Snow Camera Stabilizer – Mechanical Gimbal with a Water Tank

December 4th, 2015
Snow Camera Stabilizer - Mechanical Gimbal with a Water Tank

snow-camera-stabilizerNo “white” Christmas in your region of the world this year? Albeit its catchy name not even this camera stabilizer can offer comfort, but it can make your shots more stable. Snow is advertised as the first “mechnical 3-axis gimbal”.

When taking a closer look it becomes clear that Snow has nothing to do with Christmas and is also not a “gimbal stabilizer” in the usual sense, but rather a steadicam with a new and interesting approach of operation that has apparently been inspired by brushless gimbal stabilizer systems.

One thing that is clearly different to other steadicams is that the counterweight is a tank filled with water. On their website the manufacturer explains the effect like this:

“In the swinging tank the damped flowing fluid changes the center of gravity while forces the rig to stay vertical.”

Looking at the video that shows off the benefits in comparison to a normal counterweight, the idea becomes more clear. On the other hand everyone who has used a normal steadicam knows that it would stop swinging just as quickly as the water tank version, which makes the video a little misleading or questionable at least.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvf2KBNAVjY

Anyway. The approach to operate the device looks like a good idea as it seems controlling the camera stabilizer is easier than a normal steadicam, which is one of the major benefits of electronic brushless gimbal systems.

The device is targeted at “indie shooters” and available for $550 for early birds and if it delivers the promised benefits this seems like an good price comparable to other affordable steadicam systems.

Watch the full video below to find out all the benefits of the Snow camera stabilizer.

The Indiegogo campaign just went live and their goal of $15,000 doesn’t seem to hard to reach. The Snow camera stabilizer is estimated to start shipping in February of 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydBb7TMp4SY

 

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 Johnny Wu
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December 6th, 2015

I shared their Kickstarter page on several groups and got s lot of comments that this is overpriced or it just something simple to diy.

 Tintas Chau
Tintas Chau
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December 6th, 2015
Reply to  Johnny Wu

it doesn’t look like a diy rig. It’s more complex i think. And is it Overpriced? Merlin2 is the same price or even more expensive!

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December 6th, 2015
Reply to  Johnny Wu

Merlin2 is a big bullshit. Sorry.

 Antoine vdS
Antoine vdS
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December 6th, 2015
Reply to  Johnny Wu

I agree, the price is just a bit too high, for 350$ I would seriously concider buying one right now, but for 500 to 650 it is very close to other 3d gimbal that are well known, at this price I also want to see an independant review before concidering buying.

 Antoine vdS
Antoine vdS
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December 5th, 2015

it might be quite easy to modify a regular stabiliser like a glidecam to make it work in the same way. Especially the idea of the water thank, it can be also used on a reguar stabiliser instead of the weight, it might actually really improve them.

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December 6th, 2015

It is to early to say that.

Antoine vdS
Antoine vdS
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December 5th, 2015

Looks great, I wonder if we can do pan up and down easely and smoothly, there is the magnet idea for the left-right pan but I see nothing for the up-down, otherwise it looks like a great idea, I’d love to try it :-)

Tintas Chau
Tintas Chau
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December 5th, 2015
Reply to  Antoine vdS

“TILT axis can be changed with your fingertips. While you hold the grips you can smoothly tilt the rig.” copy-paste from their site.

Chris Gerdo Gerding
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December 5th, 2015

Impressive. Does it freeze in the cold?

Pollux Chung
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December 5th, 2015

Like the idea especially the magnets used for the pan.

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December 4th, 2015

It is like an Apple product: it is just works.

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December 6th, 2015

hahaha, have you ever tried balancing a gimbal? I guarantee you this will not “just work”.

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December 4th, 2015

Can you use it upside down?

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December 4th, 2015
Reply to  Alex Xela

It is short, you can go down until 40-50 cm.

Roberto Mettifogo
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December 4th, 2015

Nice clever design but it looks to me just a different way to do the same thing that other tools already do, like a glidecam 2000. Tilt goes up and down as soon as they start walking, and where do you mount the ninja to record ? any mounting accessory included ?

 Danny Taillon
Danny Taillon
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December 4th, 2015

But… what about using this outside during winter?

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December 4th, 2015
Reply to  Danny Taillon

I suppose you can fill it up any antifreeze. You can find something in your car.

Jim Phillips
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December 4th, 2015

What? No batteries??? I must try this sometime. Although, I want one in black. Ha!

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