Vidpro SB-8 Video Stabilizer

Vidpro SB-8 Video Stabilizer

Vidpro SB-8 Video Stabilizer

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Product Highlights

  • Enables Shake-Free Handheld Shots
  • 3 lb Maximum Load Capacity
  • Bubble Level for Fine Tuning Balance
  • Foam Padded Handle
  • Rubberized Non-Slip Mounting Surface
  • Aluminum-Alloy Construction
  • Three Steel Counterweights Included
  • Smartphone and GoPro Mounts Included
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The SB-8 Video Stabilizer from Vidpro is a handheld camera support device designed to help you capture smooth, shake-free video. Once balanced, a camera operator can use the SB-8 to create fluid, "floating" camera movements, even when walking or running. The SB-8 has a max capacity of approximately 3 lb, which makes it ideal for compact cameras, small camcorders, action cameras, smartphones, and some small DSLRs. It features a standard 1/4"-20 threaded camera screw, plus a GoPro adapter and a smartphone clamp are included.

The SB-8 employs a ball joint gimbal, which isolates the camera from incidental twisting and wobbling motions. Proper balance can be obtained using the included three-piece counterbalance weight set, which attaches via a sliding bracket. In addition, a circular bubble level helps users to fine tune their adjustments. The foam padded handle supports one-handed operation, although two hands can be used too for better control.

Suitable for compact cameras, GoPros, smartphones, and even small DSLRs weighing up to 3 lb
Ball joint gimbal design for free floating camera movements
Three-piece counterweight set and bubble level for fine tuning balance
Foam padded handle for one or two-handed operation
Aluminum alloy and steel construction
Rubberized non-slip mounting surface
UPC: 026127320944
In the Box
Vidpro SB-8 Video Stabilizer
  • 2 x 6.5 oz Counterweight
  • 9.5 oz Counterweight
  • GoPro Mount
  • Smartphone Holder
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vidpro SB-8 specs

    Stabilizer Type Single-Grip Handheld
    Load Capacity 3 lb / 1.4 kg
    Height 13" / 33 cm
    Depth 8" / 20.3 cm
    Width 1.2" / 3 cm
    Weight 13.0 oz / 369.0 g
    Counterweights 2 x 6.5 oz / 184 g
    1 x 9.5 oz / 269 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.913 x 9.606 x 2.52"

    Vidpro SB-8 reviews

    SB-8 Video Stabilizer is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't Work for Me My SB-8 arrived without any instruction sheet, but it appeared to be relatively straightforward, so I wasn't too concerned. However, when I tried to use it with a compact digital camera, I couldn't find any combination of camera placement and weights to give me a smoother video experience. Even though I got it to appear perfectly balanced, my videos were still shakier than when I hand-held the camera. I have no idea if my specific SB-8 was defective or there was an adjustment I wasn't bright enough to figure out without instructions. Thanks to B&H for the easy return process and refund!
    Date published: 2014-06-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult to use, but it is what it is! I'm trying to be objective about the product here, so I've given it 3 stars based on decent material quality and it doesn't look too bad. Packaging was good, and you *can* eventually get it to stabilize. Now on to the subjective part: this thing is a PAIN IN THE REAR to use effectively. If cost is absolutely your top concern and you're willing to fuss with this thing for 10-15 minutes (or more) before every shoot, then this might be fine for you. But for me, this was unacceptable. I want more convenience in something like this, so I eventually purchased a motorized 3 axis gimbal. Yes, those are an order of magnitude more expensive than this stabilizer, but you've gotta consider what the benefits are worth to you.
    Date published: 2016-03-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from So hard to balance I knew that balancing stabilizers was hard but this wasn't just hard, this was impossible. As a mechanical engineer who studied physics for years, I didn't even understand the logic of this stabilizer. There is not enough space to move things around. So you are stuck with whatever you have. If you are not going to walk/run with this, it may be good for you, since leveling it is fairly easy (so the camera is horizontal), but getting the right dynamic balance is (I think) impossible. I tried balancing for two days, I couldn't even use it for the shoot I was supposed to use it. I was better with holding the camera myself! After returning this item, I tried the Glidecam iGlide Handheld Stabilizer for Cameras Up to 16 oz. And i only spent 20 minutes to balance it. It was much better than SB-8 in just 5 minutes. With Glidecam, it's really easy to understand the physics behind the design and the balance. Glidecam is more expensive but it is worth that extra money.
    Date published: 2014-07-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Only one word comes to mind - Useless! I bought this item hoping to have a simple low end stabilizer that I could use with my cell phone. Big mistake. Product arrived with no instructions or manual of any type - and customer service was not very helpful (initially referring me to some junk / spam links on the internet ???) Even after many hours of search and research - when I got the product somewhat functional - really not usable at all. Would love to return it - but I am in Canada and the customs/shipping complications are too much for the value of the product.
    Date published: 2017-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product It took a few minutes to balance but once completed, it operated smooth as silk. The key is not to use too much weight at the bottom. For the GoPro hero, no weights at all. You know you have achieved the proper balance when the camera stays in place even when rapidly shoving the unit forward or sideways. If it swings back and forth when shoving, you have too much weight at the bottom.
    Date published: 2014-10-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Loose as a goose Like most products today, this item required a bit of re-engineering to produce any results that could even come close to what the hype promises. When I first tried this item, the gimbal joint above the handle was way too loose - video was almost as jumpy as when I hand-held the camera. I realized pretty quick that I needed to tighten the joint to achieve the desired results; however the hex screw above the joint cannot be tightened enough to reach the gimbal. I ended up placing a small washer under the screw (with additional grease) to take up the slack and allow for fine tuning the tightness of the joint. I now have a stabilizer that actually produces much smoother videos. Lot of good theory here, but no real-world testing seems to have been done.
    Date published: 2014-09-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Curiosity More Than A Tool Bought this out of curiosity as to how it would work.��You pay for what you get.� Found it's touchy to balance and not as steady as billed.� That said, we have used our aging GoPro Hero 2 on it with modest results.� �Seems to give best on-screen look if you are following something in foreground.� Can't make sharp turns or stability tumbles.� Raw from GoPro was decent.� Got it to the quality wanted by stabilizing and adjusting speed in post.� �Plan to keep it in video toolbox "just in case."
    Date published: 2018-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent - just what the Dr. Ordered! Couldn't be more happier! I love the simplicity of the Vidpro SB-8 Video Stabilizer, yet it performs well and does what it is supposed to do. Just what I was looking for.
    Date published: 2014-08-23
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