DIY Stabilizer – Point and Shoot Video Cameras

There's no doubt that you'd want to bring some type of camera out to an event. SLR's are great, and I love the fact that you can do both photos and videos all in one unit. For videos though, sometimes you want more movement, something more creative, and that means bringing out a whole bunch of extra gear just to get those stabilized movements. This is where those new Point and Shoot small handheld video cameras really shine. The newer Point and Shoot cameras can do decent photos and very nice 720 HD videos at 30fps which is perfect for the web or even downsizing to DVD.

The problems with the Point and Shoot handheld video cameras are it's size though. Very small cameras are hard to stabilize by hand alone, so for me to get some smoother and more creative shots, I took a trip over to Home Depot and gathered a few parts for a stabilizer. With this new stabilizer I can get pretty smooth fluid shots walking, running, and even get some super super low flying modes where i'm scraping grass! In this video I talk about my basic designs when i'm thinking about stabilizing any type of camera. Keep those basics in mind before building yours, as you'll need to add or remove weights, or even scale the size.

This would work great with the new Sony HX9. Check out the video quality from the Sony DSC-HX9 here:

find-price-button Sony DSC-HX9 Digital Camera Full 1080 60p

Hope you enjoy this little DIY stabilizer, leave comments, Tweet, Facebook, Digg, whatever.....

14 thoughts on “DIY Stabilizer – Point and Shoot Video Cameras

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  2. l8nite

    Thanks for the quick response -- I'll just make a few prototypes I guess. I don't have a decent 720p video camera aside from my iPhone4, so I'm probably going to just use my gorilla pod to "mount" it.

  3. Emm

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    @l8nite - I drilled a hole through the cap and ran a bolt. The vertical pipe I'm not sure how tall it is. This is all depending on how much weight you need to counter. The further down the weights, the more you can balance. The shorter the vertical pipe, the less weight you can counter.

  4. Jeff

    That is really a awesome stabilizer you built
    you are one smart dude!!
    you should sell kits on ebay for this!
    I just bought the sx210 and i agree its awesome camera.

  5. Emm

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    With enough counter weight, it will buffer most sharp movements. I have another version where I used a monopod and a counterweight at the bottom. The key is to spread the weight around and not keep it dead center.

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