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VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System

B&H # VAVZFP Mfr # VZ-FP
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Product Highlights
  • Light Weight
  • Gimbal Design
  • Use with Cameras 1-9 lbs

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.
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)
VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System
  • Telescoping Monopod
  • Pivoting Handle
  • Removable Collar-Lock Counterweights
  • Sliding Mounting Plate
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    VariZoomFlowPod Stabilizer System
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves performance (7)
    • Professional quality (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (4)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (5), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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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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              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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