Nebula 5100 Single Handheld Gimbal Needs No Balancing

March 6th, 2017
Nebula 5100 Single Handheld Gimbal Needs No Balancing

Film Power has announced a new single handheld gimbal stabiliser. The Nebula 5100 3-axis boasts a new high-torque motor for ‘no-balancing’, extended battery life, hidden cable design and 360° unlimited rotation on all three axis’.

Pistol grip-style handheld gimbals are becoming quite popular nowadays. It’s only natural given their fuss-free design and vastly smaller footprint than a conventional cross-barred gimbal.

They suit small mirrorless cameras down to the ground, and Film Power has been making them for some time now.

Nebula 5100

The Nebula 5100 is their latest revision, continuing their more concise battery-in-the-handle design.

Nebula 5100 – Main Updated Features

  • A new generation motor with built-in encoder for all 3 axis’
  • High torque, no need for balancing, 8-10 hours battery life
  • 360° unlimited rotation on all axis’
  • One key back to midpoint & one key recording
  • Supports direct charge

Like the previous Nebula, the 5100 has a max payload of up to 2.5kg and is a cable-less design.

The latter feature is an advancement, however, as all internal cabling impressively supports 360° of unlimited rotation.

360° of tilt rotation is of course limited to shorter camera setups, and will probably nearly never be used due to the inevitability of getting both yourself and the gimbal in shot. However, the technology is there so you don’t get too lost in orientation when switching between standard and underslung modes.

The one key back to midpoint feature helps with this also.

The Nebula 5100 features a new generation motor with built-in encoder, with a higher torque that requires ‘no balancing’. I personally wouldn’t take this too literally, as it probably means that the margin for error in balancing is greatly decreased; a more balanced gimbal will always perform better than one with the camera just thrown on.

The increased torque gives you more flexibility with being a bit ‘rough’ with the gimbal – subtle focus adjustments and simply moving the camera into place on the tilt/pan axis can now be achieved.

Just like previous single-handed gimbals from Film Power, you have a joystick for axis control, a quick-release plate and a ukulele-esque carry case.

Last to mention is the included direct charge port for the new longer 8-10 hour battery. You no longer have to remove the battery like every product ever, you can now charge from a pole-tap connection from the handle. If you like the idea of this, more for you…

The Nebula 5100 is currently available for pre-order. Link will follow.

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 Kostya Con
Kostya Con
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July 8th, 2017

The first problem is the board controlling the whole device. It’s a standard board for gimbal developers, it’s very good board, but NEVER touch the application to configure the board as you want. You can ONLY change speed parameters of motors and few parameters to improves the gimbal’s working style for you shooting. And NEVER EVER touch the ‘Erase’ or ‘Default’ menu options or buttons-this will crash all profiles, calibrations, and data from your Nebula. I did that and my Nebula 5100 is not working right now. That’s why I have the second problem.

The second problem is customer support. I wrote an email to support 48 hours ago and didn’t receive any answer at all. I wrote one more email with asking to help me set my Nebula 5100 to factory default setting and give me the instruction how I can do this. No answer. Still, hope they are too busy and will receive answer later. If not-my Nebula bought by pre-order directly from Filmpower.us will become a potato crusher not the gimbal for camera stabilization.

And I do NOT recommend you to buy this product. Yes it’s is good, but best for you to make amazing stable shots is a DJI Ronin or something like that. Nebula 5100 is overpriced. It has very bad production quality and the battery is so custom, unsafety looking, charging device is so cheap and unsafety-not for every day using at all.

 Zachary Belcher
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June 10th, 2017

I highly recommend that you DO NOT buy this product. I purchased this gimbal back in early May and finally received it early last week. Right out of the box it was messed up. I put my camera on the gimbal, balanced it and turned it on. The motors went crazy! Time and time again I tried to figure out the problem, but there was no solution. I contacted customer support, (which is literally 2 email address, no contact number or anything) and they tried telling me over and over again via email that I just needed to “recalibrate” it. Why should I have to recalibrate a brand new out-of-box item? So they insisted that they Skype me and try and get the problem fixed.
So late one night I skyped them in and waited on the phone for over an hour while they tried to figure out what was the problem. NO HELP. They finally admitted that it was faulty and that I could get another shipped to me or a refund. I agreed to the refund, seeing that customer service was basically invalid in the event I needed them in the future.
I had to convince them that they should cover shipping since their item was faulty and they told me to send a receipt. I shipped the item last monday ($146) and according to DHL tracking they’ve attempted to deliver twice and no one accepted it. Filmpower is saying that they won’t refund until they receive the product… THEN WHY AREN’T YOU ACCEPTING IT??
I have a feeling i’m not going to get my $1,000 (product + shipping) back. I’ve contacted my credit card company to issue a dispute. What a mess!
Don’t mess with this company!!

 Jad Rahi
Jad Rahi
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May 1st, 2017

hi
can i add any accesories for nebula 5100 and she will be 5 axis like nebula 4200
and can i used nikon d500 with lens 14-24 f2.8 they will be 2kg?

 Konstantin Zettiness
Konstantin Zettiness
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March 9th, 2017

So, nothing new. Someone mentioned Zhiyun Crane which basically does the same thing and more, just with a lower payload.

 László Valovics
László Valovics
Member
March 8th, 2017

Sony PXW-X70 cameras be used?
Because it weighs less than 2kg.
Because of the small professional camcorders also have a good one-handed Gimbel.

 Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts
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March 8th, 2017

The features look pretty much identical to the Pilotfly H2 which I just got and am really happy with.

Jeffrey Forson
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March 8th, 2017

Majeed Sayibu

Kartik Gupta
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March 7th, 2017

Jatin Singh

Matthew Jeffery
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March 7th, 2017

Brittany Skellern this is what you need!

Summer Xia
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March 7th, 2017

I think I’m one of the first group users of Nebula 4000, so far so good. Thoughthe features are outdated, it work well with me for 2 years. As the early single handheld stabilizer, I think it’s really a classic model. This one looks a bit similar to 4000, make me wanna try it. Yeah, I love Nebula series.

Josh Nicolopoulos
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March 7th, 2017

Liam Nicolopoulos Liam Oz Tay Kaka

Mandeep Kalsi
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March 7th, 2017

How the hell does a gimbal work? Ive only worked with steadycam…

Drew Dunlop
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March 6th, 2017

Don’t go anywhere near this company guys, they are terrible. We’ve been trying to get tech support and then subsequently a refund for over a year on their 3 axis gimbal and they just stopped responding to emails or phone calls. Their products are cheaply made and unless you can speak Chinese you will be burnt

Stuart Rollinson
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March 6th, 2017
Reply to  Drew Dunlop

i agree, I had to file a case with paypal for a refund

Jake Zhang
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March 7th, 2017
Reply to  Drew Dunlop

I got a good aftersale service experience from Filmpower. My Nebula 4200 got some problem when I accidentally rewrote the parameter, I found their tech and asked for help. They replied quickly and send me some guiding video. They also taught me some skills. Now I get used to this equipment and made some nice work, I think their product and support are really good.

Umar Javed
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March 6th, 2017

which camera can use with this ??

Roman Böer de Garcez
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March 6th, 2017

price?

Muteaa Tayeb Al Zaidie
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March 6th, 2017

Mouayed Zabtia

Jimmy Pitts
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March 6th, 2017

How much?

Misael David
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March 6th, 2017

Jeruel Banez bro Ito na lang kunin mo!

Jeruel Banez
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March 6th, 2017
Reply to  Misael David

ayos

Jeruel Banez
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March 6th, 2017
Reply to  Misael David

pano wala ng monitor?

Fadhullah Iskandar
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March 6th, 2017

Aznniel Yunus

Aznniel Yunus
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March 6th, 2017

wow

Kirill Babenkov
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March 6th, 2017

Zhiyun Crane is better ?

Mehmet Kocaman
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March 6th, 2017

Why u think so ?

Kirill Babenkov
Guest
March 6th, 2017

It is lighter, it has ability to connect Sony or Panasonic cameras, it has interchangeable batteries, it has smartphone app. The price is lower than 600$ It’s simply works great. Previous nebula was epic fail.

Einar Davíðsson
Einar Davíðsson
Member
March 7th, 2017

This one does have interchangeable batteries… You can just also charge it in the handle.

Alan Ko
Guest
March 7th, 2017

And the build quality is excellent

Seraya Harding
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March 6th, 2017

Michael, I was thinking something like this.

Carlos Villarino
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March 6th, 2017

PJ Julia damn son!

PJ Julia
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March 6th, 2017

siguro mabakal ka kani?

Eric Wynne
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March 6th, 2017

Price??

Eric Wynne
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March 7th, 2017
Reply to  Eric Wynne

Thanks

 Markus Magnon
Markus Magnon
Member
March 6th, 2017

Great, but I don’t like the handle. I need a round one. Its hurt already looking at it.

And what about the weight itself and the price?

Member
March 6th, 2017

Is there any word on price yet?

Fadzil Idris
Guest
March 6th, 2017

Can use for Ag Af 105 Panasonic ?

Adam Kuźniar
Guest
March 6th, 2017

The support thingy on the right is perfect for tilting screens like in Gh4 or G7

Mo Kim
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March 6th, 2017

Impressive new features

Rex Romero
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March 6th, 2017

This is great news.

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