iPhone mounted on a handheld stabilizer.

Picosteady: the NEW Steadicam-like Stabilizer for iPhone

Shaky shots got you down? Sounds like you need a stabilizer!

Since the iPhone line added its own digital stabilization, we’ve enjoyed a general reduction in jittery videos, but there’s just no way to get smooth footage without the addition of a stabilizing accessory.

We’ve covered many on HHH, and are working with a few more for the upcoming book, but here’s a new one that looks quite promising. It’s small, versatile, and sports a moderate price tag.

The Picosteady will run you $139 (plus shipping) through its Kickstarter campaign. The price will rise to $179 once its Kickstarter campaign comes to a close.

There’s no denying the Picosteady bears more than a passing resemblance to Stedicam’s Smoothee stabilizer (or other stabilizers of it’s ilk). But, I suppose that simply proves the design has been effective. Here’s our previous Smoothee coverage.

Here are the highlights from the Picosteady Kickstarter page:

  • You will start using it minutes after you take it out of the box. Just mount your camera, balance it with the simple counterweights and you are ready to shoot.
  • It will work with almost any camera including: point-and-shoot cameras, GoPro cameras, the iPhone, and most smartphones. It also works great with DSLR’s like the Canon T2i or Nikon D5100.
  • The standard 1/4-20 thumbscrew will allow you to mount most cameras and the included universal smartphone holder will allow you to use the Picosteady with any smartphone or iPhone.
  • Its ultra light weight (6.5 oz/180 g) and very compact size (5″ x 6.5″) means you’ll actually carry it with you, greatly improving any footage you shoot, from home video to amateur film.
  • It will last a very long time and handle the abuse thanks to its solid construction. We selected quality materials such as high grade aluminum and solid brass to ensure long-term durability. The balancer arm is laser cut and powdercoated.
  • It is made and assembled here in the USA.

So, if you’re looking for an easy way to add some smoothosity to your iPhims, make sure to check out the Picosteady.

UPDATE 7/18:  The Picosteady has reached it’s Kickstarter fundraising goal (with 21 days left to spare)! That’s great news for early funders, and anyone looking for a portable stabilizer for their iThing (or other thing). More info is available on Picosteady’s Kickstarter page


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Man presenting on stage with a microphone and a projection screen in the background, focusing on Mobile Filmmaking.

Video: The HHH Mobile Filmmaking presentation at LACPUG

Just in case you missed my Mobile Filmmaking presentation at the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group back in July, here’s a (low angle) video of the whole enchilada! It’s PACKED with apps and accessories you need to know! Check it out! And as always, if you dig it, share it!

Smartphone mounted on a tripod using a New GLIF clamp holder for stability.

The New GLIF tripod mount looks awesome!

UPDATE – MAY 30, 2017: Having successfully wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign, the GLIF is now available for purchase directly from the Studio Neat website! The GLIF will run you $28, while the full set with hand grip and wrist strap will set you back $55. The GLIF, one of the first iPhone camera accessories is still one of the best. And it’s about to get even better! Just in case you’ve been avoiding every article ever written about mobile filmmaking, the GLIF is a pocket-sized tripod mount for your iPhone.


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4 Responses

  1. Try out an app called Luma. It’s free and does nearly the equivalent of this through software. On the 4S, it’s a dream, even in very low light. I shot footage of driving down the highway and it looks like it’s on a dolly.

  2. @SusiePhillips1 ha ha! Tim said earlier he’s seen tracks for the iPhone too #technology

  3. This is awesome! I have a Steadicam Jr. from the 90’s that I loved to use when making videos. This is so cool!!