New Zealand D-Photo - - EXPLAINED GIMBAL -

With drones be­com­ing an ever-more-pop­u­lar tool for cap­tur­ing photo and video from the sky, we take an in-depth look at the term ‘gimbal’ to see how it con­trib­utes to cap­tur­ing great im­agery

Any­one who has cast their pho­to­graphic at­ten­tion sky­ward to aerial drones has likely stum­bled across the term ‘gimbal’ at some point. While not al­ways con­sid­ered a ne­ces­sity for un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle en­thu­si­asts, a pi­lot se­ri­ous about cap­tur­ing de­cent im­agery will al­ways in­vest in a good-qual­ity gimbal to steady the cam­era. gimbal will tell you, this a hugely im­por­tant job — with­out a gimbal, the footage can shud­der enough to make you feel ill.

The quick­est way to get set up for aerial pho­tog­ra­phy is sim­ply to buy a drone with its own in­te­grated gimbal and cam­era. This way, you’ll know that all of the com­po­nents of your kit will work har­mo­niously, and (as long as you’ve gone through au­tho­rized chan­nels) you’ll have the sup­port of the man­u­fac­turer if any el­e­ment hap­pens to fail. How­ever, the in­te­grated ap­proach does limit your op­tions in terms of fine-tun­ing your set-up. It’s ideal for gen­eral-pur­pose aerial work, but, if you’re drawn to a par­tic­u­lar niche, you’d be wise to pick your gear based on spe­cial­iza­tion.

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