Sunday, June 22, 2014
After a very long wait, Ikan has finally released their new smartphone gimbal called "The Fly X3" smartphone gimbal. This is a 3-axis brushless gimbal stabilizer that will turn your iPhone (or Android) into a steadi-device for micro productions. I wanted to love this product. I was very excited to use it, and have been waiting many moons for a product like this.
Unfortunately, I'm going to have to keep waiting. While this gimbal may be good for smaller productions, or stabilizing handheld interviews, it's not robust enough to be used (without frustration) in a professional setting. Certainly not for the $299 price tag they lump on this paper weight. Being the first to market is an exciting prospect for a fledgling monitor company like Ikan, but releasing a product that works out of the box is a priority to a consumer like me, over shipping speed. You get one shot with me, otherwise I'll push my dollars elsewhere. I'm a fan of Ikan. I own one of their monitors that I really like, so I trusted the brand would perform. That being said, it kinda worked. After every 4-second calibration process, there was a slight sloping or leaning, down to the right. I couldn't ever correctly calibrate the machine to fix this issue. Sometimes it worked, but most of the time the Ikan Fly X3 did not perform as advertised.
Ethics Statement: I own an Ikan 5" monitor, that I purchased in 2010. I purchased the Ikan Fly X3 smartphone gimbal. Ikan did not send me this product to review. Ikan does not sponsor me in any way, nor does this site accept any sponsorships.
Posted by James Boyd at 5:30 PM