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Opteka SteadyVid EX Video Stabilizer for Compact Digital Cameras, Camcorders and DSLR's (up to 2.1 lbs)

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  • Supports up to 2.1 lbs (0.95kg)
  • Comfort grip handle
  • Super gimbal for smooth, accurate motion
  • Polished chrome counter-weight
  • Spirit level and thumb stabilizer
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005PYZG6E
  • Item model number: SVEX
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 27, 2011
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Product Description

The Opteka SteadyVid EX is a video stabilizing system designed to reduce shake and stabilize video on cameras and camcorders weighting up to 2.1 lbs (0.95kg). The SteadyVid EX features aluminum construction, comfort grip handle, super-smooth gimbal, polished chrome counter-weight, sprit level, rubberized camera mount and thumb stabilizer. The SteadyVid EX is the most affordable full-featured stabilizer on the market.

Features
~ Supports digital cameras and camcorders up to 2.1 lbs
~ DSLRs can be used on the SteadyVid EX with light lenses (up to 2.1 lbs total weight of body and lens)
~ Comfort grip handle
~ Super gimbal for smooth, accurate motion
~ Polished chrome counter-weight
~ Spirit level and thumb stabilizer
~ 1 Year Warranty

Specifications
Load Capacity: 2.1 lbs (0.95kg)
Construction:Aluminum body, rubber padded handle, polished chrome counterweight
Dimensions :8" x 9.5" x 1.2" (20.3 x 24.1 x 3 cm)
Weight:1.43 lbs (650g)

Customer Reviews

I am returning the item and will save for a better model.
Chic23
You essentially need two things with a stabilizer: a gymbal to allow the system to move, and the ability to balance the system so it won't wiggle and tilt.
Jon
This is really hard to make balance, after 3 hours of trying I couldn't get it to fully balance.
Vincent Van Nguyen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jon on December 21, 2011
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When you compare this to other camera stabilizing products out there, you'll see this one is very inexpensive. When I took it out of the box I was reminded that I chose the cheap competitor. You essentially need two things with a stabilizer: a gymbal to allow the system to move, and the ability to balance the system so it won't wiggle and tilt. This product has problems with both of these:

The gymbal: The gymbal on this product is not super-smooth, it drags. A good quality gymbal will allow the system to spin for a long time before eventually slowing it to a stop. This gymbal allowed the product to spin less than one turn when I tried it. That's a lot of drag. This means the camera will be turning everywhere my hand turns. Also, the handle has about 10 degrees of movement in any direction before it hits the housing. So the handle must be held pretty much straight up.

Balancing: Balancing is very limited. There is no left-right adjustment on the camera mount. There is one weight provided, about two pounds, that you can slide up and down along the midline. If your camera is not two pounds, you'll have to use something else to balance your camera. Luckily the weight is easily removed. A bolt, wing-nut and washers may do the trick. Mark the position your camera is in once you have it in balance so that you can save balancing time next time you attach it.

Pros:

1. It feels very solid, and with some tinkering and good luck, it can be balanced. Tinker with the weight, and be patient.

2. The price is very low.

And so:

It will never give you the super-smooth shots we see on youtube where the cameraman is running but the camera is getting smooth shots. But, the price is very low and they don't say you get what you pay for, for nothing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicamot on November 16, 2011
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The product I received was exactly what I expected. A very simple, small device to help me keep my shots steady. It isn't that difficult to find the right balance - at least it wasn't for me - but it does get a bit heavy after a while which makes it harder to use for extended shots. Also, I wish it would've come with more instructions as to how to use it, since it only comes with instructions on how to assemble and balance it.

Overall it is a good product for its price, and a good buy it you want to make your videos look more professional, but it is not the absolute best solution to avoid ugly shaking of your camera when recording. There are better steadicams out there, albeit bigger, more complicated and more expensive. This is a good starting point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jed W on January 24, 2013
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No matter how perfectly you balance this stabilizer, the gimbal will transfer your motion to the camera, preventing you from getting that cool "glide or fly" look. It's just not a smooth,fluid gimbal. And it has a very limited range of motion which means if you try to track down low the stabilizer will hit your arm.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scottie Dean on February 9, 2012
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Only get this if your camera is around 2.1 lbs or it's next to imposible to balance. The handle had a little wiggle in it cased by poor manufacturing. Looks like they tried to fill the gaps with glue, which seems to still be wet. Must be using the wrong kind of glue. So I go to tighten the screw, and it snaps. I'm off to the hardware store to reengineer the complete peace of junk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.W. on April 22, 2013
Based on the price, I had fairly low expectations. I just wanted something that would offer a reasonably smooth moving shot -- one step above just holding the camera and walking. Even when perfectly balanced (the bubble level was useful), the unit either rocked back and forth, or turned too much. I can do almost as well -- if not equally well -- without this product.

The results of several tests were disappointing, so I called Opteka tech support and talked to Mike. His "help" was even more disappointing than the product. I asked if he could tell me some basic tips for using the Opteka SteadyVid EX. He said he could not. Really? There's no owners manual, and the company itself can't offer a few basic pointers? So I asked if there was anyone there who could provide some additional insight. He said there was not.

In case I just got one of Opteka's less experienced tech support guys, I thanked Mike and hung up. I then called a different department, customer service. Mike answered again. I'm starting to get a picture of this company. The SteadyVid is going back, and I'll buy from a different company.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jb on December 29, 2011
Built well, works well, easy to use (takes a little practice, thats all). I'll make comments on the previous reviews...It's NOT too heavy...if this device is heavy for you then start lifting some weights and get some strength (wimp). If you spend $600 then expect the device to spin around a 100X. It has enough movement to provide smooth video. I ran around the house with it and it was beautiful everything I ever wanted for only $65 bucks!!! For those who cant operate it out of the box...get co-ordination or learn to walk/run ....it's easy easy easy easy......Before I was going to purchase this product some of the reviews scared me...I took the chance and was very glad...Works well with my canon xa10 and my tiny powershot s95....jb
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chic23 on June 27, 2012
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I read some of the other reviews and hoped that this item would hold me over for few shoots while I saved the money for a good steadicam - I was wrong. I used a Panasonic TM900 which is pretty light and balanced okay. But when I walked (after many many attempts to practice) this thing is all over the place. Maybe something was defective or I am just incapable of learning how to hold it, but it's really all over the place. I am returning the item and will save for a better model.
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