Which Type of Image Stabilizer Works Best: Motorized Gimbal or Weighted Mechanical System? (VIDEO)

One of the key selling points of today’s DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even some high-end compacts is the remarkable video capabilities they offer. And perhaps the first accessory you’ll want once you start shooting video is a stabilizer to smooth out the motion.

In the video below, accomplished photographer Ed Gregory takes a look at different types of stabilizers to help you choose one that’s right for you. Gregory’s real-world test involves sprinting across the desert like a madman while shooting video with a wide-angle lens.

To create a baseline for the comparison he first used a Canon PowerShot G7 X with nothing more than the compact camera’s built-in image stabilization system to smooth out the camera shake.

Gregory then moved on to the real test between a Glidecam HD 2000 and a DJI Ronin M. The former is a mechanical unit with a weighted stem using its center of gravity to stabilize the image, while the latter is a 3-axis gimbal using battery-powered motors to work its magic.

Which unit was the winner? Watch the video and find out.

You can see more from Gregory on his YouTube channel, and be sure to check out a recent piece we posted with what he says are the most insane Photoshop fails of all time.