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First Ever Five-Axis Stabilizer Promises to Deliver Rock-Steady Video



Certain indie filmmakers may be all in love with shaky-cam production values, but for the rest of us, nausea still isn’t terribly valued as a special effect. So huzzah to the ShadowCam S-5, an upcoming stabilizer for DSLRs and pro series cinema cameras (Red Epic, Canon C models, etc.) that promises to dampen motion like no other stabilizer.

The upcoming gadget, in production by a British specialist ShadowCam, is touted as the first camera stabilizer to work on five axes of motion — or rather, three axes and two planes. In addition to smoothing out movement like every other brushless motor 3-axis stabilization rig, two additional systems are in place to dampen movement in the horizontal and vertical planes.



Accomplishing all this are brushless motors, AlexMos hardware and software and shock absorbers that can smooth out up to 7 inches of vertical or horizontal travel. The S-5 also accepts standard shoulder supports, packs down flat for easy transport and requires no tools for adjustments.

ShadowCam expects to start shipping the S-5 in the U.K. this February and worldwide in March, priced at £3,995 (about $6,620 U.S.) Not bad when you compare it to the MoVi M10, which will run you 15 grand.

To find out more about the rig, head over to ShadowCam’s website by clicking here.

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