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GlidecamXR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer
 
4.2

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves performance (33)
  • Professional quality (33)
  • Compact (23)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Lightweight (14)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (32)
  • Home movies (18)
  • Complex projects (17)
  • In the studio (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (19), Business owner (15), Enthusiast (14), Film student (10), Videographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good tool, a bit expensive.

Pros:

Will work with almost any setup:
The cheese plate provided will accommodate any camera with a standard 1/4 inch mount.

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Pros:

Will work with almost any setup:
The cheese plate provided will accommodate any camera with a standard 1/4 inch mount.

Will improve image stabilization:
From what I can see, the Glidecam shows the largest improvement with shots which are either on un-even surfaces, or in any circumstance where the operator would be moving fast(i.e. running, skating, ect.)

Fairly easy to set up:
The instructions provided can be a bit difficult to follow at times so I would reccomend seaching for a tutorial on youtube (there are tons out there). Overall, setup can take anywhere from 3-10 min.

Cons:

Lack of fine adjustment capabilities:
As you change the setup, even the slightest change in balance will throw the entire equilibrium off. I found that even changing the cameras focus can effect the balance to the point where I would have to re-balance. The XR-2000 does not have the fine tuning knobs which can be found on the HD series. This increases the amount of time required to set up the Glidecam, (took me about 10 min but I'm still getting used to it)

Weight:
The Glidecam on its own weighs up to 6 pounds (not including the camera). This may not seem like much but for longer shots, this can become tiring especially after a long day of shooting.

Price:
The price is a bit on the high side for the XR-2000 however I found that the results (once you play around with them for a while are as good as expected) and is far better than attempting to build your own.

****IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE****
BUY A QUICK RELEASE MOUNT
While cameras can be mounted on the provided cheese plate, mounting requires the removal of the cheese plate from the Glidecam, (4 thumb screws) which you will have to replace perfectly if you don't want to re-balance. In addition, if you have a camera which has an SD card or battery door which opens from the bottom, which you need constant access to, you will need to remove the cheese plate, then remove the camera, do what ever it is you need to do,(i.e. change the battery) then remount the camera to the cheese plate, remount the cheese plate to the Glidecam, then re-balance. This process can take anywhere from 2-10 min depending on the complexity of the setup. By buying a quick release you will not have to re-balance due to the camera being mounted at the same position every time.

CHECK YOUR SETUP
Make sure when you are buying the Glidecam you are buying the Glidecam which is designed for the weight of the setup you are using. If your camera is heavier or lighter than the recommended range, the shots will tend to "sway" up and down as you move.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A nice tool with tons of practice

This product helps you to take good, motion, videos. Adjusting the camera is very time consuming and I had to do that every time I put the stand aside. I am still learning...Read complete review

This product helps you to take good, motion, videos. Adjusting the camera is very time consuming and I had to do that every time I put the stand aside. I am still learning how to hold and walk or run, I am also learning how to keep my upper buddy parallel to the stand and walk in a certain manner that the camera does not swing.

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4.0

A Great and Affordable Gimbal System if you Practice!

By B Sandberg

from Salt Lake City, UT

About Me Business Owner, Instructor, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

    Obviously the more expensive systems will have better and easier balancing mechanisms but this system is easily balanced once you have practiced it with your camera system of choice. The first week or two will take some time to learn how to properly balance and operate but after that it works like a charm. These take PRACTICE! You won't get good results if you don't practice but it is capable of some amazing shots once you can use the system effectively.

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    5.0

    XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer

    By wil71

    from Salem, OR

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Don't See Any Yet

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

    Haven't had time to put this thing to the test. Just received my order and on time too for 3-day shipping. Considering that the whole east coast was in the freeze zone when I placed my order I didn't expect to get it so soon. Packaging was in perfect shape and all items work just fine. I will return for a more in-depth review of this item when I have time to play with it.

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    • No

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    3.0

    Buy the HD

    By David

    from Tennessee

    Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

    The product is good quality but for me it was impossible to set up.

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    5.0

    easy to build

    By Lucas Cartaxo`

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

      it really works, easy to balance. Its kind of heavy but is a normally issue for all glidcams. Good choose for who wants to do a nice shooting with a lower price.

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      • No

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      4.0

      NICE CONTRAPTION

      By DJR

      from CHARLESTON, SC

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

        Perfect for hendheld camera flow. It takes some patience to tune it up every time you use it.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Works well

        By Paul

        from New Jersey, USA

        About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

        Its heavy, but it works when properly balanced. Compatible with the Manfrotto Quick Release Adapter.

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        • No

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        1.0

        To bad I can't send it back

        By Robby Kershaw

        from Md

        Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

        I got this product thinking it would get me to the next step but sadly found it unusable because I never once got the balance right, and I have had it for a month now. The plates that slide the camera left to right do not match up right causing forwards and backwards motion to occur.

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        5.0

        Good piece of equipment!

        By Joey

        from Carthage, TN

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies

          Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

          I have had the XR-2000 for about 2-3 weeks. I am a Realtor and use it for taking inside Videos of homes for sale. It works great, although I am still in the learning stage, I expect to improve with time.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Dave

          from Philadelphia

          Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

          Really happy with this product. Very well made and works great. Fast shipping from B&H was great.

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          4.0

          Great for smaller cameras!

          By Motionphoto

          from Atlanta, GA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

              I use this for my RX10. First of all it is heavier than it looks, especially if you're going to be running around with it all day, and because this is the cheaper version, sliding the weights are a bit less precise. There are some other more lightweight options, but this one is by far the most balanced I have used.

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              4.0

              Mid range model comes through with a win

              By drad likes cars

              from Pheonix, AZ

              About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies

                Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                Being a XR model, it is slightly smaller than the HD which makes it a little easier to maneuver for a DSLR camera. i use a D7100 and it works great for inside the house. the grip has a soft foam handle which helps to not let your hand cramp while using the glidecam for long periods of time. It would be nice if there was a quick release feature to switch from hand-held video and photos to going back to the glidecam but that will just have to be another piece to get later.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Awesome Product

                By Mike

                from Ma Usa

                About Me Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Performance

                Cons

                • Slightly Difficult

                Best Uses

                • Any

                Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                Works great. does wonders. but like any glide cam, it takes time and practice. not the easiest piece of equipment to use. but once you get it down you can really make some beautiful works of art.

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                5.0

                Flys with the best of them

                By Quinn

                from PA

                About Me Hobbyist, Young Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Build Quality
                • Improves Shot Quality
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Can Become Heavy
                • Learning curve

                Best Uses

                • Action Projects
                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                Looking for an affordable but high quality glidecam? Here she is. Perfect for midsize cameras. Takes practice to use well (just like most tools do). As many have stated, there is a learning curve to balance the glidecam. The first time you do it will be the hardest. You get faster and faster there after. Try using a light stand to hold up it up while you balance it. Look for tutorial videos for tips. Also suggest purchasing a quick release plate that can slide and lock. It will make your life easier.Overall, very happy with the purchase. Would highly recommend if it falls into your budget.

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                4.0

                Game changer.

                By DTOP

                from Lehi, Utah

                About Me Teacher

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                  My high school students are so excited to use what the professionals do. They are totally willing to put in the time it takes because the payoff is epic!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Not for beginners

                  By Blaylock1978

                  from King of Prussia, PA

                  Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                  The glidecam looks and feels nice but the paperwork that comes with it is pretty useless as far as directions because its text heavy and hard to understand. You should really go to YouTube to learn how to balance it.

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                  3.0

                  A nice tool with tons of practice

                  By Mehran

                  from Calgary, AB

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • It Does The Job

                  Cons

                  • Hard to use
                  • Looses Balance Quickly
                  • Relatively Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                  This product helps you to take good, motion, videos. Adjusting the camera is very time consuming and I had to do that every time I put the stand aside. I am still learning how to hold and walk or run, I am also learning how to keep my upper buddy parallel to the stand and walk in a certain manner that the camera does not swing.

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great addition to the kit

                  By Matt

                  from Las Vegas

                  About Me PHOTOGRAPHERVIDEOGRAPHER, Videographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Improves Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                    Use this with a Canon 5d II with on camera mic. Using a light stand to help balance is a must! Balancing is tricky at first but can be done in 5 minutes once you get it figured out. While shooting, use one hand to hold the Glidecam by the handle, and the other hand lightly on the bottom (near the weights) to aim the camera. Plan ahead and keep an eye on your focus and you'll be satisfied with the results. Having to remove the camera to change batteries is annoying, so a quick release plate is nice to eliminate this issue. The best part about using the Glidecam is that it will transform your forearm into a chiseled masterpiece of strength.

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                    3.0

                    Glidecam

                    By Benk

                    from Oklahoma

                    Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                    It's a 7/10 it will get the job done but takes way to long to set up

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                    4.0

                    Perfect Stabilization

                    By Hallan Batman

                    from Perth Amboy, NJ

                    About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                      Despite to have to get use to the weight at the beginning, you get able to explore all those activity moments.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great Stabilizer for Advanced Video Make

                      By Jwchamb

                      from Dallas TX

                      About Me Business Owner, Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                        This is great for stabelizing shots however setup time is long and advanced. You will not beable to run and gun your first time using this.

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                        • No

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