What are the Best Gimbals For Small 360 Cameras

By Al Caudullo

With the absolute torrential downpouring of small 360 cameras that has been occurring for months now, we have a huge variety of models to choose from. Starting with the Ricoh Theta, the Samsung Gear, LG 360, Kodak PixPro Orbit 360, Xiaomi Mi 360, the Giroptic iO, 360 Fly, the Insta360 Nano, Air and now the ONE.

The one thing that they all have in common is that the users want to walk as they are shooting. They don’t just want to put it on a monopod or stand still to shoot. And as you may have already experienced, the result, when viewed in a headset, can be downright nauseating.

So to keep everyone’s stomachs in place the best solution is an electronic gimbal. These modern marvels of technology use an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to transmit commands to the microcomputer gyroscope and onto the motors that keep the camera steady during movement by the user.

But also there are a plethora of gimbals out there and not all of them are created equal. Feiyutech is a Chinese company out of Shenzhen that has established themselves since 2007 as one of the best gimbal manufacturers in the world.

In particular, for small 360 cameras, the G360 is a fantastic tool. It will hold cameras from 100 – 300grams which means it can also do double duty with regular cameras and smartphones.

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Motorola Moto X4 brings a dual-cam with super-wide-angle to the mid-range segment

Lenovo has introduced the Motorola Moto X4 at its IFA 2017 event and closes the gap in its line-up that was created after the Moto X series went into hiatus with the launch of the Moto Z models last year.

The Moto X4 is an upper-tier mid-ranger that slots in between the Moto Z and Moto G series and aims to offer a comprehensive feature set at an attractive price point. 400 Euros (no US pricing has been revealed yet) get you a 5.2″ 1080p IPS display, a sleek metal body with glass back, IP68 water-resistance, Snapdragon 630 chipset, Amazon Alexa integration and a dual-camera.

The latter combines a 12MP main camera with an 8MP 120-degree super-wide-angle, a similar concept to what we’ve seen on more recent LG high-end devices. The main cameras features a 12MP sensor with 1.4um pixel size, F2.0 aperture and PDAF. The super-wide angle has a smaller sensor with 1.12um pixels and F2.2 aperture. Bokeh effect and 4K video recording are on board as well.

The front camera specification looks quite impressive for a device in this class as well: a 16MP sensor is accompanied by a F2.0 lens and a front LED flash. A 4MP low-light mode uses pixel-binning for reduced noise in dim lighting conditions.

We are having our hands on a test unit and first impressions are promising. The device feels very solidly built and, as always with Moto devices, the lean Android implementation feels smooth and responsive in operation. The super-wide-angle lens looks like a useful addition to the main camera but we’ll have to do some proper testing before commenting on image quality. The Moto X4 will be available in Super Black and Sterling Blue this fall worldwide.

LG’s V30 Smartphone Promises ‘Whole New Video Experience’ With Native LOG Mode and Manual Shutter Speed

By Randall Esulto

LG’s new flagship V30 might have the most advanced camera features on the market.

LG released its new flagship V30 smartphone at the IFA consumer trade show in Berlin, and the camera system boasts some of the most advanced features that we’ve seen for shooting video from a phone.

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The dual-camera system on LG’s V30 promises more control, higher dynamic range, fast lenses, better low-light performance, and a new zoom system that isn’t confined to only zooming into the center of your frame. In addition, LG has built in more control over the look of your images by including 15 new color presets. But the most impressive feature—if you want unheard of control over color from your smartphone video—is the addition of Cine Log which allows you to save a LUT and grade your footage in NLE software like Premiere.

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