Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S

Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S

Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S

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Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S

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Product Highlights

  • Smooth, Shake-free Video
  • Patented Steadicam Design
  • Quick-release Tripod Mount
  • Easy Out-of-the-box Setup

Steadicam SMOOTHEE-APPLIP4 Overview

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The Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S takes the same technology found on expensive Hollywood Steadicam rigs and shrinks it down to the perfect size for home and vacation use. Simply snap your iPhone 4 or 4S into the specially designed mount, grip the handle, and float your camera smoothly and effortlessly through the air. Fly up steps, through crowds, across fields, down sidewalks--wherever your legs can take you. And when you need to catch your breath and set the camera down, the quick-release mount doubles as a tabletop stand or tripod mount. So if you've always wanted to use the tiniest of electronics to recreate your favorite moments from Rocky, The Shining, and Goodfellas, now you finally can. (Boxers, gangsters, and homicidal novelists must be purchased separately.)

The lightweight, compact, agile, and easy to use Steadicam Smoothee features an innovative, patented design built around a durable mono-frame metal structure that requires no complicated instruction to use.
Patented quick-release removable mount also serves as a tabletop stand or can be mounted to any tripod with a standard 1/4"-20 camera mount.
Comfortable ergonomic handgrip folds up securely when not in use.
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Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S
  • iPhone 4 or 4S Mount
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty
  • Additional 6-Month Warranty with Online Registration
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    Steadicam SMOOTHEE-APPLIP4 Specs

    Mount Thread 1/4"-20
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 8"W x 14.5" H x 2.5" D (20.3 x 36.8 x 6.4cm)
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.4 x 10.7 x 3.5"

    Steadicam SMOOTHEE-APPLIP4 Reviews

    Smoothee for iPhone 4 or 4S is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 40.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steadicam's Diminutive Child I have owned a number of camcorder stabilizers over the last 15 years or so, with the original Steadicam JR being the first. (The current equivalent is the Steadicam Merlin.) I can tell you that all the rest were worthless! Like the JR, the Smoothee works as advertised. And like the JR, yes, you DO have to slightly hold the gimble at times to keep the frame level. But even with that trade-off, the image/stabilization quality is unmatched. So buy it knowing it will smooth your shots like no other, and also realize you WILL have to use two hands during heavy motion. I LOVE THIS THING!
    Date published: 2011-03-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like it I am a video/film professional and often use small HD cameras to complement a more robust HDV camera (e.g. HVX200) shoot. I've recently returned from a test shoot in NYC and found the Smoothee to be pretty darn good. For me, shooting handheld with the iPhone yields unusable footage due to shaking and wobble. The Smoothee makes an incredible difference, and the shots look really nice. That said, as with other Steadicam models, the pan can be difficult to keep under control, and I found my shots panning by themselves, sometimes almost 180 degrees, unless I constantly made adjustments. That means that, per the Smoothee's instruction manual, you have to lightly keep a hand (or your finger and thumb) on the rotating pan wheel to keep you shot aligned. This is not always easy and sometimes yields an unacceptable or unexpected result. You have to practice to be able to use the pan control without jerking your shot too noticeably. While this method isn't ideal for every shot or situation (wind, for instance, was very difficult to shoot in), you can still get some really nice results with this little rig. Precision and repeatability are not things you'll get using Smoothee. Also, tilting is not something you'll want to be trying with this unit. I've found it can be done to a degree, but is a real challenge. If you have an open mind, are adventurous and love cool new tech, you can make this work for you. It also helps if you're a skilled DP or camera operator. All in all, if you use this device with the mindset that not every shot will be what you expect, you will be very pleased with the (mostly) great, smooth shots it can help you to capture. And if you had told me I'd be shooting HD Steadicam footage on a cell phone 5 years ago, I would have laughed in your face!
    Date published: 2011-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The proof was in the video I don't think I truly appreciated the Smoothee until I finished my first edit. As someone who has been around a lot of productions my standards are pretty high, so I was a little critical during my first use. It definitely has a learning curve and it's not for every shot. But the shots that made the cut simply would not have been possible with a hand held iPhone. The phone mount is clean and easy and has the added advantage of giving you a tripod mount, yes you still need a tripod in your bag. The whole unit it light and compact and it does deliver the goods. I would recommend it.
    Date published: 2012-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A game changer The Smoothee is one of the best examples of how a sound technological principle can successfully make its way from Hollywood to the palms of the hands of the rest of us, getting a lot simpler and friendlier along this path. Because mobile devices are so light, configuring and balancing the accessory is very easy and straightforward with almost any model for which an adaptor exists. I use mine with an iPhone 4 and I'm up and running in less than a minute. I have done several pristine shots with Smoothee. They look better than anything else I have ever tried to record on the device. The gear itself is very light, unobtrusive and sturdy. It also comes with a very handy bag. I'm perfectly satisfied with it.
    Date published: 2012-01-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes Some Getting Used Too I take the Smoothee with me on location assignments. Especially those difficult to get to places where packing extras HDSLR gear is prohibited. The iPhone 4S HD video is quite good and the Smoothee steadies the shot. Balancing the unit takes some getting used to and deciding on which method use to prevent the unit from swivel rotation becomes the English to be learned. I'd like to have seen a more standard mount that retrofits to Manfrotto or Really Right Stuff tripods when not used on the Steadicam. All in all, a great quality, inexpensive steadicam for the iPhone.
    Date published: 2012-03-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and Steady The Steadicam Smoothee takes your iPhone 4 footage to the next level. Forget time consuming digital smoothing of bumpy shots. Forget shaky shots. With the smoothee you'll achieve shots you simply can't get any other way. The only thing that it's lacking is a brake or tensioner, but it can be controlled with a hand with some practice.
    Date published: 2011-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Product My only complaint is that it was so hard to track down in the first place. Once I got it, this steadicam surpassed all my expectations. The handling is super smooth, and it takes minutes to learn how to use.
    Date published: 2011-02-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ya gotta practice to make it work. I made a 20-mile trek around downtown Atlanta and created video of a park that will one day be a green belt with trails and transit. I used various Smart Phones to stream the journey. The Smoothee is beautifully manufactured--the phone fits perfectly in the carrier (if it's the right one) and the rest of the apparatus is well manufactured. However, it did not produce a really smooth broadcast for me. I imagine it's possible to do for shorter shoots, but a long take like mine is asking too much of such a small device.
    Date published: 2011-11-17
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