Glidecam Flies Centurion, Ultra-Shot

Glidecam Industries has launched the Centurion, a lightweight and compact 3-axis motorized gimbal designed to work with the majority of video cameras, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras weighing from 1 to 5 pounds.

Made with precision aluminum and carbon-fiber composites, the versatile Glidecam Centurion offers an array of handle-grip positions and can be set up in single- or dual-grip handlebar modes. Cameras can be easily and quickly positioned for neutral balance. The Centurion’s computer-controlled, direct-drive, brushless motors stabilize the camera by taking control of all three rotational axes of movement. The 32-bit accuracy of the Centurion’s sensors, coupled with the high speed of the controller, delivers smooth and stable images while maintaining horizontal accuracy on all three axes within .02 degrees. Each brushless motor has an electric slip ring so the wires will never tangle.

The Centurion’s motors work with position feedback, encoders, and the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) sensor to communicate with the custom 32-bit controller. The joystick on top of the handle offers manual control of the pitch and yaw axis by toggling forward, backward, left and right. The joystick will move the rig exponentially faster as it is pushed farther from the center position; the joystick function can be inverted or customized in the software. Included with the Glidecam Centurion is a USB stick with the software and drivers, enabling users to make additional adjustments if required.

Glidecam Industries has also introduced the Ultra-Shot. Designed by Lee Snijders and manufactured by Glidecam, the Ultra-Shot is an extremely durable and multi-functional “hybrid” camera accessory that allows users to quickly convert between monopod, shoulder and ground-level shooting modes.

The Ultra-Shot’s swivel monopod head comes attached with an industry-standard 3⁄8" screw. The camera plate includes two 1⁄4" camera screws to ensure compatibility with all industry-standard camcorders and fully outfitted DSLRs. When the Ultra-Shot is used as a monopod, its five telescoping sections extend to a maximum height of 5'3" and can support camera setups weighing up to 20 pounds. Because the Ultra-Shot’s hexagon weight rests on the ground and is protected by a convex rubber sole, the monopod configuration is better stabilized than top-heavy monopods.

Additional Ultra-Shot features include a quick-release 6" offset plate, an E.V.A. foam shoulder pad and two professional motocross handle grips. Made of T6-6061 aluminum, the Ultra-Shot weighs 6 pounds.

The Centurion retails for $1,799, and the Ultra-Shot for $499.

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