Camera stabilizer gimbal for GoPro HERO and Compact Digital Cameras
Give your HD films the smooth and flowing qualities they deserve. X-Steady Lite works in unison with you to capture footage in almost any situation with unmatched stability and creative control. Unlock new image qualities and perspectives too, thanks to the wide range of motion offered by our unique, smooth-as-silk gimbal pivot.
- Max Load: 500g | 1lb 1.6oz
- Max. Range of motion: 30º
- Materials: Aluminium, brass, iron, EVA
- Dimensions: 230.5x150x30mm | 9.25x5.9x1.2in
- Weight: 411g | 14.5oz [including counterweights]
How It Works
- ¼” Universal screw
- Dual counterweight locations
- Silky-smooth gimbal pivot
- Soft EVA grip
- Integrated bubble level
- Infinite counterweight adjustment
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- I've had my eye on a Feiyu gimbal...
When walking around using this product, the video actually looks much worse than when I just put my GoPro on one of my many "sticks." Instead of being stabilized, the camera flops around. While some reviews say this eliminates "shake" but there is an issue with "sway", I say that no matter what you call it there's movement and you wind up with an image that bounces around.
One review suggests you can eliminate the sway if you hold this with two hands to steady the camera. Doing that with a gimbal defeats the purpose of having it. I tried doing that and the picture looked the same as when I just keep my camera on a stick.
On top of everything else this is kind of a clunky product compared to the sleek and compact but much more expensive gimbals on the market.
Bottom line: This product absolutely will not give you the smooth stable videos you're looking for. To the contrary what others call the "sway" will make the video look worse than if you just put your GoPro on a stick. You're better off not using this at all if you don't want to buy an expensive gimbal.
I've had my eye on a Feiyu gimbal to use with my GoPro Hero 4, but it costs four times what this product does, so I jumped at the chance to try this out. Guess what, this doesn't work. Period. The purpose of a gimbal is to ensure smooth videos while I'm in motion, like walking around a soccer field to cover the game or hiking down a trail. It's supposed to eliminate the movement that normally shows up when you take a video while moving. I don't care whether you call that movement "shake", "sway" or anything else. Movement is movement, and if you look at a video shot with a first rate gimbal (unlike this product) you won't see any.
- Pros: Although the XSories ...
With a few minor adjustments of the weights. the larger Sony RX100 was perfectly balanced for shooting smooth video panoramas. Note that the small round weights can be removed and attached in whatever order or location required to balance your camera, and the level window is easy to see for adjusting the balance of the gimbal.
It's very lightweight and easy to hold.
So far, I've not discovered any issues with the stabilizer.
- I've been using this for a f...
Again, this is a top-quality gimbal. Just keep in mind the limitations.
- This rig is a welcome ac...
The best solution I have found for this sway is to gently cup the bottom of the rig to stabilize it (see the third clip). This reintroduces some shake, but it seems to strike a balance between sway and shake. Nice rig, but be ready to practice with it before taking important video.
- Style: for GoPro CamerasVine Cust...
This device is ingenious! At first it felt a little strange because of the free floating bracket, but in no time did I get the hang of it and just let it go with the flow. Which it does smoothly, as if floating in the air.
Smaller point-and-shoot cameras can be mounted on this device as well even though it states that it is built for action cameras. I am having fun using the high speed function on my Panasonic, and this stabilizer helps keep the action smooth.
The counterweight is adjustable, as is the bracket, and setup is easy despite the skimpy instructions. Just follow the bubble...
Unconditionally recommended! Have fun with this!
- First, keep in mind that this steady-rig w...
The X-Steady comes in foam fitting box that is handy for storage while not being used. However, I suspect that after to adjust the rig to your set up you can't use the storage box anymore, unless you do not care to readjust it everytime you use it. There are several weights that you could move to set the balance of the stabilizer. A balance buble is provided to help with adjsutment, you can play with positions of the weights to get the stabilizer to perfect position.
X-Steady stabilizer's concept is really simple: as your video camera is mounted on top of the adapter, it will be balanced also. So when you move the camera around, it will stay balance and the adapter absorbs some of the vibrations. It is a high quality, excellent stabilizer that should work for most light weight video camera and some DSLR.
- I've used the Polaroid Video Stabilizer, w...
- There is no shortage of...
The manufacturer claims the X-Steady Lite will handle cameras up to 500 grams or 17.6 ounces. I was a bit dubious about that, but tried it with a Sony RX100 III which comes in at 10.2 ounces.
I was very pleasantly surprised at the ease and speed of setup.
Mount the camera on the ¼-20 screw on the top platform. Tighten the large adjustment wheel just enough to snug the camera up to the platform. Then slide the camera back and forth until the bubble inside the bubble level on the unit is within a black circle inscribed on its clear cover. Only small incremental adjustments were required.
Next, you adjust the counterweight on the bottom by sliding it up or down on the bracket until the bubble is centered over a silver point within the bubble level. One thing that isn’t clear in the instructions: if the tripod socket on your camera isn’t directly under the center of the lens, you swing the counterweight bracket left or right as required to compensate and level out the camera platform. It is more difficult to describe than to do. The total weight of the counterweight is adjustable: you simply unscrew part of it. Clever design.
With the Sony RX000 III, I was up and running within five minutes or so. My suggestion to the manufacturer is to make the adjustment screw a bit larger so that it can be more easily grasped when using the unit one-handed.
It took a little bit of practice to learn how to use the unit. As with flying a small plane for the first time or two, there is a tendency to over-compensate. The bracket is essentially floating free over the gimbal. It will sway with a light touch or movement. The natural tendency is to move right when the unit moves left to stabilize it. The key is to not over-compensate: be gentle.
Once you get the hang of it, the X-Steady Lite keeps your camera pretty stable while walking and when panning. The range of motion is 30 degrees. I was pleased with the RX100 video footage I shot. I also tested it with a Sony WX-80, a diminutive member of their Cybershot line. Because it uses a 1/4-20 tripod screw and can carry a hefty load, this is a far more versatile device than other gimbal stabilizers in this price ranges. My next tests will be with a GoPro and a Samsung Galaxy S5.
This versatiity makes the X-Steady Lite the kind of device you can put in youor photo kit and use with any camera up to its max weight limit. Just be sure to pack whatever tripod adapters wouold be necessary.
Something to watch out for: if you have a very wide angle lens on your camera, such as a 24mm, you may have to zoom out a bit to keep the bracket platform from appearing in your frame. This does not, however, seem to be a problem when using a GoPro.
Overall, this stabilizer surprised me. It was very quick and easy to setup and changing cameras was a breeze. The learning curve is very short and the stabilizing effect is quite marked.
For the money, I think it’s a worthwhile investment, especially if you’re going to be using it with more than one size and weight of camera.
- This is a really nic...
Comes with three counter weights that screw on and off with no tools. Two each of 35g weights and one 110g. Has the universal 1/4" screw but if your using a GoPro you'll need a tripod mount adapter. I have a circular one and it's about the same size as the bracket screw. Has a bubble level built in. It seems crazy to add the weight of this stabilizer to an action camera that is purposely made to be light weight yet it really does make hand held video smooth.
I tried it an a few other cameras, the Sony action camera with the open screen attachment worked fine. Even with heavy wind pushing the camera enough to turn it, the video turned out fine. I have a couple of DSLR cameras but they are to heavy for this rig, this does say it's for action cameras with a max load of 500g. I have never used one of these before, I really like it.
- This steady grip h...
My only complaint is the range of motion, although from research, it has the best in this class. If I raise the camera over head I can go most of the way up until my wrist hits the mount. Lowering it down, it maxes out at about waist level - I wish it would go lower without me having to squat. It's also not too heavy and is simple to use.