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Steadicam Smoothee for iPod Touch 4th Generation
|Price:||$169.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- Designed to fit the iPod Touch
- Gives extremely smooth bounce free video
- iPod Touch can be used as a table top tripod
- Durable construction
- Comfortable ergonomic grip
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|Item Dimensions||14.49 x 7.99 x 2.52 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.85 pounds|
|Style Name||iPod Touch|
The Steadicam Smoothee is specifically designed and engineered to work with your Apple Ipod Touch. Based on the same technology as the big $60,000 rigs used in Hollywood, it allows iPod Touch owners to capture incredible video without the shakes normally associated with hand-held video shot on the go, right out of the box, the very first time. The Steadicam Smoothee is small and agile enough to take on vacations or follow the action at sporting events. The Smoothee let's you "fly" wherever the scene takes you--up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds--almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease. Its quick release mount lets you instantly swap camera connections between your Smoothee and any tripod. While designed for the Apple iPod Touch, the patented quick release removable mount also serves as a tabletop stand or can be mounted to any tripod with a standard ¼ x20" camera mount. The comfortable ergonomic hand-grip folds up securely when not in use. Also included with the Steadicam Smoothee is a quick guide DVD on how to get the best possible shots, along with a carrying strap. The lightweight, compact, agile, and easy to use Steadicam Smoothee features an innovative, patented design built around a durable mono-frame metal structure that requires no complicated instruction to use. With its "go anywhere" compact dimensions, the Steadicam Smoothee is approximately 8"W x 14.5" H x 2.5" D (20.3 x 36.8 x 6.4cm) in operating configuration.
Top Customer Reviews
Shipping was prompt and the packaging is professional. Out of the box this thing was great. With minimal weight adjustment it let me create nice swooping video with my go pro.
Here's a pro level hack for this thing. You can mod it to use any light handheld camera without damaging the Steadicam. All you need is the tripod Go Pro piece GoPro Tripod Mount for HERO Cameras, a short piece of 1/4" threaded rod, and a bolt. Just go to your local hardware store with the tripod mount and find the one that fits.
1. Attach the go pro base into the Smoothee
2. Use the bolt "instead of the GoPro bolt/knob" to attach the end of the tripod mount that the gopro would normally attach to. "Interlocking fingers" To find out what size screw you need just take the knob with you when you go to the hardware store for the rod and get a bolt the same size. The plastic knob is too big, but you still the threaded bolt part.
3. Thread in the 1/4" rod. I found about an inch to be the right length. Thread a nut onto the rod down to the tripod mount to secure it.
Now you have a smoothee with a standard 1/4" mount that any camera can screw onto.
I've used this mod with my Kodak ZI8 and my canon handheld with the same results as the go pro. Nice smooth action.
"The Smoothee GoPro" can also do iPhone too with the adapter. I like how it can pop on and off the camera especially when I am on the go. I use it for my GoPro2 with LCD. The set-up is very light and easily to transport as it is small. The logo is also an additional counter weight adjustment that is not said in the manual. The manual just explains three different ways on how to hold the unit. I recommend this SteadiCam Smoothee!
I bought the version of the smoothee with the iPhone 4/4S mount, because it came with the GoPro mount as well. I was worried that it would only fit the Hero/Hero2, because of the title, but it definitely also fits the 3+ with the LCD bacpac attached. The reason I got this one instead of the GoPro version, is that I have an old iPhone 4S lying around, and figured I might as well get a bonus mount for that device. Honestly, though, I haven't used the iPhone mount yet, as the GoPro does such a nice job.
As for the learning curve, I'd say that you'll get pretty impressive clips right out of the box, without any training. The trickiest part is learning to feather the gimble, either with your index finger and thumb, or your other hand, so that it doesn't let inertia carry it into an uncontrolled spin when changing directions. You also need this in windy conditions, as the light weight of the GoPro makes it susceptible to being blown off course. The rest is mainly learning how to use your joints to absorb some of the shock of walking, so that your arm is relatively free of bounce. Then the gimble does the rest!
Finally, as for the Steadicam Curve, I haven't tried it, but I've read the early reviews, and seen the comparison videos on YouTube, and I feel like the Smoothee does a slightly better job of reducing shake. The advantage of the Curve seems to be its small size, and the fact that you can lock the gimble to use the device as a hand grip. To me, the quality of the smoothing was more important, so I went with the larger Smoothee. Happy flying!