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Benro RedDog R1 gimbal sets out to steady your handheld video

Benro RedDog R1

Tripod specialist Benro is introducing its first in a range of electronic gimbal stabilizers. The RedDog R1 is a three-axis motorized gimbal which allows you to shoot video smoothly and control camera movements. 

With a maximum payload of 1.8kg it is capable of supporting many mirrorless cameras and smaller DSLRs when shooting video when a tripod is not possible - or where you need to change camera position to follow moving subjects.  

The stabilizer has been particularly designed with Sony and Panasonic mirrorless CSC cameras in mind by offering shutter and video on/off controls from the handle, and also allowing control of the zoom with Sony Power Zoom lenses (the necessary Sony and Panasonic cables are supplied).

The RedDog offers a 'unique' swivel handle designed for different filming angles and compact for travel.  The 'upright mode' is suitable for high and medium angle filming while 'carry mode' is best for low angle filming. 

Benro RedDog R1

There is a tripod socket on the base for attaching to poles, tripods or monopods

The R1 offers three different shooting modes:

1) Locked-down mode Locked-down mode keeps the camera locked on a subject while moving the gimbal. This allows users to replicate movements traditionally made using a jib or slider.

2) Horizontal follow mode Horizontal follow mode provides smooth movement when panning around corners

3) Universal follow mode The Universal follow mode, provides smooth camera movements towards the subject. This mode is ideal when circling around a subject with the camera.

Weighing 879g, the R1 boasts that it can last for 12 hours between charges and comes with a carry case that allows users to retain the individual axis positions – saving setup time at the next location. Recharging the unit takes three hours.

The Benro RedDog R1 iOS app is also being launched - which allows the videographer to control pan and tilt movement from a smartphone. It is available to download for free at the iTunes store

The RedDog R1 will retail for £350 / $399.

Benro RedDog R1 in its carry case

Benro RedDog R1 in its carry case

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.