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Steadicam Volt on Kickstarter – a Smartphone Stabilizer by the Industry Giant

Steadicam has used Kickstarter as the platform for their latest product, the Steadicam Volt. It is self-proclaimed as The Best Electronic Handheld Stabilizer, with original inventor Garrett Brown saying it offers “the inertia and the feel of large cinema systems”. Its use? Smartphones. Yes, the latest revolutionary product from industry giants Steadicam is a Kickstarter campaign for an electronic handheld stabilizer for your smartphone. The response on Kickstarter alone is testament to just how relevant this product could be, smashing their $100K pledge within 3 days of release. The Steadicam Volt is an electronic stabilizer for smartphones, but differs from handheld gimbals like the Osmo in that it doesn’t rely on motors for stabilization all: its counter-weight system allows you to perfectly balance the Volt without any batteries. The impressive thing about the Steadicam Volt is this “inertia and feel” that Steadicam legend Garrett Brown talks about. The responsiveness of the Volt really is really quite impressive, just check out the video below where it’s compared to a handheld gimbal system.   A trade-off is that you’re now competing with the poor read/reset timing of the CMOS sensor on most, if not all smartphones, so you may suffer from rolling shutter artefacts. Steadicam may have a solution for this, however, in the Volt’s dual Sport and Movie modes. I assume the latter decreases response time for user input to allow a slower move: Sport Mode assists in capturing fast moving moments more easily and professionally. Movie Mode gives you more freedom in creating cinema like movements. The Steadicam Volt is compact,...

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Published By: Cinema5D - Tuesday, 10 January, 2017

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