One of the main things that sets the Snoppa Kylin M apart from other gimbals is that it has a rotatable handle design. This means that you can either carry it in the “fishing rod” straight holding mode, which is better for high and middle angle shooting …
… or in carry mode, which is comfortable for lower angle shoots.
All if takes to change modes is unscrewing the pin on the side of the handle and rotating the handle to the position you prefer.
Here’s a video of the Kylin M in action with the straight holding mode.
And here’s a video of the Kylin M in carry mode.
Here’s an example of the Kylin M being used with the optional phone holder accessory.
The Snoppa Kylin M supports roll track mode, pan track, omni track, and lock modes.
Pan track mode: Roll and tilt axes are locked, pan left and right following the arm movement, pushing the joystick up and down to tilt.
Lock mode: Pan, roll and tilt axes are all locked, pushing the joystick to pan or tilt.
Omni track mode: Roll axis is locked, pan and tilt following the arm movement.
Roll track mode: Pan and tilt axes are locked, gimbal can be rolled by pushing the joystick left and right, or by rolling your arm.
The Snoppa Kylin M is solidly built, and the ability to change carry modes depending on what your shooting needs happen to be at any given time is great. When using the gimbal, you have total control; if you have the proper Sony or Panasonic cameras, then you have even more options. I like that there is are a tripod and phone attachment available — if you have both of those, then you are set for just about any kind of photography or videography you could want to do.
The Snoppa Kylin M Motorized 3-Axis Stabilizer for lightweight cameras sells for as low as $239, and it is available on Indiegogo.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Solidly built; Two different carry modes; Easy to change between straight and carry modes; Kylin M supports roll track mode, pan track, omni track, and lock modes; Included travel case keeps everything neat; You can get just about every accessory you might need and it will all fit in the travel case; Over the air firmware updates; Ability to control the gimbal through the app; Possibility of future compatibility with more cameras
What Needs Improvement: Right now there are only control cables supporting the Panasonic Lumix GH4/GH5 or the Sony mirrorless digital cameras