With DSLR moviemaking capabilities becoming more advanced and efficient each year, the need for stabilizers and gimbals has also been growing. Stabilizers and gimbals come in a variety of shapes to help the user get the best-streamlined movies and even continuous shots.
Here we’ll explore the best stabilizers and gimbals for DSLR and mirrorless cameras (MILC).
Best Under $100
The Fantaseal grip is one of the cheapest items on this list and very simple at that. It looks like the grip of a firearm but has a screw on top to fit into the bottom of a camera. It is also compatible with cameras from Fujifilm on top of the notable brands like Nikon, Canon, and Sony.
- The adapter is 1/4″, so make sure your camera is compatible with this version of grip.
The next stabilizer by Fantaseal is a 4-in-1 mechanism able to hold DSLRs (or MILCs), action cameras, camcorders, smartphones, or even small monitors. You can fit one to two of these devices on top of the stabilizer or in between the bars. Here is a list of adapters on this stabilizer:
- Cushioned rubber handle and ergonomic C-shaped design
- Non-slip rubber rails
- Built-in ball head
- Shoe mount for video lights, flashes, or microphones
- There are five screw holes to screw in different devices.
The Scoprion Jr. once again takes a similar shape to the HDStars and Fantaseal stabilizers. This time however, the top bar is a little more bent forward and longer so it extends over the bottom bar. This makes the Scorpion Jr. ideal for placing boom mikes that can easily hook up to a camera below.
- There are a number of ways you can reverse the direction of the attached devices you can film and be stabilized in an optimal direction.
The CISNO stabilizer is a vertical extension stabilizer. At its base height, it sits at 11.6 inches and can extend to 15.7. It also sports a three-axis gimbal so you can have a variable shooting experience and still have a comfortable grip on the foam.
The stabilizer features a ruler and different treads where you can place a variety of devices. This stabilizer is perfect if you have a bunch of different recording devices.
This stabilizer by Neewer is a pretty unusual design because you can mount it in a couple of ways. You can place it around your neck, over your shoulder, or carry it the normal way. Regardless of the method, you’re going to get pretty stable shots.
Best Under $800
The Zhiyun Crane may seem a little pricey, but its an appropriate price for the stability of the device it’s holding. It can hold devices close to 4 lbs and can swivel devices 360 degrees on a 3-axis gimbal.
The key thing about this stabilizer is that its electronic and can be controlled via an app. You don’t even have to touch the camera while its recording to move the stabilizer in the desired direction. The controls are right near where your fingers are for easy use.