Steadicam first came on to the scene back in the 1970’s when it introduced buttery smooth shots in hit films like Rocky. Since then, it has become an industry standard for filmmakers. Skip forward to 2017 and the brand is bringing its well-known name and technology to smartphones. The new Steadicam Volt landed on Kickstarter this week with a $139 price tag. It uses a mix of traditional gimbal balance and a built-in motor to deliver jitter-free shots on your iPhone or Android.
The Volt is similar to DJI’s Osmo handheld (review here), but does so without all of the added bells and whistles. Creators will be able to continue to use it without the motorized gimbal when the eight hour battery is dead, which is helpful on those long trips. There isn’t much in the way of extras here aside from simple iOS and Android apps. In exchange for a lower price point, you can expect a higher learning curve in comparison to the costlier competition. That said, this has the potential to be an excellent entry-point into the world cinema for aspiring videographers. Steadicam’s Volt has already surpassed its $100,000 goal and is expected to begin shipping units in June.
For the last 40 years Steadicam has given filmmakers the ability to capture smooth and shake free video, allowing them to create some of the worlds most outstanding content. With the advancements in technology and the every day use of our smartphones, we took our Academy Award Winning Steadicam Stabilizing technology and have now put it in the palm of your hand. By using the Steadicam Volt you too will have the ability to capture memorable moments professionally and right from your smartphone!