In a time of increasing requests for electronically controlled camera movements, it is easy for an operator to become frustrated with the endless array of options, mechanics and technical workings of a chosen stabilizer or gimbal. This is all for good reason; Why spend the time and money getting to a perfect location, arranging talent and hiring crew - only to realize that your image is in the hands of a computer?
We’ve been on shoots where we have seen first hand what bleeding-edge technology can do to the day’s schedule. From balancing issues that can add unexpected shot times and unplanned retakes, to lithium batteries literally exploding and catching fire - investing the time into researching and trying a new gimbal system can save you a ton of headache and stress in the field. Preparation is key.
Enter the Helix stabilizer by Letus. The first brushless gimbal that we have used with the kind of ergonomics and inner workings that leave you focused on the shot. You want to tilt the camera up? Tilt the handle back. You want to tilt the camera down? Tilt the handle forward. For a single operator, this makes perfect sense. The fact that we didn’t need three separate people manning the camera and controlling the movements and focus was indispensable on this shoot. We needed precision movements and didn’t want to use a drone, and we needed to do it with two people. The Helix came through for us. From build quality to actual camera movements, this piece of equipment holds it own, especially for the price. Using the Helix in suitcase mode felt extremely natural compared to the wide profile of some other systems. Oh, and it’s made out of metal to boot. Not too light, not too heavy... but just right.