Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Stabilizer for Cameras Up to 6 lb

Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Stabilizer for Cameras Up to 6 lb

Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Stabilizer for Cameras Up to 6 lb

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The SteadyVid SV-HD Camera Stabilizer with Quick Release from Opteka is designed for DSLR and video cameras weighing up to 6 lb. This compact hand held system gives videographers the ability to create smooth videos while the camera is in motion. It features a camera platform with both x and y adjustments and multiple mount holes for various camera positions. The weight plate contains six weight discs to balance your camera on the stabilizer. These can be added or removed based on your need. The weights are fastened on the weight plate with 1/4" screw.

The back-and-forth, side-to-side moving SV-HD platform allows for a quick adjustment of horizontal balance, while the disks on the base platform adjust the camera's vertical balance. When properly balanced, the camera floats, and the stabilizer is ready to use. It can be extended from 14.6” to 23.6” to adapt to the weight of the camera. This system is suitable for video cameras and video-capable DSLR cameras.

UPC: 813789016748
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Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Stabilizer for Cameras Up to 6 lb
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Weights
  • Carry Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Opteka SV-HD specs

    Quick Release Plate 2" (5.1 cm)
    Length Maximum 23.6" (59.9 cm)
    Minimum 14.6" (37.1 cm)
    Weight Capacity 6 lb (3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.6 x 9.5 x 5.2"

    Opteka SV-HD reviews

    SteadyVid SV-HD Stabilizer for Cameras Up to 6 lb is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great start for stabilization I have owned this product for a little more then three months by now, and I am really enjoying this product. Stabilization is great, straight forward operation but does have a learning curve. I have used this product multiple times on different projects and it works well with the exception of the Quick Release plate not coming off easily and the rubber on the handle sliding. Another note on this product is that it does not come with any instruction on how to operate or properly balance it, but can be resolved by referring to similar product's tutorials or YouTube videos. Overall, it just needs some practice and a lot of time balancing it to get some great use out of this.
    Date published: 2016-03-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Device for the Price I purchased the SteadyVid after reading and watching some things online and I am very happy with my purchase. Great intro stabilizer, that will certainly improve the quality of your shots when balanced properly. The instruction DVD is not helpful at all, but thanks to the internet, there are a number of helpful videos/tutorials that explain how to balance properly. I have a Canon T3i, and this little guy does the trick!
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cheap It gets the job done, but has some downsides. The quick release plate is flimsy and is difficult to get off the stabilizer. It's quite heavy. The balance is also very finicky and the product comes with no instructions whatsoever. It's cheap though, and if you watch enough YouTube videos you'll get the hang of balancing it.
    Date published: 2016-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It just works I don't really understand those who complain about it. Yes, maybe the handle isn't the best; maybe you need another tool to rotate the camera while filming, maybe you need more functions but hey guys it's only a hundred bucks and it just works, whatever you use, your 5dmkii or s7 edge.
    Date published: 2016-05-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Needs Design Improvements This stabilizer was inexpensive and. If you need a stabilizer and are on a tight budgetyou can make it work to a degree. Here are the issues I see top to bottom. The front-to-back and side-to-side adjustments are very rough (vs smooth). So it is difficult to be precise and that leads to a lot of trial and error and time wasted finding a desired balance point for your camera. The heavier the camera/lens the more difficult the task. If anything about your lens (like zoom or perhaps even focus) or viewfinder setup changes you will have to readjust this tricky balance setting. The bearing housing is fixed. Consequently the only way to adjust the fall is with changing weights. Again this is not precise. The result will likely be that the fall will be too fast which will lead to a lot of sway when you are walking with the rig. The handle is too close to the rig. If you try to use the rig at a low angel you will find the handle will interfere with the bottom of the mounting assembly at any angel below waist level. If you try to use the handle at 90 degrees (sideways) the rubber grip slips on the metal shaft. The telescoping bottom section is again very rough (vs smooth). I have actually pulled the rubber assembly completely off of the top tube trying to bet the bottom section to extend. Finally the weights are limited and imprecise. If the bearing assembly could be adjusted up-and-down, you could live with it. To make matters more frustrating the screws that hold the weights are not captive in the bottom plate and want to fall out when you are trying to change weights. I gave it two stars because if it is all you can afford and you are shooting a very light camera or a smart phone you may find it usable but do not expect professional quality results. If you use it for videos of your family with your smart phone to share on social media, it can work for you with patience and practice.
    Date published: 2016-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy! I love my new Opteka Stabilizer. I bought it because it was less expensive than some of the other stabilizers on the market but i find that it suits my purposes perfectly. I am using a small mirrorless camera on it so it am using very little weight on the bottom and even then it seems a hair too heavy but it still works well. With such a light camera, the grip does not move as seen in other reviews. the stabilizer is pretty well built but can be heavy when filming for long periods of time.
    Date published: 2016-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great starter Stabilizer! I bought this stabilizer because I was starting to dabble into videography after spending 9+ years on stills only. What's great about this stabilizer is that it's got a nice quality build. I recognize the brand from the other camera-related goods they make, including their awesome neck straps that are much better that the ones that come with the cameras we buy. I'm also enjoying the easy of using it. As a guy with NO prior experience, I somehow understood how to use this very much and balance it without the help of the manual. (maybe it's my knowledge of handling stills equipment, which is more or less similar) The weights are easily removable and replaceable, the sliding plate is very secure and fairly easy to dismount/mount. I have tested this with not only a Canon EOS 6D + 50mm Sigma Art lens, but also a Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 22mm lens, and even my iPhone 6 with a hotshoe mount. It works very nicely once balanced. The weight base on the bottom is actually extendable via telescoping, so that's useful for other applications and the gimbal seems to be very fluid and smooth. It does come with a very useful DVD with instructions AND A CARRYING CASE. For its price point - this is a great pickup. When I showed it to my videographer friends, they actually said this was a very great choice considering. =
    Date published: 2016-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the indie action filmmaker I made my first action short with this, and it only took me 20 minutes to balance it, having never used one of these before. I made some mistakes, but with just a little practice, I was able to use it quite effectively on the first outing. Definitely recommend it!
    Date published: 2016-06-12
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