How do you keep your iPhone video smooth, steady, and professional? With a stabilizer and tripod!
Whether you're shooting a party or going for viral video gold, you'll want to keep your iPhone as steady as possible. That's something that's not always possible with handheld video, even with Apple's camera system helping you out.
That's why having a stabilizer or a tripod for your iPhone is so important – you can keeping shots even and smooth, so whether you're panning, tilting, just trying to keep steady, your iPhone's video stays flawless.
- Steadicam Smoothee
- Shoulderpod S1 Professional Smartphone Rig
- Joby GripTight PRO GorillaPod Stand
- 3 Legged Thing tripod
The Steadicam Smoothee is a hand-held stabilizer styled after similar Hollywood steadicam and meant to balance and smooth out even the most jarring iPhone videos. There's no set-up required for this stabilizer either: just pull it straight out of the box, secure your iPhone and start shooting! The Smoothee comes with an adaptor that can fit almost any kind of iPhone or bulky case, so all you need to do it mount your iPhone, aim, and film.
The Smoothee can also be used as a mount for your tripod by attaching itself to the tripod plate for no-nonsense filming, while a slightly padded hand grip assures that you'll be shooting your steady video in comfort.
Shoulderpod S1 Professional Smartphone Rig
The Shoulderpod is the least expensive device on this list at around $35, but that doesn't mean it isn't an amazing accessory for shooting iPhone video! It works in three different ways: as a mount that can secure to most tripods, as a hand-held grip, and as a smaller stand. Because of the Shoulderpod's versatility, you can do almost anything with this stabilizer, including setting up time-lapse shots or making your vacation videos smooth as butter.
Mould-injected with brass inserts, the Shoulderpod's grip is made from aerospace-grade aluminum and finished with a sleek black matte feel and a dark suede wrist strap so you won't only capture beautiful video while shooting, you'll look super cool too.
Joby GripTight PRO GorillaPod stand
The GorillaPod is more of a tripod than a stabilizer, but that doesn't mean it's not a versatile tool for shooting video. Because of the stand's bendy legs, you can essentially mount your iPhone to almost anything the legs can fully wrap around. You're on a boat but can't seem to get smooth video of the water? Wrap your GorillaPod around the railing and your iPhone won't go anywhere. Stick it onto a lamp post. Hang it from a tree. Get that perfect shot perched on top of a rock.
The stand's rubber feet stop the tripod from sliding or tipping over, while the adjustable grip can be stretched to fit even the bulkiest iPhone cases with ease, so you don't have to worry about your phone being unprotected as you shoot your video.
3 Legged Thing tripod
If a wild thing can make your heart sing, then what can a 3 Legged Thing do? Help you capture some amazingly steady video footage with your iPhone, of course! The 3 Legged Thing tripod comes with an extending column made from a carbon fibre center that gives the tripod extra support and strength if you decide to shoot with a larger DSLR camera.
This is a modular tripod. Remove the center column and shoot from as low as eight inches off the ground, or remove one of the tripod legs and use it as a monopod. The 3 Legged Thing can be extended up to 76 inches, and yet folds down small enough to fit in your carry-on luggage to help you capture memories from all your future travels.
What's your favorite to shoot with?
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