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Steadicam Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black)

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Steadicam Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Fits HERO, HERO2, and HERO3
  • Fits HERO3+ and HERO4
  • Handheld Mechanical Stabilization
  • Provides Isolation from Shake/Vibration
  • Helps Reduce "Rolling Shutter"
  • Handle Folds for Transport
  • Optimized for Use with LCD BacPac
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Color: Black

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You Pay: $39.95

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The black Steadicam Curve a gimbal-based handheld stabilizer for GoPro HERO, HERO2, HERO3, HERO3+, and HERO4 action cameras. It requires the LCD BacPac for proper balance and monitoring.

Once properly balanced, the Steadicam Curve is designed to allow you to capture extremely smooth shots without restricting your range of movement. Since the HERO models the Curve is compatible with lack optical image stabilization, a mechanical stabilizer such as this is the only way to truly avoid shaky footage when shooting handheld, and it can also help reduce some of the motion-induced "jello effect"--wobbly, distorted video--caused by the GoPro's "rolling-shutter" CMOS sensor.

The Steadicam Curve is a scaled down version of its bigger sibling, the Merlin, its size and form-factor designed to be in keeping with the compact, dynamic nature of the GoPro camera. When not in use, the handle tucks away beneath the camera mount, locking to the frame. In this folded configuration the Curve acts as a handle allowing you tote the camera around and can even function as an alternative camera rig for those shots where a handheld look is desired without sacrificing the control a rig provides.

Mechanical gimbal designed to fully isolate the GroPro from handshake and vibration
Helps reduce the "jello effect" caused by the GoPro's "rolling shutter" CMOS sensor
Compatible with GoPro HERO, HERO2, HERO3, HERO3+, and HERO4 action cameras
Requires LCD BacPac for correct balance and monitoring
UPC: 884613020422
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.7 x 1.9"

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SteadicamCurve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Blue)
 
3.7

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (18)
  • Compact (17)
  • Professional quality (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Improves performance (12)

Cons

  • Poor performance (6)
  • Poor design (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Home movies (12)
  • Independent films (8)
  • Complex projects (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (8), Business owner (7), Professional artist (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You will not be dissapointed!

I wish I had known and purchased the Curve Steadicam for GoPro before my 8-day cruise to the Caribbean. I collected a lot of unusable footage due to the shaking and unstable recordings....Read complete review

I wish I had known and purchased the Curve Steadicam for GoPro before my 8-day cruise to the Caribbean. I collected a lot of unusable footage due to the shaking and unstable recordings. Now that I've purchased the Curve for GoPro, I can not believe the difference. It is night and day! The Curve is actually super simple to operate and there was, at least for me, little or no learning curve to shooting stabled videos. I've tested it running up and down the stairs, walking on hard pavement, and playing with my dogs in uneven terrain with great results. Balancing the GoPro on the Curve was simple, even though I don't have the "required" LCD unit. Instead, I am using the battery pack (Model ABPack 301). I have sufficient range with its fine-tune adjustment to make it lean forward or backward past its balanced-point. I also found it to be lightweight and not tiresome to use even after extended periods of time. It is smaller than I expected and indeed, I would most definitely recommend the Curve Steadicam to my own brothers and sisters.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

READ BEFORE BUYING

This product has SEVERE limitations, especially with the newer gopro models. This was made to work with the Hero 3 with the LCD backpack attachment. Any other model will require you to buy...Read complete review

This product has SEVERE limitations, especially with the newer gopro models. This was made to work with the Hero 3 with the LCD backpack attachment. Any other model will require you to buy some wieghts to balance properlly. However, if you are using the Gopro Hero 4 Silver, the wieghts that tiffen sells to accompany this will COMPLETELY block the screen. This is not stated anywhere on the purchase page, it just says it's compadible. Really you are going to want access to the screen. Your best bet is to add your own wieghts around the screen rather than buying the wieght kit. You can find wheel balancing wieghts pretty easily that are self adhesive, just attach them onto a housing door that you are not using. The amount you want is 40g for the Gopro 4 silver. Most wheel weights are 5-10g, so it's pretty easy to add a strip of 4 and still be able to see the screen.

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2.0

Not worth it

By JV

from Harvey Cedars, NJ

About Me Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Lacks Functionality
  • Poor Design
  • Poor Performance

Best Uses

  • Home Movies

Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

Got is a freebie from B&H when I bought the GoPro HERO4 Black. What do you expect for a freebie? Doesn't work at all as a steadicam, but once you attach the gimbal to the handgrip, it works great as a steady grip for your GoPro.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

READ BEFORE BUYING

By Bo Pro

from Toronto, CA

About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Limited Compatibility
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Blue):

    This product has SEVERE limitations, especially with the newer gopro models. This was made to work with the Hero 3 with the LCD backpack attachment. Any other model will require you to buy some wieghts to balance properlly. However, if you are using the Gopro Hero 4 Silver, the wieghts that tiffen sells to accompany this will COMPLETELY block the screen. This is not stated anywhere on the purchase page, it just says it's compadible. Really you are going to want access to the screen. Your best bet is to add your own wieghts around the screen rather than buying the wieght kit. You can find wheel balancing wieghts pretty easily that are self adhesive, just attach them onto a housing door that you are not using. The amount you want is 40g for the Gopro 4 silver. Most wheel weights are 5-10g, so it's pretty easy to add a strip of 4 and still be able to see the screen.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Built Well...

    By BillMahonPhoto

    from Sacramento, Ca.

    About Me Prof Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Gimble Could Be Tighter

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

    Built well, takes getting used to with practice. Gimble portion swivels a little much for me but it's good.

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    • No

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good for its price!

    By XYZstudio

    from Bergenfield NJ

    Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Blue):

    very small and handy steadycam! its just give u a stress at the 1stime use!

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    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    NOT STEADY

    By Joe

    from Estero FL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Poor Design
      • Poor Performance

      Best Uses

        Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

        This is really NOT A GIMBAL don't be fooled with name, I would definitely not recommend this piece of junk to anyone.

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        4.0

        SMOOTH!!!!!!!!!!

        By Pepe Miro

        from Miami Beach, Fl

        About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • No Weight Kit Included

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Silver):

        I bought this Steadicam right after my Hero4 Silver GoPro Camera, I was disappointed with the performance and did a search online to find out what I was doing wrong, since it is been awarded big time; then I ordered the weight kit necessary to balance Hero4 cameras in some configurations.
        It works FENOMENAL!!!!! for such a tinny Steadicam. The weight will block your display. I think Tiffen should create a balance weight to be placed at the quick release mount and not at the back of the camera with a Velcro strip. And that is why I gave 4 stars.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Difficult to balance

        By Bronson

        from Katy, TX

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Poor Performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

          While it is a nice grip handle, balancing it as a steadicam proves frustrating at the least and relatively unimpressive compared to my glidecam sled and hvx200 combo. I bought it to have the convenience of getting steadicam shots without having to bring the whole harness, spring arm, and sled in the event I just want to shoot some simple shots instead of a full on production but it does not glide well without having to hold the gimball and it is too expensive to simply use as a handle.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice design

          By zanesart

          from Palm Harbor, FL

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

              Nice design, very well built. Takes a bit of learning to get control, but does a nice job.

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              3.0

              packable version of Steadicam Curve

              By rusty

              from Naperville, IL

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

              I also own the steadicam curve (much larger)
              you can easily stash this - good for indoors, calm days
              makes a noticeable difference

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              • No

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              3.0

              It works...but

              By Fonzi

              from Palm Beach, Fl.

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Poor Performance
              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

                Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                Cheaply made & over priced, but it works once you have it fine tuned. The gimbal is too floppy and the counter weight system leaves a lot to be desired.

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                5.0

                Excelente!!

                By Ale

                from Argentina

                Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                Me gusto mucho este producto y excelente el precio!!

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                5.0

                You will not be dissapointed!

                By JoseH2O

                from Round Hill, VA

                About Me Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Traveler, Retired

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Red):

                  I wish I had known and purchased the Curve Steadicam for GoPro before my 8-day cruise to the Caribbean. I collected a lot of unusable footage due to the shaking and unstable recordings. Now that I've purchased the Curve for GoPro, I can not believe the difference. It is night and day! The Curve is actually super simple to operate and there was, at least for me, little or no learning curve to shooting stabled videos. I've tested it running up and down the stairs, walking on hard pavement, and playing with my dogs in uneven terrain with great results. Balancing the GoPro on the Curve was simple, even though I don't have the "required" LCD unit. Instead, I am using the battery pack (Model ABPack 301). I have sufficient range with its fine-tune adjustment to make it lean forward or backward past its balanced-point. I also found it to be lightweight and not tiresome to use even after extended periods of time. It is smaller than I expected and indeed, I would most definitely recommend the Curve Steadicam to my own brothers and sisters.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Better than nothing

                  By Robbie the Robot

                  from Tokyo

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                    I have a Steadicam Smoothie that works great, but due to its somewhat large size and awkward shape, it's not very convenient to carry around. The Curve, with its smaller form factor, would be something that I could carry in my backpack at all times. I knew it wouldn't perform as well as the Smoothie, but better to have it than nothing at all. It costs about two thirds the price of the Smoothie but performs only half as well. Almost useless if there is any wind. There are probably better options for the money.

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                    4.0

                    It does the job

                    By Stuart

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                        The Steadicam Curve for the GoPro Hero is what you'd expect. It is small, light and versatile. Turns tend to float off horizontal a bit, but the action is smooth and even pretty good when running. It's not something you can use for a long period of time because of the way you have to hold it, but it will give you some great shots. Who can complain for the price? This kind of gadget for delivering this kind of quality video was pie in the sky 20 years ago!

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                        5.0

                        Amazingly Useful

                        By Steve2490

                        from Sydney, Australia

                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Hand Held Panning

                          Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Blue):

                          It works! Panning the GoPro is smooth and stable. This is an Amazingly good product! Stunning design and suberb quality!

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                          5.0

                          Awesome product!

                          By John B.

                          from North Jersey

                          Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                          Just purchased this steadicam curve before our family cruise and can't wait to try it out. Takes some time calibrating it, but once you get it it's ready to go. Love the handle lock feature. Nothing negative to report at this time about this product. Make sure you use the LCD backpack so it works how is supposed to.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Steadicam Curve

                          By R6

                          from Texas

                          Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                          Poor handle material, good for indoors activities. Don't recommended for outdoors it's very sensitive for the wind.

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                          (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Digital stabilizers are better

                          By Steven

                          from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design

                          Cons

                          • Poor Performance
                          • Pricey / Poor Value

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects

                          Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                          This gadget is an attempt to provide stabilization thru mechanical means since the GoPros have no digital stabilization. But the end result is not as good as a decent camera like the Canon V1X1A, which has a terrific dynamic stabilizer.

                          I'll challenge anyone to beat the Canon in video stability using only a GoPro with the Curve.

                          The Curve is hard to balance and has to be re-balanced if you change the cam's configuration, like adding a video display or changing the backdoor. There may not be enough spare weights in the package to compensate.

                          I wasn't able to get it to "glide" in the same plane without using anotther finger or a second hand, which means you are introducing another motion when what you want is to reduce other motions. It takes a lot of practice and skill to make it work.

                          The professional Steadicams are great, but are a full body harness. If you can afford those, get one. But this poor imitation is not worth the money. Get a cam with a digital stabilizer instead and put your GoPro to work other places.

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                          4.0

                          Great Steadicam for the GoPro

                          By Alice

                          from Phoenix AZ

                          About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Black):

                            Steadicam works good. The only problem is in high winds it gets moved like a wind vane so you gotta use your finger to keep it in place. It take a lot of practice and like all other video stabilizers it will take you a few weeks to get used to it. Construction is good and it is super light and does not catch much attention which is excellent. A must for walking shots with the GoPro if you want smooth moving footage.

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                            4.0

                            A little tricky, but a lot of fun

                            By BenW

                            from New York, NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Curve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Blue):

                              I love the compact design and have gotten some wonderful shots with the device. The one handed operation and tiny footprint allow me to operate in a crowd without people noticing.

                              I've found that the Curve works best when I'm only grasping the handle and not touching the gimbal with thumb and forefinger to pan and tilt (as instructed). I pan by moving my arm and body. A little awkward, but so far has worked. I'm getting much better with practice, though. Outside the Curve is very sensitive to wind. Works better on interiors or on calm days, though that can be said for any Steadicam, to some extent.

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