The Birdycam 2 gimbal by Varavon features a three-axis design and comes with a number of innovative features that really make this gimbal stand out from the competition. This is one gimbal that’s on the pricey side, but its pro-quality design, ease of use, and top of the line performance make this model worth every penny.
Overview and Features
Before you can run out and start using the Birdycam 2 it does require a little finessing. For the most part, setting up the gimbal is pretty straightforward, however, you will run into a few issues along the way.
This model is more designed for pros and can be difficult for beginners to use, especially since this model doesn’t come with a decent user’s manual. If you’re searching for a more beginner-friendly model, click here to read our epic buyer’s guide where you’ll find more information on gimbals designed with the beginner in mind.
Balancing a gimbal is never easy. In fact, one of the first newborn photography tips the pros recommend is always to adjust, balance, and finetune a gimbal before an appointment with a client in order to save time.
Fortunately, this model is probably one of the fastest and easiest gimbals to balance.
This model includes a stand that will lock the handle’s in order to provide a more stable base for balancing and setup.
The stand features a bubble level and adjustable feet that will ensure that the stand remains level before you start calibrating the gimbal.
The threaded holes in the stand allow you to mount the gimbal onto a light stand or tripod, so you can raise the gimbal for easier setup.
The only real downside to the stand is the fact that it’s not foldable. Instead, you’ll need to break it down in order to pack it and transport it.
Adjusting the Gimbal
The gimbal features a tool-less design, so you can adjust and balance a camera easily. The knobs on are knurled for improved grip so you can easily make adjustments.
The tool-less adjustments are nice, but the micro-adjustments are pretty amazing. The controls for the micro-adjustments make it a cinch to achieve the perfect balance.
The roll axis and pitch axis on the gimbal come with micro-adjustment knobs. A pair of knobs on each side of the gimbal can be used to adjust the pitch, while the roll axis features a wide knob that’s located under the gimbal. These options give the user much more control over adjustments.
Using the pitch axis to balance can seem like a tedious process because the user will have to make the adjustments separately on both sides of the gimbal. The included reference marks will make it much easier to match the settings on each side.
The yaw axis, unlike the roll axis and pitch axis, doesn’t allow for finetuning. Fortunately, it slides smoothly and also comes with reference marks that will allow you to easily make adjustments.
Balancing can still be tricky, even with the micro-adjustments, especially if you have an axis that’s shifting around when you’re adjusting the balance for another axis. Fortunately, the roll axis and yaw axis can be independently locked, in order to allow you to focus on independently balancing each one quickly.
Once you finetune each axis, the only thing left is connecting the control and power cables, which will require a few simple steps:
- Connect the joystick
- Hook up the battery pack
- Switch on the battery pack to power the gimbal up
Considering gimbals are pretty complex in general, it can be a little daunting to use for beginners. Unfortunately, the user’s manual is very thin and vague at best. The included instructions only explain how to balance the camera.
If you’re searching for a model that comes with detailed information and a model that’s more beginner friendly, then we recommend the DJI Ronin-M gimbal.
The batteries provide two hours of runtime.
- Stand does not fold up
- Included instructions are very vague
- Short battery life
- Not very beginner friendly