Tripod Gimbal Heads
Shoot photos and videos with a reliable tripod gimbal head. Get amazing results even with distant and fast-moving subjects. Perfect for sports and wildlife photography!
What is a gimbal?
A gimbal is a type of tripod head that balances the weight of the camera so that you can effortlessly move it horizontally and vertically. Gimbal heads carry the load for you, making them great for heavy setups and massive telephoto lenses. There are models like the Movo GH700 that can safely support up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg).
Gimbal heads are a lifesaver for wildlife photographers and birdwatchers who have to stay still and concealed to snap photos of animals undisturbed in their natural habitat. Gimbals are also common in sporting events when photographers need to capture action shots, often from a hundred yards away
A perfectly balanced gimbal will let you swing the camera in any direction with just the push of a finger. This tripod head provides both flexibility and stability minus the heavy load. Gimbal heads can be used for both photography and videography.
Photography Gimbal Heads
Gimbals for photography are manually operated. They don’t have electronic parts, and they’re designed to be balanced and mounted onto a static tripod. So if you want to make huge adjustments on the tripod’s orientation, you might have to adjust the gimbal’s balance as well.
Video Gimbal Heads
Filmmakers use motorized gimbals like the Movo MGB-5, which stabilizes the camera as it moves. It has a long cable and a remotely controlled joystick for taking fluid panning, tilting, and rotating shots from a distance.
How do I choose the right gimbal head?
Essentially, you’d want your gimbal head to be sturdy and durable, even with heavy usage. You should also consider its ease of use and suitability with the rest of your gear. We recommend going for those with a quick-release system.
Arca-Swiss Quick Release
If you don’t want to waste time unscrewing your camera from the tripod and then screwing it on again when switching lenses, go for a quick-release gimbal head, particularly an Arca-Swiss one. An Arca-Swiss tripod head is composed of two main parts: the plate that you attach to the camera or lens and then the mounting base or clamp, where the plate is secured.
The biggest advantage of getting an Arca-Swiss quick release gimbal head is that it removes complicated setups. Just slide the plate without dismounting the gear. You can experience the convenience of this assembly in models like the Movo GH800, which has lobed knobs and numbered scales along the base and arm that let you re-do your setup for various lens and camera combinations.
Side Mount or Cradle Mount?
Most gimbal heads available on the market come in one of two styles: the cradle mount and side mount. Cradle mount gimbals have an L-shape swinging arm connected from the vertical pivot point that cradles the lens from underneath. Side mounts directly clamp the camera onto the vertical pivot point.
Both styles offer stability, so choosing one over the other is all a matter of personal preference. Whichever design you get, always make sure to clamp your gear securely to prevent accidental release.
You can read a more detailed comparison of our gimbal heads for more information about choosing the right model.
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