Friday, February 10, 2017

Hands-on preview: Guru 360, a stabilized 3-axis gimbal for 360 cameras

Here is a hands-on preview of the Guru 360 by GimbalGuru, the world's first affordable stabilized 3-axis gimbal for 360 cameras.

Update: here is a sample 360 video I took with the Guru 360.
As of Q1 2017, there are a few gimbals designed specifically for 360 cameras.  Two of them (NS VR and Wenpod) are designed for heavier 360 cameras and for camera rigs and cost about $2,000.  The first affordable 360 gimbal is the Guru 360 by GimbalGuru.


I had the chance to try it out.  Here it is in action!


As I mentioned in the video, I'm going to test it out further this weekend.  Stay tuned for a more detailed analysis and some sample 360 videos with the Guru 360.  And if you have particular questions or requests, please post them in the comments and I'll do my best to address them.  Please note this is a preproduction model, so the final specs and appearance are subject to change.  Please note also that there's an app for it that enables it to be controlled remotely but I don't have access to that app yet.

In the meantime, if you preorder the Guru 360 from GimbalGuru.com, you can get a significant discount.  (As of the time of this writing, there are only 25 units left.)   The first batch is estimated to be shipped in March.

BTW if you found this post helpful, I would really appreciate it if you can share it with your friends!  Thank you very much!

(Note: I didn't get the Guru 360 for free.  I ordered it myself for the same price as everyone else after seeing the demo videos they posted.  This unit is just being loaned to me for early access.)

Update: I've now had the chance to use the Guru 360 for a 360 video.  Here is a sample 360 video I took with the Guru 360.



6 comments:

  1. I'll be interested to see how the gimbal appears in the 360 video of the devices such as Theta and Samsung. The bit that sticks out to the side looks like it would be in the FOV pretty much.

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    1. Hi Steve. You can see sample videos from the Theta, Samsung and Keymission here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL4dz1fgDkET6-5sjsEjFbJLw3RY-8fGi6&v=WpR7J5VU-k4 This weekend I will take some videos with the Nano and some of my other cameras. I do know the SP360 dual pro seems too heavy for the gimbal to work.

      Best regards,
      Mic

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  2. Why does it require a battery? Also, I'm curious to know how much it weighs, the specs on the site didn't have a number.

    - Adam

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    1. Hi Adam! Great question! Some stabilizers use weights to stabilize cameras using inertia. Other stabilizers such as the Guru 360 are active and use motors to counteract any instability. In the case of the Guru 360, it uses 3 motors, controlled by a computer to keep the camera stable. Active stabilizers are much more effective at stabilization than passive stabilizers but they also cost more and yes they require batteries.

      Best regards,
      Mic

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    2. About the weight, I don't know. It feels like maybe 3 lbs. without the camera. But I'm just guessing.

      Best regards,
      Mic

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    3. Hi Mic,

      Thanks for the info, very useful stuff!

      Do you think the app will be required to operate the gimbal?

      - Adam

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