Earlier this summer Filmpower announced its new wireless gimbal follow focus pack, the Nebula Focus. We wrote about the Nebula Focus briefly then, but now there is more information about the product.
Alongside the launch of the Nebula Focus, three gimbals in the company’s range have been introduced. Most notably the Nebula 4300, which replaces the discontinued Nebula 4200.
Then there are two alternatives to the Nebula 4300. The Nebula 5300 is a larger version while the Nebula 4300 Lite is a 3-axis single handheld version.
Let’s take a look in more detail at the new products.
The Filmpower Nebula Focus is a wireless gimbal follow focus pack, designed for an individual gimbal shooter. It operates as both a follow focus controller and a remote controller.
Users can connect the pack to the camera’s hotshoe – which we are told is unique – or to the industry standard 15mm rod sliders. It’s compact and lightweight, at a mere 180g.
The supplied remote connects to the Nebula Focus by Bluetooth and has a 10-metre range.
Both follow focus pack and remote controller have a battery life of approximately 6 hours and can be charged via USB.
Most cameras are compatible with the Nebula Focus, including the Panasonic GH series, Sony a7 range and Canon/ Nikon DSLRs.
Nebula Focus: features
A high-precision servo motor with built-in encoder drives the Nebula Focus. It’s packed with features, including set memory points, ultrasonic distance measuring and infrared recording.
Additional features in development include control via smartphone with a dedicated App. Filmpower says autofocusing may be possible too, which if effective would be outstanding.
Let’s touch on each of the key current features.
Users can set memory points, meaning the follow focus can return to a selected focus point at the press of a button.
Ultrasonic distance measuring works within a 5 metre range – a 40KHz transmission to the object which is displayed on the screen of the remote for focus reference.
The infrared transmitter works to start and stop recording when the Nebula Focus is mounted to the camera hotshoe.
Nebula 4300 and 5300
Filmpower’s original 5-axis stabiliser, the Nebula 4200, has been replaced by the Nebula 4300.
The original dual spring handle remains, absorbing vibrations caused by the user’s movement and steps.
Improvements on the hardware side include a stronger motor with better payload of 3.2kg and a battery life up to 10 hours.
A new hidden cable design enables 360° rotation along all three axes and the grips on the handles have been modified to reduce dampness and moisture.
On the software side there are new shooting modes, including Roll follow, Time-lapse and an Auto face tracking function.
As for the Nebula 5300, it’s a larger version of the 4300. It’s adapted to better support larger cameras, such as the Canon C300Ⅱ, Sony Z150 and the Panasonic DVX200.
You can watch a video about the product here.
Pricing and availability
Filmpower is building a formidable range of gimbals. The Filmpower Nebula Focus is available now for $650. The Nebula 4300 replaces the Nebula 4200 and comes in at the same price point of $999.
In addition, there is a new 3-axis single handheld option, Nebula 4300 Lite, priced at $799.
For more information about the new Nebula products, please visit the Filmpower website.