Object of Desire: Steadicam Volt

April 7, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Steadicam Volt

Move over selfie sticks. On a stroll around the floor of CES, the once ubiquitous selfie stick was nowhere to be seen. Instead, handheld gyro stabilizers were all the rage. Steadicam, which was doing video stabilization before it was cool, has now thrown its hat into the ring with the Volt. The Volt can fit just about any phone (even giants like the iPhone 7 Plus in cases) in its clamp. Unlike competing gyro stabilizers, the Volt can fold up, making it easy to cart around. And, unlike other stabilizers, the Volt won’t go limp when the battery dies—you can still use it as a manual stabilizer. You’ll enjoy about eight hours of operation on the Volt’s rechargeable battery. You balance and tune the stabilizer using a free app (iOS and Android). The app also offers Movie and Sport modes to tailor the Volt’s shake-reduction to your activity. The Volt ships with several small, removable weights to help balance a wide variety of smartphones. The 1-pound Volt uses haptic feedback to simulate inertia so that you can gently glide your phone as if you were operating a traditional Steadicam. And, in case you’re wondering about the “powered by Yuneec” branding on the Volt’s body: Tiffen paired up with the drone maker for the Volt’s motion-sensing electronics.

PRICE: $199

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