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Last week Robert asked:
I am looking to enter the field of real estate video. I was wondering what is the best 3 axis hand held gimbal you or your readers might recommend - or would a good dolly work for interiors. I shoot primarily with the Canon 5D Mark III and a 16-35mm lens.
Bob in St Louis asked another question:
Which 3 axis gimbal stabilizers are real estate photographers using to shoot real estate?
Shane in Canada also asked us to find out what video stabilizers PFRE readers are using. Shane says:
I searched the PFRE site for 'video stabilizers' and the most recent discussion is April, 2017. I'm researching motorized Gimbal stabilizers as I'm bored with the slider and clients are asking for walk-through style. Which video stabilizers are most experienced property shooters using in 2019? Colleagues have suggested 1) Zhiyun Crane 2; 2) DJI Ronin-S; and 3) double handled DJI Ronin-M.
When most people starting out shooting real estate video they start out with a slider and a jib. A good 3 axis handheld stabilizer is quite expensive. Here are some stabilizers that readers are using:
It's worth mentioning that just within the last year or two many people wanting to get into shooting walk through property video without having to go all out on gear have used the DJI Osmo.
As Fred Light recommended on a getting started in video post a while back, "There is a lot of expensive gear you need to do video so start out slow and make sure that video is really your thing. You can probably get started without a stabilizer unless you are going to only do walk through video."
In addition, some related questions:
- What are the pros and cons of 1 stick or 2 handles?
- I'm female so weight is an issue. I've tried a mechanical Steadycam with a DSLR a few years ago and it quickly became too heavy to hold out with one hand while using my other hand to turn it. I need to shoot long enough clips for large properties.
- Are walk-through videos quicker to shoot and edit vs. slider on the same property?
- What are the best cameras for the widest video dynamic range?
Yes, my sense is that the demand for video walk-through is on the increase and that more and more real estate photographers are adding it to their services. Also, I hear about a lot of real estate videographers using the Panasonic GH5 on the Zhiyun Crane 2. See Grant Johnston's evaluation of the Zhiyun Crane 2 here.
What gimbal stabilizer and camera are readers using to shoot walk-through videos?