Moza Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

Moza Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

Moza Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

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Product Highlights

  • For Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras
  • 7.1-Pound Load Capacity
  • Full 360° Rotation on All Motors
  • Sport Gear Mode Tracks Quick Subjects
  • Includes Two-Handed Grip
  • Works with Wireless Thumb Controller
  • Free Control App with Time-Lapse
  • Automatic Tuning via App
  • Battery Lasts up to 12 Hours
  • Includes Hard Carry Case
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  • 1Description

Compact and configurable, the MOZA Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer can stabilize your mirrorless or DSLR camera for smooth, professional-looking footage. Since the Air can be used in either one or two-handed configurations, supporting setups that approach the 7.1-pound payload capacity won't sacrifice usability. The built-in handgrip control offers directional control and mode selection at your fingertips. Other control options include using the free smartphone app or the separately available Wireless Thumb Controller. The Thumb Controller is especially useful in the two-handed configuration. Auto-tuning can be done through the app to ensure optimal performance. The MOZA Air itself and the included batteries, charger, cables, and accessories all fit in the included hard carry case for convenient storage and transport.

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum construction
  • Dual handle for capturing stable handheld shots
  • MOZA Assistant app allows you to create smooth, dynamic time-lapse video on your smartphone or tablet
  • Humanized interval and duration settings
  • Can adapt to your specific shooting scenario with two handheld modes
  • Can be mounted onto a tripod, slider, jib, crane, or anything else via the 1/4"-20 screw hole at the bottom
  • Slip-ring technology employed in the motors allows the gimbal to rotate 360° on yaw, tilt, and roll axis settings, allowing for better camera movement
  • "Inception" mode lets you use the full 360° of the roll axis for creative camera moves
  • Sport Gear mode tunes the motors for following faster-moving subjects
  • Handgrip houses three lithium batteries with 2000mAh capacity that offers a standby time of 12 hours
  • Yaw-follow, pitch-follow, yaw-pitch follow, roll-follow, and all-lock operation modes
  • Auto-center shooting mode minimizes the need for frequent adjustments
UPC: 611982477812
In the Box
Moza Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Handgrip
  • 3 x 26350 Battery
  • Charger
  • Dual Handle Set
  • Lens Support
  • 1/4"-20 Screw
  • USB Cable
  • 3 x Camera Control Cable (Sony a7, Canon DSLR, GH4)
  • ARCA-SWISS Converter
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Moza Air specs

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    Number of Axes 3-Axis (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)
    Rotation Range Yaw (Pan): 360
    Pitch (Tilt): 360
    Roll: 360
    Load Capacity 7.1 lb / 3.22 kg
    Stabilization Accuracy 0.02 (Motionless)
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    Ports 1 x USB Micro-B Input
    1 x USB Mini-B Output
    Wireless Frequency 2.4 GHz
    Wireless Protocol Bluetooth 4.0
    Wireless Range 164' / 50 m
    Battery
    Battery Type 1 x 26350
    Capacity (mAh) 2000 mAh
    Battery Runtime 12 Hours
    Voltage 3.7 VDC
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 23 to 131°F / -5 to 55°C
    General
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.2 x 13.6 x 6.0"

    Moza Air reviews

    Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 95.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Malfunctioning motors! I followed all the instructions. I balanced in like 10 minutes max. Just like the instructions and video showed. I installed the drivers and GUI (MOZA Software Assistant) and started running with some problems there. The GUI does not load the camera profile (canon, sony, etc.). It does not save your configurations and the calibration doesn't seem to do anything. I turned the gimbal on... and motors rattled and vibrated!!! I re-did every step and the same. Contacted MOZA twice! and they told me the same thing: update GUI and update drivers I did everything over and over to no avail. I am returning mine and buying the Zhiyun-Tech Crane!
    Date published: 2017-07-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works nice but not as convenient as some This� gimbal works nice. It holds heavy loads and functions fairly well. The problems i have with it is the rear motor is in front of the screen on the camera. This was an obvious thing when i purchased it but it is worse than I had expected. The other thing is that this has 4 settings for speed and reactivity to movement but without using a bluetooth connected phone there is no way to change this. Getting out your phone every time is a but annoying especially when you have your hands full with a full setup. Overall it works great and does what it should. For the price this gimbal is great. If it wasn't for these things it would make 5 stars in my opinion.
    Date published: 2018-04-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from It was good until I upgraded the firmware. The Moza air was everything I hoped for. It gave me steady shots with all the controls I needed at a reasonable price. However, I recently upgraded to the latest firmware and the motors decided to stop working after the upgrade. I was still able to get to the assistant app on the laptop but I could not get the motors to work. I went ahead and also updated the assistant app on the laptop and now it cannot find my device! My phone can still sync to the gimbal, but I can't get the motors to work with the phone app. Customer service is very slow to respond and I'm beginning to think that I have a $600 paperweight.
    Date published: 2017-10-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from What you should know. This gimbal is definitely worth buying and giving a chance. It’s my first gimbal and I must say, it’s doing good for me. Balancing the gimbal was a little difficult at first, but then it was a piece of cake. And with the updated settings for camera mode it says “Other” so I’m not sure what that does since it doesn’t specify in the manual. I have a Nikon d5300 and while using the gimbal I put on a 35mm lens, handles the weight just fine if you balance it properly.
    Date published: 2018-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Christmas Gift Ever! This was a complete surprise and I could not love it any more. I had previously used the Beholder DS1 Gimbal but the Moza Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal is infinitely better. The ability to change between the standard one handed gimbal set up and the two handed set up is fantastic, and the fact that it's included with the gimbal is such a bonus. I am using it with a Sony A65 (which also has built in camera stabilization) and it is fantastic. I haven't had the opportunity to use it in the field but just playing around with it at home has already proved the power of this gimbal. I would highly recommend this to anyone in the market for a gimbal.
    Date published: 2017-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paired with Nikon D5500 I have an entry level Nikon DSLR, the D5500. So relying on the cameras af�is not realiable. However, with a little bit of skill, I can keep subjects in the focus plane either by walking with them at the same distance or keep stationary with minor movement corrections. or you can shoot at a high aperture, but I like to keep a shallow depth of field because it is more cinematic. Tapping the LCD screen on the camera to select a new focus point helps too. Its amazing how this piece of technology has made my little Nikon camera much more valuable. Its worked well with my camera using a 35mm lens and I've used a 55-200mm on it as well. Very cool
    Date published: 2018-02-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Moza Air Support Non-Existent -- gimbal itself is nice I received the Moza Air and I do like it.� The reason for the two-star review has to do with Moza support.� It is non-existent. I sent a number of questions regarding the time lapse feature (I cannot get the gimbal to trigger the camera) and my emails are ignored.� Have not heard a word from Moza.� At this point time lapse is not working for me and it is one of the main reasons I bought the gimbal.� Yes, it's a nice gimbal, yes it was a good price.� But if you can't get a simple answer to a question, or if one of the things that they advertise is not working, what's the point?
    Date published: 2018-02-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! --------------------- Update to my review below: I think I might upgrade it to 5-stars. Suddenly, the joystick wouldn't allow the camera to tilt up very much at all. I re-calibrated multiple times, etc., without success. I emailed their support, on the weekend...and received an almost immediate response. Good suggestion, but didn't work. So they then asked for a pic/video, and after that again the same day responded. That's great support! In the end, through their third response and some troubleshooting, I found that the issue was the balancing of the gimbal. Issue was resolved. So, you DO have to balance the gimbal very carefully, and exactly as how Gudsen shows on one of their videos (Google MOZA Air Tutorial Guide - Setup and Balancing). Even if your Gimbal appears balanced with the camera level, precisely doing it is critical, or the Gimbal may initially work but then could behave erratically in some situations. Once you learn how to balance it, calibrate it (and in my case not changing the parameters even though my camera is heavier than what the iPhone app shows), it all works flawlessly. Balancing it is easy and quick, really. The only issue I found is the screw that mounts on the camera, no matter how tight you do it, the camera can rotate slightly as you move the gimbal when it's powered off - in other words, you have to set you camera straight on the plate each time before you do a movie, if you power off the gimbal. So it's not like you can balance perfectly the whole rig and not have to do it again. But it's quick and not hard at all. Back to my review: I did more videos, and it just looks amazing, as you practice more. (BTW for comparison, I looked at videos online of the Ronin M, and it doesn't look like it would stabilize that much better; it's a more professional rig, but it's also twice the price and super big and heavy - I can't justify it for my purposes. Ronin has a cool video demo, shot in California...and when you look at the behind the scenes, you see that the best shots were done with the Ronin on a crane!) So, to conclude this long review here and below: the gimbal works great, you can get some amazing footage, but you need to learn to balance and calibrate the gimbal well. And I see several reviews with people having issues, like some I have had...it's probably due to that. Like motor vibrations, etc. And finally: Gudsen did offer support, and not only that, but immediately and on the weekend! If the gimbal lasts, then definitively this is a five star product. Amazing. ---------------- I've only had the Moza Air for a week, but right now I rate it at four stars, and I am happy with it. I use it with a Canon 5D Mark IV and 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens. I use it for non-professional purposes. Mounting the camera and balancing the gimbal was very easy, a matter of minutes, even though my camera has a dangling strap and lens cap on the side. I can balance perfectly, although the balance changes obviously as you zoom in or out your lens since it changes slightly the center of gravity. Moza seems to indicate though that the balancing doesn't need to be perfect, but then this will increase the load on the motors and power consumption. The motors don't seem to have any issues with handling the weight, even using the gimbal joystick or app to rotate the camera, tilt it up or down even at 45 and staying there (although I didn't try for long periods of time). Out of the box, the gimbal worked with no vibrations. You can't even hear the motors, unless you stick your ear onto them, or you really tilt the camera and even then it's very faint. As a comparison, I consider the autofocus of the lens than is now possible in video mode with the 5D IV, to be loud. However, after a minute or so, the camera started tilting to the side or down. This wasn't due to the lack of power of the motors, but clearly a glitch. So I used the iOS iPhone app, and calibrated the gyroscope and accelerometer (very easy and took no time). Also, I noticed that the settings by default were 1.0 - 1.5kg for the camera weight, which is less than the 1.7 to 1.8kg of my camera and lens with the accessories, strap etc. So I adjusted to 1.5 kg - 2.0kg. Once I did that, the gimbal motors started vibrating heavily. I re-set the weight to 1.0-1.5 kg, and then there were no issues. So, right now, the gimbal works without issues. I will say that the iPhone app is needed though, because as stated above, my camera started to drift and tilt after a few minutes, until I did the calibration with the app. Now, everything works as expected. I'm happy with it. As mentioned, I'm not using it for professional purposes though. Just for background information, many years ago, I started taking videos with my 5D II, and the quality was so much better than anything else at the time, that I looked to correct two concerns when using it: focus, and stabilization. The focus issues with shallow depth of field are now resolved with the autofocus capabilities of the 5D IV (before with the 5D II, I used an external monitor so I could at least manually focus, because on the small screen it was not possible to tell precisely the focus with apertures like f/2.8). Remained the stabilization issue. Most of the time, I can't use a tripod. But since I don't do video for professional purposes, and I don't do very many videos anyway, I couldn't justify $1k + of professional motorized gimbals. So I bought a cheap non-motorized gimbal, that you balance with weights. It helped, but it wasn't great, long to balance, and very heavy - but this was a cheap gimbal. So, when I heard that a motorized gimbal would be available for $500-600, capable of handling the weight of my 5D IV and lens, I jumped into it. I was hesitant due to the lack of reviews. First, after receiving the gimbal, I will say that I am positively impressed by the quality given the price. Metal construction, it even comes in a nice plastic case. Many years ago you might have paid at least that much for a NON-motorized gimbal like that. Also, it was very easy to mount and use. Even the iOS app is very nice and works with no issues at all. The icons aren't necessarily all labeled or obvious, but it works. It just fells amazing that for that price you get what appears a solid gimbal, handling the weight, and you can even remotely control it with your phone (you can rotate, tilt, etc, and all very smoothly and adjust the speed slightly too). Unthinkable just a few years ago. I'll also mention that I didn't experience some of the issues found on some earlier reviews on the web. For example, the battery charger has three slots, one for each battery, and it works without issues. Everything seems to work. It doesn't seem like a beta product, but a very nicely made, well thought out product. There is also enough room to balance my camera, and have enough of a gap between the screen and the gimbal motor on the back to be able to touch the camera screen for focusing. I only use the single handle, and it's not too heavy. I tried shooting in the normal position or in underslung mode, no issues. I also tried the dual handle, and it works well, but adds weight and you really need to be careful and tighten the bars, as it could slide/pivot when you tilt the rig (happened once, and I see one video review commenting on it). I recommend keeping a flower hood on the lens to prevent any accident... Now, for the negatives: - There is a one page manual with not much information. Nothing more online. I had to figure out the aforementioned vibration and drifting issues myself. I was just guessing since I had not used a motorized gimbal before, and it looks like others have had similar issues. But apparently there are two Moza Facebook user groups that can help if you experience other problems. - The quality of the stabilization. I need to do more tests, but I will say it matches the videos you can find online. It's clearly smoother than handheld, no comparison. It's also smoother than a video you would take on a small camcorder with optical stabilization or iPhones with optical stabilization. So that's good. It does not however look like it was shot on super smooth professional rail/dolly track or a million-dollar movie Hollywood crane. I'd say this is expected. I don't know that you'd get a much better result with more expensive gimbals. If you walk very carefully, the shot looks good, but not quite like if you were rolling the camera on a track. What does look pretty good is the effect where you rotate around a person, while using the gimbal joystick to rotate the camera at the same time to always look at the person (you'll see at least one example of this with the Moza Air on YouTube). - The longevity. The gimbal is made by what looks like a smaller company in China - so it's hard to predict the support a few years from now (e.g., as you need to continue updating the app/iOS), although I'm not too concerned, and in fact this is why the gimbal is affordable. Also, of note, the warranty is one year...but the gimbal and motors are only 3 months. I imagine this is because it may not necessarily be designed to use it 12 hrs a day, 7 days a week, for professional purposes if you're a professional movie maker. Overall, so far I am pleased with it. It's very nice, and especially for the price, it's a great deal. And there are simply no alternatives available today in this price range for my camera weight.
    Date published: 2017-07-18
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