This review has been a long time coming. The Steadicam Curve has been out for close to two years now. Initially, there were some issues getting production models out the door but the Curve is widely available now and it is relatively affordable at just $59.
If you aren’t familiar with the Steadicam Curve, it is a handheld gimbal for GoPro cameras. Using the Curve in conjunction with a GoPro can deliver very smooth footage while moving – akin to floating through the air. That’s what gimbals do. They prevent the transfer of shake and vibration from your hands to the camera.
I have spent brief amounts of time with it at several trade shows over the past couple years, starting at NAB 2013. From the first time I picked it up, I loved it – loved it. Then, I got one to review and wanted to pull my hair out.
This story has a happy ending; however, you need to hear what is in between if you are interested in the Steadicam Curve. [Read more…]
B&H has the Steadicam Merlin 2 for $299 (reg. $399) as its daily Deal Zone deal. It expires Dec. 14 at midnight ET. Check it out while it lasts here at B&H Photo.
The Comodo Orbit is another fresh take in the camera stabilization market. For many years, Steadicam and Glidecam models have remained mostly static in the fundamental ways they are constructed and operated. Now, the Comodo Orbit rig has come along and shaken up the basic single-gimbal designs we are accustomed with a new two gimbal design. [Read more…]
Cinevate is launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring its new Morpheus stabilizer to life. The Cinevate Morpheus is a all-in-one stabilizer solution for Steadicam-like handheld operation of GoPro, iPhone and pocket cameras while recording video. It serves as multipurpose device for static shooting, as well as an auto-leveling jib head and a slider or dolly. [Read more…]