Steadicam vs Brushless Gimbal - Are Steadicams / Pendulum Stabilizers Obsoleted?

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Michael She
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Steadicam vs Brushless Gimbal - Are Steadicams / Pendulum Stabilizers Obsoleted?
Oct 7, 2013

Hi all,

I'm considering purchasing a Steadicam Merlin 2 from B&H Photo since it is 50% off... however, recently there has been an explosion of motorized Brushless Gimbal stabilizers (at least the DYI variety and the Movi, etc.)... is the age of the "analog" stabilizer such as the Steadicam Merlin over?

Do you think in a year or so, the market is going to be awash with easier to use motorized versions of these devices?

The Merlin is still 399.99, so a hefty price to pay ... but if the simpler, easier to easy electronic versions of these stabilizers come out soon at the same price range, seems like a no brainier to choose those instead?

Thanks.

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