When you’re getting started as a filmmaker or a YouTuber, one of the most likely problems you will encounter is shaky footage. We’ve had the tools to combat this for quite sometime, but only recently has it become very affordable.
We’ve done guides on the best consumer-grade glidecams before, but recently we discovered a product that outperformed everyone else at the $60-70 price range. In terms of ease of use, form factor, and quality, this device is the best in its class.
The Roxant Pro Camera Stabilizer stuffs all of the functionality of a glidecam into a more portable, ergonomic, streamlined package – all while keeping the prices remarkably low.
Let’s take a look at the features and specs!
Features and Specifications
- Supports any Point and Shoot, Camcorder, GoPro, Phone, or Light DSLR up to 2.1 lbs.
- Weighs only 2.5 pounds.
- No slip grip.
- 3 Separate counterweights for precise balancing.
- Lifetime E-mail Support.
- Comfort grip to reduce fatigue over time.
Here’s a video displaying a side-by-side comparison of footage with and without the Roxant Pro Camera Stabilizer. We think it’s pretty impressive!
If you end up buying the stabilizer, this same video has a great handy guide on how you can set up your DSLR with it!
What We Loved
Starting with what is most important, the footage is surprisingly stable. Glidecams in the 60 dollar range can be pretty hit or miss, but as evidenced by the video above, your shots will become really smooth, and with the right operator you will be capable of producing professional quality video.
It also feels incredibly well built, much more so than some glidecams we’ve reviewed that cost over $100. The entire thing is solid metal save for a few non-essential plastic screws.
The balancing system is very precise and we were able to balance several cameras of varying heights and weights without any trouble. Once we were able to get it in place it was pretty easy to get it to stay in position for the rest of the shoot.
Lastly, we were really impressed with the quality of the customer service offered by Roxant. While we never were forced to use it ourselves, we have read many reviews which discussed how dedicated they are to helping you with the product. Defective models are swiftly replaced and any questions and concerns are quickly addressed on the help line.
What We Didn’t Love As Much
The 2.1 pound limit is a little bit low, so if you have a heavier DSLR rig, you’ll just have to go with something a little more heavy duty. This is really only a problem for those who are working with a ton of different attachments. However, for the niche of small cameras, this is probably our favorite product.
For some of our friends, balancing the camera the first time around was a bit difficult, but with the video shown above or a little help, it eventually becomes easy.
Finally, we did get a little fatigued using the camera on 3+ hour long recording sprees due to the shape of the handle. It could be argued that shoots of that nature demand more expensive equipment, but we think that the Roxant Stabilizer was never geared towards hardcore content creators.
Some Tips On How To Use The Roxant Effectively
Here’s some of the things we figured out through using the stabilizer that could come in handy if you end up purchasing it yourself.
- Try to keep your movement slow for maximum stability. Walking too fast can be difficult for the device to counteract.
- Float around rather than walking, keeping your movements fluid. Walking in a jerky or erratic matter can tilt the camera.
- Consider lubricating the gimbal before using it. We read about this from Roxant and encountered much less resistance once we applied a small dab of mechanical oil.
With a tightly focused, well built package, the Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer is a must have for anybody getting started with student films or YouTube videos. It’s very portable, really hard to break, and overall just a great value for the money.