Just a quick question in regards to using a stabilizer for a helicopter shoot. I've used the Tyler Middle Mount system and it worked well with my XDCAM 350. I've seen some stabilizers fo sale and was wondering if anyone had any success stories with the more moderate priced ones around 10 - 15k. We get heli shoots 2 or 3 times per year and were hoping that like other tools (glidecam and jib) quality for some of these low priced gyros can be pretty good. I've looked at Kenyon, Aerial Exposures (pricier).
A handheld stabilizer will never equal a Tyler mount in quality or use-ability. There's no free lunch when it comes to aerial photography. Also a helicopter mounted device is much safer than handholding a heavy camera unit out the open doorway.