The Minicam mark5. A very compact and lightweight stabiliser with an arm brace to balance your camera for smooth video shots. I have tried it first hand when it was first release and although I do not personally own one of these or the earlier versions of the minicam series, I must say that it is especially good for wedding videography where you may need to carry lots of equipment if you plan to do fast cuts edits.
1. It is compact, the legs are able to fold up quickly and can be kept nicely within a lens pouch.
2. The arm brace helps the user to manage the minicam longer.
3. The total weight of the minicam is less than what you may carry in comparison to the traditional glidecam HD 2000.
4. The ends of the weights are round so that it will not poke and hurt people when gliding.
Two reasons why I am still using the glidecam pro 2000 stabiliser instead of upgrading to this minicam, the minicam is more sensitive on the fly than the glidecam as I am not used to it and it is in the price range of around S$900 which I can still survive on my existing glidecam pro. That said, if you do not own any glidecam or flycam kind of stabiliser equipment, do check out the MiniCam Mark5.
On a separate note, if you own a stabiliser of a different brand and you have the following issues,
1) Problems balancing your handheld stabilizer?
2) Problems getting smooth shots consistently?
3) Not sure if there is a systematic way to correctly balance your stabilizer setup under 5 mins, once and for all?
4) Unable to handle a handheld stabilizer to minimize fatigue?
5) Do not know why your stabilizer rocks like a pendulum when you change it’s direction?
https://www.facebook.com/MinicamSingapore is opening their studio for up to 5 participants on the 22 January 2014 for a free basic 2-hr workshops for users of handheld stabilizers. In any case the class is fully subscribed, do look out for future classes in 2014 at the facebook page.
Here’s leaving behind a video of the MiniCam Mk5.