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.
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.