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Old January 9th, 2015, 08:06 AM   #16
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Re: Stable 4K Cell Phone Video with a 3-Axis Gimbal?

Thanks for the link! It adds more food for thought.

After sleeping on this, I'm thinking this might be another one of my irresponsible impulse buys, so I should hold off and save towards a LX100 instead.

For now, I was inspired to mount my iPhone to the Steadicam Merlin.

By the way Mark, in terms of footage from the ikan stabilizers, it looks you got the best stuff online.

UPDATE: Found an open box model for $204 so I had to do it. (My only concern is why there are so many open box units available!)

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Old January 11th, 2015, 05:36 PM   #17
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Re: Stable 4K Cell Phone Video with a 3-Axis Gimbal?

I just received the IKAN FLY-X3 today via USPS Sunday delivery.

I initially had trouble turning it on but it turned out I needed to tighten the battery compartment cap which seats the batteries.

No calibration to speak up of--just slide the phone in, push the button to on and it is ready to fly within 10 seconds.

It works well with my iPhone 6 sans case.

Very impressive! I love Steadicam's but I think this is the future of camera stabilization.

Thanks for the inspiration, Mark!
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 10:24 AM   #18
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So after owning the unit for a month, I'm still working out the quirks and little annoyances with the Fly-X3. Definitely use freshly charged batteries with the unit. I can occasionally induce an oscillation-vibration-chatterring issue with the unit and the iPhone6. Here is me trying to make a poor man's Movi with some rods and handles for kicks. It should actually improve the footage I think.

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Old February 12th, 2015, 09:02 AM   #19
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Re: Stable 4K Cell Phone Video with a 3-Axis Gimbal?

i see you're having fun. any review on this unit?
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Old February 12th, 2015, 12:58 PM   #20
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Re: Stable 4K Cell Phone Video with a 3-Axis Gimbal?

I had some minor issues with the X3 and my iPhone 6.

1) The unit would sometimes tilt to the right and not be level.
2) The unit would enter a state where it would vibrate in place for some reason.

I emailed ikan and they said that the Fly-x3 did not support the iPhone 6 even though it met the weight requirements.

They set up and RMA and I'm awaiting a replacement unit to see if it addresses the issue.

There is a step up model, so if I were looking at using it with an iPhone 6, check the "PLUS" model instead of the regular X3.
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