Steadicam Volt Smartphone Stabilizer 2020 Latest Updated Review

Steadicam Volt Smartphone Stabilizer 2020 Latest Updated Review

The Steadicam Volt Gimbal for Smartphone & GoPro is the first handheld electronic stabilizer for shooting smooth Android and iPhone video by Steadicam.


Get extended stable video footage with the Volt’s two modes: “Movie” and “Sport” with increased mobility and stability.

Mount, Power on & GO!

Engineered to provide the utmost precision and control, the Steadicam Volt will enable smartphone users to capture high quality video content with ease.

Additionally, the simulated feeling of inertia on the pan axis will improve the overall handing of the electronic 3-axis gimbal, giving users the gyroscopic stability they need to film with remarkable precision

Quick Features

  • Collapsible design
  • Apps for Android and iOS
  • Simulated inertia from haptic feedback
  • Sport and Movie modes
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life

The Steadicam Volt Smartphone Stabilizer is a new Steadicam device from parent company Tiffen that’s currently looking for funding on Kickstarter.

It’s a handheld device similar to DJI’s Osmo stabilizing system, but unlike the purely motorized Oslo, the Volt uses Steadicam’s traditional mechanical gimbal in combination with an electronic motor system to steady tracking shots.

The Volt was built in partnership with Yuneec, the drone company, though the extent of Yuneec’s involvement here is unclear

Tech Specs

Engineered to provide the utmost precision and control, the Steadicam Volt will enable smartphone users to capture high quality video content with ease.

Additionally, the simulated feeling of inertia on the pan axis will improve the overall handing of the gimbal, giving users the stability they need to film with remarkable precision.

  • Lightweight and folding design enable easy storage and transportation
  • Accompanying iOS & Android APP allows for precise balance and tuning
  • Haptic control utilizes Simulated Inertia
  • Dual operating modes for beginners and experienced users
  • Uses long life rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries

Simulated Intertia

Simulated Intertia

Uses haptic feedback for precision control

Multiple Modes

Sport and movie mode

8 Hours of Battery Life

Rechargable lithium ion batteries

GoPro Compatible

Works with GoPro Hero Action Cameras

Bluetooth Ready

Bluetooth Ready

Future proofed for endless possibilities

Design

The original mechanical Steadicam system was a big influence in the design of the Volt

while professional systems can weigh upwards of 40 pounds, the Volt is just 1 pound.

Unlike most smartphone gimbals, the Volt has a long stabilizing arm dropping down from the top platform.

By adding weights to the bottom of the arm, the Volt balances the weight of the smartphone (or GoPro) to create a steadier shot.

This allows it to work with phones of all different sizes.

Is it Worth all the Hype?

Is it Worth all the Hype?

While we were on the fence the first time we tried the Volt, we grew to love it the more we used it.

It takes some practice, but the stabilization is solid once you get it.

Overall, it’s an excellent smartphone gimbal, but isn’t quite as easy to jump into as fully electronic models, like the DJI Osmo+. Balancing the Volt is almost an art form in itself.

If you are looking for a gimbal that gets great video right out of the box, then the Volt probably isn’t for you. However, it has some advantages.

Using the Volt

Once balanced, all you have to do is turn the Volt on (while holding the handle, or else it will spin around uncontrollably) and start shooting.

The electronics inside the platform work together with the mechanical elements to stabilize your shot.

The Volt has two shooting modes and the control scheme couldn’t possibly be any simpler.

Once you hit the power button, the three lights on the back flash to indicate the system is powering up.

You’ll feel the torque of the electric motor and see one blue light indicating you are in sport mode. Sport mode compensates for most types of movement and is the easiest mode to use.

Setting it up

Setting it up

We were intrigued by the Volt’s hybrid design, but initially balancing it proved fairly complicated.

Experienced Steadicam users may feel right at home, but beginners should expect to endure a small bit of frustration when starting out.

To balance the gimbal, you first need to add weights to the end of the arm while holding the system horizontally

if the gimbal moves up, you add more weight, and if the gimbal moves down, you take weight off.

The first weight screws into the bottom piece, but any subsequent weights are then held in place by a strong magnet.

You have to use substantial force to get the magnets off, so if your smartphone setup changes often, it’s going to be a nuisance.

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