Ikan Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer – Very easy and compact way to improve handheld filmmaking

As someone who is constantly on the go i found the gimble to be the best for travel. It is easy to balance, incredibly durable and simple to operate.

I’m using the beholder ec1 with a sony a7rii and a canon 750d and it works absolutely perfect. The box that it comes with is not of superb quality but it’s quite compact to carry along. The gimbal itself feels very solid. After a while it gets a bit heavy so it’s best to hold it with both hands but on the other hand i believe i get more stable footage because of that. I like that you can use it with the handle above the camera which makes some great low-angle shotsi’ve been using it for a few weeks now and i really love it.

There was a bit of a learning curve in terms of understanding how to use the difference profiles but once i got the hang of it, it was a game changer for me. Take the time to watch the balancing video, i saw a significant improvement in battery life after i balanced it correctly.

Great unit- rock solid once you get hang of adjustments.

This is definitely a great hand-held stabilizer. I’m a video director and cinematographer and i was able to use this gimbal with the dual handle stand for a few professional jobs. We used it to film some b-roll for a mall commercial with a sony a7s ii, on a music video as the main camera with a canon 70d, and we also filmed some small product shots with a sony a6500 mounted to the gimbal. It was awesome to see it’s versatility with all the different shooting profiles it offered. Really enjoyed being able to switch to inverted mode very easily and then switch back to set it on the ground with the dual handle stand. ’i do wish i could use some heavier lenses but overall the gimbal packs a lot of power for the price. Don’t hesitate on this purchase.

I have been using the ec-1 with my canon 5d and sony a6000 and it has increased the quality of my handheld filmmaking by greatly reducing camera shake from walking, panning/tilting, and even holding the camera in one place. It comes with it’s own compact case for the gimbal and accessories making it very easy to travel with. I charge it overnight and usually get a full day’s use with the batteries.

  • So far so good
  • Overall its a really good purchase
  • Overall this is a great stabilisation solution

I recently received the ec-1 from ikan for my sony a7sii. So far, i absolutely love it. Next month i’m leaving to spend a month in new zealand filming, and the ec-1 will be my workhorse. The gimbal comes with a case which is pretty simple, but tough enough that it will suit my traveling needs. Balancing my camera on this gimbal took me about 5 minutes out of the box. The test footage that i’ve gotten so far looks incredible. There is no need to use dollys or cranes/jibs when you have this thing.

This gimbal requires regular calibration of the gyros using simplebgc, which is complicated software. I see a lot of reviews complaining about operation going “haywire,” which simply doesn’t happen if the gimbal is properly balanced and calibrated. The problem is that the gimbal comes with no instructions for doing this, or even warnings that regular calibration is needed. I have been happily using the gimbal for more than two years with no issues.

I think this product has changed how i film, i love the simple balancing of itthe proseasy to balance a camerathe battery life is really goodits build quality is really goodthe different modes are really goodyou can touch the camera motors and hold the camera in a certain postion for 2 seconds and it stays where you leave itthe consthe instructions are pretty much uselessnot to much company supportchanging the stock settings are a pain , you have to connect it to software that gives no instructionssometimes it has a temperment and vibrates, but really rareit doesnt come with a battery charger to get the full 100 percent , but a wall charge that only gets the batteries to 85 percentthe case is pretty much like a toy case and you wont really need it unless you travel abroad.

The first time i used this gimbal stabilizer to shoot a concert, i had not used it before. I was a bit frustrated initially with the results, but as many others have said, there is a learning curve with this gimbal, and things it was intended to do, and things it was not. You might be tempted to (you will) make movements that are too erratic for this gimbal at first, like everyone does when they first try it. That is also likely to cause the camera to tilt to the right or left some 45 degrees, and shake. Everyone i see try this unit for the first time does that, until they realize what this unit is and is not. This is not an action sports gimbal. It is made for a fairly weighty dslr, or sony a7 series, which is what i am shooting, a7rii with a 55mm f1. This lens is a perfect combo with this camera for this particular gimbal for shooting concerts side stage, back stage, or near the front row. You can’t be anything but slow and fluid with your movements to not create problems with stability, and then this unit can go into shakes, or like i said earlier, it may tilt on you for not being stable in your movements in the first place.

Gimbal has served me for 2 years now. Love how much weight it can carry.

Features of Ikan Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras, Black (EC1)

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  • 360 Degree Movement from All Axis (Pitch, Yaw & Roll)
  • Works with DSLR’s & Mirrorless Cameras between 2.0 to 4.5 lbs.
  • Equipped with 3 Axis Gyro Stabilized Brushless Motors to Balance Most Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras
  • OLED Display Screen to show operating modes
  • Equipped with 32-Bit Controller & 12-Bit Encoder

From the manufacturer


The Beholder EC1 is designed specifically for professional filmmakers looking for a single handheld stabilizer for a large range of medium and small cameras weighing up to 4.5 lbs. The Beholder EC1 is lightweight, easy to use, and can be carried in the supplied case or a small photographer bag.

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Lock Mode

In Lock Mode, the Yaw, Pitch, and Roll axis work together to keep the camera pointed in one direction. The camera’s composition will stay the same no matter how you move the handle.

Advanced Stabilization

Using a 32-bit controller with a 12-bit encoder, the EC1 uses an adaptive PID algorithm to produce a reliably efficient handheld stabilizer.

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Point & Lock

Quickly lock your camera into any position by manually pointing and holding it in any direction. After a few seconds, the camera will lock and hold its position until it is reset back to default.

Auto Inversion

Switch to Inverted Mode at any time by simply flipping the handle over the camera. Inverted Mode can be operated in conjunction with any of the Lock and Follow Modes.

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Overall this is a great stabilisation solution. I was in two minds as to wether or not to purchase as its spec fit my needs of using a heavier set up (5d mark 4 with a 16- 35 f4 lens) based on some of the negative reviews though i was in two minds. Some people were saying that it couldn’t deal with the weight very well, motors struggling etc. Honestly i think the problem there may have been not setting it up properly. It’s really important that the camera is properly balanced which is actually kind of tough the first time around, but when you get the hang of it it’s not too bad. My set up just about fits the gimbal but have to take of the eyepiece as it catches as the gimbal moves around. Sometimes the off / on button and joystick get in the way and you’ll end up accidentally turning it off or in the middle of shootingoverall i definitely would recommend as it’s pretty much the only thing on the market that resembles this set up that can take the weight and size of an slr. Shots look really smooth even when running. Would reccomend doing the ninja run though with legs bent for extra smooth shots).

I have a canon 5d mark iv with a sigma 24-105 lens and it does handle the weight. The only thing i don’t like is because of the size of my particular camera it’s incredibly heavy in my hands. After a day of shooting my shoulder and back were wrecked. In retrospect for my rig i should have gone with a ronin, however if your camera is a bit lighter than mine, this should work great for you.

I’m using this with a 5d mark iv and the 16-35 f4l ii and its fun to use. I’ve taken it on a couple trips and the footage looks so much better than when i would try to take video hand held. There is still some minor shaking going on unless i walk very carefully. It can still be fixed in post and can edit it to give a very smooth, almost floating effect when the video is processed. What i don’t know is how much of this is due to the gimbal and how much has to do with the crazy crop factor and the very poor rolling shutter on the canon camera. The only negative thing so far is that the usb charging female end on the gimbal snapped off already. Wasn’t a big deal because i already bought a separate battery charger.

So far i’m having a ball with this gimbal. I tried updating the firmware and pid settings to get more stability out of my current setup (sony a7r ii w/ sony 24-70mm f/2. Good thing i backed up each profile setting using simple bgc v2. After my initial testing with some recommended settings for a heavier setup like mine, i experienced the ‘gimbal freakout’ that some have mentioned on various sites. If anyone else who’s purchased one of these has intentions of using heavier gear, please please back up your individual profile settings just in case. This gimbal is going to serve me very well going forward with the amount of shooting set for 2017. Highly recommended and also please do your due diligence and properly balance/calibrate your system.

360 Degree Movement from All Axis (Pitch, Yaw & Roll)

Works with DSLR’s & Mirrorless Cameras between 2.0 to 4.5 lbs.

Equipped with 3 Axis Gyro Stabilized Brushless Motors to Balance Most Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras

OLED Display Screen to show operating modes

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Ikan Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras, Black (EC1)
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