The Steadicam Volt is a unique compact stabilizer for smartphones and action cams that was very successful on Kickstarter in the first half of 2017. It is now available for purchase.
We first reported about this product back in January 2017 upon launch of the Kickstarter campaign. The Steadicam Volt was developed by the Tiffen company, a pioneer in the camera stabilizing business, with its line of Steadicam stabilisers now a staple of the industry.
What makes this stabilizer so unique is its construction. Its motor helps it achieve smooth shots, but the Volt is also capable of stabilising without it thanks to the mechanical function of the included counterweights. This can obviously be very handy for situations when the stabilizer’s battery is empty. For certain shots, it is even desired to have that more fluid kind of motion given by a traditional mechanical stabilizer rather than the precise “machine-like” stabilized shots from a motorized 3-axis gimbal. I like the fact that this stabilizer offers both.
Steadicam Volt – Tech Specs
- Maximum payload: 100-250 g (3.5-8.8 oz)
- Maximum Smartphone width: 58-85 mm (2.2-3.3″) (with or without case)
- Compatibility with GoPro via included mount
- Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
During the Kickstarter campaign it was possible to get the first few units of the stabilizer for $120. The final retail price for the Steadicam Volt is now just under $200, with immediate shipping availability.
Do you like the different design of this stabilizer or do you prefer standard 3-axis motorized-only gimbals? Would you possibly like to see a bigger Steadicam Volt for mirrorless cameras in the future? Let us know in the comments below.