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The DJI Focus is an innovative Wireless Follow Focus system as it can be used on the ground with camera systems, and also in the Sky when combined with the Inspire1 X5 Camera. When used on the Inspire1, the DJI Focus links to the Inspire1 remote transmitting through Lightbridge and controlling focus pulls up to 5km away (over 3 miles). Without Lightbridge, the DJI Focus has a 100m Range (over 300ft).

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A variable friction wheel on the remote allows you to loosen or tighten the throw depending on your preference. End points (A/B) can be set for focus throws on lenses that don't offer hard stops (i.e. photo lenses), removable marking discs can be quickly swapped out, and the remote also offers illumination behind the disk when working on a dark set.

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The DJI Focus Follow Focus System is extremely compact. No separate receivers are necessary as it's all built in to the Motor. The DJI Focus runs on a rechargeable battery (micro USB Charging) that lasts 14 Hours. There are two ports built into the Motor, which hints they will be expanding this system in the near future. A rosette mount behind the remote also makes it easy to mount to your rigs, or possibly the handle of your gimbal for single operators.

DJI Focus Follow Focus system
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As a special request, I used my 9.Solutions clamps, rods, and gags to build a frame for holding the 18" LED Ring Light over @satostudio's DJI Ronin-M Gimbal. Combined with a wide angle Rokinon 14mm lens on a Sony A7sII, this adds that cliche' music video look. Will post samples when we have the final music video done.

Special request to do a one take shot starting outdoors, fly through doorway, over racks, and then through a glass window. In order to achieve this we made a special handle and attached a gimbal. A wireless video feed was sent back to an OSEE LCM156 Monitor for someone to remotely control the Pan and Tilt of the gimbal as we walked through. The final footage will have speed ramps and a morph cut to make this one shot seamless.


There's a ton of new gimbal stabilizers that have come around in 2015, and Varavon themselves have got a brand new gimbal dedicated for small cameras. The new Varavon Birdycam Lite is one that stands out as it is just one of few to start incorporating newly supported Encoder hardware, is designed slightly bigger than the pistol grip gimbals, yet still smaller and lighter than even the DJI Ronin-M.

Learn-More-sm Varavon Birdycam Lite 32 Bit Gimbal Stabilizer w/ Encoders

It's a gimbal I think many of been looking for as they want the smallest possible system to work with mirrorless cameras and Speedbooster Lens Adapters. A system still able to work with the Aputure DEC wireless follow focus adapter and easy access to HDMI and Audio ports for adding an External Monitor (recorder) and Wireless Audio systems. All of this would be impossible to do on a system like the CAME-SINGLE or PilotFly H1+, and the Birdycam Lite allows you to do this with ease while still being 33% lighter and smaller than the DJI Ronin-M - filling a void in the market.

Another excellent design feature is that the Varavon Birdycam Lite can be used without it's top handles and can even work in Inverted mode. The gimbal can attach to standard Arca Swiss Quick Release Systems, so you could mount it on top of a Video Monopod, or hang it at the end of a Jib/Crane. And the wireless remote allows you to control Pan and Tilt if you wanted to use it in that manner.


Even as the DJI Ronin-M exists in the marketplace, and it's certainly a worthy gimbal to get, many people are still trying to find smaller gimbal stabilizer systems for light duty work, travel, or when they want to be more discreet. The new Varavon Birdycam Lite fills the gap perfectly between a system that could be too big or too small for mirrorless cameras with lens adapters - offering the user more lens choices and freedom to attach external monitor/recorders and audio devices.

For more information about the new Varavon Birdycam Lite Gimbal with Enocders, check out the Product Page (here).

Learn-More-sm Varavon Birdycam Lite 32 Bit Gimbal Stabilizer w/ Encoders

For additional videos about the Varavon Birdycam Lite, check out these Unboxing, Balancing Tutorial, and Demo videos provided by Rik Cordero of RunPlayBack.com.