Forget the $500 Gimbal; Make a DIY Anti-Vibration Drone Camera Mount for $10

The problem with mounting a GoPro to a DJI Phantom or other drone is that the vibration of the propellers creates a terrible jello effect in the footage. This is the main reason that gimbals have become such a popular accessory for drones. But gimbals are expensive.

Two grad students from USC were searching for a cheaper way to reduce the jello effect in their footage from their Phantom-mounted GoPro. After months of failure in testing several aftermarket products, they finally built their own mount with household items for less than $10.

They discovered that they had to dampen the attachment between the GoPro and the Phantom, which is something that none of the attachments on the market allowed. In the end, they used a pair of sponges and some semi-rigid wires to connect a mount that was constructed from a plastic lid.

The results are impressive and resemble the look of an expensive gimbal when viewing the output footage. You can see a full walkthrough, along with sample footage, in the video above.

Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam Kit for $149 – Deal Alert

Sony HDR-AS15

B&H has the Sony HDR-AS15 action cam for $149 (reg. $209) in a kit that includes the waterproof case and the bike mount pack. The HDR-AS15 shoots 1080/60p video, as well as 720p video at 120fps for 4x slow motion (5x slow motion if your footage goes in a 24p timeline). Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Additionally, you can pick up the HDR-AS15 in a kit that includes the waterproof case, tilt adapter, adhesive mounts, headband and skeleton frame for $178. Check it out here at B&H Photo.