Inexplicably expensive iPhone accessory (video stabilizer)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    If someone really wanted to put a scene in a movie that was shot from an iPhone, and they wanted it to be stable, wouldn’t it be easier to zip tie the phone to a couple of large metal pipes to make a cheap ass steady cam?

  2. Thebes says:

    Zacuto has a lot of fanboys, I have no doubt they will sell some of these. I am surprised, though, that its ONLY 300 dollars, I guess the price point is designed to meet the expectations of amateurs. There are a few film fest, mostly online stuff though, for works shot soley on cellphone cameras… I imagine they are looking for that market and to get those people, often film students, into the habit of buying Zacuto stuff for their production packages.

    On the plus note, I think this will proabably mate with other of their products, so maybe the purchaser can use it to hold a very small monitor, data recorder, sound recorder, or something- and use the pistol grip elsewhere… I suppose you could even mount an iphone onto one of their shoulder mount setups. Nifty gizmos but very very spendy.

  3. gollux says:

    Bogen could probably make it for $150.00 SRP and allow B&H to discount it to $105.00.

  4. alowishus says:

    An interesting window into the near future when even pro-grade cameras will be as small as iPhones. But now? Um. Period.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Are you saying that this is the price of an interview with you?

  6. lego7 says:

    Oh, I know why it’s so expensive. It’s made to such exacting standards and high tolerances that “This rig will not work if using a case with your iPhone”.

    So if you want to shoot video with your iPhone, be sure to carry *both* this rig, and your phone without a case.

    For fuck’s sake….

  7. Little John says:

    Beyond and in addition to the chorus of WTFs already posted, I have another question burning a hole in my brain about this fine technological advancement:

    How does this thing help stabilize the iPhone? It’s still hand held (although I see there is also a tripod mount, to which my question does not apply). Especially, how is this handheld rig for a handheld phone more stable (especially with the optional 10″ extension rod you can buy)?

    I even visited the site, but I remain unenlightened. (Maybe my problem is that IANAP.)

  8. karrock says:

    The metal iPhone cradle looks identical to what’s sold by ThoughtOut for $23… I guess the hand grip and rigging accounts for the additional $277?

    Actually, you could accomplish the same thing with the flexy Naja King, though it wouldn’t necessarily be *as* stable, it could be hands-free.

  9. Falcon_Seven says:

    Xeni, didn’t you use this device to shoot some iPhone video earlier this year? Can’t remember the date/link, but it was of some waterfall/water-related footage -possibly on one of your Central American trips.

  10. dancentury says:

    That’s about as silly as all the abs exerciser equipment that currently litters the basements and garages of most American homes.

    Billy Mays could have sold that, but it’s a $19.99 item at best, with 5 lens chamoissys, and iPhone poising creme.

  11. bolamig says:

    I could see this used by live bloggers who don’t want to bother with the technical issues involved in interfacing their cameras to cellular modems.

  12. Anonymous says:

    As far as why does a thing like this stabilize video, it’s mostly about moving the pivot point and muscles used. It makes sense for, say, a DSLR, but for an iPhone, it kind of negates the point of the small format, like you say.

  13. Baldhead says:

    alternately, you could spend about the same amount of money on a video camera that doesn’t suck.

  14. Phrosty says:

    Bwahahaha! Some people’s children.
    This is completely silly and unnecessary. It reminds me of the DVD Rewinder that came out when the DVD boom started. You know someone somewhere is going to buy this shit.

  15. Halloween Jack says:

    I can totally believe this. I saw a “radiation-blocking” iPhone cover the other day, that supposedly blocked the deadly EM radiation that comes from all cell phones; it was, of course, open on the side that you put right up to your head. Fools and their money, I tells ya.

  16. ryuthrowsstuff says:

    I suppose it would sort of make sense if that iphone lug could be remove and replaced with a standard tripod mount. In that case it wouldn’t be the first $300 pistol grip. But then why wouldn’t they just be selling the iphone lug by itself for way cheeper as well?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the Video Stabilizer app shortly to be available will as good or better ; see this video @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYLVx4_tsyg

  18. Anonymous says:

    Personally, I think it would be really useful and I could see myself using it. It’s just too expensive. For fifty bucks I would buy one.

  19. Snig says:

    It’s actually totally crap, unless you plug it in with an adapter that’s going through a gold audiovisual grade outlet.

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