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Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S

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Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S

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Product Highlights

  • Smooth, Shake-free Video
  • Patented Steadicam Design
  • Quick-release Tripod Mount
  • Easy Out-of-the-box Setup

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The Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S takes the same technology found on expensive Hollywood Steadicam rigs and shrinks it down to the perfect size for home and vacation use. Simply snap your iPhone 4 or 4S into the specially designed mount, grip the handle, and float your camera smoothly and effortlessly through the air. Fly up steps, through crowds, across fields, down sidewalks--wherever your legs can take you. And when you need to catch your breath and set the camera down, the quick-release mount doubles as a tabletop stand or tripod mount. So if you've always wanted to use the tiniest of electronics to recreate your favorite moments from Rocky, The Shining, and Goodfellas, now you finally can. (Boxers, gangsters, and homicidal novelists must be purchased separately.)

The lightweight, compact, agile, and easy to use Steadicam Smoothee features an innovative, patented design built around a durable mono-frame metal structure that requires no complicated instruction to use.
Patented quick-release removable mount also serves as a tabletop stand or can be mounted to any tripod with a standard 1/4"-20 camera mount.
Comfortable ergonomic handgrip folds up securely when not in use.
Mount Thread 1/4"-20
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8"W x 14.5" H x 2.5" D (20.3 x 36.8 x 6.4cm)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S
  • iPhone 4 or 4S Mount
  • 6-Month Parts & Labor Warranty
  • Additional 6-Month Warranty with Online Registration
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    SteadicamSmoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S
     
    4.4

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (20)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Improves performance (17)
    • Well built / quality (17)
    • Compact (8)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (17)
    • Travel (12)
    • Shooting outdoors (11)
    • Shooting indoors (10)
    • Independent films (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (20), Professional artist (7), Aspiring film maker (6), Film professional (5), Gearhead (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (35), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I like it

    I am a video/film professional and often use small HD cameras to complement a more robust HDV camera (e.g. HVX200) shoot. I've recently returned from a test shoot in NYC and found...Read complete review

    I am a video/film professional and often use small HD cameras to complement a more robust HDV camera (e.g. HVX200) shoot. I've recently returned from a test shoot in NYC and found the Smoothee to be pretty darn good.

    For me, shooting handheld with the iPhone yields unusable footage due to shaking and wobble. The Smoothee makes an incredible difference, and the shots look really nice. That said, as with other Steadicam models, the pan can be difficult to keep under control, and I found my shots panning by themselves, sometimes almost 180 degrees, unless I constantly made adjustments. That means that, per the Smoothee's instruction manual, you have to lightly keep a hand (or your finger and thumb) on the rotating pan wheel to keep you shot aligned. This is not always easy and sometimes yields an unacceptable or unexpected result. You have to practice to be able to use the pan control without jerking your shot too noticeably. While this method isn't ideal for every shot or situation (wind, for instance, was very difficult to shoot in), you can still get some really nice results with this little rig.

    Precision and repeatability are not things you'll get using Smoothee. Also, tilting is not something you'll want to be trying with this unit. I've found it can be done to a degree, but is a real challenge.

    If you have an open mind, are adventurous and love cool new tech, you can make this work for you. It also helps if you're a skilled DP or camera operator. All in all, if you use this device with the mindset that not every shot will be what you expect, you will be very pleased with the (mostly) great, smooth shots it can help you to capture.

    And if you had told me I'd be shooting HD Steadicam footage on a cell phone 5 years ago, I would have laughed in your face!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Ya gotta practice to make it work.

    I made a 20-mile trek around downtown Atlanta and created video of a park that will one day be a green belt with trails and transit. I used various Smart Phones to stream...Read complete review

    I made a 20-mile trek around downtown Atlanta and created video of a park that will one day be a green belt with trails and transit. I used various Smart Phones to stream the journey. The Smoothee is beautifully manufactured--the phone fits perfectly in the carrier (if it's the right one) and the rest of the apparatus is well manufactured. However, it did not produce a really smooth broadcast for me. I imagine it's possible to do for shorter shoots, but a long take like mine is asking too much of such a small device.

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    5.0

    Easy set-up and operation in only 5 min.

    By monteam

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Frequent Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

      As soon as I got it out of the box I was able to attache my iPhone 4 and do minor forward/backward, left/right adjustment and I was walking around my job site with the Steadicam Smoothee. First test run was amazing for being my first time. In time I should be able to improve usage and make my videos look professional.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Unbeatable Cam Value

      By drhall

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me Frequent Traveler, Gearhead, Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Won't Hold 3rd Party Cases

        Best Uses

        • Smooth Video On A Budget

        Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

        Super light, very well built and simply a great value for anyone wanting smooth video!

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        5.0

        I Think This Product is Great!

        By Mike S

        from Virginia Beach, Va

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy Controls
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

            I use the Smoothee with both my iPhone and WASP Gideon. Comparing videos made by handheld alone vs with the smoothee is like night and day. I get very professional looking shots!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great product for budget filming

            By Bruce Wayne

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Gearhead

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                Gave this to my nephew who is an aspiring director to film my wedding and the footage came out amazing!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                This is an awesome little gadget

                By The Traveler

                from Albuquerque, NM

                About Me Frequent Traveler

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                  I use this for my iPhone 4 and it works great! The video is much less shaky and of much better quality. The Smoothee is very convenient for shooting footage on the go and does not require much time for set-up. I recommend it for the iPhone 4 or 4S.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Amazing for the size

                  By Doug B

                  from Virginia Beach, VA

                  About Me Practical, Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Controls

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Long Talks

                    Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                    I have used the pro Steadicam on film shoots and I'm really amazed how well this performs. I'm shooting a wedding for a friends daughter and plan on using this for insert shots, like bride walking down aisle and on the dance floor.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By sherrick

                    from Chico, CA

                    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Controls
                    • Fully Assembled

                    Cons

                    • No Shoes For Other Cams

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                      I am using this to create a walk through video for my non-profit organization and it works great. The balance dials make it easy to fine tune the balance of the camera and adjust the forward or backward tilt of the camera depending on need. Shots are very smooth and the finger controls are easy to use.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      smoothee by steadicam keeps it simple

                      By don

                      from newark,ny

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Interchangability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • One Hand Operable

                        Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                        I am a disabled veteran with tremers in both hands.
                        I needed a stable platform to take pics and movies.
                        Smoothee is a simple fix for my needs.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works Great

                        By Saskroots

                        from Chilliwack BC

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                            as a realtor I found the smoothee to take the shake out of my video home tours.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Good Product

                            By Stephen

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                            • Limited

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                            i like this product it is really cool and easy to use. However, if is limiting in it's use. this is for people that just want to have fun with their phones. i saw some cool mods online to use it with other cameras though that would be a waste of time in my opinion. This is a quality, adult toy if you get it, have fun.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Works Seamless, Shots fluid

                            By Kristian the Canadian

                            from Moose Jaw, SK

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                              it is a fantastic device. Makes very fluid movies and is easy to use one handed.
                              Makes for a perfect track like shot and easy to use for beginner and professional.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Smoothee for iPhone 4S works great

                              By Konst

                              from Vancouver BC

                              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Improves Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                I use this product in combination with FiLMiC Pro (AVC encoded video with bitrate 40-50Mbps @ 24fps) and the results are pretty good. I cannot say that the device elliminate the shake completely, but all the shakes you may have are ve-e-e-e-ry smooth and are seen on screen very natural; so go ahead and buy one if you consider an iPhone camera as a main device to shoot video. personally myself I prefer Smoothee+iPhone4S+FiLMiC Pro verus DCLR (no live focus, too heavy and stabilizers are too expensive). {I use my DSLR Video only with trypod}. The only 2 smoothee concerns are (1) the shoe mount is individual for smoothee: you cannot use it with nothing else, only with smoothee. (2) if you use Olloclip lens you have to go over balansing exersize all over again for each lens or when you remove it.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Cool but extremely sensitive

                                By Chris in El Paso

                                from El Paso, TX

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                • Not steady in wind

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Shooting Indoors

                                Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                Got the Smoothee to shoot a couple of projects, one of which was last weekend.

                                In the videos from Tiffen, they talked about how it was sensitive to wind. I had no idea it was *THAT* sensitive to the wind. Almost made it unusable at times.

                                If you are shooting inside or without wind, it works beautifully, just be careful otherwise.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Product - Very Easy To Use

                                By Splitrocked

                                from Lake Placid, NY

                                About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                  I use this with GoPro and iPhone cameras. It is very easy to use out of the box. Very smooth moves without a lot of practice.

                                  Wish I could add other cameras or the GoPro 3D camera setup.

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                                  5.0

                                  The proof was in the video

                                  By gp56

                                  from CT

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Good mount design
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Learning Curve

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                    I don't think I truly appreciated the Smoothee until I finished my first edit. As someone who has been around a lot of productions my standards are pretty high, so I was a little critical during my first use. It definitely has a learning curve and it's not for every shot. But the shots that made the cut simply would not have been possible with a hand held iPhone. The phone mount is clean and easy and has the added advantage of giving you a tripod mount, yes you still need a tripod in your bag. The whole unit it light and compact and it does deliver the goods. I would recommend it.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great product if used properly

                                    By Weasel_Loader

                                    from Southern California

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to set up
                                    • Good quality construction
                                    • Works as advertised

                                    Cons

                                    • Unstable in the wind

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Shooting Indoors

                                    Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                    This is a great product to make your iPhone movies much better. Indoors works best as ANY slight breeze will mess up the balance. Not much else to say, but happy I made the purchase.

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                                    • Yes

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                                    4.0

                                    Takes Some Getting Used Too

                                    By Griff

                                    from Danville, KY

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Shooting Outdoors
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                      I take the Smoothee with me on location assignments. Especially those difficult to get to places where packing extras HDSLR gear is prohibited.
                                      The iPhone 4S HD video is quite good and the Smoothee steadies the shot.

                                      Balancing the unit takes some getting used to and deciding on which method use to prevent the unit from swivel rotation becomes the "English" to be learned.
                                      I'd like to have seen a more standard mount that retrofits to Manfrotto or Really Right Stuff tripods when not used on the Steadicam.

                                      All in all, a great quality, inexpensive steadicam for the iPhone.

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                                      5.0

                                      Brilliant value and performance

                                      By Chris

                                      from VIC, Australia

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Quality Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                          Easily handles Sony HX9V point and shoot camera (245g) + Genus Variable ND filter + extra ballast (on top stage, front and lower weight). Bearing is as smooth as silk and the trim controls are precise and cover a wide range. Very solid pro construction.The tiny Smoothee/Merlin-style finger control is difficult to learn and makes tilting difficult to any degree of precision or while moving ... but this is the limitation you will confront even with a Merlin at 5x the price! [Note: One major conceptual advantage of the DIY "WSCLATER" Merlin-type design which uses separate pan bearing and universal joints (as commercially adopted in the Blackbird stabiliser) compared to the Smoothee/Merlin all-in-one bearing is that you can apply a "brake" to the pan bearing while tilting the camera and thus have nowobbling in the pan axis ... largely unavoidable with Smoothee/Merlin]For [$]+ shipping to Australia the Smoothee is a stunning and truly game-changing Steadicam for the consumer market ... especially for those experimenting with DSLRs or cannibalising the Smoothee for other DIY projects.Having quite a bit of experience and theoretical knowledge of Steadicam, It took me only about 7 hours to completely accessorise, dismantle, experiment, reconfigure, conquer and IMPROVE the operation of this little beauty. I have settled on a total rig weight of 1.2kg as an ideal minimum operating weight that tends to ride out minor operation errors and small amounts of wind.The absolute key to the Smoothee is the **lightest** of touches. I describe it as "stroking the varnish" ... so light that when you pan it your fingers actually slip off, and it takes about two separate "panning movements" to get it moving.Be advised that the Smoothee gives you the challenge (and opportunity!) to learn about detailed steadicam principles such as Dynamic Balance if you are using it with cameras other than the Iphone for which it is designed. You may need to experiment a LOT with adding little washers and bits or weight at various points. Read up on Jerry Holway's famous "Dynamic Balance Primer" PDF availale from tiffen.com and other steadicam sites which breaks down the theory and mathematics of balancing Steadicams.Although i haven't yet used ithe Smoothee with an Iphone, I suspect that a newcomer may get annoyed by the susceptibility to operator error, fatthumbs and wind buffetting. But be assured this is capable of awesome results and is no toy.

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                                          3.0

                                          Too light for the gimbal design.

                                          By joatmon5

                                          from Dallas, TX

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to balance
                                          • Improves Performance
                                          • Quality Construction

                                          Cons

                                          • Too light

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                            I just received my Smoothee for iphone 4s.
                                            I have played around with it for several hours.
                                            If I tilt the handle slowly to the left, the whole unit stays slightly tilted to the left. It does the same thing if I tilt it to the right and forward and backward.
                                            The gimbal is too tight for the weight.
                                            I added weight to the top and bottom, and it does not have this problem.
                                            It may get better as the gimbal wears, but I doubt it.
                                            I took it outside. You better not have any wind with this light thing.
                                            I may send it back and just use my bigger rig.

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                                            4.0

                                            Great for iPhone video shooter

                                            By SVPHK

                                            from Hong Kong

                                            About Me Parent, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Improves Performance
                                            • Quality Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home Movies
                                              • Shooting Indoors
                                              • Shooting Outdoors
                                              • Travel
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                                              Comments about Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S:

                                              You get stable video footage for your iPhone.

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