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Product Review and Buyer's Guide: Steadicam Smoothee

It’s easy to shoot a video with a smartphone, but it's hard to hold the camera steady. The built-in image stabilization helps a bit, but anytime you move the camera around even a little bit, the result is a shaky-looking video.

A camera stabilizer mount can take the guesswork out of your shoot. This is our Steadicam Smoothee buyer’s guide and review.

The Smoothee is a Steadicam built for almost every smartphone. The adjustable head mount fits small smartphones and large-screen cellphones like Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus, too. The head is easy to remove and can be used on a tripod or left on a tabletop as well.

Unlike the $60,000 rigs used during NFL games and on Hollywood sets, you don't strap a Smoothee on with a harness. This $150 handheld device weighs about as much as a two-slice toaster. You just carry this one around.

To use the Steadicam Smoothee, secure the phone in the mount and then lock it in place on the device. Turn the knobs on the back and left side to balance it. The phone mount can be raised and the counterweight on the front can be adjusted as well. If the Smoothee still doesn’t balance, there is a smaller weight that can be added under the black notches.

When it’s balanced, hold the hand grip with your index finger and thumb gently pressed on the notch just above the hand grip to keep the rig from moving freely. Start moving around. You'll be amazed at how steady the Smoothee is.

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