Step 5: Testing
The old (finished Sept 24th) 2 Gyro system provides a great stabilization, but is quite bulky. Not that easy to take into the field...
This 1 Gyro design is far more easy to handle in the field, cheaper, folds up, stores easily, uses less power and is easier to build.
Testing was done during mid twilight. The camera was a Canon SX 110 IS, at 10X maximum zoom setting (330 mm focal length 35 mm equivalent).
Exposure was set at 1/ 15 sec: Impossible to avoid motion blur if held by hand.
DISCUSSION OF RESULTS:
With some training, this stabilizer performs almost as well as the far more bulkier 2 HD stabilizer.
Training is important: Holding the camera in a steady, horizontal (unrotated) position is easy. But when pressing the shutter button, a beginner like me tends to move his whole arm instead of just his finger. Which results in rotation of the camera...
Rotation around the optical axis is the only unstabilized motion in this design.
Fortunately, with some practice, pressing the shutter button while holding the camera steady, is easily learnt.
I would have preferred the multi platter HD. The gyro power of this particular HD feels a bit light.