A gimbal is a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis. A set of three gimbals, one mounted on the other with orthogonal pivot axes, may be used to allow an object mounted on the innermost gimbal to remain independent of the rotation of its support (e.g. vertical in the first animation). For example, on a ship, the gyroscopes, shipboard compasses, stoves, and even drink holders typically use gimbals to keep them upright with respect to the horizon despite the ship’s pitching and rolling.
As the world of content creation continues to evolve, a growing number of enthusiasts are trying their hand at capturing high-quality cinematic footage. Gimbals are fast gaining popularity as the tool of choice for videographers wishing to take smooth, steady footage using a handheld camera, drone, or tripod.