7 Affordable Gimbal Stabilizers Cheaper than the DJI Ronin M

May 5th, 2015
7 Affordable Gimbal Stabilizers Cheaper than the DJI Ronin M

DJI has recently made waves in the market of affordable gimbal stabilizers when they announced the shocking low price of their new DJI Ronin M. At $1,399 it offers a very competitive alternative to other low cost gimbal systems. But there are still a few affordable brushless gimbal stabilizers out there that are even cheaper.

IMG_484968Considering that many other systems still cost above $5,000 and the original Movi M10 cost $15,000 the Ronin M seems like a huge offer for people who want the handheld stabilized look of brushless gimbals.

The following products are selected solely because of their price and ability to handle small to medium sized cameras. We have not tested them, nor can we recommend any of them. I have included some videos and reviews of other users though, to give you an idea of what to expect.

Note that choosing the wrong gimbal can be real frustrating. Some of them are not top notch in terms of usability and ease of use. The DJI Ronin M on the other hand seems like a great choice in terms of ergonomics, which is why the low price is so revolutionary.

If you have worked with any of the gimbals, or know of other low cost gimbals that are missing in the list, please do let us know in the comments.

[Prices and Links Updated Nov. ’15]

Gudsen MOZA Lite

storeliteThe Gudsen MOZA looks like a perfect ripoff of a ripoff, or is it the other way around? There is a very close resemblance to the DJI Ronin and DJI Ronin M. There are 3 versions of the Gudsen MOZA gimbal. The basic version does not include the wireless thumb controller, wireless video transmitter, monitor or case.

Notice the tool-less design and quick-release system. But the maximum payload of 3.0kg is less than the DJI Ronin M reaches.

Costs $1099 and is AVAILABLE HERE.

The following videos are for the large version MOZA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEO-AzPt3pI

 

Came-Tv Came-7800

IMG_445738The Came-7800 is an advancement of the Came-7500 which is an advancement of the Came-7000. This one comes as a tool-less version and seems to perform quite well as described in some user videos. It has a maximum payload of 3kg, the DJI Ronin M handles 3.6kg.

Costs $1,179 and is AVAILABLE HERE.

 

Came-Tv CAME-Mini

came-mini-3-axis-camera-gimbal-for-gh4-a7s-so-on-casestandThe CAME-Mini is a smaller version gimbal that can hold cameras up to the weight of a Sony a7S or Panasonic GH4. It’s nice that it includes the joystick and a case.

$788 AVAILABLE HERE

TubeAce Allsteady-6Pro

mainlight_02172015_800x800.1The Allsteady-6Pro is the heavy version of the TubeAce gimbal family. It weighs 2.7kg and has a payload capacity of 3.6 kg. Their promo video is nice.

Costs $1.399 and is AVAILABLE HERE.

TubeAce Allsteady-4

allsteady4_mainThe Allsteady-4 is TubeAce’s lightweight gimbal version and comes in at only 1.1kg. But it can only hold cameras up to the weight of a Sony a7S or Panasonic GH4, just like the CAME-Mini.

Costs $799 and is AVAILABLE HERE.

DYS Eagle Eye

HTB1d_YYGpXXXXanXFXXq6xXFXXX4This gimbal is the usable ebay knockoff version in gimbal world. Apparently the DYS Eagle Eye is actually a rebranded old Came-Tv Came-7000. It seems to be important to get the “32 bit” version which has the “Alexmos” chip.

Costs $600 – $800 and is AVAILABLE HERE.

 

Acceptable Do-It-Yourself Version: MiniGimbal Tiyaga

Tiyaga_frontThey guys from Cheesycam decided to make their own gimbal. This one however seems lighter and also weaker than the others and it needs some DIY skills to pull it off.

Costs $650 and is AVAILABLE HERE.

 

That’s it

If you have worked with any of the gimbals, or know of other low cost gimbals that are missing in the list, please do let us know in the comments.

The DJI Ronin M is available now: LINK

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 Sebastian Kraus
Sebastian Kraus
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October 17th, 2016

What about Pilotfly products?

 Fanny Bastiera
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September 11th, 2016

Thank you a lot for this list ! I’m just 18 and I hope I will have the money quickly to afford me one of these to begin in the world of short movies and music videos… Hope it’s good quality too

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August 21st, 2016

Great list. I just bought my gimbal for my GH4 and Sony a7sII from http://supamods.com/product/mini-3-axis-gimbal/

I love it. Cheers.

Adriano Castaldini
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May 21st, 2016

One last doubt about Moza Lite 2: the gimbal is connected to the 5D3 via USB (to use the thumb controller for focusing), so do you think that this could loose frames during MLV_raw+audio shots? (Thanks.)

Adriano Castaldini
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May 20th, 2016

Hi Sebastian, congratulations as always for your useful review. I’m a 5D3 (ML) owner and I’m looking for a gimbal, but I’m also a newbie and I’d like so much to have your opinions about my doubts. Ok, I’ve seen a few videos on youtube testing 5D3 + “blind” gimbals (I mean without focus controller or external monitor) and I admit that subjects seemed focused anyway, but how is it possible? Because 5D3 hasn’t continuous autofocus, so I tend to think that a gimbal without focus control is not a choice for 5D3 (are you agree?) I’d be oriented to buy Moza Lite 2 (mainly for the thumb focus controller on the top bar) + a 7″ external monitor (to be mounted on the bar). For the monitor I’m not sure if a Lilliput 664/P is good enough or if a more expensive SmallHD AC7 or Ikan VK7i is required (I tend to think that any 7″ with focus peaking is good enough for focusing, are you agree?)
This could be my set, and for my budget is not a cheap investment, so your advices will be really useful to bring a definitive decision. Thanks so much.

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March 8th, 2016

Great blog post! I found a test video of the A7S and DJI Ronin M which I think is also a good example.

https://vimeo.com/157537320

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January 28th, 2016

I noticed the payload on the moza lite was also listed incorrectly as their site aays payload is only 2.0kg and not 3.0kg

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December 19th, 2015

These are all great Gimbal. Another Great unit is the OVT-V2 i love it, its light and compact. the unit is sold by a company called OmniView Tech

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November 12th, 2015

The Came Mini link is dead and there is a price drop only $749 for the Supamods equivalent.

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November 5th, 2015

Hi can someone help. I am looking to film ski action and will be skiing myself . I want to know what the best gimbal to use with a Nikon d750 would be and something that is light as will need to carry it for a while? ant suggestions would be great!

 Stéphane Iwanowski
Stéphane Iwanowski
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October 17th, 2015

Hey everybody, Thanks for this article. this a great choice helper. What do you think about this one. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/945915292/epic-4-axis-jockey-for-your-ronin-and-new-4-axis-m/description
It’s a kickstarter one. Already financed. but still. looks pretty amazing.

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May 28th, 2015

Gremsy has just released a couple new products, one being the H6 which I think falls into your price range for this article. They also have a smaller, cheaper H3 (up to 1.7kg payload) coming in July. No affiliation, just attracted to their gimbal/controller solutions being manufactured specifically to work together.

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May 18th, 2015

Hi People, I need some advice: Mi budget is U$750-800 for a gimbal using GH’s, Sony NEX with possibility of using monitor. As much U$900, which is the best option to buy?

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May 16th, 2015

DIY can be ridiculously difficult to get the gimbals to balance and operate and most have manufacturing problems or use cheap materials to get these kits out the door. I was happy to have used a few gimbals that had some great upgrades about a year ago and I thought these guys had disappeared from the gimbal game but it looks like they are cranking out some great products that the DIY or the gimbal Mod market may need. Check it out http://www.catalystmachineworks.com/collections/accessories

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May 16th, 2015

DIY can be ridiculously difficult to get the gimbals to balance and operate and most have manufacturing problems or use cheap materials to get these kits out the door. I was happy to have used a few gimbals that had some great upgrades about a year ago and I thought these guys had disappeared from the gimbal game but it looks like they are cranking out some great products that the DIY or the gimbal Mod market may need. Check it out http://www.catalystmachineworks.com/collections/accessories

Pat Spahr
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May 13th, 2015

A colleague of mine is crazy about the TubeAce Allsteady gimbal. He recently shot a music video and it performed like a champ. http://www.turboace.com/allsteady_gimbals.aspx

 Johnny Wu
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May 8th, 2015

btw, may want to check this out: So this video just came out, for the Moza Lite, price ranges from $989 to $1499 and this video promo is better than what “Lifted’ for Ronin-M did especially during the running part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hLFv9DoKM4 (I impressed, and no I am not affiliated with Moza just find their product to be a tag bit better). For more info, http://www.gudsen.com

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May 8th, 2015

Does anyone know why the Ronin can’t flip the camera upright in inverted mode? Is this a firmware thing or is it built into the gimbal?

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May 7th, 2015

I saw the Mini 3 Axis Gimbal by Supamods for $999.
It’s for sony a7s, gh4, bmpcc etc.

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May 6th, 2015

Also curious if anyone has tested the Defy G2 to these others. I know it’s $2000 just curious how it compares if worth the extra $.

Premier Oeil
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May 6th, 2015

de 15000 à 600 euros ! LOL

tomi bommi
tomi bommi
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May 6th, 2015

the nebula 4000 i think is missing attention and reviews.

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May 6th, 2015

… and don’t forget about BirdyCam too shame ;)

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May 6th, 2015

Come on guys! Where is the real competitor to MOVI – BeSteady One PLUS? Don’t forget gimbal is not only for handheld use – try to mount Ronin M on drone – good luck ;)

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May 6th, 2015

Ronin M is 5lbs, so it can definitely fly on a drone. But you kind of miss the point. The article is for affordable sub 2k gimbals, which a Movi is not. Also, people who buy handheld gimbals rarely if ever use them on drones. When you hire a drone op for a job, they come with his own gimbal. Owning and op’ing pro level drones is a huge investment compared to a sub 2k gimbal.

Regarding competition, set both Movi and Ronin up side by side and tell which one is faster to build and balance? Now switch lenses. Movi’s are a POA for balance compared to Ronin. And Ronin has the decency to have (2) D taps and USB power to run accessories off the Ronin battery instead of having to attach Lipos.

Movi clearly has a weight advantage but they need to centralize power and go completely tool-less

Sylvain
Sylvain
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May 6th, 2015

Someone to worked with Letus Junior.
thank a lot to Cinema 5D for all your publications.

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May 5th, 2015

Vids in the article are for the full size moza not moza lite.

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May 5th, 2015

Just got the Ronin M to do some testing. Will report back. So far I love the size compared to my Ronin Full Size. Also, the stand is much better designed. The Ronin stand is a POA to open and close. The M solved all the previous issues.

Will report back. Will be doing some testing tomorrow.

 Johnny Wu
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May 5th, 2015

Here’s a review we did (we are not affiliated with anyone of these companies, we own the two gimbals and rented the Ronin). https://youtu.be/v_Xme-CF6ys

Andre Desrochers
Andre Desrochers
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May 5th, 2015

HI all,

when comparing before making your choice, keep in mind that the Ronin M doesnt come with a thumb controller, neither a monitor support clamp…….also IMPORTANT …as for support for RONIN….GOOD LUCK!!!!!

thanks

Andre

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May 5th, 2015

cool

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