Aetho's 'Aeon' GoPro stabilizer appears slick, and so will your video
“Shoot video that is value watching” reads one of many straplines for Aetho’s “Aeon” handheld GoPro stabilizer. It sounds kinda apparent, proper? However, in the event you’ve ever walked/ran/danced/dived/no matter with a GoPro in your hand/mouth/knees/no matter you will know it isn’t that straightforward. You thought you had an oak-like regular grip, seems you shake like a chilly chihuahua — and the GoPro does an exquisite job of translating that to your movies. Aethos’s advertising copy out of the blue does not appear so vapid, does it? Particularly when you see what the Aeon can do on your footage. Which, helpfully, you possibly can proper right here on this article.
Let’s again up just a little. What’s Aeon? It is a digital camera gimbal (stabilizer) designed for GoPros. When you’ve ever watched a silky-clean drone video, you’ve got already loved gimbal-stablized video. However, handheld variations of those exist already, proper? Yeah, they do. Actually, once I just lately wrote about a number of the greatest equipment for the ever present motion digital camera, I cited an present gimbal as my “should have” add on. The issue with present merchandise, although, is that they both really feel just a little delicate, a bit of clunky, or just lack sensible design.
Aetho’s objective with the Aeon is to make a stabilizer that appears and features as slick because the video it produces. I spent a while with a 3D-printed prototype, and I’ve to say, it seems and feels very promising. Firstly, the design is in contrast to most competing merchandise (which often resemble a body on the top of a pole). Aeon, then again, seems just like the offspring of a standard steadicam that obtained pleasant with the steering controls of a supercar. The curved deal with feels far more snug to carry for prolonged durations, and it additionally locations the digital camera immediately degree together with your hand. With different gimbals, the GoPro is often above your hand, which makes framing much less predictable. With Aeon, you simply level your knuckles the place you need to movie, and the GoPro follows. A small, however vital element.
The Aeon additionally permits a broader vary of lateral movement. The digital camera’s three-axis articulation is designed into the deal with itself, so as an alternative of motors shifting on the top of a pole, the grip has rather more means to twist and maneuver. To utilize this, Aeon has an analog joystick (a-la PS Vita and so forth.), that allows you to pan the digital camera left or proper (or up/down) with out your wrist shifting. This implies you might be shifting (say, on a board/bike) and monitor your topic together with your thumb, whereas protecting your hand naturally pointed ahead. One other massive plus, is a round LCD show on the prime of the grip so you’ll be able to see precisely what you are filming always. On the base of the grip, is a GoPro mount, letting you connect this to helmets, selfie-sticks and another suitable accent you may have already got.
The prototype I attempted did not have a few of these additional options (no LCD or GoPro mount), however the gimbal and joystick labored completely, and the outcomes are spectacular. I took it for a stroll, which could not be excessive, however the motion of strolling is among the greatest methods to bugger up your handheld video — and you may see under how clean it’s (the video begins with unstabilized video first). Frustratingly, I noticed after capturing that the GoPro within the Aeon has a bust lens hood, so there’s some blurring from the digital camera, however the outcomes are unmistakably a lot, a lot smoother than the digital camera that is simply on a daily grip (GoPro’s three-Method, by the way).
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Different particulars I observed, is that the place the motors in my present gimbal can jam whenever you attain the top of their rotational vary — creating an annoying vibration within the gimbal and your footage — the Aeon prototype did not do that as soon as. That alone make me enthusiastic about this product. It solely takes one rogue wobble to destroy your meticulously deliberate cinematic skate intro, proper? Oh, and the Aeon could be charged by way of USB cable — no bizarre-sized batteries with a cradle (in case you have a Feiyu, you realize what I imply). I nonetheless love my Feiyu G4, however Aetho’s taken a good suggestion, and tried to make it nice — and from what I can see, it really works. If there are any considerations, it is whether or not it’s going to ship the 5 hours of battery life promised, and the way rugged or delicate the ultimate models will probably be, one thing I can not decide from the prototype.
The Aeon’s presently taking orders on Indiegogo, however, from my conversations with Aetho founders Harrison D. Lee, and Ian Nott, all the event is completed (for actual, it used to seem like this), and manufacturing is able to go — slated for early 2016. The cash pledged is to immediately fund the manufacturing of these units. How a lot for one you ask? Should you’re fast, $300. For those who’re not so fast, $350. That is about $one hundred greater than the favored Feiyu G4, however with LCD, and different design benefits above, that appears about proper.
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