Manfrotto announced its new 3-axis brushless gimbal range with two models, the Manfrotto Gimbal 220 kit (MVG220, 2.2 kg payload) and the Manfrotto Gimbal 460 kit (MVG460, 4.6 kg payload). In addition, they showed a variety of accessories, extensions and software, such as the Manfrotto Gimbal App, the optional Pro-Kit and their carbon fiber GimBoom to extend the range of the handheld camera by up to 3.5 m.
Manfrotto Gimbal 220 and 460
With their different payloads, dimensions and technical data, the gimbals aim on the one hand at a light mirrorless camera operation (with the smaller gimbal 220) and on the other hand at bulky, bulky and heavier camera settings like DSLRs and cinema cameras (with the larger gimbal 460) the other hand.
The compact, transportable and light 51 cm (completely closed) GimBoom with Manfrotto's FAST Twisting Lock technology carries a weight of up to 6.5 kg when it is extended to the maximum. Due to the dependence on the typical 1/4 "and 3/8" top mounting screw, filmmakers can use the new product with gimbals from other manufacturers such as DJI, Zhiyun or Gudsen. The extended rod of the GimBoom measures 1.15 m with a weight of only 800 g and can be ordered for around $ 189.
A product like the GimBoom definitely offers movement options that would not have been practical with a standard handheld rig. In the past, filmmakers, including myself, have relied on other solutions such as custom monopods, actual boom poles, or other home-made solutions until professional equipment came on the market. A prominent example of the sophisticated products in this category is the Redrock Micro Digiboom, which was presented at NAB 2018.
Gimbal usability, modularity and versatility
Both gimbals come with a wide range of accessories that offer the user different handling options and different types of operations. This includes, for example, using a removable arm for shooting from a submerged perspective or attaching a tripod stand for operation with a locked camera, still image, time lapse or remote camera. All accessories can be easily connected using standard screws, brackets or cable connections.
Attaching or detaching the camera is very easy without having to worry about problems with re-balancing, since the gimbals offer the compatibility of Arca Swiss with a double quick release solution.
The independent locking of all three axes is also a feature of the new Manfrotto gimbals that are common on the gimbal market today. With this function, users can easily change their lenses and quickly recalibrate the gimbal to the changed setup.
Operating modes, app functions, optional pro kit
Working with gimbals smoothly and conveniently often depends on excellent operating modes, customizable configurations, and easy decisions for different situations. The Manfrotto Gimbal app provides wireless control over the main functionality of the gimbal. Every dial, trigger, and button on the handle and grip seem customizable and normal, smooth, and the sport modes of responsiveness can be quickly selected from the menu. This menu is accessible via the LCD touchscreen controls on the handle and handle.
The typical trigger functions of the gimbal are a selfie mode and the vertical operation to create high-quality social media content for platforms such as Tik Tok, Instagram and others. There is also a remote-controlled time-lapse function. The MVG220 also has the creative start mode.
Manfrotto gimbal introductory video
Pro kit for remote control and wireless follow focus
Manfrotto also offers a brand new pro kit with a remote control and an additional follow focus system. There is a solo mode to control focus as a gimbal operator or to have a second operator focus and even frame the recordings while the gimbal operator follows the movement. The handle accessories therefore work like a remote mimic system, similar to the central functionality of the Freefly Systems MIMIC, DJI Force Pro or Gudsen MOZA thumb controller solutions. The remote operator can be up to 50 m away when moving the gimbal with the built-in gyro.
Is it still a good time to launch a new gimbal product? Do you like that they may have learned from previous previous versions of the product? What do you think about the GimBoom? How do you rate the modularity and handling options that come with the products? Let us know in the comments below.