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BeSteady poses serious competition for $15k Movi Stabilizer

By Anthony Thurston on June 25th 2013

BeSteady, a 3-axis gimbal camera stabilizer, is well on its way to hitting the market. This is great news for anyone who saw the MoVI stabilizer but cringed at the price. The BeSteady One, the first of their stabilizers, is expected to come to market between $2.5K-$3K; making it roughly $12K or so cheaper than the MoVI.

The test footage that I have seen from this device (embedded below) looks pretty good. Its smooth and the movement is steady – even when you can tell that the operator was running it looks great. The footage seemed a little crooked, but that may just be me.

BeSteady One – handheld gimbal stabilizer tech demo from BeSteady on Vimeo.

According to the developers of the BeSteady it is completely silent and works flawlessly with DSLRs. They are about to launch a Kickstarter to fund the initial manufacturing run, and after that the BeSteady will be available to the public. I can’t imagine this not getting funded through Kickstarter, the savings over the MoVI alone are enough to make this very attractive to many low budget/indie outfits. You can find out more about the BeSteady on their website.

What are your thoughts? Is this a real threat to the Movi? Let us know in a comment below!

[via Planet 5D]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kyle

    GEKKO We are a US Dealer for besteady and I can say first hand that the footage is real also I have run both the MOVI and the besteady and frankly the besteady is better not only because of the price but the software that was written for the gyro boards is amazing .

    kyle ,

    http://www.liquidskycinema.com

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  2. Bernardo

    Gekko, as a part time steadicam operator myself I can tell you that you’ll be amazed on how your arms can eliminate the up/down movement when holding a not so lightweight object. This makes me believe this footage as authentic.

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  3. Gekko

    I’m sceptic about these products. When they show the actual product with the working gyros I can’t believe that the back and forth mooving of the camera doesn’t interfere with the stabilisation of the image. It must be visible in the movie.

    Even these gyro operated steadis compensate the small movements, they cant remove the up and down displacement. they only pan the camera up and down. The normal steadicam systems key feature is to compensate the up-down movement during walking.

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  4. Alain Maiki

    I think it is a real threat to MOVi and as an indie
    director/filmmaker I am glad this is the case. Honestly 15k for a
    stabilizer is a bit out of proportion when even a RED Scarlet cost less
    than that. I think some companies like canon charging 12k for a camera
    that is not even raw is an example of not accepting the evolution of the
    film industry and technology. Movi as well as canon and some others,
    must come down to earth and catch up and compete well with competition,
    in favor of us, the end consumer!

    my 2 cents

    Alain Maiki

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