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The anatomy of a floating camera stabilizer is fairly standard. How you implement it, however, is up to you. The example shown is broken down to its base components, many of which are available here. Some components are simple to build, while others require precision machining. Don't let equipment limitations stop your DIY project by shopping with us!
Designed to mount the camera to the upper portion of the camera stabilizer in such a way to allow the camera position to be adjusted. Placing the camera's center of gravity directly above the stabilizer main tube is the key to dynamic balance.
The length of the main tube plays a key role in balance. The taller the camera stabilizer is, the more stable it will be. In the case of our 2-axis and 3-axis gimbals, the tube is split into two separate sections above and below the gimbal. The longer the tube below the gimbal is, the more camera weight the base will be able to compensate for, however, go too tall below and the minimum camera weight rating starts to climb.
The heart and soul of a floating camera stabilizer. One of the hardest parts to build and the most difficult to find. Without it the stabilizer is just a stick. Requiring precision machining, careful adjustment, and proper design.
The base plate for most handheld camera stabilizers serves two purposes. One is to support the counter-weighting to allow for proper balance, and two is to allow the stabilizer to stand on its own. If you're looking to lighten the load a tube can be used instead of a plate. Monitors can also be mounted in some cases.