Whether you use a camera, a smartphone or a camcorder, a camera stabilizer will help you take your videos to the next level. While many cameras and smartphones contain some image stabilization features, a camera stabilizer will make a world of difference. A camera stabilizer will minimize or eliminate vibrations and bumps, making your videos smooth and steady from beginning to end.
Camera stabilizers rely on gimbal technology. A gimbal is a ring or a group of rings mounted on an axis. Most stabilizers use a 3-axis stabilization system. When mounted to the gimbal, the camera or smartphone will remain level while in motion. Most stabilizers are handheld, although some stabilizers are mounted to a car, bicycle or other object.
Considerations When Buying a Stabilizer
Compatibility is a crucial factor when purchasing a stabilizer. Many stabilizers are compatible with multiple devices, such as DLSR cameras, mirrorless cameras, action cameras such as GoPro cameras, smartphones and camcorders. Other stabilizers are compatible with only one type of device. Stabilizers can also work with drones as well. Drones with cameras can also use gimbal technology to reduce sudden movements and allow for smooth, seamless videos.
You will also want to consider buying a motorized or nonmotorized stabilizer. Once it is calibrated, a motorized stabilizer delivers steady images automatically. A nonmotorized stabilizer will eventually deliver the same image quality, but will first require some trial and error before you can operate it effectively. Once you learn these movements, however, a nonmotorized stabilizer may help you capture movement that a motorized stabilizer cannot.
Tripods can also help you reduce shakiness. As the name suggests, a tripod consists of three legs and a head. Your device is mounted on the head of the tripod, helping you create crisp, steady images without having to hold your camera. Some tripods have flexible legs that help you to stabilize your camera on an uneven surface.
Camera mounts will allow you to take video from unlikely places. For instance, GoPro mounts can be attached to your head, your body or even a surfboard. These mounts can help you create amazing videos while leaving you to move freely.
If you are going camping or seeking out another type of adventure, a camera backpack can be essential to protecting your gear from the elements. Whatever you decide, know that these camera accessories can help you take your videos from good to outstanding.