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The Freefly MōVI M5 Digital 3-Axis Gyro-Stabilized Camera Stabilizer is a handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, so advanced, it redefines the possibilities for camera movement. The heart of the gimbal is Freefly’s proprietary high performance IMU and brushless direct drive system. The gimbal is 100% custom designed in-house by engineering team. No compromises were made to accommodate off-the-shelf brushless motors, motor drives or IMUs. Creating the gimbal from scratch allowed Freefly to precisely execute vision for the next generation of stabilized camera gimbals.

Majestic Mode (Pan/Tilt)
Patent pending Majestic Mode allows for a single operator to intuitively control the pointing of the gimbal by moving the handles without compromising the stabilization of the image. The gimbal takes the operator’s movements and intelligently converts them into stabilized pan and tilt movements. This allows for very low profile single operator setup and accurate framing in tight situations.

Live Wireless Tuning & Graphing
A next generation stabilized gimbal deserves a fast, intuitive and user friendly GUI (graphical user interface). The MōVI M5 features a real-time bluetooth connection to the gimbal, which outputs all pertinent performance data and allows for live adjustment of any of the gimbal parameters.

Remote Firmware Updatable
The MōVI M5 stabilized camera system is firmware updatable. As the system is used in varying cinema applications, Freefly is constantly inventing new solutions for the rigors operators face in using the system to execute demanding shots.

Silent Drive
Capturing on-camera audio is no problem with the MōVI M5, as the system is virtually silent. Because the entire motor / drive system was designed in-house, it reduces the noise frequency signature of the gimbal to a virtually inaudible level.

Custom Direct Drive Motors
High torque and lightweight are two attributes that don’t usually go together. Drawing on years of brushless motor design experience, Freefly was able to create a remarkably lightweight motor that still has enough torque to handle larger camera packages.

User Adjustable Shakey Cam
In some instances, camera movement / shake is a desirable aesthetic choice. The difficult part is quantifying the amount and type of ‘shake’ to effectively convey the emotion of the scene. The MōVI M5 overcomes this limitation by allowing the user to define variable noise filters that mimic the user’s movements. Being able to control the level of ‘noise’ is highly useful, as it can be difficult for a human operator to accurately maintain a consistent level of camera movement, especially while keeping a compelling frame. With the patent pending MōVI noise filter, the camera operator can focus on framing and the MōVI M5 takes care of the rest consistently and repeatably.


Technical Specifications and Features

Electrical and Mechanical

System Type: 3-axis gyro stabilized

Pan Range: 360°

Tilt Range: ±180°

Roll Range: ±180°

Slew Rates: 0 to 150°/sec

Interface: Bluetooth connection to Windows/Android GUI

Control Modes

Majestic Mode: Stabilized with operator control via gimbal base

Stabilized: Stabilized image with no operator input

Stabilized Slew: Stabilized with remote operator

Off: Kills drive to gimbal axes


Chemistry: Lithium-polymer

Capacity: 1.3 Ah

Voltage: 14.8 VDC

Maximum Continuous Discharge: 3 C (3.9 A)

Maximum Burst Discharge: 5 C (6.5 A)

Maximum Charge Voltage: 4.2 V per cell

Minimum Discharge Voltage: 3.0 V

Dimension L x W x H: 2.7 x 1.4 x 1.1″ / 69 x 34 x 28

Weight: 4.4 oz / 125 g


Weight Capacity: Maximum: 5 lb / 2.3 kg

Power Requirements: 9 to 18 VDC (3S or 4S LiPo)

Dimensions: Camera Cage (L x W x H): 5.1 x 7.1 x 4.7″ / 130 x 180 x 120 mm

Storage: Varies, depending on how system is broken down

Weight: 4.8 lb / 2.2 kg