21 Feb Should I Buy It? Camera Stabilizer
Stabilizers are something people ask me about on a regular basis. Right up front, let me just say: stabilizers are absolutely awesome! They can make an amateur filmmaker look professional in a heartbeat…and that’s what all of us want when we’re starting out, right?
In today’s Should I Buy It?, I’m going to share a little info on stabilizers. And if I were going to answer the question for you, I’d go ahead and tell you YES. But let’s dig a little deeper.
The Lowdown on Stabilizers
In case you aren’t familiar with this piece of gear, a stabilizer is a 3-axis gimbal that makes your really jumpy shots smooth and pretty. Stabilizers mean the difference between a potentially professional-looking shot, versus a grandma shot (sorry, Nana).
A stabilizer is designed to eliminate the effects of movement (walking, riding a bike, surfing, etc.) on the quality of your video. Using your stabilizer to film walking shots is the best, but it’s great for many other things.
There are some great stabilizers available, designed to work with both smartphones (the much less expensive alternative) and DSLR cameras. Stabilizers that are made to utilize your smartphone display come with a camera and built-in microphone, which eliminates the need to purchase an external mic. With high-quality picture and sound ready to go, if you’re on the move, a stabilizer is a no-brainer.
When Would I Use a Stabilizer, Anyway?
Walking shots are the best time to use your stabilizer, but they’re also great for action shots, depending on what equipment you have. These are powerful tools that, for a relatively small investment, give you super high-quality results.
Stabilizers are great for outdoor use and can be utilized in a variety of ways: creating videos for your business, hiking, biking, weddings, sports, and more.
Types of Stabilizers
The two main stabilizers available out there are the DJI Osmo and the Karma Grip.
The Osmo is a really popular stabilizer with a few different options (and great video). It has a mount for your iPhone, and there are Pro and Mobile options, depending on your budget (the Pro has the built-in camera; the Mobile utilizes the iPhone camera and is less expensive). Both Pro and Mobile Osmos require an iPhone or mobile device to work.
The Karma Grip is made exclusively for GoPro cameras. While I’m not a big fan of GoPro cameras (due to audio, the wide angle, and lack of image depth), it’s a really great attachment if you have one. It’s especially good for outdoor use, plus extreme sports and activities.
Should I Buy It?
There aren’t many pieces of equipment I feel strongly about owning (pretty much across the board), but stabilizers are great for almost everyone–the only exception being someone who is primarily going to be shooting indoors (these cameras just don’t do the trick indoors). A stabilizer is a great investment for any amateur filmmaker and a must-have for pros.
Do you have a stabilizer? Let me know what you think of it in the comments section!