3 Stars By Xenophon York on 2016-06-12
This is more like a 3
This is more like a 3.5. For the price it is a stellar product. Overall, though, it has an issue or two that prevent me from giving it five-stars. That being, that the rear handle/shoulder piece slipped apart upon removing from package. While most of the connectors are of strong enough design, this specific one seems like a dangerous weak-point (since it's a small plastic compressing connector that pulls tight via an equally small screw/nut assembly—tightening only via a screwdriver).
The rest of the connecting pieces are a bit more reassuring, however. Being made of larger hand-nut bolts.
I picked this product because I needed something in a hurry. This is an accessory that I figured would be valuable even after I take more time to research and obtain a full-scale shoulder rig. This is due to the fact this one is so portable. (Folds up into a compact size.) In short: Worth-it.
3 Stars By QueenDopamine on 2016-12-10
This was great at first
This was great at first. I've used it for several videos. As a concept, it is good. It does what it says: it stabilizes the camera so you have smoother camera movements. It's not a steadicam by any stretch of anyone's imagination so don't buy it thinking you will replicate that. Instead, think of it as a way steadier way to do camera movements than just hand-holding the camera. That's what you will get. There are a variety of configurations you can form the handles into that work best for your movements and your comfort.
However: the grips on mine have come loose very quickly. A poor grip means it's more difficult to hold, which means possibly not getting the shots you want.
Also, the locking mechanisms truly suck. Your handles will come loose and swing in the opposite direction. Not good. So I pretty much can only use 2 different methods now. It's pointless. But again, better than holding the camera in my own two hands and getting some shaky-ass bulls***.
So anyway, get this if you want an entry-level stabilizer. Don't get this if you want a really cheap steadicam substitute.
3 Stars By Grantham Blakeley on 2017-03-04
Good for the money
Not a terrible deal for the money, but have had this product come apart on me while filming several times (almost destroyed my camera a few times too). The shoulder piece can pull out really easily - and the handle tension knobs need to tightened almost to the point of breaking before you can trust holding the handles.
Also desperately needs a counterweight on the back because it is very forward-heavy and not balanced.
5 Stars By Tony on 2013-10-15
Fits perfectly with my Canon 60D, shots are much cleaner. The rig has holes drilled into to hold various lights microphones, anything you need. It's strong and I'm having no issues with it at all. The only thing is you'll need a counter weight on the back to balance this thing better, as it is front heavy. But I knew that when buying it.
2 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-03-02
I'm disappointed and never used this
Meh. I'm disappointed and never used this. I'd say pass unless you know you need this specifically. The build quality isn't too bad, but the design isn't great and usefulness is minimal
3 Stars By J. Abalos on 2017-08-02
the reviews I read were accurate - it's a decent ...
the reviews I read were accurate - it's a decent piece of gear but it is not hardy. If you need something solid for frequent use this isn't it.
1 Stars By Eric J Baldetti on 2016-06-20
Awful. Fell apart immediately
Literally fell apart the first day of use. almost dropped my 5d Mark III in the ocean because of it. do not trust it. handle grips are attached with super glue or something far weaker. overall terrible terrible product. i guess there's a reason these kinds of things cost so much money from other companies.
5 Stars By th3byrdm4n on 2014-02-10
Impressive quality, great pricepoint, very extensible
Highly recommend this to our fellow DSLR filmmakers. A lot of our videos are whimsical and don't require a whole lot of steady-cam or extra utilities (lights/mic), but we bought this for when we do... Also, we wanted to be able to get those some shots that are from higher / lower angles without feeling like we're about to drop our camera.
We haven't yet, but we're going to take another reviewer's advise and install a quick-release setup on the camera, because otherwise screwing in and out the camera for each shot just takes too long this ends up staying in the backpack.
One last caveat to the review: we've barely used it for "real world" purposes; that is - we haven't used it for anything that we're editing, just for testing out various shots and testing out the product.
5 Stars By Peter Dowell on 2016-12-15
A must-have in any videographers kit!
One of the best products I've purchased for the value! Not to be repetitive just go to YouTube and search for this product and check out the videos. I can attest that all of them are accurate in that this is the most steadiest way economical way and fantastic way to steady your DSLR when shooting photos and video. They must have in any videographers kit!
2 Stars By 6027300866 on 2016-06-15
Good Good in design Tucks down to compact size Good ...
Good in design
Tucks down to compact size
Good quality material (metal) not cheap plastic
You can mount your camera good on it.
Lacks its main purpose : Video stabilization.
Its just a simple camera holder, which can be kept on your shoulders, but this item does not add the video stabilization by itself.
Did not work for me at all.