by Charles Haine
With so many gimbal options, finding the right one for your camera package can be a challenge. GripUp just made it much easier.
The motorized gimbal market has exploded in the last few years and it often feels nearly impossible to keep track of which gimbal will work effectively with your camera package. While it might be easier to buy from market leaders like MoVi or DJI, unfortunately, those get pretty expensive, and if you are flying a smaller camera package, they might be overkill. With the new online tool from the UK rental house GripUp, you simply enter your camera/lens combination and it gives you three suggestions that help you narrow down choices for which gimbal options are available that will meet your needs.
The app currently offers a lot of flexibility with a large inventory of cameras and lenses (starting with smartphones and going all the way up to the Alexa 65), along with the ability to work in both pounds (lbs) and kilograms (kg). Currently, the app focuses primarily on the weight of the unit, which is a key factor in the gimbal shopping process, but not the only one. One key with gimbal selection is actually the size dimensions of the camera and if it’s possible to balance the gimbal properly without running into the mounting arms. Hopefully, future versions of the tool will include the ability to add some accessories (like follow focus motors) to the weight calculation, and also judge whether the gimbal is physically capable of carrying the camera beyond just weight.