Although many videographers instantly default to the Glidecam range of manual camera stabilizers when looking to add a new Steadicam style stabilizer to their collection of camera accessories, the Flycam range is rapidly growing its core users base. Not only have Flycam put a ton of work in with innovating on their products to ensure they are able to offer similar levels of image stabilization to the Glidecam range but they also retail their products at a much lower price point.
Due to this, we have noticed more and more people asking for dedicated Flycam Redking reviews with each passing month so we have decided to focus on our own review of the Redking for today’s article. Although the Flycam range has always been solid, in our opinion, it was the release of the Redking that really managed to start pulling market share away from the compeating brands and help Flycam grow.
The Redking offers some of the best performance available, especially for its price bracket and it can also compete with some of the more expensive Glidecam stabilizers that retail for more than double its price tag. This is due to Glidecam still putting a premium on their brand name but in our opinion, their range has become stagnant and is not worth the premium price tag anymore. The Flycam Redking has been designed from the very start to disrupt the market and force the compeating brands to lower the price tags of their products or lose market share to Flycam.
As you would expect, once word started to get out about just how well your image quality can be when using the Redking, more and more videographers started purchasing it and the stabilizer now has a massive core user base. At the time of writing, the Flycam Redking enjoys an excellent reputation amongst videographers that is just getting better and better with each passing month as more people try it.
We have seen a number of reports from videographers saying that they have been Glidecam users for years but decided to give the Redking a try and have not looked back. On top of this, although the Flycam Redking offers intermediate to professional level image stabilization while coming with an entry-level price point, everything on the stabilizer is very easy to use. This means that even if you are brand new to using a manual Steadicam style stabilizer, you should be able to easily get to grips with what you are doing without running into any issues.
Performance Of The Stabilizer
In our opinion, the main thing that the Flycam Redking has going for it is that its performance dominates its price point and as we touched on earlier in the article, the performance of the Redking can compete with other Steadicam style manual stabilizers with much higher price tags. One of the historical issues with the cheaper Steadicam style units on the market is that the higher the payload of your camera rig, the less natural your panning becomes. With that being one of the main advantages of using a Steadicam style stabilizer over a motorized gimbal it is nice to know that the Redking offers super smooth, natural-looking image stabilization all the way through its weight range.
Speaking of camera payload weight, the Flycam Redking offers a maximum load capacity of 15.4 pounds of total payload weight during use. Unlike some compeating manual stabilizers in this price range, the Redking can offer some excellent levels of image stabilization to get you the best image quality possible all the way up to this 15.4 limit too. So many compeating units will have a listed maximum load capacity and then in the small print advice you to only ever use seventy or eighty percent of the listed load capacity due to the performance degrading. Thankfully though, this is not an issue with the Redking and its performance is spot on all the way up to the 15.4-pound maximum.
Another thing that we have noticed that some of the compeating brands on the market in this lower price range seem to do is to state that you shouldn’t be using longer and heavier camera lenses with your stabilizer. Again, this is an area where the Flycam Redking has an instant advantage over the compeating Steadicam style stabilizers on the market right now. It can easily support your camera body when using those longer or heavier lenses and other camera accessories without your image stabilization suffering in any way.
The individual x/y adjustments across the Redkings horizontal balance ensures that you will always get the best possible, smooth, natural-looking panning when recording with your camera rig. In our opinion, this is one of the main reasons that the stabilizer has been so popular amongst the community and grown such a massive customer base in such a short period of time, even some of the higher price point Steadicam style manual stabilizers on the market right now struggle to offer this functionality with this quality.
The actual 3 axis gimbal on the Redking has been designed to dominate its price point in the market too. It offers you a full three hundred and sixty-degree pan around the central column of the stabilizer without restriction. On top of this, if you are doing full rotations, the image stabilization that the Redking provides for your camera rig does not suffer like it can with some compeating stabilizers in this price point.
The central column on the Redking is also fully adjustable too allowing you to customize the height of the stabilizer during use. The system is very easy to use and the guide scale markings on the central column allow you to quickly and easily adjust the length as required to meet your needs without having to waste time. The minimum usable height of the Redking is just over eleven inches while its maximum usable height comes in at fifteen inches. Although this is not as much variation as some of the higher price point units, it is still a solid adjustable range and should easily meet the needs of the majority of our readers.
Another solid advantage for the Flycam Redking is that its mounting plate supports both a quarter-inch thread as well as a 3/8 inch mounting thread too. This ensures that you can mount any camera system you want or additional camera accessories as required to the stabilizer. The majority of the cheaper Steadicam stabilizer on the market only support the more commonly used quarter-inch mounting thread that can be a little restrictive depending on the niche you work in.
Another thing that the Redking has going for it that may be useful to some of our readers depending on what you are planning to do with your camera is that it has a field monitor mounting thread too. This allows you to quickly and easily mount a field monitor to the Redking without having a negative effect on its image stabilization to allow you to better see the video footage that you are capturing.
Combined with the very low price tag of the Redking, this functionality all comes together to result in one of the best manual Steadicam style stabilizers ever made in our opinion. It is easy to see how the Redking has managed to build up such a massive user base in such a short amount of time while earning its excellent reputation amongst videographers and cinematographers. On top of this, many people who use the Redking as their go-to stabilizer of choice have also published their own independent reviews of the Redking going over their own thoughts and experiences with the unit too.
If you do have a few minutes spare then reading over a few of those reviews can definatley be worth your time. They have been published by people working in pretty much every niche that you can think of while also covering almost any situation that you may find yourself in when using the Redking too. They really show just how great this budget-friendly manual stabilizer is from third-party users like yourself who have been using it for a long period of time.
User Interface And Control System
Unlike their motorized gimbal cousins, the Steadicam manual camera stabilizers are much easier to use and allow even an entry-level user to get great image quality when using something like the Redking without having to put a few hours into learning the system. Everything on the Redking is as straight forward as possible to ensure that you don’t have to waste our time when on location wanting to capture some video footage and that you are able to get your gear set up and ready to go quickly.
The balancing system on the Redking couldn’t be easier in all fairness to Flycam and we are confident that even if you are new to using a manual stabilizer, you will be able to get your camera rig balanced and ready to go with ease. Although the first few times you actually run through the process, it may take a little longer than it should, once you have ran through it a few times, you should easily be able to get it done in less than a minute.
The counterweight plate design is great too allowing you to tweak the setup as required. The Flycam Redking comes with sixteen counterweight plates that each come in at around 0.25 pounds each. The lightweight and large number of individual plates help you pack appropriately, especially for air travel to keep the weight of your camera accessories as low as possible. This means that rather than having to take all sixteen counterweight plates that come in at just under three and a half pounds, you can simply work out the number you require to balance your rig and take a few spares with you.
Depending on the total payload weight of your camera setup, this can end up saving you over two pounds of total weight in your camera accessories alone. Although this does not sound like much, this can definatley be the difference between going over your luggage allowance for air travel and getting additional fees. Some compeating brands seem fixated on the heaver, larger counterweight plates where you are not able to implement this strategy as efficiently scoring more points for Flycam and their Redking.
The Redking also uses the Dovetail quick release plate system that couldn’t be easier to use allowing you to mount or unmount your camera rig within seconds. This helps to ensure that you are able to go from handheld to stabilizer back to handheld within seconds without wasting any time.
Build Quality And Design
Although there have already been a number of ways that the Flycam Redking can easily stand out from the compeating brands on the market right now, we have another one for you, the build quality. For its price bracket, nothing even comes close to the level of build quality that the Redking offers its users due to Flycam being able to take advantage of the latest CNC aluminum production techniques. This allows them to offer a much better structural quality that the older stabilizers while keeping the price tag as low as possible.
This has resulted in an extremely durable, tough, and robust manual stabilizer that is also very lightweight due to the aluminum and magnesium alloy that the majority of the Redking is made from. We have already shared our tip to allow you to reduce the overall weight of the Redking by only taking the counterweight plates that you will actually use plus a few spares but the super lightweight construction makes it the obvious option for anyone who will have to travel by plane with their gear on a regular basis.
That brings our ultimate Flycam Redking review to a close and as you can probably guess from the tone of the article, we are massive fans of the Redking and Flycam have done a great job of putting it together without having to hike the price tag up. It offers excellent levels of image stabilization without having to break the bank ensuring that you are going to get the best image quality possible during use. Due to this, we are confident in recommending the Redking to our readers as a solid addition to your camera accessories.
Although we mentioned it above, we just want to remind our readers that there are a large number of additional reviews of the Redking online from third-party videographers and cinematographers that you can read here. Although we have covered most of the points raised in those reviews in our own article, they may be worth reading for additional insights into specific niches to help offer additional information on the Redking and its great performance.