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SteadicamCurve for GoPro HERO Action Cameras (Silver)
 
3.7

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (21)
  • Compact (19)
  • Professional quality (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Improves performance (13)

Cons

  • Poor performance (7)
  • Poor design (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Lacks functionality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home movies (13)
  • Independent films (9)
  • Complex projects (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (10), Professional artist (9), Business owner (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

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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5.0

Works as advertised

By Khaye

from San Diego

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

It works better than expected. I followed the set up instructions for a GoPro with LCD pack. It balanced with no issues. The difference in footage from a pole mount is vastly improved

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5.0

Pratico e estavel

By Peter

from Atibaia - Brazil

Verified Buyer

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

Gostei do produto pois é portátil e estável. Ótimo custo/beneficio. Recomendo!!

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4.0

Good quality product....but is not easy to use.

By Kurumuni

from Qc, Canada

Verified Buyer

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

It's nice and portable for the small camera like GoPro. The Steadicam is so light, we have to use a thumb all the time to control the stability.

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3.0

A bit flighty

By icr8stf

from Herndon, VA

About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Needs Dampening
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

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

    I had a decent time setting the balance as instructed. So far I have done some practive movements across the room with a stationary object as my target. Using the "thumb ring" is easy enough but the slightest variance in pressure throws this device into a wild tizzy. I need more practice. If there was a method for dampening the float it would be perfect. For the money (Black friday sale) its a great product, but at full price I would lay down some more bills for a more expensive product. I love the design, compactness and the locking handle is nicely implemented.

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    1.0

    Over promised, under delivered

    By JK Photo

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Lacks Functionality
    • Limited Compatibility
    • Poor Design
    • Poor Performance

    Best Uses

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

      Was told at Photo Plus that this would work with the GoPro Hero4 Black. Could not wait to order it and have it delivered. Well, it came, and I have had it for 2 weeks now and I still cannot get the camera to stabilize. I have tried with battery pack, without, with the live view backpack, and without. Nothing I do can get this to work as promised. Very disappointed I spent the money on this.

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      • No

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      4.0

      IT WORKS!

      By CGBCOMS

      from Santa Monica, CA

      About Me Business Owner, Cameraman, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Price
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • Moving Shots With A Gopro

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

        After I understood how to do the settings, I tried the GoPro HERO Steadicam and it worked. I still have to find out how to control the pan left and right, but for the price, it's an excellent contraption!

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        • No

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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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        3.0

        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 2 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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          (2 of 5 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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              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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                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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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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