Camera stabilization system manufacturer Steadicam is hoping to introduce a new motorized rig for smartphone videographers called the Steadicam Volt. The new device is designed to accept a wide range of smartphones via an adjustable clamp and weights, and uses a battery-powered gyro that offers modes for shooting sport and for movie-making. The company says the rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a life of eight hours, and that the rig can still be used in manual mode when the battery is flat.

The Volt folds for storage, and offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity for updates and for working with the app that lets the device know which phone is in use. The company intends to fund the development of the Volt via a Kickstarter campaign and is seeking $100,000 to start production.

The Steadicam Volt has a projected retail price of $200, but early pledgers can reserve one for $119. If the campaign is successful the company says it will begin shipping in June.
For more information see the Steadicam website and the Steadicam Volt Kickstarter page.

Press Release


Steadicam, a division of The Tiffen Company, will soon be releasing the Steadicam Volt, a 3-axis motorized smartphone camera stabilizer. As the first in its class to offer the user complete control of image framing and composition, the Volt serves as a versatile tool for content creation, easily operated by a wide range of users. With the Steadicam Volt, consumers will have the opportunity to capture outstanding Steadicam quality video right from their smartphone.

Product Benefits:
• Lightweight and folding design enable easy storage and transportation
• Accompanying iOS 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
• Accommodates phone sizes with or without case from 100 – 200g in weight and 58 to 80mm wide
• Bluetooth enabled
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.