The burgeoning product category of video camera stabilizers is set to get a little more crowded, as Polish engineers Jack Iwaniec and Max Salamonowicz are currently proving very successful in the crowdfunding of their new rig, the BeSteady One. Similar in principal to the MoVI M10 and Ghost, it basically consists of a horizontal crossbar with handles at either end, which the camera hangs below on a gimbal-mounted platform – although the rig can also be used with the camera sitting above the crossbar.
An onboard gyroscope detects the user’s jiggles and shakes, and responds through an onboard microprocessor by activating one or more of the rig’s three brushless electric motors. These work to smoothly keep the DSLR or video camera centered on three axes. Solo users can operate it using the hand controls, or a second user can pan and tilt the camera via optional radio remote control.
The frame is made from a combination of carbon fiber, aircraft aluminum and stainless steel, with the whole setup weighing in at 1.04 kg (2.3 lb). Cameras weighing up to 2 kg (4.4 lb) can be accommodated.
Power is provided by a custom li-ion battery pack, and all of the electronics are housed in splashproof enclosures. The camera platform includes a 12-volt output for powering add-on devices, such as a monitor or light. Additionally, the rig can be hooked up to a computer via USB, to fine-tune the gimbal’s performance and create preset operating modes.
Iwaniec, Salamonowicz and their team are now raising production funds for the BeSteady One on Kickstarter, and have already far exceeded their financial goal. The early bird specials of £1,690 (US$2,582) are all gone, although that does give an indication of the planned retail pricing. You can still reserve a rig of your own for £4,290 ($6,556) – and that pledge level includes a bunch of the optional extras, such as the remote control unit, two monitors, and extra batteries.
More information, along with footage shot using the device, can be seen in the pitch video below.