First Look: CAME-TV 7800 3-Axis Gimbal Passes “Sophie Test”

by Hugh Brownstone4 Comments

Who doesn’t have MoVI envy? The market is filling up with worthy competitors, but CAME-TV’s 7800 is especially intriguing at an introductory price of $1,298.

We’ve just gotten our hands on their 3-axis gimbal, and while it’s missing a couple of bells and whistles compared to the big guns out there (and has one or two nifty bits, too), it appears to be made of high quality materials and does the business — at less than 1/3 the price of the MoVI M5.

Don't run out and buy one just yet — we’re in the middle of in-depth testing —  but in the meantime here’s footage we recently shot with our ace gimbal consultant, Sophie Parker. She gives it four paws up.

Review: CAME TV 7800 3-Axis Gimbal (Sophie Test)


Assembled 32 Bit CAME-7800 3 Axis Camera Gimbal

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This month CAME-7800 special promitions discount to 1298USD

Comparing CAME 7500, CAME 7800 Updated the Quick Release Plate and Handles Adjustable.

1-Assembled model.

2-We have set up PIDS before shipping , it can work with different camera directly, just like 5D3, 5D2, 7D, GH4, and Sony A7s.

3-the boards is covered by box , the wire is hide in tube, it look clear.

4-the joystick can control the lens movement, you can change different mode very easy, just like: follow model, lock model, or commixture model.

5- Gimbal max load 3kg, Gimbal is very very light net weight only 2.2kg

6-the packages included everying for ready to use (Battery and charger is included as gift, monitor bracket included, monitor not inclued ).

Check out the CAME-7800 3 Axis Camera Gimbal at

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(cover photo credit: snap from CAME-TV)

Hugh Brownstone

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  1. I’ve been reading about this unit ($1,300), the DJI Ronin ($3,000), and the Movi M5 ($4,000).

    The main complaint about the CAME-TV 7800 is the difficulty in balancing the camera.  

    The main complaint about the Ronin is its weight; it’s 4.2 Kg (9.3 pounds), compared to the 2.2 Kg for the other two.

    The main complaint about the M5 is its price.

    I look forward to your full review.

  2. Martin Del Vecchio The CAME 8700 is definitely not as easy to balance as the MoVI M5, but let’s put this into perspective: I used a quarter (as in $0.25) and a single hex wrench to balance it in 8-10 minutes (at one point I did accidentally fling the wrench across the room, very embarrassing). The key was putting it onto a couple of light stands:  I found it much easier to balance than my Glidecam HD 2000, but your mileage may vary.  I guess we’ll have to make that part 2 of our CAME TV 7800 review, with more to come after that.

    You can see our piece on balancing the MoVI M5 here

    We haven’t been able to get our hands on the Ronin yet — nor the Defy, for that matter — but we’ll look into it.

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