Kenyon Lab KS-4x4 Gyro Stabilizer
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- The Kenyon Gyro Stabilizer is an ideal solution to help stabilize pole mounted 360 degree cameras.
- Weighs 6.8lbs
- Outside dimensions=7.64"(19.398 cm) x 7.64"(19.398 cm)
- 3.7" (9.398 kg) high without accessories
- Draws 4.6 amps (@12 volts) at start up dropping to 2.2 amps after 8-10 minutes - 115 VAC 400 Hz
- Can run up to 2 hours on fully charged Ken Lab battery pack
- Stabilizes equipment in the 7-11 lb. (3.17-4.99 kg) range
- Weight: Working with gyro stabilizer requires some muscle mass since they add another 2-5kg (4-10lbs) weight to your handheld equipment. So while the heavier gyros will give you higher panning rate, you will not be able to work with them for as long as the lighter ones. Take this into consideration when choosing the right model for you.
- Spin-up time: The gyro stabilizers have four heavy metal discs inside which have to be accelerated to 20,000rpm. This takes about 8-10 minutes. Account for this in your shooting schedule.
- Wind-down time: After the power is turned off on the battery, it will take some time for the discs inside the gyro stabilizer to stop spinning. This essentially gives you another couple of minutes to work with. You can also use that fact as a feature: i.e. if you cannot keep the battery connected for a take you could spin up the gyro, do your take and spin up again to do the next take.
- Noise: The gyro stabilizer are noisy. Think humming/squealing engine noise. This is not ideal if you need audio recording.
- Experience: As you learn to let the gyro do what it is designed to do, your results will improve. You must always remember, the gyro wants to stay on target and stabilize whatever it is attached to, but if you are not allowing it to react freely to outside forces, it cannot do it’s job. If you hold onto it too tightly, it is trying to stabilize you, if you attach it to anything, it will try to stabilize whatever it is attached to. If used with a mount, all the above still applies, a light touch just to guide the gyro is important.