How to choose the best stabilizer, aka steadicam

Theoretically (strongly theoretically!) The camera of any modern smartphone is equipped with a stabilization function,

so even the morning tremor of the party kingshe is not afraid. In practice, you won't be able to make a decent quality video while walking, even if you are sneaking like a feline. To reconcile our desire for quality shooting and the inability to lead it with an unwavering hand, steadicams were invented.

If an ordinary selfie stick solved only the questiondistance between the face and the lens, the stabilizer eliminates the operator's hand shake thanks to the gyro sensors. All the turns of the smartphone (and hence the camera) are smooth, soft, without jumps and shaking. If you want a vlogger-like adventure video on vacation or outing, a stabilizer is essential.

The key parameters when choosing will be: the weight and size of the steadicam (after all, you have to carry it in your hand for a long time, so let your enemies carry everything heavier than 500 g), compatibility with your smartphone and the type of stabilization (the stump is clear, the latter should be preferred between single-axis and triaxial, but you should pay a little more money for it).

As for the rest, all of them, the current stabilizers, well done, all support Bluetooth, work more than 8 hours without recharging and know how to “behave” when shooting panoramic shots.

And here are which of them we especially liked today.

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  • DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo
  • Hohem iSteady Mobile +
  • Snoppa ATOM
  • DJI Ronin-S
  • EKEN S5B
  • FeiyuTech
  • ZHIYUN CINEPEER C11

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo

He can do everything for his price.

Foldable electronic steadicam with Bluetooth support and smart functions. Compatible with all smartphones weighing up to 200 g, thickness up to 9.5 mm and width 62–88 mm.

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Compact, inexpensive, functional

Hohem iSteady Mobile +

Light weight, 8-step manual regulation, power bank function.

Works in 4 modes: panorama, tilt panorama, block and tracking. The strengths of this budget model are light weight and an advanced electronic system of three-axis stabilization.

The most budgetary

Snoppa ATOM

A super portable and functional gimbal that's easy to take with you on your travels.

Charges wirelessly, rotates your smartphone non-stop - at least 360 ℃. Convenient buttons on the handle allow you to switch modes. And you can also connect an external microphone to it!

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Fits in your pocket

DJI Ronin-S

Designed for professional photo and video cameras.

You can install the camera on it, or you can install it ontripod. Focus Wheel control system with which you can adjust the sharpness on the camera itself. Provides stabilization at speeds up to 75 km / h. The set includes a bunch of adapters, cables and fasteners.

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Expensive and cool

EKEN S5B

For smartphones and action cameras.

The highlight of this stabilizer is the “beauty mode” with multiplayer scenes. The set includes two tripods - a small plastic one and a large metal one.

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Convenient joystick on the handle

FeiyuTech

This is a 2-in-1 device: stabilizer + 4K HD miniature camera.

Mechanical three-axis stabilization is one, and digital stabilization is two. You can insert a microSD card up to 512 GB. Moreover, the entire structure fits into a pocket and weighs 115 g.

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Everything for super shooting - in your pocket

ZHIYUN CINEPEER C11

Suitable for all modern smartphones.

All standard modes are available: panorama, portrait, zoom, tracking a moving subject, slow motion and other cinema effects.

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Universal steadicam + powerbank

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo

Foldable electronic steadicam with supportBluetooth and smart functions. Built-in battery capacity 2450 mAh. Its main advantage is a three-axis gimbal, which provides sliding and smooth change of the camera position, reacts to the owner's movements in real time. Built-in templates allow you to add effects, add music to the video you just shot.

Compatible with all smartphones weighing up to 200 g, thickness up to 9.5 mm and width 62–88 mm.

In the unfolded state it measures 28.5 × 12.5 × 10 cm, and folds up to 16 × 13 × 5 cm.

Includes 4 anti-slip pads and storage case. The manufacturer promises a 12 month warranty.

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Hohem iSteady Mobile +

The strengths of this budget model are light weightand an advanced electronic three-axis stabilization system. Face tracking is available to the steadicam, so the main character always remains in focus - no matter how he moves in the frame. Works in 4 modes: panorama, tilt panorama, block and tracking. Ideal for capturing sports and action scenes, it instantly reconfigures and makes even a runner appear clear rather than blurry. Well, perhaps, if you need blurring as an artistic technique - please, you can apply it, for this there is a special kinematic effect in the steadicam. And besides blur - slow motion, like in Indian cinema!

Built-in 4000 mAh batterycan not only power the gadget itself, but also recharge the smartphone, working as a power bank. But in principle, such a battery will allow him to hold out up to 12 hours in a state of active work.

It is easy to achieve the ideal position of the smartphone - for this there is an 8-step manual adjustment.

Hohem iSteady Mobile + comes with a tripod,which attaches using one of the 1.4 "connectors. This makes it very convenient to attach various accessories. In general, the steadicam is distinguished by its convenience and ergonomics - the same handle, for example, has a special non-slip coating.

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Snoppa ATOM


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And why, in fact, the stabilizer should beonly black, why not pink, for example? Although, if you like, this one is also in the black version. Its main advantage is compactness with full functionality. It easily folds up and hides in a pocket, and then unfolds just as easily, and it is a trifling matter to fix a smartphone on it. Withstands loads up to 310 g.

Charges both via USB cable and wirelessway. Convenient buttons on the grip let you control the zoom, switch modes, adjust the focal length, and even change the shooting orientation! Everything else is easily done in the application. A handy, reconfigurable slide button lets you play with zoom, focus, face or moving subject tracking - that is, feel like a real video pro.

Snoppa ATOM spins your smartphone non-stop -at least 360 ℃. And besides this, you can connect an external microphone to the stabilizer - for better sound recording quality - an indispensable feature for author's comments or interviews.

A full charge is enough for 24 hours of continuous operation - that would be enough for us!

In this model, everything seems to be thought out - for example,locks on the brackets that do not allow the structure to decompose when folded. Another nice little thing - special holes for the volume and lock buttons - for those phone models that have them on the side.

The warranty for this miracle is 12 months.

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DJI Ronin-S


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But this thing is already expensive and, let's not be afraid of itwords, professional. And the DJI Ronin-S is designed not for smartphones, but for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Feel like a full-fledged film crew all rolled into one! You can mount the camera on it, or you can mount it on a tripod. And the stabilizer itself can be placed, for example, on a carrier trolley or on a crane - shaking in this case will be completely neutralized.

Three-axis stabilization with smooth footage, evengoing from vertical to suspended mode. And when shooting sports, the video is super accurate, the hero is always in focus, because the steadicam does an excellent job of tracking moving objects.

You can even shoot from a car window if,Of course, do not dare - DJI Ronin-S motors provide stabilization at speeds up to 75 km / h. The easiest thing to do is to turn on the automatic tuning function, and then the steadicam will do everything for you.

Focus Wheel is a focus control system with which you can adjust the sharpness on the camera itself

This model has a modular design, therefore, withstorage and transportation will not cause any problems. It is also distinguished by the location of the camera above the roll axis. Thus, the viewfinder is just at the level of your eyes, not obstructed by anything, which is very convenient.

And, of course, you will be pleased with the delivery set: in addition to the stabilizer itself, it also includes a lot of all kinds of cables, stands, fasteners and holders, as well as a case bag for storing all this wealth.

Here's a video of the unboxing:

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EKEN S5B

It is compatible with both smartphones and action gamescameras, but only those that are not heavier than 250 g and not more than 8.2 cm in height. Moreover, the phone can be fixed both horizontally and vertically. The gimbal itself weighs about 500 g. Supports an application with typical gimbal functions: face tracking, slow motion or panoramic shooting, etc. In panoramic shooting mode it can rotate up to 330 ℃.

The clamp design is double-sided, which allowsinsert the phone as a screen away from you, and vice versa - that is, to take pictures of someone (something) or yourself. The three-axis electronic stabilization system eliminates shaking when shooting and gives smooth footage.

To scale, just turn the wheelon the joystick. The highlight of this stabilizer is the “beauty mode” with multiplayer scenes. The set includes two tripods - a small plastic one and a large metal one. Everything is packed in a storage case.

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FeiyuTech


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This is a 2-in-1 device: stabilizer + 4K HD miniature camera. Moreover, the entire structure fits in a pocket and weighs 115 g.

Three-axis mechanical stabilization - this is time, anddigital stabilization is two. Therefore, FeiyuTech can shoot in spherical panorama and automatic panorama modes - there are several types of them in the arsenal. It also has the functions of self-portrait shooting, slow-motion shooting and, most interestingly, an intelligent mode. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that the stabilizer is synchronized with the movement of the user's hands.

You can view everything that was filmed and make some adjustments in the FeiyuTech app, available for any smartphone or tablet.

This little one can insert a microSD memory card up to 512 GB, for this there is a corresponding slot.

A full charge of the built-in battery lasts3.5 hours of continuous use, assuming you shoot 4K video. If you prefer Full HD, your camera + gimbal will last up to 4.5 hours. To fully recharge the battery, you will need to wait 80 minutes.

In general, the toy is of high quality, expensive, compact and functional. As a present for someone a little spoiled, it is perfect.

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ZHIYUN CINEPEER C11

Like the previous models under review, this is a handheld 3-axis gimbal gimbal suitable for all modern smartphones with Android above 5.0 and iOS above 10.0. The load can withstand up to 200 g.

It smoothes the footage, eliminating the shake of yourhands, so you can take selfies even on the go and not shake in the frame. Steadicam also allows you to shoot a running person, who does not turn into a blurry ghost, but retains a completely human, running appearance. All standard modes are available: panorama, portrait, zoom, tracking a moving subject, slow motion and other cinema effects.

The battery capacity is enough for 12 hours of continuous operation, and, by the way, it can also work as a power bank, recharging the smartphone while shooting.

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