Pilotfly C45 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

Pilotfly C45 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

Pilotfly C45 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

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Pilotfly C45 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

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Product Highlights

  • For Compact Cameras up to 1.7lb
  • 32-Bit Alexmos Controller
  • 3 Motor Control Units
  • Lightweight Design & 4-Way Joystick
  • 5 Operating Modes
  • Wireless Bluetooth Control
  • Up to 6 Hours of Runtime
  • 1/4"-20 Accessory Thread
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Pilotfly C45 overview

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Compact cameras can now shoot high-quality video, and with the Pilotfly C45 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer you can achieve stable handheld tracking shots. Smaller cameras weighing up to 1.7 pounds can benefit from stabilization on the pan, tilt, and horizon axes, with full 360° operation on the pan axis. While the 32-bit Alexmos controller with Triple MCU technology is advanced in its operation, programming via the Android mobile app is simple. Adjust, calibrate, and choose one of five operating modes using the app, and you're on your way. In modes that offer manual control, the 4-way joystick offers user control over pan and tilt for precise camera movements. If you want to take your camera movements further, use the 1/4"-20 thread at the base of the handle to attach a boom-pole or other support devices. A lithium-ion battery is integrated into the handle and offers up to 6 hours of operating time, after which it can be recharged using the included power supply.

Key Features

32-bit Alexmos controller with Triple-MCU (Motor Control Unit) technology
Motors have integrated encoders
Tool-less design
360° pan axis (no limit stop, full rotation)
4-way joystick control
1/4" screw hole for attaching accessories like boom-poles
5 preconfigured profiles: follow mode, pitch lock, full lock, follow roll, and selfie mode
Auto-invert for all profiles
LEDs for power and battery status
Integrated Bluetooth module for remote control with separately available RM-1 wireless remote
Setting, calibration, mode change, and remote control via Android smartphone app
In the Box
Pilotfly C45 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Shoulder Bag
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pilotfly C45 specs

    Gimbal
    Number of Axes 3-Axis ()
    Load Capacity 1.7 lb / 0.8 kg
    Battery
    Battery Type 1 x Built-In
    Capacity (mAh) 600 mAh
    Battery Runtime 6 Hours
    Voltage 14.8 VDC
    General
    Dimensions 10.6 x 5.1 x 7.5" / 27 x 13 x 11 cm
    Weight 1.1 lb / 498 g (with Battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 8.6 x 4.2"

    Pilotfly C45 reviews

    C45 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for Compact Cams This is actually my first gimbal, so it was an interesting experience. I bought this for my Sony RX100m3. Balancing wasn't much of an issue as I thought. It took me less than 30 min with the camera on since the weight balance tends to change when the lens is retracted. Turning on the gimbal automatically balances out of the box. After doing some test shots here and there, it's definitely more stable than holding the cam by hand. The footage show bouncing while walking, but in a smooth fashion. I'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to be, but I would've preferred completely smooth footage without the bounce. Battery life seems to be good after nearly a whole day of usage. Pilotfly claims it'll last 6 hours on a full charge, and that sounds about right from my experiences. Then again, I didn't have it on for 6 hours straight. Unfortunately, there's no battery indicator on the gimbal itself, only on the AC power brick to tell you if it's fully charged. As I was trying to modify the gimbal settings and calibrate stability by using Simple BGC, the gimbal acted weird after disconnecting it from my PC. It started spinning around fast gradually. I don't know why it happened like that but I turned off the gimbal immediately and did a factory reset on the thing to get it back to normal. One thing I had to change was the gimbal beeping sound when it turns on or changes modes. It's very annoying, so I had to mute it using the software. One major complaint I have with this gimbal is ROLL balance seems to be slightly shifted to the right. I've tried rebalancing it and modify with the software but it keeps on doing the same thing. Only way for me to fix this was to manually turn it with the gimbal on. I wish there was a way to lock the YAW so that way as I'm turning, I don't have to wait for the gimbal to turn, but instead turn as if I was holding the camera. Overall, I like the gimbal. It's pricey for sure. For $500, I'd expect it come with a mini tripod but alas. I recommend it for those who need a gimbal for compact cameras like the Sony RX100 series.
    Date published: 2018-06-01
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