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GlidecamXR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer
 
4.3

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional quality (30)
  • Improves performance (28)
  • Compact (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Lightweight (12)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (28)
  • Complex projects (16)
  • Home movies (16)
  • In the studio (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (16), Business owner (14), Enthusiast (12), Film student (8), Videographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37)

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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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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    • No

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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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          • No

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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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          • No

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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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 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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              • No

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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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                  4.0

                  Great Buy

                  By Ola Does Stuff

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                  I mainly use the product for small independent projects. I shoot events and weddings with it. The fact that its so small and compact is one of its best features. From unboxing to stabilizing takes about 10 minutes.

                  The biggest con of this design is the weights. Its takes a while for it to be stable. It also lacks a quick release plate for one to actually use.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Very great quality!

                  By DirectorLeeGiat

                  from Miami, FL

                  About Me Studio Director

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                    I own the Glidecam XR-2000 and my friend owns the Glidecam HD-2000 and i've gotta say, the XR-2000 is $ cheaper but offers the same quality as the higher end model. I have a Panasonic AG-AC90 and it works well with this Glidecam! Just make sure you purchase a quick release plate! Overall, buy this thing if you want steady footage and don't wanna spend too much on a Glidecam.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Acceptable Stabilizer

                    By austin87

                    from West Coast

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                      Solid camera stabilizer. Most often use with Canon 5d Mkii and Canon 7D. I also purchased the wrist brace that attaches into the foam handle for extra support and am very pleased. Great fluid shots.

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                      4.0

                      Good tool, a bit expensive.

                      By Simon

                      from Austin TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Lacks Functionality
                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                        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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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great addition to any kit

                        By PG

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Lacks Functionality

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                        The Glidecam is a wonderful addition to the filmmaker's toolkit. We've used it for quick interior shoots and also for long exterior shots. It does take a little while to get the balance right and also to get used to operation but once you do, all your shots look hot!

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                        4.0

                        Affordable & Adds Great Production Value

                        By Mr. J

                        from Modesto, CA

                        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Assembly
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Inexpensive
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Can Be Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                        I would say, that for the price you pay, it's a great addition to any equipment you may currently have. I've never used any image stabilizing system before, and so many people recommended that I go with, nothing but, Glidecam Industries. I watched many tutorials on different sites, and found that this piece of equipment is wonderful. For myself, and this is just me personally, I had a difficult time balancing it. Once I figured it out, it only takes about 5 minutes to balance. I'm still learning how to operate the Glidecam, so I don't have the smoothest footage, just yet. I know that with practice comes perfection, so I'm looking forward to this XR-2000 to add some amazing snots to my footage. I've already recommended it to many people, and have boasted about all the great things it can do for filmmakers. It may not come with the fine tunable adjusting plate, but I was told you can purchase it separately down the road, if need be. I'm perfectly happy with my purchase.

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                        5.0

                        This stabilizer is awesome!

                        By Perched Productions

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Glidecam XR-2000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer:

                          I used this product for the first time to shoot a wedding a couple weeks ago and it truly helps eliminate shaky footage. I am currently using the stabilizer with a Canon T3i and kit lens. I also have it balanced with a 50 mm f/1.4. I highly recommend this product to all videographers.

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