Looking to make your shots a little smoother? I’m a BIG fan of the Glidecam HD Series, but there are many cheaper alternatives if you want to try it out and not break the bank!
My first steadicam was the OG model of the Flycam Nano, while I would not recommend the original version 1 of the flycam, I would recommend the latest version! They have improved their design a ton since then! The newer Flycam Nano DSLR version is much improved and can hold a TON of weight. I recommended it to my friend Matt and he uses it all the time :D
Another steadicam on a budget option was just released by Opteka a couple months ago. The SteadyVid Pro is basically a knock off of the Steadicam Merlin and works just as well for about 600 dollars cheaper! I recommended this option to another buddy Aaron who just started using it, so look for more videos in the future from his new setup!
I’m all about saving money, and if you are too, these two options are what I’d recommend! Also there’s lots of tutorials on how you can build one yourself, so that’s another option!
The main difference is one has a vertical swing arm and the other has a curved shape. The reason I shoot with the Glidecam HD4000 (vertical arm) is because I feel like I have more control of the movement of the Glidecam while filming. Both vertical and curved work great, it’s just a matter of personal preference really. If you have any questions about glidecams, steadicams, flycams or whatever, ask em on our facebook page or here on tumblr!