After my video “DIY Digital Stabilized Camera Gimbal”, some people got the impression that I prefer these to steadicams. I of course do use steadicams but since many people find them difficult and frustrating to use, those new digitally stabilized camera gimbals hold a lot of promise. Right now, though, they are still expensive and so I do recommend steadicams to indie filmmakers, as long as they invest the time to learn how to use them. And that’s what this post is all about.
I am reviewing five different models of steadicams/camera stabilizers that range in price between $85-600 (Lensse MidX, Hague, Flycam, Sevenoak Pro, Merlin). I also explain how steadicams work in general and how to set up these and any other steadicam.
The stabilizer I recommend is the Sevenoak Pro which you can buy at the link below:
I also liked the following stabilizers/steadicams, which you can buy by following these links:
I have so much content for this topic that I’ve had to divide it up into several videos.
Firstly, here is the main video that is also available on my YouTube channel – it includes all the reviews and introduces the discussion of how steadicams work.
The remaining videos are only available through this website.
Here you’ll find a video that goes in depth into how steadicams work and how you set them up.
Here is a quick review of the Glidecam / Flycam Arm Brace which is a must to have when you want to operate the bigger steadicams for longer periods of time. You can buy the Arm Brace here.
Getting even deeper, I also have two videos which show you – almost second by second – how I set up the Flycam and the Hague Steadicam.
Finally, I’m including the entire raw footage that I got from the five steadicams – you might want to review this if you’re thinking about buying any of these models.
As always, let me know if you have any questions. Also, you might have noticed that I now have a forum on my website, so I encourage you to use it to talk to me and the other filmmakers. Maybe some of you can post your own tests of steadicams – here is the forum where you can include them.
P.S. Here are the other steadicams I tested out, which I don’t recommend. In case you still want to buy them, here are the links: