Gimbals 101

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How Gimbal Technology And Camera Stabilizers Work

The key to shooting a good video lies in the stabilization. There has been a never ending quest in the world to achieve a smoothly handled video, a wide variety of techniques has been applied from counterweighted poles to vest mounted circulating arms. Unfortunately, none of them have been nearly close to achieving what the 3-axis gimbal can do. Gimbals bring together an array of intricate sensors, motors, electronics and physics to accomplish the over-rated task of canceling out motion before it reaches the camera while filming.

Subtlety put, a gimbal is a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis. Gimbals for the longest time were mostly used in the movie industry but with the advancement of modern technology, smaller versions are now available for consumers. By applying modern technology, the gimbal stabilizer cancels out external movement instantly, enabling the camera to remain very stable; unlike traditional stabilizers which depend on counterweights to deliver smooth camera movement making them sensitive to external movements like inertia or wind.

With that said, let’s talk about how camera stabilizers work. There are two main types of gimbal stabilizers available in the market: the 2-axis and 3-axis. The 2-axis gimbal simply works in the X and Y axis. With a 2-axis gimbal, you can tilt and roll your camera to the angle you want. However, they don’t do such a fantastic job as the popular 3-axis gimbal. The 3-axis gimbal camera stabilizer works in the X, Y and Z position. This camera rotates in three different axes giving the camera handler the independence of handheld camera shooting without vibrations or shaking; thus making it excellent for achieving a smooth handheld video.

Camera Gimbal

There is a variety of available stabilizers in the market today. Though they may work in the same way, they have different results depending on the individual features they possess. Gimbals can be categorized in 3 ways: manual/ non-motorized, motorized and aerial.


Manual handheld stabilizers that employ the 3-axis gimbal have a lower pricing while still delivering great results


These types of 3-axis gimbals are embedded deeply in the remote helicopter world. Motor controlled handheld gimbals have evolved and are designed with built-in sensors and are operated using the handles, regardless of the demands placed upon them, they never fail to deliver amazing results.


These are the gimbal stabilizers designed for the motorized 3-axis aerial photo and videography. They are formulated for aerial robotics and drone pavilion. The 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal is a good example designed to stabilize aerial footage from remote-controlled drones.

How can you shoot with a gimbal?

Gimbals are designed in different configurations:


Most 3-axis gimbals have handlebars fitted on their sides allowing the handler to support both the camera and gimbal with both arms. This gimbal is ideal for mid-level angles. Though, for higher shots such as the eye-level, the handler will have to raise the handlebars which can be tedious.

Inverted handlebars

The handlebars here are fitted lower than the camera, allowing the handler to keep the arms lower while shooting at an eye-level angle. This reduces fatigue.

Top handle

Most gimbals are fitted with a top handle that gives the handler an advantage of using one hand. They come in handy when shooting low to the ground.

Gimbal stabilizers are definitely thrilling and deliver on their promise of out bringing smooth footage for non-stationary video even when you are running at full speed. For an example, look now further than the video below.