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It Takes A Steady Hand

Mastor Tech Cheetah-CH1

Technology continues to decrease in size. The cameras found in smartphones produce a better image than full sized prosumer camera rigs from ten years ago. Small adventuring cameras, such as those made by GoPro, are miniature wonders. Video is now a ubiquitous medium for creating and sharing content. The worst thing about today’s micro sized cameras is they’re handheld and often produce jumpy video. One thing that we always teach is that stable video, even when the camera is moving, is better video. Handheld movements are jerky, they distract the viewer, and can ruin an otherwise good video.

Handheld Stabilization

There are numerous ways to stabilize a camera, the tripod being the most common. For years, professional videographers have used articulated stabilization arms and harnesses such as the Steadicam and the Glide-Pro products. Every now and then a consumer level option is released. Mastor Tech is releasing two handheld stabilization options for consumer video, fitting smaller cameras like the GoPro and mobile devices like most cell phones. The Cheetah-CH1 and the Greyhound-GR1 are motorized handheld stabilization units that respond to user movements to hold the camera steady. Both options are motorized, more than a simple counter-balanced gimble, with a CPU that assists in motion correction. The combination of motorized articulation and CPU processing allows users to smoothly pan, tilt, and roll the camera through a thumb controlled joystick.

Availability

Both the Cheetah-CH1 and Greyhound-GR1 are lightweight and battery powered. A release date is not publicly available and pricing has yet to be set. Still, these look to be great options for increasing the quality of handheld consumer video.

Chris "Ace"
Gates
October 02nd, 2013

Comments

digisidd's picture

So you have an article about a product that cannot be purchased. This is kind of like going to the auto show to see the next coolest concept car…..ummmm that they are not going to mass produce.

 

This article seems like an ad for kickstarter.

fotosafari's picture

Heheheh

Yeah, this product is not available anywhere, could be a KS as the other poster said.

I find a big probem with this proct. Loo at the DSLR or even a pocket camera is placed OFF-Center of the handle. So that ca not be a comforable thing to hold for even 3 mnutes.

Another problem... the cost will be hundreds or more than the phone iself.

Far better off with a mechanical steady cam.

 

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