Kenyon Handheld Camera Stabilizer

Kenyon History
 
 

Kenyon handheld camera stabilizers have been around for over 50 years and have been used by some of the worlds most famous photographers. When using long lenses or in low light, windy, or turbulent conditions,  a Kenyon gyro will help get more usable shots, resulting in less post production time. A Kenyon gyro will go where no drone or gimbal stabilizer can go.


For some photographers , it is their "dirty little secret", for others, they will proudly acclaim their ownership of a Kenyon or "Ken Lab" gyro. Any professional photographer knows that for pro results you need pro equipment and you can spend a lot of money trying all of the cheap alternatives. But by buying quality, long lasting equipment, the investment will always have value in so many ways.  A Kenyon gyro retains it's value for a lifetime, we still see 30 year old gyros that still work great!
 

Kenyon gyro stabilizers are not just for cameras. They have been used on Steadicams, binoculars, tank sites, guns, helicopter mounts, telescopes and even by NASA.


We also make a Compass Adjusting Gyro for calibrating compasses on boats. Kenyon gyros have even helped people with hand tremors or balance and gait problems that effect their everyday lives.

Theodore W. Kenyon - Inventor
Theodore W. Kenyon - Inventor
Kenyon
 
 
 
KS-8 Gyro used by Laurie Gilbert
KS-8 Gyro used by Laurie Gilbert
 
 

KS-6 & KS-8 Gyro Stabilizer

The larger KS-6 and Ks-8 gyros are the same size, but differ in weight.

  • Both are 3.4" diameter x 6" long
  • 115 volts 400Hz
  • Starting amp draw 2.65 dropping to 1.5 at full running speed of 20,000 rpm
  • Runs off our 12 volt battery pack for 2.5 to 3 hours
 
 

KS-6

  • KS-6 weighs 3.6 lbs
  • Brass wheels
  • Panning rate: 20 degrees per second
  • Provides almost twice the stabilization of the KS-4.
  • Stabilizes equipment weighing up to 6 lbs.

KS-8

  • KS-8 weighs 5.5 lbs.
  • Tungsten wheels
  • Panning rate: 30 degrees per second
  • Provides almost twice the stabilization of the KS-6 with no increase in running power required.
  • For equipment weighing between 7 and 12 lbs.
  • Troublesome vibrations are dampened out for medium format cameras or long lenses without the loss of handheld freedom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KS-4x4 Kenyon Gyro used by Taylor Crothers
KS-4x4 Kenyon Gyro used by Taylor Crothers
 
 

KS-2x2 and KS-4x4 Gyro

The Kenyon 2x2 and 4x4 are the same size but differ in weight

  • Outside dimensions = 6.03" (15.316 cm) 6.03" (15.316 cm)
  • 3.0" (7.62 cm) high without accessories
  • Draws 2.5 amps (@12 volts) at start up dropping to 1.5 amps after 8-10 minutes -  115 VAC  400 Hz
  • Runs off our 12 volt battery pack for 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Stabilizes equipment in the 3.5-6 lb (1.59-2.72kg) range
  • Starting amp draw (@ 12 volts) 2.5 amps dropping to 1.5 at full running speed of 20,000 rpm
  • Runs off our 12 volt battery pack for 2.5 to 3 hours
  • For equipment weighing up to 3.5 lbs.
  • Panning rate 10 degrees per second
 
 
 
 

Toby Harriman, a young and talented filmmaker, proudly uses a Kenyon KS4x4 gyro hand held and gets awesome results!

 
 

KS-2x2

KS-2x2 Weighs 3.6 lbs. (1.633 kg.)

KS-4x4

Weighs 4.8 lbs. (2.177 kg)

Kenyon Pickup Truck
KS-4x4 vs. KS-6
from Daniel Milstein on Vimeo.

 
 
 
 
 
KS6x6 with Freedom 360 RigKS-6x6 Kenyon Gyro used on Freedom 360 Rig
KS6x6 with Freedom 360 RigKS-6x6 Kenyon Gyro used on Freedom 360 Rig
 
 

KS-6x6 and KS-8x8 Gyro

The Kenyon KS-6x6 and KS-8x8 are the same size but differ in weight.

 
 

KS-6x6

  • KS-6x6 - Weighs 6.8 lbs. (3.084 kg.)
  • Outside dimensions=7.64"(19.398 cm) x 7.64"(19.398 cm)
  • 3.7" (9.398 ) high without accessories
  • Draws 4.6 amps (@12 volts) at start up dropping to 2.2
  • amps after 8-10 minutes - 115 VAC  400 Hz
  • Can run up to 2 hours on fully charged Ken Lab battery pack Stabilizes equipment in the 5-8 lb. (2.27 - 3.63 kg) range
  • The KS6x6 gyro has become our most popular gyro for aerial photography, Steadicams and 360 immersive media use with multiple camera arrays.
  • A useful optional  accessory we offer is called the D-Ring mount plate, a thin round plate that attaches to the gyro and has 16 threaded holes to attach D-rings so the gyro can be suspended by bungee cords.
 

Stability Test: Kenyon KS-6x6 Gyro

hand-held from an R-22 Helicopter

6x6 Kenyon Lab Gyroscope details

 
 
 

Onne Van Der Wal with KS8x8 Gyro and Easy Rig Vest
Onne Van Der Wal with KS8x8 Gyro and Easy Rig Vest
Kenyon KS-8x8 gyro with d-ring mount plate
Kenyon KS-8x8 gyro with d-ring mount plate

KS-8x8 Gyro

  • Weighs 10.4 lbs. (4.717 kg.)
  • Outside dimensions-7.64" (19.406 cm)x 7.64"(19.406 cm)
  • 3.7" (9.398 cm) high without accessories
  • Draws 4.6 amps (@12 volts) at start up dropping to 2.5amps in 10 minutes - 115 VAC  400 Hz  
  • Can run up to 2 hours on fully charged Ken Lab battery pack
  • Stabilizes equipment in the 9-20 lb. (4.1-9.2 kg) range
  • The weight of this gyro is better suited for use with a mount or a bungee cord setup,  but hand holding is possible.
  • A useful optional accessory we offer is called the D-Ring mount plate, a thin round plate that attaches to the gyro and has 16 threaded holes to attach D-rings so the gyro can be suspended by bungee cords.
 
 
 
 
 
 
KS-4 Gyros with attached inverters on Photoship One Cable Cam
KS-4 Gyros with attached inverters on Photoship One Cable Cam

KS-4

  • KS-4 weighs 2.4 lbs.
  • Tungsten wheels
  • Panning rate: 15 degrees per second
  • Will stabilize a camera or other hand held device weighing up to 4 pounds.
  • Improves recognition of binocular capability 2.4 times
 
 
 
 
 
Four Kenyon KS-12 Gyros on a Aerial Exposures Mount
Four Kenyon KS-12 Gyros on a Aerial Exposures Mount

KS-10 & KS-12 Gyro Stabilizers

The KS-10 & KS-12 gyros were designed for larger professional broadcast equipment. 

Not for the fainthearted or for hand holding, these are extremely powerful and are built to handle heavier cameras. Economical compared to the expensive alternatives available when professional results are required.

These gyros are built to order, so please contact us for availability and lead time.

We do not provide a power source for these gyros. It will be up to you to decide between a 12-14 volt or a 24-28 volt inverter.

A heavy duty marine or aircraft battery can be used as well as on board power of an aircraft, boat or vehicle.

 
 

The KS10 & KS-12 gyros are built to  order.
Please call for pricing, availability and lead time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 Axis Gyro Stabilizers -The "X" Series

When renting or purchasing an X series gyro, please consider how you wish to attach the gyro to your camera!

The X series gyros were designed to use a quick release clamp system along with the proper camera plate that will attach to your camera. Because there are so many variations of different cameras and quick release clamp systems (QRC), it is almost impossible for us to provide for every type.   

A QRC and exact camera plate for your camera is an invaluable tool for all types of tripod mounts, once you have one, you will always use one.  

You should first find a camera plate that is specifically made for your camera (but a universal plate will work, too), you want one that will prevent the plate from twisting or moving on your camera, then of course you will need a compatible clamp. Kirk Enterprises, Sunwayfoto, Really Right Stuff and Manfrotto are just to name a few and are the brands we are most familiar with. Many can be bought right from Amazon.com, your favorite camera supply store or online from each manufacturer.