You might think you have the perfect camera, but without a top camera stabilizer at your disposal, you don’t necessarily have the perfect shot. After all, the handheld approach can often lead to a bad case of the shakes (shaky cam that is), rendering your footage unwatchable by professional standards. Best to play it safe by grabbing a DSLR stabilizer, virtually guaranteeing a slightly handheld look that doesn’t go overboard on the shakes and jitters. For the Top 8 DSLR & Small Camera Stabilizers, look no further than the list below.
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Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer
The name pretty much says it all. Accordingly, the Glidecam HD-2000 accommodates a range of cameras and allows you to capture footage that truly glides. Full disclosure: setting this baby up can prove to be somewhat of a burden. However, once operational you’ll find it to be one of the best camera stabilizers on the market. If you’re seeking a lightweight gimbal that nevertheless provides consistent balance and dependable construction, you’ve found it right here.
DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
If only the steadiest of mobile shots will suffice, accept nothing less than the Ronin-M from DJI. Put simply, this thing is a beast. Wear the advanced, 30 pound get-up like a suit of armor and get nothing but smooth footage in return. This top DSLR stabilizer works with cameras that are 8 pounds or lighter, utilises a Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System, and supports dual-operator shooting mode mode for independent pans and tilts. This one’s definitely for all the DIY movie makers out there.
ProAm USA Autopilot Camera Stabilizer
From ProAm USA comes the Autopilot Camera Stabilizer. Touting lightweight aluminium construction, this lean, mean accessory keeps things brilliantly functional and affordable. Features include a 3-axis gimbal, soft foam grip handle, precision ABEC bearings and a seamlessly adjustable platform. The top camera stabilizer supports DSLRs and camcorders weighing up to 6 pounds, and comes backed by a lifetime warranty.
Glidecam Devin Graham Signature Series Stabilizer
Another stunner from Glidecam (in partnership with YouTube star Devin Graham), the Devin Graham Signature Series Stabilizer takes the brand’s own HD-series stabilizers and infuses them with features from sophisticated body mount units. As a result, this top camera stabilizer comes simply loaded with goodies. We’re talking specs like a laser engraved telescoping central post, a dovetail quick release plate and a flexible gimbal handle with twist lock. Ideal for vloggers and videographers (hence David Graham’s stamp of approval), the stabilizer is water resistant and compatible with cameras weighing between 2 and 12 pounds.
Camgear Flowcam 1000 Handheld Steadycam
Supremely affordable and beautifully versatile, the Flowcam 1000 from Camgear makes good on its name by way of a compact, nimble and sturdy profile. As easy to set up as it is to use, the top DLSR stabilizer works with cameras weighing 3.3 pounds or less. Among its features is a dynamic Telescopic Post, which can extend from 40 cm to 60 cm. Steadfast quality doesn’t get more approachable than this.
Zeadio Video Action Stabilizer
At the supremely affordable (as in under $15 USD) end of the top camera stabilizer spectrum is the Video Action Stabilizer from Zeadio. Compatible with a range of cameras and equipped with a hot-shoe mount for add-ons, the nifty accessory is great for low angle shots and all sorts of action footage. And while this entry-level stabilizer won’t provide the same consistently steady footage that a gimbal might, it still delivers a thoroughly fluid experience, making it one of the best you can find for the price point.
Neewer Camera Movie Video Cage Kit
Easy to assemble and built to last, the Neewer Camera Movie Video Cage Kit touts prime aluminium alloy construction and a lightweight body. It works with a broad range of cameras and includes a variety of mounting accessories. Meanwhile, two rubber coated handles ensure lasting comfort no matter how long the shoot. Also part of the package is a mattebox with detachable side flags for extra flare reduction. The mattebox works with a rail rod support system and accommodates most DV cameras with wide angle lenses. Last but not least is a gear-driven Follow Focus system with adjustable locking, which works with all DSLR cameras among other camera types. Suffice to say, this is one of the best DSLR stabilizers you can find.
EVO Rage Gen2
Whether you’re using a DSLR or mirrorless camera to make your next viral video, the Rage Gen2 has your back…and your front and sides too for that matter. Awash with innovation, the top camera stabilizer includes X3 Parallel 32Bit CoreMark MCUs, which operate at a combined refresh rate of 4KHZ. Also featured is CCI technology for improved control, and an adjoining EVO remote app. Throw in multiple shooting modes like Pan Follow or Underslung, and it’s easy to see why this one’s all the rage.
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