Tiffen targets GoPro users with its latest Steadicam


June 27, 2013

Tiffen's Steadicam Curve for GoPro Hero, on display at CE Week in New York

Tiffen's Steadicam Curve for GoPro Hero, on display at CE Week in New York

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Although the GoPro Hero actioncam is designed to be mounted on things like helmets or handlebars, it can also of course be used for regular ol’ hand-held shooting. As with any other camcorder, however, its hand-held footage can be on the shaky side. That’s why Tiffen recently unveiled its Steadicam Curve for GoPro Hero.

The Curve is pretty much a more compact, GoPro-optimized version of Tiffen’s existing Steadicam Smoothee. Both products consist of a camera-mounting platform, a curved aluminum counterweighted frame that extends below the camera, and a gimbal-mounted handle that isolates the device from the user’s shakes and jitters.

Once the user’s Hero is attached to the standard GoPro quick-release mount, a fine-tuning knob is used to set the Curve’s balance precisely. This allows the camera to maintain a straight and even default position. Should users wish to pan or tilt the camera relative to the rig, however, they can still do so by twisting or pushing on the underside of the mounting platform with their thumb and forefinger.

Additionally, the handle can be locked into the frame, for situations where a simple rigid handgrip is all that’s required.

The Curve weighs half a pound (227 g), comes in five colors, and works with all generations of Hero (although one of GoPro’s LCD BacPacs is required for the lighter-weight Hero3). It should be available later this summer (Northern Hemisphere) at a price of US$99.95.

Footage shot using the device can be seen in the video below.

Source: Tiffen

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Um. Yeah. So "yesterday". Google "brushless gimbal" for where "steady" tech is headed, and it's incredible...


The Hero3 is too light. Don't like or need lcd back, can i just add some weight?

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