The FLYCAM Redking Quick Balancing Video Camera Stabilizer is a professional-grade handheld camera stabilizer which looks scary and intimidating at first, but once you get to know it, it suddenly becomes your favorite photo shoot buddy–next to your camera, of course. Much like how professional stabilizers are designed, the Flycam RedKing comes with a myriad of functions that all aim to assist you in reducing image shake and keep everything distortion free.
As such, it should be no wonder that the Flycam Redking would come packed with a ton of features including the following:
Dovetail Quick Release Plate
For faster mounting and dismounting of camera units, a dovetail quick-release plate is installed with the Flycam Redking Stabilizer, and it is compatible with the Manfrotto 501 plate and the 500PLONG plate. This release plate also comes with a scale for better precision when it comes to camera adjustment.
X-Y Horizontal Balance
The straight vertical to horizontal movement of the gimbal, paired with the perfect counterweight ensures that the horizontal balance is kept and maintained as you use it.
Adjustable Tri-Axis Gimbal
Control the movements of your camera smoothly and flawlessly using the adjustable tri-axis gimbal that lets you maneuver anytime. This feature also allows you to do a 360-degree panning shot.
Telescopic Central Post
The central post that holds everything together is telescopic and fitted with a guide scale marking that improves the vertical balance while you adjust the height to your liking. This telescopic post can go from a base of 11-inches up to a maximum length of 15-inches.
Sturdy Base Platform
The base platform of the Flycam Redking Stabilizer is designed to provide dynamic balance using counterweights that are placed in certain spots to produce the best balance and feel.
CNC Aluminum Construction
The construction of the Flycam Redking Stabilizer is made using CNC machined aluminum which means that the whole contraption is strong, but it does not mean that it’s going to break your back carrying it.
All-in-all, there are 16 counterweights that weight about .110kg each and can be stacked depending on the amount of counterweight you would need.
The basic form of the Flycam Redking Stabilizer weighs in at 0.32 ounces, and it can go up depending on the number of counterweights you put in, as well as the weight of the camera you would be using.
This camera stabilizer can be used with a DSLR, an SLR or a camcorder as the dovetail base plate can work with any plate and screws that gives it a stronger grip while your camera unit is in operation.
Convenient to use for short periods
Quick to set-up with simple instructions
Achieves stability and balance within minutes
Feels durable and strong
Looks professional and sharp
Guided labels make it easy to adjust and operate
Detailed execution when it comes to concept and design
The high-quality finish makes it sleek and modern.
Quick-release plate works great with other plates
Easy to assemble from scratch
Movable parts are well-lubricated
Sturdy feel while in operation
Heavier than most manual stabilizers
Wears you down easily
A slight learning curve in the beginning
Not for unfit camera persons
The FLYCAM Redking Quick Balancing Video Camera Stabilizer makes anybody look professional with its sleek black design and guide numbers that ensure precise movements. The tri-axis gimbal that runs along the telescopic central pole serves as a great arm extension that lets you pivot, twist and maneuver your lens for that hard to reach angle.
On its own, the Flycam Redking Stabilizer can be on the heavier side, especially since it is larger than most stabilizers, and the counterweights can total to about 1.5kg when all of them are used at the same time. This may cause some strain if it is not used properly.
The Dovetail Quick Release Plate is compatible with other plate attachments which means that you can use DSLRs, SLRs and even camcorders with this particular set. The durable aluminum framework and the inclusive bag make up for the rest of the Flycam Redking Stabilizer package.
The Neewer Carbon Fiber Handheld Stabilizer is a little bit similar to the FLYCAM Redking Quick Balancing Video Camera Stabilizer especially when it comes to a lot of features. The telescopic central pole of the Neewer Carbon Fiber Stabilizer is a little longer than the Flycam Redking Stabilizer, with the maximum length being 241 inches. The central pole also comes with guide marks that help in ensuring that each adjustment is accurate and it helps in keeping track of which setting fits better.
The Screw Quick Shoe Plate of the Neewer Carbon Fiber Stabilizer works differently than the Dovetail Quick Release Plate of the Flycam Redking Stabilizer as the former can provide a more stable and a more secure grip on the camera, with no worries about chaffing off the screws. Similar to the gimbal handle of the Flycam Redking Stabilizer, the Tri-Axis gimbal of the Neewer Carbon Fiber Stabilizer is covered with comfortable non-slip foam that is also compatible with a chest vest rig.
Moreover, this particular stabilizer is solidly built using carbon fiber material and low friction joints that make this whole frame light and flexible which is a little lighter than the materials used for the Flycam Redking Stabilizer. The counterweights of both the Flycam Redking Stabilizer and the Neewer Stabilizer are neatly stacked at each end of the base platform and can be removed or adjusted as needed, with subtle differences in individual weights.
The FLYCAM Redking Quick Balancing Video Camera Stabilizer has that professional feel that adds to the confidence of its operator while the Neewer Carbon Fiber Handheld Stabilizer is aimed for the younger generation with its sleek screw strips and foam padding. Both camera stabilizers can be used with one or both hands. They are both center posts and can be stretched to provide that balance that seems to be amiss while calibrating it.
Each stabilizer can be used in a variety of applications, from professional videos to sports or action shots. Both of them can provide the perfect balance when needed. However, the Dovetail QR plate of the Flycam Redking Stabilizer is simply much better when it comes to mounting and dismounting camera units in a rush.