ikan DS2-A Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders

ikan DS2-A Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders

ikan DS2-A Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders

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Product Highlights

  • Supports Cameras up to 5 Pounds
  • 360° Rotation Along Pan Axis
  • Angled Arm Permits View of Camera LCD
  • No Start-Up Chimes
  • 32-Bit Controller and 12-Bit Encoder
  • Three Follow Modes Plus Auto Inversion
  • Lock Mode, Auto Point-and-Lock Mode
  • Quick Release Baseplate
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount Threaded Hole
  • 2 x 1/4"-20 Accessory Mounting Holes
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  • 1Description

The ikan DS2-A Beholder is a 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras weighing up to five pounds. The DS2-A offers unlimited 360° rotation along the pan (yaw) axis, and features an advanced 32-bit controller and 12-bit encoder system. The DS2-A features an angled support arm that allows you to operate the gimbal normally while having an unobstructed view of the camera's LCD screen. You will notice that the gimbal is silent when powering up, avoiding the start-up chimes of other gimbals. It offers three follow modes plus a lock mode that sets the camera in a fixed position. A point-and-lock mode allows you to physically position the camera, and it will hold that position until reset.

Auto inversion mode allows for upside-down operation, while retaining all the mode's functionality. The DS2-A also features a lock mode that sets the camera in a fixed position. An integrated OLED display on the rear confirms the selected mode of operation and provides battery life info. Designed with a quick release baseplate that allows for convenient camera attachment and tool-less balancing, the DS2-A also has two 1/4"-20 threaded mounting holes on the handle for attaching accessories for advanced setups, and a 3/8"-16 threaded mounting hole on the bottom for mounting onto a tripod, monopod, and other support gear. The DS2-A runs on three supplied 18650 batteries that provide 8-10 hours of operating life when used continuously, and up to 20 hours when the gimbal is switched between shooting and standby modes throughout the day. Mounted within a caddy, the batteries slide into the handle. Charging is done outside the DS2-A, with the batteries within the caddy. You cannot charge the batteries within the gimbal unit. The batteries can also be charged using optional chargers such as the ikan ICH-SC4. Included with the gimbal is a small folding tripod that can be used to support the gimbal on a flat level surface when balancing, and you can close the legs and use it as a handle for extra length.

360° Rotation Motor
The DS2-A features a 360° rotation brushless motor on the pan axis
Designed for Multiple Camera Types
With a payload up to 5 pounds, the DS2-A can stabilize a wide range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras including the Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 6D, Canon 7D, Sony a6300, Sony a7S II, Panasonic GH5, GoPro, and select smartphones
Lock Mode
In the lock mode, the pan, pitch, and roll axes work together to keep the camera pointed in one direction. The camera's composition stays the same no matter how you move the handle
Auto Inversion
Simply flip the handle over the camera to switch to this mode at any time. It can be operated in conjunction with any of the lock or follow modes
Three Follow Modes
Pan axis: The DS2-A will only follow your pan movements
Pitch and yaw-axis follow mode: The DS2-A will follow your pan and tilt movements
Three-axis: Gives you full control, allowing you to pan, tilt, and roll
Other Features
  • Durable all-aluminum construction
  • 360° movement from pan axis
  • Multiple modes of operation
UPC: 847983022724
In the Box
ikan DS2-A Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders
  • Micro-USB AC Adapter
  • Travel Case
  • 3 x 18650 Batteries
  • Mini Tripod/Handle with 3/8"-16 Mount for Beholder Gimbal Stabilizers
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    ikan DS2-A specs

    Gimbal
    Number of Axes 3-Axis
    Rotation Range Yaw (Pan): 360
    Roll: 310
    Pitch (Tilt): 310
    Load Capacity 4 lb / 1.8 kg
    Battery
    Battery Type 1 x 18650
    Capacity (mAh) 2600 mAh
    Battery Runtime 8 to 10 Hours
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Voltage 3.7 VDC
    General
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.2 x 9.3 x 3.1"

    ikan DS2-A reviews

    DS2-A Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this again and again! I can see my lcd finally. Hi have used these brushless stabilizers extensively and currently own the Zhiyun Crane, Beholder DS-1, and Beholder MS-Pro. This DS2-A sort of makes the other three obsolete and the motion action is way better for me on the Beholder gimbals than on the Zhiyun gimbals. I have tried tuning the Zhiyun crane, but can never get the turning action as smooth as the Beholders. With this DS2-A, I can see my screen and the real benefit is that I can use the same gimbal for my Sony A7sii, A6500, and Rx100v.
    Date published: 2017-09-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works! I used this for a few hours with a Sony A9 and 18mm lens. It was pretty easy to set up(I have DJI Ronin experience) and balance. It kept the camera steady while shooting from a bicycle and followed my arm movements predictably. I haven't figured out all the modes yet, but I'm looking forward to getting to know them better. Kind of a bummer that the included charger only charges the pack up to 80% (per the instructions). If you want to charge to 100%, you need Ikan's accessory charger. Even still, the battery will last for hours, so I'm satisfied. It's well built from metal parts and I feel it will last a long time out in the field.
    Date published: 2017-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I was afraid this was not going to be easy to balance the camera and use, but I picked it up pretty quickly to my surprise. Like most hand held gimbals it can case fatigue, for me in my back, so I can only use it for short periods of time. The only thing I would change is the speed of the button that controls the rotation of the gimbal/camera. If you hold it for any length of time it will whip the camera around, so I'm refining my operation to just touch the button in short bursts so as to not be pointing the camera wildly up/down, etc. All in all I'm please with the purchase.
    Date published: 2018-04-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Potentially great product but with big problems I bought the original Beholder DS1. Out of the box it was unusable. It kept the camera level but vibrated like crazy unless you used a camera that were close to its weight limit. After it got a firmware update things got a bit better. It felt better with smaller cameras but still vibrated. But after hours and hours of learning its software and� tuning its PID values I got rid of 95% of the vibrations. After that it has been working really nice for two years of daily use.�Many peoples experiences with the first version is however very different. If you look around in forums many otherwise technically competent people never got theirs to work.� When this was released I decided to upgrade. Mostly because this has a larger range of adjustment in the height dimension. Which means that you are able to perfectly balance more camera setups. It also has the tilted moter which do not obstruct your view of the LCD-monitor on the back of the camera. So in theory an upgrade seemed like a good idea.� Out of the box it was obvious that there were a lot of improvements in usabilty when it comes to balancing. You can now easily adjust the position of the camera just by sliding the quick release plate around without tools. But be aware that even if it says its Manfrotto compatible it is not really. You can not use the quick release plate supplied with the gimbal in a Manfrotto quick release adapter (its too thin). You can however use the plate from the Manfrotto adapter on the gimbal. But its a very tight fit, and the Manfrotto plates are too long and not really suited to this camera form factor. I would have prefered a arca swiss based quick release on the gimbal.�� I quickly got the camera perfectly balanced in all axes and then i turned the gimble on. It straightened itself up, but the camera was tilted to the left. And not just a little bit. It leaned something like 15 degrees to the left.� I first thought that the gyro just was not calibrated. So i held down the front button for 5 seconds to calibrate it. The calibration process started and then it finished. But still with the same rusult. The camera was leaning 10-15 degrees to the left. I tried again and again to calibrate it, but always with the same result.� When walking around with it the tilting at times got better, but it always ended up leaning towards the left much of the time. And you could not get a pan from left to right to be constantly level. I tried with different cameras ranging from a mobile phono to a large Nikon DSLR. All perfectly balanced but with the same results.� At this point I made the great mistake. I should have just sent it back and got it repaired or preferably got my money back so I could buy another brand of gimbal.� But based on experiences with the first version I knew that you might be able to fix issues just by tuning it/calibrating it a bit with the simplebgc32 software or the app. So I first connected it to the iphone app and later to a PC using simplebgc32 to solve the issue.� The problem is that Ikan has decided that if you even try to access the settings of the gimbal through the app or the PC software you void your warranty. This should not be legal. With products that work optimal right out of the box, like a camera, this is an OK policy. On a camera you can also make adjustments in its menus.� But with a gimbal like this you are required to sooner or later adjust something. Anything from tuning its pid values a little bit to get rid of unwanted vibrations with some camera setups, to simply personal preferences adjusting how fast the joystick moves the camera. And even to adjust how many seconds it takes for the camera to do its motion from A to B in the mode that lets you do this.� Not allowing people to go into its settings are like Apple refusing people to adjust the "settings" on an iPhone without voiding its warrenty. And never ever letting you upgrade to a newer version of ios.�� There is even an app for iphone for this gimble that Ikan pretends does not exist. With this app you can remote control the gimbal. And you can make it follow you around selfie style using the camera on the phone. These functions are demonstrated in the youtube videoes from the people that made this gimbal (team rebel design).� But Ikan will not let you use all functionality of the gimbal without voiding the warrenty. Just this policy alone makes this a one star product even if you are one of the lucky (unlike me) to get one that does not have a hardware issue.� The only reason I am giving it an extra star is that the gimbal itself is potentially great if you are lucky to get one that is adjusted correctly, calibrated correctly and dont have any hardware issues.� Based on peoples experiences with this model, the EC1, the Beholder DS1 from various user groups it seems like the company that make this have issues with quality control. Too many of them have problems right out of the box.� In my case I have used around 20 hours now trying to make it work properly by cablibration and adjustments through the software. At times I have been very tempted to just throw the whole thing in the garbage.� But after calibrating its IMU sensor and gyropscope (the things that makes it know what level is) I got it to go back to a level horizon when you turn it on or calibrate it. But it still had huge problems keeping its horizon level. Particularly when you have moved around and then stop moving it can use up to 30 seconds to go back to a level horizon.� Finally I found a setting where you could correct for misalignment in postisioning of the sensor. After correcting the value on one of the axes quite a bit it finally acts more like it should. This tells me that the sensor was not correctly alligned from the factory (leading to it leaning left), and mayby its even not properly fixed inside. Now the gimbal works OK for a while but sooner or later you will put it at a angle where it struggles a while to get back to level horizon. But after moving around a bit it usually corrects itself after a while.� So now it is somewhat usable as a gimbal. But not even close to my DS1 in reliability. I will try it more, and in time try to fine tune it even more hoping someday to get it to work close to 100%.� But from day one it has constantly made a small ticking sound from one of the motors when you move around. Which makes me suspect that there is something inside there that is loose or not quite right. Well....since I voided my warranty just by connecting it to its app I obviously dont have any rights no matter what were wrong with it from the factory. So I suspect this ends with me throwing it in the garbage can and getting another gimbal. And I will never again buy any gimbal from Ikan/Team Reble Design or any other company that have such policies on warranties.� Alexmos-based gimbals like this one and most of the others require you to access its settings sooner or later, at least through an app with limited functions. And denying you this make them unusable. So for potential buyers.... -Alexmos-based gimbals are not for everyone. You WILL need to adjust them, if even just a tiny bit, unless your really lucky that your particular camera is just the right one its initial settings work optimal with. The adaptive pid helps a bit, at least compared to the first one, but there are still vibrations depending on which camera you use. And if you do so you will void the warranty. And you will have to spend hours and hours with an app or software that has the least understandable instructions you will ever find. Be prepared to spend hours and hours watching youtube videos where everyone has different theories about how to calibrate it. And hours and hours of forums, searching for answers, where too many users are having a nightmare trying to get their gimbal to work. These gimbals are not for the regular consumer. They require a lot of technical knowledge and willingness to use a lot of time learning how they work.� -the quality-control on many brands are questionable. If your lucky you get one without hardware issues where you can get it to work fine with smaller or bigger adjustments. If your not lucky then you are on your own, and just have to accept that you wasted your money and decide if you want to give trying to winning a working gimbal in the gimbal lottery one more chance.� -If you are not prepared to use a lot of time and frustration trying to get an Alexmos-based gimbal to work I would suggest you go for� the�Zhiyun-Tech Crane gimbals. At least they supply you with an app to make the most neccesary adjustments without voiding your warranty. And my experience is that less people have problems with those gimbals so the quality control seem a bit better. If you however are lucky and get a Beholder gimbal without hardware issues and are able, and have the time it takes, to tune it right I personally think they perform better and have a better design.� I hope this helps people make a more informed choice on what to expect and which gimbal to choose. Gimbals are not for everyone. At least not this generation of gimbals.
    Date published: 2018-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can see what I'm shooting I don't have to guess when using my gimbal, and that is ~AMAZING~. It has a good weight and balance range, and long battery life, and that's great, but I can see my screen and know what I am shooting at, and that has to be the best gimbal improvement to date.
    Date published: 2017-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best on the go and most versatile gimbal! I don't know where to start! I have been using the Ikan DS2-A for a couple months now and I must say it is the best gimbal I have ever used for cinema production! From timelapse to mounting to packing, this gimbal does it all. The battery life lasts basically all day and have had no problems on long production days. It is not heavy and folds right up to put into any backpack. I took it all around Europe shooting for a tv show and really cut my weight down on bringing a bigger gimbal such as a Movi or Ronin. No jittering or body movement like most gimbals sportray when operating. The fact that it has 1/4 20, 3/8 mount is a big deal for monitors. Way more convenient for monitors and lights compared to the DJI Ronin S or other gimbals. You guys will be impressed on the response and weight load the Ikan DS2-A can handle. A must buy for everyone!- Tony Dimaria from Full Sense Pro
    Date published: 2018-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact, versatile, and very useful Just used this gimbal on a two day shoot.� �The results were very impressive.� Getting it up and running was simple, balance was easy.� The various modes it offers are easy to access.� Operation was simple.� The threaded connector on the bottom was a real advantage.� My favorite attachment was the Ikan Dual handled grip which attaches on the bottom.� However I also used it with a monopod, and that was excellent as well.� Battery life was impressive.� All in all this is a real winner and will be used frequently on future jobs.
    Date published: 2018-04-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from World's okay-est gimbal. It's not bad, not great. Video review link: https://youtu.be/GZvj991rE2A Pros: Decent payload, good customer support, angled motor does give you a much better view, great build quality, 60-second auto-sweep mode is neat. Cons: Unstable when moving faster than walking speed. Built-in battery charger has 80% recharge cap- have to by Ikan SC4 charger separately if you want to charge to 100%.� Firmware update was a pain (before Ikan app was released)
    Date published: 2018-06-06
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