First introduced in 1975, the Steadicam launched a film industry revolution by freeing camera operators to shoot moving footage without traditional dolly and tracks. Now that the iPhone 4S can shoot 1080p HD video footage rivaling that of dedicated camcorders, Tiffen’s Steadicam Smoothee is a natural choice for mobile cinematographers.
The Shining is probably the best example of the use of steadicams, as the camera glides through the hotel’s corridors and its maze. Usually, to get a steady moving shot, you’d put your camera on a dolly-- essentially a set of tracks--but there’s obviously huge limitations to this technique: one is that you mustn’t show the ground because otherwise you reveal the tracks; another is the difficulty in going up or down stairs. With a steadicam, you can follow your subject wherever it may go.
Oh come on, don’t act so surprised -- someone was bound to make one of these eventually, right? We all know the iPhone 4 takes great 720p HD video, but usually it looks like we were shooting during an earthquake. Now you can shoot video like the pros with the Steadicam Smoothee.