In previous posts, I wrote that my gimbal was experiencing serious shake, even after the stabilizer had been properly balanced and calibrated. This effectively meant that I was without a camera for the whole of my two-week trip to George Town and Langkawi, Malaysia. Every single clip was ruined with jitter issues, which I posted the other week. This afternoon, I received an email from Rose Tang at the Zhiyun Tech Service department, informing me of a new feature in the Zhiyun Assistant app, which is enabled with firmware update v1.52. If you scroll to the bottom of the Stabilizer Settings menu, you can choose between three motor strengths: weak, medium and strong. As I understand it, weak is for camera/lens combinations weighing under 500 grams, medium is for combinations up to 1,200 grams or so, and strong is for systems weighing up to 1,700 or 1,800 grams. As soon as I received the email, I went ahead and connected the app to my gimbal and selected ‘medium’, since I was experiencing shake when shooting with my Lumix GH4 and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, a very lightweight lens. You can see the results in the clip below, taken from my apartment window. There is still some shake from my unsteady hands, and a little jitter is visible if you look in the corners of the image, but I think this is a small improvement. As I’ve said before, for static shots, a gimbal is no replacement for a good tripod. I will be going to Penang again in ten days, so this is a godsend. Once again, a huge ‘thank you!’ to Rose, who has always responded to my enquiries, and in this case, even wrote me after I’d stopped emailing for a while.
Update: After looking at this post, Rose emailed again to say there is still a 90% possibility that the jitter is caused by incorrect mounting, and asked me to send a video showing how I mount the camera to the stabilizer. Frustrating, because I’ve been going through so much turmoil to get the gimbal to work, but encouraging, because apparently the gimbal should be able to hold the camera rock-steady, even for locked-off shots. Stay tuned!