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Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer

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Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer

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  • For Compact Camcorders 0.5-3 lb
  • Three-Axis Gimbal
  • Camera Balance Platform
  • (12) Included Counterweight Discs
  • Telescoping Central Post
  • Foam-Padded Handle Grip
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You Pay: $159.00

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The Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer represents an affordable way to put your compact camcorder on a floating platform, enabling you to capture the types of professional handheld shots that add dynamic flair to any video production. Smooth camera movement that ranges freely in every dimension is not something you can achieve via dollies or shoulder-mount rigs. For truly unfettered, floating camera moves, you need a gimbal-based camera stabilizer.

The XR-1000 is a complete handheld system, with a dynamic camera platform that will allow you to mount & achieve proper balance for your small camcorder (0.5-3 lb), a telescoping central post that allows you to adjust the height of the unit, and a balance platform that supports any combination of the included large and small counterbalance weights. At the center of everything, however, is the three-axis gimbal that lets the camera handle move freely while the rest of the stabilizer stays upright, thereby eliminating the shake that plagues most handheld camerawork.

The design of the Glidecam XR-1000 is tool-free, so you'll be able to set up and achieve balance easily & quickly every time. With practice you'll be steering your camera through three dimensions naturally and smoothly without a second thought, as if the camera platform were a cloud floating through calm skies.

For long periods of operation with the XR-1000, you will no doubt benefit from the addition of an optional support accessory (sold separately), such as a Body-Pod or a Forearm Brace.

Dynamic camera balance platform
Precision three-axis gimbal with adjustable convergence
No-tools telescoping central post
Adjustable inertial-control base platform
Foam-padded handle grip
Made in the U.S.
Construction Not specified by manufacturer
Load Capacity 0.5-3 lb (0.2-1.4 kg)
Vest No
Arm No
Head Assembly/Top Stage Camera plate with 1/4"-20 mounting holes
Quick Release No
Docking Bracket No
Dovetail Plate No
Gimbal Yes, 3-axis
Dynamic Spin Not specified by manufacturer
Post Telescoping: total height of unit is adjustable from 12-16" (30.5-40.6 cm)
Monitor No
Battery No
Battery Mount No
Optional Accessories Body-Pod, Forearm Brace, iGlide smartphone adapter
Diameter Central post: 0.75" (19mm)
Dimensions Camera mounting head: 0.75 x 3.25 x 5.5" (2.2 x 8.3 x 14.0 cm)
Base platform: 7.8 x 3.25" (19.8 x 8.3 cm)
Unit height range: 12-16" (30.5-40.6 cm)
Weight 1.5 lb (0.7 kg) without counterweight discs

Counterweight discs:
8x large discs average 2.75 oz (78 g)
4x small discs average 1 oz (28 g)
Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer
  • 4 x Small Counterweights
  • 8 x Large Counterweights
  • 90-Day Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    GlidecamXR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer
     
    3.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Hard to use (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (6)
    • Independent films (6)
    • Complex projects (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (8), Film student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works good with some practice

    This was my first run at a camera stabilizer but everything I had read prior to purchasing my video camera, they seemed to be essential in getting smooth video. I use it with my...Read complete review

    This was my first run at a camera stabilizer but everything I had read prior to purchasing my video camera, they seemed to be essential in getting smooth video. I use it with my Canon VIXIA HF-G10. It was easy to put together, very well packaged, solid construction quality, and only took about 10 minutes to get it perfectly balanced. It comes with a plentiful supply of weights as well.

    The stabilizer requires a 2-hand operation. With some practice, the shots are very smooth and fluid. It's a little bit of a challenge to get the right touch with the guide/post hand, but once you get the hang of it, it works great.

    An absolute essential accessory for this product is some kind of quick release plate, else you're having to remount and rebalance your camera each time. I picked up a fairly cheap Manfrotta quick release plate package where I can pop it off my tripod and snap it onto the glidecam in a matter of seconds. Without the quick release, I would have likely avoided using it at times when it would have taken too long to get setup.

    For the price tag, this is one of the more inexpensive ways to pick up a non-DIY version of a camera stabilizer. I'm sure there are other products (much more expensive) out there that may perform better, but for the price/value, I certainly recommend giving this product a try. In my experience and with my specific camera, it suits my purpose well.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A powerful tool, but not for everyone

    I read the positive and negative reviews and thought, how hard can this be to align. After buying it, I can say as a trained engineer that it is hard. Not impossible,...Read complete review

    I read the positive and negative reviews and thought, how hard can this be to align. After buying it, I can say as a trained engineer that it is hard. Not impossible, but hard. We consulted with a friend who LOVES this device and help us tune it. It works for a long, slow stretch (like walking in front of an interviewee. But, it is incredible sensitive and we had to readjust with each take. More creative motions didn't work at all. Finally, we tried adding a quick release adapter, but it weighed too much and we had to resort to bolting the camera down. It took us 10-15 minutes to set up each take. That would get better with experience, but it is definitely an art you will need to master. Proceed with caution.

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    2.0

    xr-1000 handhled camera stabilizer by Gl

    By benie

    from san francisco, ca

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

          It's very hard to use and heavy. Not ideal equipment

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great once you get the hang of it

          By David

          from Springfield, MO

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Hard To Get The Hang Of

          Best Uses

          • Anywhere
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

          I use this for my own personal videos of my kids mostly. I do dabble in some short film areas with it. I'll start by saying, what many of you have read from other reviews I'm sure, that this is kind of hard to get the hang of. I watched some YouTube video's on balancing it and that helped a lot, but really it's just about getting out there and using it and adjusting it; then rinse and repeat. Once you've got the hang of it, it is fantastic! The difference in my hand held or monopod held attempts at walking or even panning, were so awful compared to the amazing results I got from this. There are newer (more expenseive) versions but if you just need something that's budget friendly and that's still going to get the job done, this is the one for you.

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          • No

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          5.0

          very very sensitive, good for Sony CX550

          By hg

          from LA

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Needs Improvment

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

          It says 0.5 to 3 lb, Sony AX100 is 2.7lb(with FV-70 battery), feels too heavy, XR-2000 might be a better choice,
          I can build dog house and fix old clock, but it takes two hours to balance, I checked Youtube, break an old hard disk drive and get two pieces magnet, it works great. made in USA.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wow

          By Awesome

          from Iowa

          Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

          I was very excited to get this because I'm getting into film making a little and I've seen the glidecam in action. Its easy to set up, even if you don't read directions well, and the results from the footage are fantastic compaired to using a regular handheld.

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          5.0

          Great for firs timers

          By markeymark

          from Columbus, Oh

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

              The glidecam is everything I was looking for in a camera stabilizer. I have very little time shooting videos so please don't think this is some high tech system. Yes it does take time to get it balanced but not as much as people have said about it. All in all it took me about an hour to fully set up. The hard part is getting it perfect, if its off balance at all the videos will have this rocking motion to it. If you spend that extra 5 min making sure its perfect your videos will turn out great. Over all this is a great product for the money.

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              3.0

              Good Result With Heavy Patience/Practice

              By Tenjin

              from CA

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Hard to use

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

              A glidecam/steadicam type device is a must for smooth moving shots. The XR-1000 is for the lightest loads - and if you're using a camcorder or GoPro this is the type you need. Even so, with a typical camcorder (about 13oz) you can barely balance it with a pair of the lightest counterweights. A quick release plate is not only more convenient -- it's essential.
              But using it well is almost like walking down the street with an egg balanced on the edge of a razor blade. It takes hours of practice and patience, but when you get better at it the results are simply magical.
              The biggest problem with this XR series is that it lacks the fine tuning knobs on the more expensive Glidecam HD series. This makes balancing the XR type a real painful chore - you must move the plates below the camera manually, and going even 1mm (or even less!) over where you need to will throw everything out of whack. The XR needs that fine tuning knob! But the lowest HD Glidecam takes camera loads from 1.5lb - so you have to either add more deadweight to the top (and your arm will tire very quickly from it) or use a heavier camcorder or DSLR.
              The XR is still way better than just handheld, but you'll need to give up a lot more of your time and not just your money for it.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Overpriced and clunky

              By Shoestring Shooter

              from Cold Spring, NY

              About Me Photographer New To Video

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Hard to use
              • Needs Frequent Tune-ups
              • No Built-in Quick Release
              • Overpriced
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

              I bought the Glidecam XR-1000 to ease certain moving camera shoots. Unfortunately, the XR-1000 is a very primitive design that's extremely laborious to balance. For the price they charge, I am sure Glidecam could afford to invest in a teeny, tiny bit of R&D and come up with something easier to use. Unfortunately, ALL the Glidecam/Steadicam camera stabilizers are very expensive, probably because they are niche products. I wound up customizing my Glidecam with a couple of Sunwayfoto accessories to make it easier to use, but in retrospect I might have been better off buying a higher-end stabilizer to begin with.

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              5.0

              Worth every penny!

              By Pixelpusher355

              from Lubbock, TX

              About Me Business Owner, Designer, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Awesomness

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Steady Awesome Shots

              Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

              This has been the best purchase yet in regards to accessories for shooting with my HD cam, SLR and GoPros. Everything is extremely smooth, I am spoiled now and pretty much bring the steady cam along even for basic shots.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Muy bueno!!

              By Ale Rasta

              from Uruguay

              About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

              • Limited Compatibility

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies

              Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

              Very good! I tried it at home running and the camera did not move!

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              A powerful tool, but not for everyone

              By Eric

              from Montana

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reasonable Price
              • You~'~~ll Get Stronger Arms

              Cons

              • Hard to use
              • Heavy After A Few Minutes

              Best Uses

                Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                I read the positive and negative reviews and thought, how hard can this be to align. After buying it, I can say as a trained engineer that it is hard. Not impossible, but hard. We consulted with a friend who LOVES this device and help us tune it. It works for a long, slow stretch (like walking in front of an interviewee. But, it is incredible sensitive and we had to readjust with each take. More creative motions didn't work at all. Finally, we tried adding a quick release adapter, but it weighed too much and we had to resort to bolting the camera down. It took us 10-15 minutes to set up each take. That would get better with experience, but it is definitely an art you will need to master. Proceed with caution.

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                • No

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                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Tough buy!

                By Noraml Guy

                from Minneapolis, MN

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                I purchased this item to use with a digital SLR and it was extremely difficult to balance and it will not stay balanced. It's a awkward product and even after being assured by B&H support that this is a superior product and will work fine we have discovered it doesn't. We even brought it to two local camera stores in our area and they agreed this is not a great product. B&H is an awesome company and sell great things. This line of product needs a serious review. Thanks!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Product!

                By Jake

                from Florida

                About Me Film Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                  Great for my Canon T4i!

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Cheaply Priced Glidecam

                  By Drew

                  from walnut creek, Ca

                  About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • The quick release plate

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • Web edits

                  Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                  I have been using the glide cam xr1000 with my canon 550d. I have only used it a hand full of times and I think it has already payed for its self in the quality images it gives you. A very good investment and was the best $ I've spent on a accessory for my camera!

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works good with some practice

                  By Kelen

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Glidecam XR-1000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                    This was my first run at a camera stabilizer but everything I had read prior to purchasing my video camera, they seemed to be essential in getting smooth video. I use it with my Canon VIXIA HF-G10. It was easy to put together, very well packaged, solid construction quality, and only took about 10 minutes to get it perfectly balanced. It comes with a plentiful supply of weights as well.

                    The stabilizer requires a 2-hand operation. With some practice, the shots are very smooth and fluid. It's a little bit of a challenge to get the right touch with the guide/post hand, but once you get the hang of it, it works great.

                    An absolute essential accessory for this product is some kind of quick release plate, else you're having to remount and rebalance your camera each time. I picked up a fairly cheap Manfrotta quick release plate package where I can pop it off my tripod and snap it onto the glidecam in a matter of seconds. Without the quick release, I would have likely avoided using it at times when it would have taken too long to get setup.

                    For the price tag, this is one of the more inexpensive ways to pick up a non-DIY version of a camera stabilizer. I'm sure there are other products (much more expensive) out there that may perform better, but for the price/value, I certainly recommend giving this product a try. In my experience and with my specific camera, it suits my purpose well.

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                    • No

                    Share this review

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