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VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System

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  • Lightweight
  • Gimbal Design
  • Use with Cameras 1-9 lbs

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The VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System features a multi-purpose handle with a telescoping pin that can either be locked inline for use as a monopod or unlocked to allow free floating action shots. The slim design allows for ease of use in the tight shooting situations — just grab the FlowPod, mount your camera, and start recording. The FlowPod will give you smooth footage, while walking, running, or even going up and down stairs, without any camera instability or shake. It supports cameras/rigs weighing up to 9 lb. A VariZoom VZ-FP1 weight kit is required for cameras over 5 lb.

High quality aluminum construction.
Locking/Unlocking pivoting foam handle grip, for use as a monopod or as a stabilizing system.
Use it with or without VariZoom's zoom and focus controllers.
Optional Low Flow kit, allows for low-to-the-ground video shot, especially on moving things.
Supports cameras/rigs weighing up to 9 lb. A VariZoom VZ-FP1 weight kit is required for cameras over 5 lb.
UPC: 877038000421
Construction Aluminum
Load Capacity 9 lb (4 kg)
Vest No
Arm No
Head Assembly/Top Stage X-Y sliding plate
Quick Release No
Docking Bracket No
Dovetail Plate No
Gimbal Yes
Dynamic Spin 270 degree
Post Monopod
Monitor No (optional monitor could be mounted on base)
Battery No
Battery Mount No
Optional Accessories Low Mode Kit
Weight 4.0 lb (1.8 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 6.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 7.54 x 6.0"
VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System
  • Balancing/Docking Plate for FlowPod
  • Telescoping Monopod
  • Pivoting Handle
  • Removable Collar-Lock Counterweights
  • Sliding Mounting Plate
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    VariZoomFlowPod Stabilizer System
     
    3.9

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves performance (8)
    • Professional quality (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (6)
    • Home movies (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (8), Professional artist (5), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Much Better Than Expected

    I bought this with only so so expectations because of some of the reviews. The first day I tried it out, I couldn't balance the thing because my camera was too light. I...Read complete review

    I bought this with only so so expectations because of some of the reviews. The first day I tried it out, I couldn't balance the thing because my camera was too light. I figured out I could add weight to the top to even it out. Another option is to extend the leg out a little and the new monopod attachment that Varizoom released is longer than the original and adds a little more weight. If you use a heavier camera you should be fine. My Canon G10 was too light, but my Sony VG20 was perfect. You definitely want to buy the balancing place accessory if you've never balanced a steadicam before. THis was my first time balancing a steadicam and I knew the basics but it took a long time to finally get it right. However the amazing thing is that setting up the flowpod now compared to when I got it is day and night. After 1 week of messing around with it I can now balance it with out even needing the balancing plate. So that problem is no longer a problem. The second problem I had was keeping it vertical when walking around. Again this was my first time operating a steadicam. I was a mess the first time I took it out for a spin, it would sway like it was bottom heavy. I learned quickly though that I could easily prevent any swaying by using my two fingers that control the direction of the flowpod. I'm assuming thats actually how most stabilizers work. It's a two handed operation, one on the handle and one turning the camera and controlling tilt. Once I got the hang of it I was able to get amazing stable footage with zero swaying. Now I absolutely love my flow pod. For me being an even wedding videographer, I havent come across anything more convenient for achieving a stabilized image for both moving and when standing still using the monopod. Also I'd skip the low Flow kit. It's much easier to just lock the handle down and flip the unit upside down. It's not a perfect solution but it's a quick and relatively efficient one. If you're in monopod mode, and you need to do a quick movement, you can actually switch to flowpod mode instantly by leaving the monopod extended and just grabbing the handle. You have to be careful not to bump the leg while you walk but it works for moving about short distances and instantly going back to monopod mode. For events, this option is invaluable. I couldn't be happier with my flowpod now. It can be a little heavy at first but after a weeks use I've already built up my arm strength enough to handle it for hours on end now. I'd definitely recommend the flowpod if you'r looking for a good steadicam and the convenience of a monpod. If you're strictly a film maker though, you might be better off with a dedicated steadicam like the merlin. But for events, fast setup, and convenience the Flowpod is the way to go.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    My second flowpod works nicely

    My first flowpod broke immediately. My second one is still in working condition.

    The flowpod allows you to get decent stabilized shots after balancing it for your camera. Since your...Read complete review

    My first flowpod broke immediately. My second one is still in working condition.

    The flowpod allows you to get decent stabilized shots after balancing it for your camera. Since your arm will get very tired after about 5 minutes of continuous use with any handheld stabilizer, having a monopod extension built in is great. The Flowpod has a quick release plate, but be warned, once you remove the camera you're going to have to re-balance the entire thing again.

    If this device was sub $200, it would be 5 stars. At almost $400 it's 3 stars.

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    4.0

    nice product, works well

    By Chris

    from Yachats OR

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films

      Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

      Solidly made stabilizer, easy to balance using the provided accessory. Decent weight capacity, adjustable with the three weights provided. It will take quite a bit of practice to get really good at using it, but the first test footage was already much better than just a camera in the hands would do. You can lock rotation of the handle for one handed stabilizer use, which I find esp. useful at first, because controlling rotation around the vertical axis with your other hand is the hardest to do smoothly. Nice that it doubles as a monopod.

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      1.0

      Doesn't work well

      By VDOMKR

      from St. Louis

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Poor Design
      • Poor Performance
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • None

      Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

      Not worth the money. I used mine once before it broke.

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      • No

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      1.0

      This is useless! I hate it.

      By Wild Lupin

      from Nova Scotia, Canada

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Monopod

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Poor Design
      • Poor Performance

      Best Uses

      • Door Stop
      • Dust Collecting

      Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

      After wasting a bunch of money and time this is collecting dust in my garage. It won't balance my 5Diii or Z1U and I'm not even going to bother trying my heavier EX3 which is what they show in the photo.

      Total waste of money, I'm not kidding.

      Only possible use is as a mono pod but forget using it as a stabilizer.

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      • No

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      4.0

      solid stabilizer, works well

      By elStrockito

      from Sandpoint, ID

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

        This is a great stabilizer that's easy to use and has a solid feel to it. The rig comes with a stabilizing plate that you fasten to a flat, level object - you use this plate to rest the stabilizer while you balance it (that means you don't have to balance/make tweaks to your balance while holding it); it's very useful. The monopod is a very nice addition I didn't think I'd use.

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        5.0

        Excellent product - but...

        By PMP

        from Harwood MD.

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

          Well built, sturdy. Just used it on location in a restaurant kitchen (very tight quarters) for our local TV cook-show. Used the mono-pod feature. Got excellent results. The only flaw is that the locking screw to secure my Sony HVR-Z1U to the unit gets blocked by the camera body. I replaced the screw with a longer one - problem solved!

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          5.0

          Product works very well and very rugged.

          By Skate video

          from Hermosa Beach, CA

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality
          • Very well made

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

              I read the reviews before writing my own all I can say is Follow the directions mount the camera solidly and you could not have an easier stabilizer / monopod to use. The monopod feature is extremely useful and allows you to go back and forth between the two modes instantly. No other stabilizer other than the same companies product the Stealthy does this.

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              5.0

              Much Better Than Expected

              By Paul

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Wedding videographer

              Pros

              • Convenient
              • Fast setup
              • Good monopod
              • Good steadicam
              • High quality
              • New version wquick plate

              Cons

              • Could be lighter

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Film
              • Weddings

              Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

              I bought this with only so so expectations because of some of the reviews. The first day I tried it out, I couldn't balance the thing because my camera was too light. I figured out I could add weight to the top to even it out. Another option is to extend the leg out a little and the new monopod attachment that Varizoom released is longer than the original and adds a little more weight. If you use a heavier camera you should be fine. My Canon G10 was too light, but my Sony VG20 was perfect. You definitely want to buy the balancing place accessory if you've never balanced a steadicam before. THis was my first time balancing a steadicam and I knew the basics but it took a long time to finally get it right. However the amazing thing is that setting up the flowpod now compared to when I got it is day and night. After 1 week of messing around with it I can now balance it with out even needing the balancing plate. So that problem is no longer a problem. The second problem I had was keeping it vertical when walking around. Again this was my first time operating a steadicam. I was a mess the first time I took it out for a spin, it would sway like it was bottom heavy. I learned quickly though that I could easily prevent any swaying by using my two fingers that control the direction of the flowpod. I'm assuming thats actually how most stabilizers work. It's a two handed operation, one on the handle and one turning the camera and controlling tilt. Once I got the hang of it I was able to get amazing stable footage with zero swaying. Now I absolutely love my flow pod. For me being an even wedding videographer, I havent come across anything more convenient for achieving a stabilized image for both moving and when standing still using the monopod. Also I'd skip the low Flow kit. It's much easier to just lock the handle down and flip the unit upside down. It's not a perfect solution but it's a quick and relatively efficient one. If you're in monopod mode, and you need to do a quick movement, you can actually switch to flowpod mode instantly by leaving the monopod extended and just grabbing the handle. You have to be careful not to bump the leg while you walk but it works for moving about short distances and instantly going back to monopod mode. For events, this option is invaluable. I couldn't be happier with my flowpod now. It can be a little heavy at first but after a weeks use I've already built up my arm strength enough to handle it for hours on end now. I'd definitely recommend the flowpod if you'r looking for a good steadicam and the convenience of a monpod. If you're strictly a film maker though, you might be better off with a dedicated steadicam like the merlin. But for events, fast setup, and convenience the Flowpod is the way to go.

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              5.0

              Awesome all around! Youtube testimonies

              By FreedomRiding

              from Oahu, Hawaii

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

                Compared to Glidecam and Steadicam, in which I've used, this is a much more versatile rig with a much smaller price tag. Its a stabilizer monopod that also shoots a low angle. Running with this is actually easier compared to big brands because you don't have the wide weight plates sticking out the sides, which your shins, knees, thighs hit easily if you're not paying attention to it. I havent had anything break like the other reviews on here. Maybe the early models had inferior hardware. Mine is solid! Watch this video on Youtube, Search: Makahiki Challenge 2012-Official Video
                That was shot with my first real experience with the Flowpod

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                3.0

                My second flowpod works nicely

                By Brad

                from Hoboken, NJ

                About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Performance
                • Monopod
                • Stablization

                Cons

                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

                • Event videography
                • Weddings

                Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

                My first flowpod broke immediately. My second one is still in working condition.

                The flowpod allows you to get decent stabilized shots after balancing it for your camera. Since your arm will get very tired after about 5 minutes of continuous use with any handheld stabilizer, having a monopod extension built in is great. The Flowpod has a quick release plate, but be warned, once you remove the camera you're going to have to re-balance the entire thing again.

                If this device was sub $200, it would be 5 stars. At almost $400 it's 3 stars.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very good

                By Marian Oprea

                from Romania

                About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

                  use it for weddings and events. is solidly built and very versatile. when you use it as a monopod hand gets tired. works with many types of video or photo camera. adjusts immediately and stabilization is perfect.

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                  4.0

                  This is great

                  By armandiux

                  from Acapulco, Mexico

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

                      This is the cheapest professional stabilizer I found, I was in the game between other stabilizers, finally I decided.
                      Instructions are very clear and simple, at the beginning you simply start playing with the FlowPod and realize that was the best choice.
                      Very well manufactured, very steady, professional look and as I mentioned before, it has the lowest price tag.
                      It feels a little heavy but is easy to get used to it.

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                      5.0

                      FlowPod is Awesome

                      By Video jim

                      from Hermosa Beach, CA

                      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System:

                        I have shot in wind but you would never know it by the look of the video it is totally smooth. The combination of the monopod which is always available to user in seconds make this a great dual purpose and very practical tool. Shot with DVX camera, EX1 and other similar size cameras all smooth shooting. See actual Flowpod video footage on youtube or [@] and judge for yourself.

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