Head to Head Gimbal Match: Pilotfly H1 Plus vs CameTV Single

Photographer Dave Dugdale published a few weeks ago an interesting video comparison between two Stabilized gimbals – the PilotFly H1+ and the Came-TV Single – which one came on top and why – watch on.

We first looked at the new CAME-Single 3 Axis Gimbal 32bit unit and the PilotFly H1 on cheesycam video review (which also covered the older Nebula 4000) in July. Now Dugdale takes a closer look at the two in the field.

While the two have a few similar features and in many respects the CAME-Single has superior design (tool-less, easier to set up, much longer battery life and a few other things), Dugdale eventually choose the PilotFly H1+ and here is how he explained it and his general view on the two units (you can read his full blog post on this here):

  • While the CameTV might be superior in design, when I went to load my camera bag for a hike I reached for the Pilotfly because of the weight is 310g less. When I packed my bag to shoot in a street fair I packed the Pilotfly because it does not stand out as much to the mall security. You actually might get less smooth footage with the CameTV after about 10 minutes because it is heavier.
  • I’m just starting to understand that you can take a lesser system like the Pilotfly but add IS or IBIS and get equal results to the Single. I think IS or IBIS really helps complete the whole system. So if I can use a lighter system with IBIS like on the new a7Rii the Pilotfly is the one for me.
  • If you are a beginner, you don’t want to mess with the software get the Single.
  • If you are not really strong and have many long shots get the H1+.
  • I purchased the PilotFly H1+

As for pricing:

  • CAME-Single 3 Axis Gimbal Camera 32bit: under $1000.
  • PilotFly H1: under $715.

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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