MoVI XL VERSUS OTHER LARGE MOTORIZED HEADS
This section will not go into detail comparing the MoVI XL to other large motorized head systems, as we simply haven’t had the time or opportunity to fully test the many that exist on the market. Very generally speaking though, I want to bring up a few points that may help you make an informed decision before you spend some serious cash on one of these systems.
This is truly where the MoVI XL stands alone in the marketplace. As of writing this article, the MoVI XL is expected to cost around $22,000. When you consider the cost of a comparable Shotover System with accessories is around $75,000, the MoVI XL is a massive value! Even with the addition of the FlowCine Black Arm, some extra batteries, and some grip accessories such as speed rail, car suction mounts, etc., you can expect to pay well under $40,000 for the whole kit. There is absolutely no other comparable system for a similar cost.
It is important to note when comparing the costs of each system that you also take into account all the accessories that will be necessary to run each system properly in addition to the gimbal itself. So while the MoVI XL is significantly less expensive than the Shotover as mentioned above, the Shotover has a built in wireless video system and built in lens control, whereas you need to buy these systems in addition to the MoVI XL to make it ready to shoot. However, if you are like me and already running a MoVI Pro system, you will already own all these necessary accessories, so adding the MoVI XL to your arsenal is incrementally WAY less expensive than adding one of these other large format gimbal systems.
I’ve had the opportunity to extensively use the Shotover G1 system (we own one), as well as play with several other high end systems such as the Cineflex Elite and the Oculus. While these systems do offer some nice additional features such as complete 360 degree roll and tilt, and the ability to mount under a helicopter or plane, the actual performance – their ability to stabilize a camera while in motion – does not seem to out-perform the MoVI XL.