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Best Camera Stabilizer Reviews

 

So you took a video of an important event. It’s a really important milestone. You look at the video and a few seconds in you see everything as a blurry shaky mess. Most new cameras nowadays have built in image stabilization. However, in some cases, that’s not enough. You need just a little bit extra. The best solution is to get a stabilized camera mount.

Years before, this was the bailiwick of large movie productions. Steadicam rigs were pretty expensive. However in action scenes they’re practically de rigueur if you want useable footage. Steadicams stabilizes your camera, enabling you to take smooth shots while moving. The Steadicam isolates the camera from the movement of the operator.

There are a lot of options out there right now and prices can vary quite a bit. However you shouldn’t count something out just because they’re cheap, a lot of them work just as well as more expensive models.

 

6. Liinmall S40 Handheld Steadycam

The first Steadicam we have reviewed is a handheld one. The liinmall s40 has plenty of amazing features in a very compact package. It’s incredibly easy to use and features a smart counter weight design that enables it to be used with a wide range of DSLR cameras. The weights can easily be adjusted with dials on the bottom part of the stabilizer.

Liinmall smartly uses an ergonomic mobile handle. This makes it easy to maneuver around different positions while still comfortably holding the handle. The top mount is pretty standard so you can use it with most cameras out there. The mounts uncomplicated design lets you easily attach and remove your DSLR. It’s also relatively cheap though there are lots of cheaper options.

5. BINKO VS-C7 0.2lb-3lb Carbon Fiber Stabilizer

The Binko VS-C7 is an excellent beginner’s camera stabilizer. It’s perfect for anyone who’s just starting out and figuring out their craft. However, that doesn’t mean this camera stabilizer won’t do for more advanced users. It’s plenty capable enough for that. It features a simple design and made out of lightweight carbon fiber which gives it lots of strength without adding more weight.

The frame weighs just 2.2 lbs. The carbon fiber frame can easily support most cameras provided they do not go over the 3 lb limit. It also features a quick release system that’s pretty convenient when you need to switch cameras. It has a dual weight system that can give you a wider range of angles to work in. Included with the kit is a small carry bag.

 

 

4. Glide Gear DNA 1000# Small Camera Action Video Stabilizer

Glide Gear is a brand most well known for their gimbals and stabilizers. The DNA 1000# is a versatile video stabilizer that can serve both beginners and professional videographers. It stabilizes extremely well and it’s quite lightweight too which helps (anyone who has spent hours filming an event would understand) in long filming sessions

The DNA 1000# is compatible with most cameras. It has 3-axis stabilization and can support cameras which weigh up to 1.5 lbs. It has a sled based platform with an ergonomic handle that enables you to rotate it smoothly. Like the Binko, it has a quick release system which is completely toolless. You can disassemble it without much fuss which is great for when you need to switch something out quickly.

3. Opteka SteadyVid PRO Video Stabilizer System for Digital SLR Cameras

Most people may not love the design of the Opteka but when balanced just right it performs amazingly well. The main complaint about the Opteka is that it can be a pain to get the balance right. We’ve spent an hour adjusting the weights before we got the balance just right.  On the other hand, this has kept the design very simple which in turn keeps the weight down.

Let’s talk about that stabilizer. It is shaped like a crescent, arching downwards where the counterweights are located. The entire frame is made out of steel (still pretty light though) The weights at the bottom can be removed individually. The mount is compatible with most cameras and is very easy to use. The grip is ergonomically designed, wrapped with a soft touch foam which makes it one of the more comfortable grips we have tested.

2. Glide Gear DNA 5050 DSLR Stabilizer

The Glide Gear DNA 5050 is an updated 1000 series. They’ve changed quite a bit design wise but overall nothing too major has changed. Why mess with what works right? They did however changed the weight distribution, making it easier to balance properly. The mount can now support heavier cameras than that of the 1000 (up to 2 lbs this time).

This time around, Glide gear has started using a 2 axis system. You can adjust the shaft length to fit. The handle rotates smoothly. The handgrip this time is covered with a soft spongy rubber material which really helps you maintain a good grip. Overall this is an excellent camera stabilizer. The price tag might turn off people though.

1. Roxtant Pro DSLR Steadycam Stabilizer

The Roxtant is the perfect blend of form and function. Its simple design lends it a versatility few others can match. The handle is located directly beneath the camera giving it excellent weight distribution. The rubber coated is comfortable and spongy enough that sweaty palms won’t make it too slippery.

The stabilizer looks like a reverse C witch hooks towards the user. On the bottom are the adjustable weights which you can move up or down. It features a toolless design which is uncomplicated and easy to use.

Despite not having an ounce of carbon fiber, it still manages to keep its weight down. This also keeps the manufacturing costs down which is immediately passed down to us, the end user. The black paint is aesthetically pleasing and the light weight is great for those long filming sessions.

The mount supports most DSLR camera models up to 2 lbs. The best feature of the Roxtant is that it’s foldable which makes it easier to pack in your camera bag.

CONCLUSION

Steadycams or Camera stabilizers need to have a good balancing system in order to provide good useable footage. If the entire system isn’t calibrated properly according to the camera system weight then the entire system will just fail to stabilize your footage. All you’ll be left with will be blurry shaky footage and a very expensive paper weight. Another important aspect to consider would be stabilizer weight. Anyone who has filmed for more than a few minutes can attest to this. A heavy system will wear you out. Guaranteed. At the end of the day, you’d be incapable of holding the camera stabilizer steady. Light weight is a must if you plan on extended filming sessions. A DSLR camera is heavy enough, imagine adding a couple lbs on top of that. Remember you have to lug these things around all day. Do yourself a favor and pick something that won’t break your back.

One thing you must also consider is that there IS a correlation between price and quality. What makes it even more confusing is that price is not always directly correlated with quality. You can’t just decide to buy the most expensive stabilizer out there only to find that it doesn’t perform as advertised. You just can’t discount something because it’s cheap either- for the same reasons.

There is mantra that I believe applies in most instances. Cheap, light, strong, pick two. Lightweight stabilizers are often made out of carbon fiber thus making them more expensive. Cheaper stabilizers are often made out of metal, making them much heavier. It’s up to you what you find to be your sweet spot.

Take all these things into consideration when you’re making your choice. Remember to do your due diligence. Read the reviews. Try them all out. Find what’s right for you.

matters. It is important to take all these things into account when looking for a decent DSLR Steadicam stabilizer.

  

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My Review on the Smoothee SteadiCam

Think back years ago when people used big-ass cameras that sits on their shoulder as they record life’s many events. Well those days are over, today we can record everything from our mobile phones. We can upload the photos within seconds to the internet, allowing all our friends and family to see what we are up to.

With more of us beginning to become amateur photographers and directors, whether you are recording your wedding or just life itself, it’s important to get the best video possible. You do not want your iconic moment or sick trick to be ruined by a shaky hand, do you?

The SteadiCam Smoothee offers a solid, reliable solution to this problem. Not only does it let you take videos at angles you would struggle to normally, but it removes the shake effect as the Steadicam is perfect for holding, in just about any way! It is like the baby of the Steadicam family built just for use with phones and GoPros.

It also takes about a minute to setup too, once you have it. It is arguably the easiest of all the Steadicam products to setup and use, all you do is pick up the device, wait for it to arrive, and place your GoPro on the mount. Simple and quick, you now have a steady and safe holder for your camera when you need to take that important moment, or find something that just had to be recorded!

 

Every unit shipped out is already pre-balanced, so there is little or no messing around trying to get it to work. I use the LCD Bacpack with my GoPro, so I moved the adjustable weight down and fiddled with the dials a little. Once you connect your GoPro, that is it ready to go!

I love it, it gives me super steady shots that need little or no work in post production. I have shaky hands so having a Steadicam Smoothee has made taking awesome video much easier for me.

Using a Smoothee takes a bit of practice. You hold the handle in one hand and support the gimble with the other to stop ot flying all over the place. It took me a few hours of getting used to the right way to hold it and trying to steady my movement as much as possible. I’ve done lots of playing with it. Have a look at the videos below for an idea of what to expect. Most of them are from my early days, although I think I still have much room for improvement.

If you really plan your shots and are clear what you want, you should be fine.

The mount was a little loose when clicked into the Smoothee, I just added a bit cardboard to pad it out and stop any small shakes. For just over £100 though it’s a steal, it will certainly make the difference to the quality of your productions.

The Steadicam Smoothee does what it says on the tin. It helps you take more professional videos, with some good post production you will be able to make stunningly creative videos. It will certainly help your videos stand out from the crowd.

I must admit my first unit had a defect and had to be returend, Amazon were great and sent me out another staright away, which I’ve had no problems with yet. 

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Camera Stabilizers – The Best Rigs, Mounts, Cranes, Dollies & Everything Else

Have you ever wondered how on earth most professional videographers manage to produce those top quality films without struggling with shaky video cameras? Well, the trick or secret is in those highly advanced and sophisticated stabilizer systems.

 

The current craze in the video camera world is video stabilization, which has turned a lot of shaky footages into professional works. These stabilizer systems are solely designed to steady motion images, and compensate for those little movements that always affect the quality of your production.

Camera stabilization system is also designed to sharpen your images; thereby helping you to achieve top quality crisp production just like the ones you watch in Hollywood all the time. The benefits of using this equipment are overwhelming especially when you consider the difficulty involved in putting video works together.

One of the benefits of camera stabilization systems is to help you move your production to the level of a top professional. Similar to the ones in Hollywood, this is the dream of most amateur videographers.

Camera stabilization also helps you to shoot in those difficult terrains without all the challenges that are usually associated with it. This boosts the quality of your output; giving your image a professional outlook.

With stabilizers; it is farewell to shaky footages, and blurry images that make your work look like that of an amateur.

Camera stabilization also reduces your work load; thereby allowing you to focus on other shooting jobs you have to do.

Finding The Right Kind Of Camera Stabilizer

Finding the right kind of stabilizer may not be the easiest of jobs especially if you are a newbie. There are lots of camera stabilizers out there with amazing and sophisticated features to blow your mind. Each of those stabilizers in the market has its own merits as well as well as downsides. However, the good news is that those stabilizers are designed to enhance or alter the quality of your video output.

A lot of factors determine the kind of camera stabilizer to choose; especially when it has to do with the type of footage you have in mind.

 

Rig Type Camera Stabilizer

For anyone interested in shooting documentaries, events or news or any similar project; the best option is always the rig type camera stabilizer. These kinds of stabilizers are designed for capturing moments; and are not designed to be handled for more than half an hour per use.

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Shoulder Mount

A shoulder mount rig stabilizer on the other hand is designed to handle video projects such as reality series, movies and projects that last longer hours. With proper use, this kind of camera stabilizer is able to make your work have similar output at as a tripod.

Dolly

Another set of camera stabilizers that you might want to consider is the Dolly type rig. This camera stabilizer is perfect for you if you are planning to shoot through hallways, and through terrains. However, this type of camera can be a bit expensive, the fact that it is capable of providing similar effect as a handheld stabilizer such as Gimbal and Steadicam. 

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My Experience with Gimbal Mounts

A gimbal mount allows you to mount a camera on top of your tripod without having to worry about instability. This is because this kind of mount uses a completely different balance mechanism from other models. The weight of the camera is balanced from above rather than from below, so that your camera doesn’t shift position unless you want it to.

I’ve actually experimented quite a bit with different types of film and photography equipment, including just about every tripod and mounting device on the market. And of all of them, gimbal mounts are some of the most stable and easy to use.

 

A gimbal mount attaches to your tripod, just like any other tripod head, but instead of attaching directly to your camera, it extends a metal arm in an upward “J” shaped arc. From this point, it extends a second arm attached to the actual plate that connects to your camera. This means that your camera’s center of gravity is far below the actual point of suspension. The bottom line? Even a very heavy camera will stay steady using this kind of mount.

I’ve used every type of tripod mounting device imaginable, from ball head tripods to monopods, but I like gimbal mounts the best. Sure you might have to put down a few hundred dollars to get one, but if you own an expensive camera, the added stability will be worth it. You don’t want to risk breaking a multi-thousand-dollar camera just because you don’t want to put down an extra hundred or two on a decent mounting device.

Besides, once you get a gimbal mount, you’re never going to want to go back. The quality of your work is sure to improve, and you’ll never miss a shot again as a result of a faulty tripod head.