Kenyon Gyros


The Kenyon camera gyro stabilizer is designed for mounting to cameras (and other appropriate digital devices) in order to decrease vibration and increase stability. Controlling excessive movement of the digital device or camera results in a drastic increase in photo clarity. This is particularly useful in situations often deemed “difficult” for photographic purposes due to inability to hold the camera steady. For instance, many interested parties (from amateur to professional) utilize the Kenyon gyro stabilizer to add a high degree of stability to RC helicopter mounted digital devices. RC helicopter lovers and professional photographers alike immediately acknowledge the excellence of the device in exploring exciting aerial shots without decreasing the sharpness of the finished photograph.

RC helicopter enthusiasts often exhibit their love for the hobby with upgrades and gadgets that provide new opportunities to enjoy their toys including venturing into aerial photography. Professional photographers looking for methods of generating crisp, clear aerial photographs use the RC helicopter combined with the Kenyon gyro stabilizer as a versatile solution.

Kenyon 4x4 gyroOf course full scale helicopter and airplane photographers also love the Kenyon gyro stabilizer as it is a vital addition for anyone looking for a quality smooth stable aerial shots using a camera from an aircraft or other moving vehicle. The gyro stabilizer is an accessible piece of equipment that creates the opportunity for a steady shot even while the helicopter or vehicle is in motion.

The Kenyon gyro stabilizer contains two spinning metal discs. These counter rotating discs are powered by high speed electric motors found inside the device’s inner chamber. This chamber is filled with helium that creates an environment in which there is less resistance to the spinning of the discs. This unique design allows the discs to reach an incredibly high RPM. While it takes several minutes for the discs to reach maximum speed, once maximum speed has been achieved, the discs are capable of resisting angular force to the gyro. The result is a crisp, smooth and incredible stable image on the camera.  Even when hand held.

For further clarification of this phenomenon, reference Newton’s 1st Law of Motion. It states that an object in motion remains in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. When applying Newton’s Law to the RC helicopter with digital device and Kenyon gyro stabilizer attached, the external force can be defined as any force that would result in the deviation of the RC helicopter/camera from its intended course.

Once the basic workings of the Kenyon gyro stabilizer are understood, the practical uses become obvious. In addition to providing stability for aerial shots from RC helicopters, the device could be used to add stability in a number of other instances including, but not limited to: waves rocking a ship, air turbulence, unsteady hands, etc. The only instance in which the device would be unable to successfully provide stability for a difficult shot would be if the external force applied to the device exceeded the energy generated by the inertia of the spinning discs in the gyro stabilizer.

The Kenyon gyro stabilizer comes in difference sizes. Varying mount sizes are preferable depending upon the type of camera being used for shots as well as where the digital device will be mounted for shots. Stabilizer mounts are made using lightweight materials and won’t add a significant amount of weight to the construction. (Stabilizers are available for either a traditional helicopter or a multi-rotor model).

Several sizes are available (KS-2 to KS-12) to accommodate the different types of cameras within a wide range from small video cameras to mid-size digital SLR cameras. KS-2 accommodates the needs of cameras up to 2 pounds. The largest gyro stabilizer (KS-12) accommodates cameras up to 12 pounds. In some instances, individuals choose to install multiple gyros for increased stability.

Professionals at Photoship One can provide answers for those wishing to pinpoint the specifics that would maximize their chances for success in any given scenario. The best aerial shots will only be achieved if digital photo and video equipment is provided with the opportunity to work its magic. In most cases, this means the equipment needs to be kept stable. The stability provided by appropriate gyro stabilizer installation allows the camera to stay focused even in the midst of fast turns or dives. The stabilizer offers an additional benefit by preventing the camera from affecting the helicopter’s center of gravity regardless of camera size and weight. With the appropriate mount, size and number of Kenyon gyro stabilizers, almost any foundation can be made solid and amazing aerial shots will suddenly become a real possibility.

Notice the video below how the video is smooth and stable but when you watch the helicopter instrument panel you can see just how much the copter is moving about.  A Kenyon gyro was attached to the camera and stabilized the camera independently from the copter.  It works amazingly well!


R44 Landing – with Kenyon gyro from PhotoShip One on Vimeo.