How to Choose the Best Handheld Camera Stabilizer
These days, high-quality video cameras are getting smaller and smaller while the cameras on our smartphones are becoming more powerful. The times of needing large stabilizing contraptions are coming to a close, and smaller handheld stabilizers are becoming the new norm.
There are tons of different stabilizers, gimbals, and jibs out on the market and finding the right one can be confusing. We bring you this guide to help you find the right type of stabilizer for your needs, as well as some great options that we offer right here at the Gimbal Zone!
How Do Stabilizers/Gimbals/Jigs Work?
A lot of technology goes into creating these camera attachments and the difference between a video clip taken with a stabilizing mechanism and one without is astonishing. Stabilizing devices come in many different forms, some relying solely on gyroscopic technology and other utilizing motorized functions that can be controlled by the user.
These tools can also come in many shapes and sizes to accommodate different cameras and needs. Some videographers might only need a one-handed solution for their smartphone or action camera, while others might need two-handed solutions for heavier cameras and smoother shots.
Below are some of the most significant benefits of using a stabilizing gimbal in your camera rig.
Human hands are not the most stable tools for shooting video. Our hands tend to shake, and whenever creating moving shots, you can forget about coming anywhere near a smooth, steady shot. Camera stabilizers will counteract the shakiness of your movements and weights, gyros, and motors will work to intuitively keep the camera still even on the most active video shoots.
With a handheld stabilizer, you can effortlessly capture shots from many different angles that would have been tricky without the stabilizer. You can effortlessly capture low shots as your camera swiftly glides along the ground, or you can shoot from a higher position by utilizing the extra few inches the stabilizer handle provides. Regardless which type of angle you’re shooting from, a stabilizer will keep your footage smooth.
With most handheld stabilizers, users will have more flexibility in the extra attachments they can use. Most stabilizers on the markets will feature universal mounting plates so you can add additional microphones, strobes, or external monitors. This may not be a necessary addition for some light users, but for the advanced videographers, having the ability to add more attachments will greatly improve your production.
Low light performance.
Gimbal allows you to use an even longer shutter speed and/or lower ISO settings without your hand’s shakiness interfering, allowing you to achieve even better low light performance.
Armed with the latest Gimbals, videographers can get shots that were all but impossible even a few years ago. And images taken in the most difficult situations have never looked so good.
Our Favorite Smartphone Camera Stabilizers
Made by Feiyu-Tech, this gimbal is one of the most intuitive smartphone gimbals we offer that presents enormous value with its five shooting modes. With the press of a button, you can switch between Pan, Following, Tilt, and Pan Following, which gives the operator flexibility for many types of shots.
This gimbal fits many different types of smartphones thanks to its clip-on attachment system so you won't have to deal with annoying mounting plates and cases. If you're looking to take your smartphone footage to the next level, we highly recommend this device.
If you are looking for two-handed support, this gimbal might be the best choice. This is the most advanced smartphone gimbal we offer, and it is packed with useful features that any dedicated smartphone videographer will want. The SPG Plus features automatic switching from horizontal to vertical mode so you can create extra smooth Snapchat and Instagram stories.
Two-handles mean more support but also more room to pan and tilt. From the conveniently placed joystick, you can smoothly pan a full 360º and tilt as far as 320º. The other benefit of a more substantial frame is the ability to add attachments such as a microphone, flash, or connect the gimbal to a tripod.
Ultra-Compact GoPro Stabilizers
GoPros already capture astonishing footage in a tiny form factor, but if you are looking to make your adventure shots look even better, we recommend you pick up a hand-held stabilizer. This model from Moza provides limitless pans, tilts, and rolls allowing you to capture a full 360º view.
This gimbal even offers potential to wear it while you're on the move. Just remove the handle and attach the 3-axis stabilization piece to your helmet, vest, or hat and you're ready to take next-level action video clips!
Our Selections For DSLR/Mirrorless Cameras
One of the most popular DSLR gimbals on the market, the Nebula 5100 features a fixed 45º slant to ensure that the display is always in view. This one-handed model can handle heavier cameras up to 2.5kg, so Canon 5D's, Sony A7's, and Nikon D800's are covered! One of the best features of this gimbal is its built-in infrared function which allows the user to control the camera's recording function remotely.
This stabilizer is built to handle your most robust shoots while maintaining full 360º freedom in all directions. If you're looking for a durable, one-handed DSLR stabilizer solution, this is it!
A stripped back design with intuitive features, the ikan EC1 Beholder is an excellent option for those that only want to point and shoot and have their gimbal follow their lead. This gimbal features the intuitive Point and Lock function where you just aim the camera at your desired subject, and after a few seconds, the gimbal automatically locks the camera to that position.
There are also different modes for following pan movements, tilt movements, and both combined. The adaptive PID algorithm produces reliably practical stabilizing effects, so you spend less time controlling the stabilizer and more time focused on your shot.
Hopefully, you have found this list useful, and you have narrowed down your selection. If you have any questions about any of our products, don't hesitate to contact us!