UPDATE (2017-09-19): The REMOVU K1 is now available for pre-order at indigogo
You wait for ages and then two come along at once. Hot on the heels of the Zhiyun Crane 2 announced recently, This week REMOVU have announced their new All-In-One gimbal, the REMOVU K1.
Going head-to-head with the DJI Osmo, Removu have added some interesting features, that might make this the best handheld all-in-one gimbal.
REMOVU K1 Release Date
Pre-orders start on the removuk1.com website on Sept 19th at 8am EDT.
— REMOVU (@REMOVUGlobal) September 18, 2017
Hopefully, the release date will be in the next few months. You can preorder on the removuk1.com site now. GimbalReview will try and get hold of one to test, so stay tuned.
Below we check out the features that Removu are promoting for their new handheld stabilizer. If it’s as good as the REMOVU S1 we reviewed recently, then it will go in to the best all-in-one gimbal category.
At first glance, you might be mistaken in thinking this was the DJI Osmo. The form factor is very similar. The spherical camera on the top of the handle looks pretty slick, and should mean that it doesn’t block itself, like some of the other GoPro gimbals can do.
Looking at the product launch photos the handle looks comfortable. The controls are easy to reach with a thumb.
The LCD screen is large and hopefully it’s bright enough to use in strong sunlight.
To store the video, the Removu K1 comes with an SD card slot, and supports up to class 10 128GB cards. This according to some people online, gives space for just over 2 hours of video when filming at 4k 30fps (but it depends on the bitrate).
REMOVU K1 Camera
The REMOVU K1 comes packing a camera with a custom designed F2.8 wide angle lens, and a 1/2.3” CMOS 12MP sensor. The K1 can capture video in 4K ultra HD at 30fps, and 1080p up to 120fps for HD slow motion goodness. The K1 can capture 12MP photos. It also supports slo-mo and timelapse video.
Maybe with an indication of the intended audience, the K1 stabilizer comes with support for selfies.
Thanks to the 30 centimeters focal length, K1 can perfectly focus while shooting a self-portrait. In addition, the K1’s 1.5″ LCD screen allows you to monitor what your filming.
REMOVU K1 Battery & Battery Life
The stabilizer is equipped with an interchangeable “smart battery”. I’m not sure what a smart battery is, but Removu claim that it provides 4 hours of continuous filming on a single charge.
In the specs (see below) the battery is a Li-ion 2,900mAh, if it’s interchangeable that’s good news as you might not have access to a charger when you’re out for the day.
The K1 gimbal can be recharged via a cable from any standard USB power source. It’s great that you don’t have to carry around a charger for those “smart batteries”
To recharge, all you need is a power source, no bulky chargers are required. You won’t miss another moment.
An optional accessory will be a docking station. You can stand the gimbal handle-first, and leave it to charge.
REMOVU App & Gimbal Control
Following the pattern of most other gimbal manufacturers, Removu have created a companion app to control the gimbal.
With the app, you can preview live video, playback videos that have already been recorded and remote control the gimbal. This remote control enables things like timelapse video.
The app is available for Android on Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store.
REMOVU K1 Specs
Belwo are the specs as copied from the product website, removuk1.com.
|Sensor||1/2.3” CMOS 12MP (Sony IMX377)|
|Lens||F2.8 FOV 101°(D)|
|Focus||3.0mm (suitable range 30cm to ∞)|
|Max Image Size||4000 x 3000 pixels|
|Still Photo Modes||Single Shot
Timelapse Photo (Normal, Motion)
Slow Motion Video
Timelapse Video (Normal, Motion)
|Video Resolution||4K (3840×2160) @ 30fps
2.7K (2704×1520) @ 30fps
FHD (1920×1080) @ 30/60/120fps
HD (1280×720) @ 30/60/120/240fps
|Supported Memory||Micro SD (Class-10 or UHS-1) up to 128GB (max)|
|Mechanism||3-axis BLDC motorized gimbal|
|Active Range||Tilt : -48° to +108°
Pan : -75° to +255°
Roll : -60° to +60°
|Angular Vibration Range||±0.03°|
|Battery||Attachable Li-ion 2,900mAh (10.7Wh)
Direct charging by USB Cable (no need charger)
|Operating Time||4 Hours Continuous Recording ([email protected], Wi-Fi Off)|
|Dimension||5.8 x 7.0 x 21.6 (cm)|
|Weight||340g (including Battery)|
|Connection by||Wi-Fi Direct (2.4GHz)|
|Functions||Live View (Preview)
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