Gimbals are for all types of cameras
Is it worth it?
I have been wanting to get into Vlogging. I recently heard about a device called a Gimbal and wondered… What is a Gimbal?
I have been a Blogger for more than 20 years already. I was blogging before the word “blogging” even existed. Over the past 5 years or so, I have made several attempts to be a Vlogger too. A vlogger is basically a blogger who makes videos instead of writing words.
My attempts at vlogging have basically crashed and burned. I think there are several reasons for that:
- I chose the wrong niche
- I knew nothing about videography
- I did not have the right equipment
So, what about this Gimbal?
I teased you and asked the question, what is a gimbal? Well, a gimbal is a device that I would say is somewhat similar to a “selfie stick” or a “monopod”. However, the main purpose of a gimbal and the big difference is image stabilization. What is a Gimbal? It is a device that stabilizes the videos!
My recent purchase
As I started hearing about gimbals lately, I became more curious. I first saw such a device in use just a few months ago. There is a video guy that I follow named Steve Dotto, and he had a video about a gimbal, although I don’t recall if he used the name.
I liked what I saw, and I wanted one. The model he used was about $200 as I recall, though, and I did not want to spend that much money. I also did not really have any plan on starting vlogging, or should I say attempting vlogging, again.
In the past month or so, though, I have had a plan come to me, and one of my blogs where I think video would be an excellent addition, so I am going for it.
I recently bought a budget Gimbal, a device called a Vimble 2 Gimbal. I received it earlier today. You can bet I started playing around with it as soon as I had it charged up!
Have a look and see what you think
I made a kind of “test video” shooting video footage with four different methods:
- Held the camera (I shot on my cell phone, a Huawei P9 Plus) by hand
- I used a traditional selfie-stick
- I used my new gimbal in standard mode
- I used the new gimbal in the extended “selfie-stick” mode.
The video is at the top of this blog post. You probably already watched it.
So, what do you think? is it worth it to get a gimbal if you are serious about vlogging or doing video for some other purpose? I paid less than $100 for the device. In my opinion, it seems like it will be a great tool, and well worth the price!