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Last Chance to Get the Picosteady, an iPhone/Light DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer

08.9.12 @ 1:34PM Tags : , , , , , ,

Picosteady Stabilizer iPhone/DSLR/Compact Camera KickstarterWe posted a DIY stabilizer not too long ago that should actually prove to be very capable, but if building your own isn’t something you’re interested in (and you need one specifically designed for a smaller camera), some brothers from Cambridge, MA have come up with their own stabilizer that is specifically designed for that purpose. While it will work well with camera phones like the iPhone and compact cameras, it can also handle smaller mirrorless cameras and DSLRs like the Canon T2i. Check out the intro video below, but if you want a discount you’ll have to hurry ($140 vs. $180 at retail), as the Kickstarter campaign is ending at 6:53pm Eastern.

Picosteady Stabilizer iPhone/DSLR/Compact Camera Kickstarter


The footage from the stabilizer actually looks pretty good considering how small and light this stabilizer is. Often the heavier the rig, the better the movement will be (which is why so many people try to weigh down even small rigs like the Steadicam Pilot). This isn’t going to be as good as a $10,000 Steadicam, but it’s also much better at dealing with smaller rigs. There are plenty of small cameras out there that would work well with this rig, and it could actually be a perfect match to many of the mirrorless cameras out there — even the newly announced Canon EOS M.

Again, if you would like to get one of these for a little bit cheaper, you’ll have to get one very soon as the Kickstarter campaign will be over before the day is out (if you’re in the U.S.).

Link: The Picosteady – Video Camera Stabilizer – Kickstarter & Picosteady Website

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  • @ 1:33 there’s some artifacting from an NLE stabilizing filter. How do I know this? Well, because I use adobe’s “warp stabilizer” and final cut x’s “stabilizer filter” quite often (almost everyday) .Which leads me to believe that a DSLR wouldn’t perform that well with this rig. Everyone should just make a DIY rig. Final Cut King has some great plans for one. I would suggest keeping your $140.00 unless you plan on making iphone movies.

    • I noticed that too. Trackers sometimes get lost with motion blur, plus even if the tracking and stabilization works perfectly the motion blur itself is still there. The artifacts are so noticeable in this video that I can’t help but wonder if the stabilizer does anything at all.

  • Antony Alvarez on 08.9.12 @ 2:24PM

    Gordon is right… multiple times I see artifacts from stabilizing in post. I would say not to buy this for a DSLR. *looks like Adobe’s Warp Stabilizer or Sony Vegas Pro’s stabilize motion*

  • +1 to stabilising artefacts, I noticed that too. A bit suspect.

  • Definitely noticed the post stabilization. Kind of sad that an image stabilizer product video wont actually show what the image stabilizer does..

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