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The Elephant Steady utilizes the iPhone's gyroscope and processor as its brains

One of the neat things about smartphones is the fact that when gadgets are designed to be used with them, those devices can make use of the phone's sensors and other electronics instead of incorporating their own. This, of course, means that those devices can thus be smaller and cheaper than would otherwise be possible. The Elephant Steady is a new motorized iPhone camera-stabilizing rig, that takes this approach.  Read More

The DJI Ronin uses the company's ZenMuse system, first designed for aerial videography

DJI Innovations is a company that's best-known for its consumer and professional-grade multicopters, including the popular Phantom line of quadcopters. One of its products, the ZenMuse, is a motorized gimbal designed to keep cameras steady and level when mounted beneath such aircraft. Now, that same tech is available for hand-held video cameras, in the form of the Ronin stabilizing rig.  Read More

Tiffen's Steadicam Curve gets put to the test

While there may now be a slew of compact camcorder stabilizing rigs on the market, it was Tiffen that offered the first such product three years ago, in the form of its Steadicam Smoothee. Late last year, the company began shipping its Steadicam Curve – a device that's similar to the Smoothee, but optimized for use with GoPro Hero actioncams. I recently had the chance to try the Curve out for myself, to see how good it really is at smoothin' out the shakes.  Read More

The Luuv works with a number of smartphones and small camcorders, including the GoPro Hero...

With the number of video stabilizing rigs for GoPros and smartphones hitting the market lately, if one wants to stand out, it's gotta be different. Well, the Luuv is just that. Besides having a unique form factor, it can be flipped over and used upside-down.  Read More

Uneasy Lies the Mind was shot on an iPhone 5, using cinema-quality lenses

While the folks at Apple would undoubtedly love it if filmmakers everywhere ditched their high-end video cameras for iPhones, the fact is that the phone's tiny lens, sensor and other features are no match for those on something like the RED Scarlet X. It was those limiting factors, however, that made the phone an ideal choice for the recently-completed indie psychological thriller, Uneasy Lies the Mind. It's being promoted as "The first narrative feature film to be shot entirely on the iPhone."  Read More

The original Padcaster (pictured) could soon be getting a baby brother

In one of Apple's latest TV commercials, you might have noticed a shot of someone using a very accessorized iPad to shoot video of a waterfall. Well, that iPad is able to accommodate all that gear thanks to its Padcaster rig. Now, a smaller version of the device, known as the Padcaster Mini, has been designed for use with the iPad mini.  Read More

The Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera, sporting its snazzy retro pistol grip

There was a time, not all that long ago, when most independent film-makers shot their projects on relatively-inexpensive 16mm film – it wasn't as pricey as 35mm, but was definitely a step up from Super 8. The cameras shooting that film were quite often made by the venerable Swiss manufacturer, Bolex. Today, in the age of digital video, film-makers wanting to take a step up from consumer-grade camcorders are looking at some pretty expensive gear. LA-based entrepreneurs Joe Rubinstein and Elle Schneider are trying to change that, with the introduction of their Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera.  Read More

The Giphoscope brings animated GIFs to the physical world

What happens when old meets slightly less old? You end up with a product that brings animated GIFs out of the computer monitor and into the 3D world. We actually just covered Gifpop, a product that uses lenticular printing to bring GIFs out, and now the Giphoscope does something similar, but with a hand crank instead.  Read More

Joby's GorillaPod Action Tripod with Mount for GoPro

While GoPro has become the best-known name in actioncams, Joby's GorillaPod is likely the most popular "do-anything" tripod out there. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, to hear that Joby has just announced three new products, designed specifically with the GoPro HERO in mind.  Read More

Gizmag takes a turn behind the joysticks of DJI's new Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter

It was less than two weeks ago that DJI Innovations released its Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter, the camera-equipped successor to its popular Phantom model. Since then, I've received a review unit from the company, which I've had a few chances to try out – between snowfalls and high winds, that is. My verdict? It's awesome, despite a couple of surprising shortcomings.  Read More

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