The Pivot features a design that is becoming more common in handheld gimbals with an angled arm that holds the roll axis motor so that the LCD screens on the cameras aren’t blocked. Ikan’s DS2-A Beholder Angled gimbal, the Filmpower Nebula Slant & upcoming DJI Ronin-S gimbal all use this similar design.
The Pivot gimbal has an impressive maximum payload of 8lbs/3.6kgs and runs of 3x 18650 batteries for up to 8-10 hours. The unit itself weighs 4lbs/1.8kg and is designed for mirrorless, DSLR or even small cinema cameras like the FS5, or EVA1.
The Pivot has an OLED status display as well as a pressure sensitive joystick. Using the app for Android or iOS, the gimbal can be controlled remotely and set to perform timelapse moves.
The Pivot comes with a mini tripod Ikan and uses Manfrotto’s 501PL plate. Ikan has a number of accessories available for their gimbal line including a Dual Grip Handle (USD$84.95), a Ring Handle (USD$259.99) for dual handle setups and mounting accessories.
Ikan also has a Flex Handle stabilizer (USD$279.99) which stabilises the vertical axis, similar to how a steadicam arm works with a spring mechanism.
Other gimbals with similar payloads of 8lbs include:
Zhiyun-Tech Crane 2 – USD$749
Filmpower Nebula 5100 Slant – USD$999
DJI Ronin-S – Releasing Spring 2018/Price TBC
Pricing & Availability
1 X Carrying Case
1 X Charging Adapter
1 X Flathead Screwdriver
1 X Micro USB Cable
1 X Mini Tripod
1 X Mounting Plate
1 X PIVOT Gimbal
3 X 18650 Batteries