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A very basic, yet common question that we get is "How do I know when my CAME-Single is done charging?" First off, a full charge can typically be accomplished in about 2-4 hours. Keeping it plugged in any longer can run the risk of overcharging your battery, and causing it to go into a protective sleep mode.
However, as a visual indicator of the battery's charge status, you can look no further than the LED indicator light that is on the charging plug.
When plugged in, a red light on the plug shows that charging is currently in progress. Once full, the light will switch over to green, indicating the battery is completely charged and the gimbal is ready to use.
Many of our newer gimbals such as the CAME-Single, Mini 3, Argo, etc. now come with a wireless remote that allows you to toggle between profiles and control its pan/tilt movements. To charge the remote, you'll simply need a Micro USB cable and plug it into any wall outlet or portable USB charger. These Micro USB cables are very common, as they are the same type that charge many Android smartphones and numerous other mobile accessories.
Since its release, the CAME-Single has proven to be one of our most popular products. A large reason behind this is its compact form factor, and its ability to stabilize many smaller-to-medium size camera setups. Among these recommended setups are mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic GH4, BMPCC, and Sony a7r / a7s line. That is, as long as the total payload (with lens & battery) falls underneath 2.6 lbs (1.1kg).
With that said, several potential customers have asked us if their traditional camcorder-style video camera can work with the CAME-Single. Even though most handheld camcorders will have a similar payload offering as the cameras listed above, form factor plays a key reason why we DO NOT recommend these for use with the Single.
First off, the physical design of most camcorders offer a different weight distribution, which can prevent optimal balancing. But more importantly, most (if not all) camcorders have a flip out LED screen on its left side that will be blocked by the Single's Pitch motor (same with Mini 1 & 2). So using the built-in camcorder screen will be null and void for use when mounted on the gimbal. As a work around, however, it is possible to run an HDMI line out of the camcorder and onto an external monitor.
But even with that said, gimbals wouldn't be an ideal recommendation. But if you still wish to provide stabilization to your camcorder, we'd suggest looking into our line of traditional steadicam-style stabilizers.
The CAME-Single is designed with a single handgrip that allows the shooter to use the gimbal with just one hand. The CAME-Single is completely tool-less and has a quick release plate, so that balancing you camera is extremely easy. The new internal battery on the CAME-Single has a higher voltage output, which gives the gimbal more power and stability. There are mounting points on the bottom and on the side of the Single, allowing you to attach accessories like a LED light or a camera monitor.
The CAME-Single is a great portable gimbal that you can easily bring around with you. All the pieces fit perfectly in a custom hard case that the gimbal comes in when you order it. The Single gimbal has a max payload of about 2.6 lbs, which is the same max payload as the CAME-Mini 2 gimbal. The encoders on the Single make the gimbal more precise and stable.
Esperanza Creative, recently shot this corporate promo video that showcases their upcoming event called "Urban Rec". He filmed it with a CAME-Mini 2 gimbal and a Sony A7S with the Sony SAL50F14 50mm lens and also a Sony FE 28-70mm. Due to the privacy settings set by the owner, please click the picture below or click here to watch the video!
The CAME-Mini 2 3-axis gimbal is an extremely portable gimbal that can easily be brought with you to different shoots. The Mini 2 is completely tool-less, which will make it easier for you to balance your camera or to make minor adjustments. The max payload the CAME-Mini 2 can handle is 2.6 lbs, making it perfect for cameras like the BMPCC, Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S/A7R series.