The DS1 by Beholder is built to hold heavier cameras weighing up to three and a half pounds. It comes loaded with some great features designed to make shooting even the toughest action shot or film a breeze. This model comes equipped with a quick release plate that makes it incredibly easy to switch cameras or make simple adjustments such as changing lenses.
While this may not be the most beginner friendly gimbal on the market, it has a lot to offer the experienced photographer and cinematographer.
Overview and Features
On the handle of the gimbal, you’ll find the tilt and pan joystick, that allows you to easily control the gimbal’s functions.
The gimbal has a shooting range of forty-five degrees to ninety-degrees.
The device also features four modes such as follow mode in which the camera will follow your hand movements. The lock mode keeps the camera locked solidly in place.
Briefcase mode allows the gimbal to be held close to the body. This mode is perfect for low camera shots and gives you the option of rolling the axis ninety degrees from right to left.
On the handle of the gimbal, you’ll also find a built-in USB port that can be used to charge a camera or smartphone.
Many feel that this four mode gimbal is one of the best on the market. In fact, it’s often compared to the higher priced Zhiyun Crane 2 gimbal. If you’re on a tight budget and need a reliable gimble for action shots, then the DS1 is the model for you.
Anyone who has dealt with action shots in the past knows how important it is to keep the camera steady because even the slightest movement can totally ruin a shot. This model offers smooth movements when used as a handheld gimbal and it can also be mounted to a tripod.
Setting the gimbal up will take some patience. This model has a three-and-a-half-pound max payload, which is pretty low and can be very limiting in terms of using a camera that’s compatible.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty gimbal with a higher max payload, click here to read our gimbal buying guide.
During setup, you’ll need to spend more time than you’d like balancing your camera. Since this is a three-axis model you’ll need to focus on balancing the lens and camera combination in each axis, manually. Many users found it to be a tedious and time-consuming process.
Don’t look to the directions to help with the balancing process, because the gimbal doesn’t come with any.
The lack of instructions and the fact that this gimbal is very sensitive makes it a bad choice for beginners.
To start, the camera will be mounted to a quick release plate that slides into the gimbal. Mounting a DSLR camera to the standard plate is very difficult and basically impossible. The included secondary plate is designed for difficult cameras and is specifically designed for mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
When you finally get your camera balanced and mounted you’ll be ready to go. You’ll quickly notice that the gimbal is pretty heavy once the camera has been installed and it’s also awkward to hold.
The small joystick on the grip will allow you to tilt up and down and pan right and left. The pan is really smooth, but the tilt feels limited by the weight of the camera. Unless you plan on a lot of overshooting and editing, you’ll need to take some practice shots.
Overall the gimbal’s build quality is decent if you can handle the weight
The gimbal runs on three lithium-ion batteries and features a six-hour runtime, although charging the batteries can take several hours.
- Quick release plate
- Joystick provides improved control over gimbal movements
- Four shooting modes to choose from
- It can be difficult to change modes during use