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An interview from the 2016 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam with Fernando Castaldi of ikan Corp. ikan Corp designs, manufactures and distributes a variety of award-winning products used in film, video and photographic production worldwide. In this interview Fernando unveils the new ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras.

The Beholder EC1 is designed specifically for professional filmmakers looking for a single handheld stabilizer for a large range of medium and small cameras. The Beholder EC1 is lightweight, easy to use, and can be carried in the supplied case or a small photographer bag. With a payload range of 2-4.5 lbs, the EC1 has the ability to stabilize a wide range of today’s popular DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Sony a6300, Sony a7SII, Panasonic GH4, and the Canon 5D Mark III are just a few cameras that the EC1 can handle.

The EC1 has a 32-bit controller with a 12-bit encoder, which helps improve the battery life. Handheld gimbals now have an adaptive PID algorithm to be more efficient. With this algorithm, the encoder can detect what adjustments need to be made and can adapt on its own to the type of camera being used. Whether you’re using the gimbal for standard video production or filmmaking, the EC1 is useful in all settings.

The EC1 has four different operating modes: the lock mode and three different follow modes. When in the lock mode, the camera doesn’t move and will stay in its position no matter how you turn the handle. In the yaw axis follow mode, the camera will only follow your pan movements left or right. In the yaw and pitch axis follow mode, the camera will follow your handle movements when you pan left or right or when you tilt up or down. In the 3 axis follow mode, the camera will roll side to side, tilt up and down, and pan left or right. On the back of the EC1, there’s a button to change modes and an OLED screen that shows the battery life and current mode.

The EC1 handle comes with two 1/4-20 mounts that are perfect for mounting accessories such as a light, microphone, or monitor. A 3/8-16 thread located on the bottom allows you to securely mount the EC1 to a tripod, jib, or dual handle support system such as the Ikan DGH.

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