimbal to the end of a monopod and was able to use it as a stabilized jib. VERY nice, though I would imagine this is fairly standard with other gimbals. 10. It is plug and play. It is as plug and play as I can imagine a gimbal can be. For the most part, you just will not need/want to modify any PID settings. If you don't want something that you need/have to play with to get the settings right, THIS IS THE GIMBAL FOR YOU! 11. It is very solid. By this I mean that just tapping the camera (button push, touching the lens, etc.) will not cause the gimbal to move around. It takes a fair amount of force to move the camera. 12. Quick horizon readjustments. You can reset the horizon by just moving the camera to level and holding it there for a few seconds. In conjunction with the encoders, will cause the controller to do the reset. You can also do this with resetting what direction is forward or, for that matter, any other positional parameter. CONS: 1. No inverted mode. One of the reasons I wanted this was so that I could shoot low to the ground videos. However, this unit WILL NOT work in inverted mode. I thought I might get around this by just shooting upside down and flipping it in post, but the unit just will not work in that mode. 2. The pistol grip. The formed pistol grip looks nice. However, I found that, for my hands, it is awkward to hold. While the holding position angled (somewhat good) and it has finger molds the basic shape is rectangular. I found that my hands were not rectangular so it wasn't as comfortable to hold as I had hoped. I, personally, would have preferred CAME-TV to have a tube type handle. 3. Adjustability range. The adjustability range for balancing the camera body/lens is a bit limited. If you have a larger camera, you might bump up against this pretty quickly. My Panasonic GH3 and the Leica 35-100mm f/2.8 lens came fairly close to running out of adjustment. If I had tried to use my adapted Nikon 70-300mm lens, I just would not have been able to get it anywhere near balanced. 4. Weight capacity. While this gimbal does, nominally, support up to 2.6 lbs, I think it would take a very special camera body/lens combo at that weight to fit within the gimbal's adjustability range. 5. Joystick is WAY too slippery. The surface of the gimbal is pretty flat and appears to be made of something slippery like nylon or Teflon. Add to that the awkward shape of the handle and it becomes very difficult to actually use the joystick hand-held. 6. Joystick is full motion. This is both a Pro and a Con. While it is nice that you can pan/tilt at an angle, it becomes a bit difficult if you only want to pan OR tilt. *I* had trouble getting a perfectly horizontal pan or vertical tilt. For most work, I could get close enough, but it was irritating when I couldn't get exactly what I was looking for. 7. Joystick is WAY sensitive. While pressure sensitive, the joystick's response ramps up very quickly. This can make doing a very slow pan and/or tilt challenging. On the other hand, it is wonderful that you can change the camera movement speed straight from the joystick. 8. Adjusting any of the PID settings voids the warranty. This is frustrating because as the weight of the camera body/lens increased, I found there were some tweaks I would have liked to make the response of the gimbal better for my needs. In particular, I would liked to have been able to adjust the response speed of the joystick. There were times when I wanted a nice, slow, smooth pan and it was very difficult to get one at the speed I wanted. Well, that is my review. Hope it helps!
    Date published: 2016-05-13
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