If you remember the movies Rocky and The Shining, then you probably remember the unrestricted tracking shots seen in both the movies and the common thing about these famous movies is the Steadicam which was a sensation back in those days. It now looks like the company is coming for the smartphone users.
The Steadicam Volt Smartphone Stabilizer is a new Steadicam device from parent company Tiffen that’s currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. It is a handheld device similar to DJI’s Osmo stabilizing system, but unlike purely motorized Oslo, the Volt uses the Steadicam’s traditional mechanical gimbal in combination with an electronic motor system to steady tracking shots. The Volt was built in partnership with the Yuneec, the drone company, though the extent of Yuneec’s involvement here is unclear.
However if you do enjoy Steadicam’s offerings and would like to leverage their experience at designing camera stabilizers, perhaps Volt could be worth considering. There will be multiple modes support where the stabilizer will react differently depending on which mode you’ve selected, such as Sport Mode where it’ll help with capturing fast moving movements, or Movie Mode where you can easily create a more cinematic scene.
Steadicam Volt Smartphone Stabilizer Specs
Steadicam claims that the Volt is engineered to provide the utmost precision and control. This means that smartphone users will be able to capture high quality video content with greater ease than before.
- Lightweight and folding design allow easy storage and transportation
- Accompanying iOS & Android APP enables for precise balance and tuning
- Bluetooth enabled
- Haptic control utilizes Simulated Inertia
- Dual operating modes for the beginners and experienced users
- Uses long life rechargeable Lithium batteries
- Accommodates phone sizes with or without the case from 100 – 200g in weight and 58 to 80mm wide
- Works in manual mode after your batteries are depleted
The Volt promises 8 hours of battery and also promises to respond quicker compared to more traditional three-axis stabilizers, like the DJI Osmo. If you are interested, the Steadicam Volt is priced at $140 as a Kickstarter special and is expected to begin shipping out to customers this coming June.