VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System

VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System

VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System

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Product Highlights

  • Lightweight
  • Gimbal Design
  • Use with Cameras 1-9 lb

Configuration: Stabilizer System

Stabilizer System With Case

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With Case & Low Mount

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VariZoom VZFP overview

  • 1Description

The VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System features a multipurpose handle with a telescoping pin that can either be locked inline for use as a monopod, or unlocked to allow free-floating action shots. The slim design allows for ease of use in the tight shooting situations—just grab the FlowPod, mount your camera, and start recording. The FlowPod will give you smooth footage while walking, running, or even going up and down stairs, without any camera instability or shake. It supports cameras/rigs weighing up to 9 lb. A VariZoom VZ-FP1 weight kit (sold separately) is required for cameras over 5 lb.

High-quality aluminum construction.
Locking/unlocking pivoting foam handgrip, for use as a monopod or as a stabilizing system.
Use it with or without VariZoom's zoom and focus controllers.
Optional Low Flow kit allows for low-to-the-ground moving video shots.
Supports cameras/rigs weighing up to 9 lb. A VariZoom VZ-FP1 weight kit is required for cameras over 5 lb.
UPC: 877038000421
In the Box
VariZoom FlowPod Stabilizer System
  • Balancing/Docking Plate for FlowPod
  • Telescoping Monopod
  • Pivoting Handle
  • 3 x Steel Counterweight
  • Sliding Mounting Plate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    VariZoom VZFP specs

    Stabilizer Type Single-Grip Handheld
    Load Capacity 1 to 9 lb / 0.5 to 4 kg
    Weight 4.0 lb / 1.8 kg
    Counterweights None
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 7.54 x 6.0"

    VariZoom VZFP reviews

    FlowPod Stabilizer System is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome all around! Youtube testimonies Compared to Glidecam and Steadicam, in which I've used, this is a much more versatile rig with a much smaller price tag. Its a stabilizer monopod that also shoots a low angle. Running with this is actually easier compared to big brands because you don't have the wide weight plates sticking out the sides, which your shins, knees, thighs hit easily if you're not paying attention to it. I havent had anything break like the other reviews on here. Maybe the early models had inferior hardware. Mine is solid! Watch this video on Youtube, Search: Makahiki Challenge 2012-Official Video That was shot with my first real experience with the Flowpod
    Date published: 2012-05-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from My second flowpod works nicely My first flowpod broke immediately. My second one is still in working condition. The flowpod allows you to get decent stabilized shots after balancing it for your camera. Since your arm will get very tired after about 5 minutes of continuous use with any handheld stabilizer, having a monopod extension built in is great. The Flowpod has a quick release plate, but be warned, once you remove the camera you're going to have to re-balance the entire thing again. If this device was sub $200, it would be 5 stars. At almost $400 it's 3 stars.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for Professional Use I really wanted to like this. I really did. The price was great but this is the perfect example of the addage You get what you pay for. I've had the system for about 2 years, taken it to Afghanistan, used it in the states and have come to the conclusion that it's not suited for professionals with real equipment. I've attempted to fly a variety of cams from my ex1 to my small 7D and like previous reviewers have noted, it's an exercise in utter futility... If there is even the slightest bit of wind your shot will be ruined. I've found that even when properly balanced, adjusting focus will throw this puppy off. I recently purchased a competing stabilizer with the same weight classification and it's a night an day difference. I sincerely apologize for the negative review but pros need to know to stay away from this.
    Date published: 2011-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Better Than Expected I bought this with only so so expectations because of some of the reviews. The first day I tried it out, I couldn't balance the thing because my camera was too light. I figured out I could add weight to the top to even it out. Another option is to extend the leg out a little and the new monopod attachment that Varizoom released is longer than the original and adds a little more weight. If you use a heavier camera you should be fine. My Canon G10 was too light, but my Sony VG20 was perfect. You definitely want to buy the balancing place accessory if you've never balanced a steadicam before. THis was my first time balancing a steadicam and I knew the basics but it took a long time to finally get it right. However the amazing thing is that setting up the flowpod now compared to when I got it is day and night. After 1 week of messing around with it I can now balance it with out even needing the balancing plate. So that problem is no longer a problem. The second problem I had was keeping it vertical when walking around. Again this was my first time operating a steadicam. I was a mess the first time I took it out for a spin, it would sway like it was bottom heavy. I learned quickly though that I could easily prevent any swaying by using my two fingers that control the direction of the flowpod. I'm assuming thats actually how most stabilizers work. It's a two handed operation, one on the handle and one turning the camera and controlling tilt. Once I got the hang of it I was able to get amazing stable footage with zero swaying. Now I absolutely love my flow pod. For me being an even wedding videographer, I havent come across anything more convenient for achieving a stabilized image for both moving and when standing still using the monopod. Also I'd skip the low Flow kit. It's much easier to just lock the handle down and flip the unit upside down. It's not a perfect solution but it's a quick and relatively efficient one. If you're in monopod mode, and you need to do a quick movement, you can actually switch to flowpod mode instantly by leaving the monopod extended and just grabbing the handle. You have to be careful not to bump the leg while you walk but it works for moving about short distances and instantly going back to monopod mode. For events, this option is invaluable. I couldn't be happier with my flowpod now. It can be a little heavy at first but after a weeks use I've already built up my arm strength enough to handle it for hours on end now. I'd definitely recommend the flowpod if you'r looking for a good steadicam and the convenience of a monpod. If you're strictly a film maker though, you might be better off with a dedicated steadicam like the merlin. But for events, fast setup, and convenience the Flowpod is the way to go.
    Date published: 2012-05-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is great This is the cheapest professional stabilizer I found, I was in the game between other stabilizers, finally I decided. Instructions are very clear and simple, at the beginning you simply start playing with the FlowPod and realize that was the best choice. Very well manufactured, very steady, professional look and as I mentioned before, it has the lowest price tag. It feels a little heavy but is easy to get used to it.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Broke immediately I was very excited to buy and use the FlowPod... Sadly I never even got to test it. Maybe I should say thankfully, because if I did, my $3000 video camera would be smashed on the ground... The screw that holds the head onto the monopod snapped off. All that holds your camera to this stablizer is a small 1/4 screw threaded into a 1/8 thick piece of metal. That's a scary thought.
    Date published: 2011-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good use it for weddings and events. is solidly built and very versatile. when you use it as a monopod hand gets tired. works with many types of video or photo camera. adjusts immediately and stabilization is perfect.
    Date published: 2011-02-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good idea, but BAD quality I use this product for filming of weddings. It was the good idea-make a universal product, but quality - very bad. At first the small screw which holds the handle has broken. After that head fastening was loosened. After that the small screw, which stick has become loose. The main thing-small screw which hold a head -has fallen off! And last:at work, all jingles and is unsteady! Very bad quality workmanship! P.S.Sorry for my English.
    Date published: 2010-04-25
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