In order to eliminate or minimise the most serious problems affecting the set-up or operation of camera stabilisers, we use various technologies and solutions in our newest model, the HDSLR 4, that have never been implemented by any other stabiliser manufacturer. The mechanical structure, operation and manoeuvrability of the Mezdon stabilisers fundamentally differs from that of all the previous stabilisers on the market The result of our solutions is a camera movement that can be mistaken for that of camera jibs or cranes.
3-Axis Independent Damping Control System (IDCS)
The more effectively the camera is isolated from the displacement of the gimbal-handle (indirectly from the movement of the operator), the more the stabiliser swings during starting, stopping and turning. Mezdon's IDCS solution is a 3-axis damping control built into the gimbal, allowing the user to easily customize the resistance to the stabiliser's movement in each direction, in separate pan, tilt and roll axis. With the help of Tilt and Roll damping, swinging can be reduced to an optimum level, even to a few cycles. Pan damping allows for smooth panning and turns. All damping adjustments are ultra-fine and continuously variable to the entire payload range. All these result in excellent directional stability. For a given camera configuration, the damping needs to be adjusted only once.
Near zero backlash positioning mechanism on the balance axes
Although there is seemingly no difference between the balance mechanism of the HDSLR-4 and other solutions, there really is an essential difference: the near zero backslash movement of the carriages sliding on the stainless steel shafts is ensured by 16 specially preloaded, wear-resistant, elastic embeddings. This solution dramatically reduces any accidental upsetting of the camera balance, while enabling the adjustment of the horizontal balance (micro-positioning) with one-touch knobs, which does not require any further action or locking following trimming and also excludes the subtle shift caused by the position-locking.
Pan control built into the grip
The unique pan control of the HDSLR-4 is ensured by the special design of the hand support of the grip and the pan control ring completed by the Pan damping built into the gimbal. The control ring can rotate freely above the hand support, and so the steadi-operator can dynamically brake and control the horizontal rotation of the stabiliser without affecting the tilt and roll stabilisation process by touching the pan control ring. Or by adjusting the Pan damping the panning can be sophisticatedly controlled simply by rotating the grip, again without impacting the tilt and roll stabilisation process. The high level of manoeuvrability of the HDSLR-4 is mainly due to its pan control solutions.
Counterweight height adjustment
Drop timeDrop time is essential for the dynamics of the stabiliser. It is the time it takes for the stabiliser post to first pass through the vertical after being released from a tilted position
The optimal drop time of stabilisers is usually from 1.5 to 2.0 seconds.
The drop time is independent of the starting angle (e.g. the times can be considered equal at 20 or 40°), similar to a pendulum clock. can be adjusted by changing the counterweight height. On the HDSLR-4 this can be done in two ways: by quick positioning and micro positioning. Quick positioning is accomplished with a single touch, fine positioning is done using the adjusting knob, with ease and high precision. When used again, the drop time can be reconfigured in a matter of seconds thanks to the millimetre scale on the weight holder bar and the easy assembly of the counterweights.
We built these four solutions which elementally affect the operation of the stabiliser into a 490 gram (1 lb 1 oz) structure and complemented them with additional custom solutions, which reduce setup or resetting time, making the product more comfortable to use, enhancing directional stability and ensuring manoeuvrability. These simple solutions include our camera screw (that fastens itself when pressed into the cheese plate), our docking bracket and optional hand support solution that can also be used for low angle mode (this is rare at arc-type stabilisers), our special connecting joints and clamping devices specifically designed for lightweight stabilisers, as well as the rigidity of the entire structure.
Overall, these provide the quick adjustability and reliable, predictable operation of the HDSLR 4, and the unmistakeable Mezdon feeling, when holding the stabiliser in your hand.
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