Stabilisers are really useful for iPhone and Android filmmaking. I’ve tested and compared the DJI Osmo Mobile and the much cheaper Zhiyun Smooth-Q.
Tom Barrance is one of the UK’s most experienced film educators. He runs the website learnaboutfilm.com and provides training, workshops and consultancy in film education and filmmaking. Based in South Wales, he works around the UK and in Europe.
You can save a lot of money on filmmaking gear by choosing what you need, not what the marketers want you to buy. So here are my tips: 1 Don’t be an early adopter New cameras are most expensive when they first go on sale. The price usually drops a lot after a few months, so if you don’t […]
You can shoot ‘crane’ and fake drone shots with an iPhone by mounting a stabiliser on a boom pole. You can also use Filmic Remote to control the phone from another device.
Panasonic’s new GH5, out at the end of March, offers more pro filmmaking features than any other mirrorless camera. With powerful in-body image stabilisation, fast autofocus, it’ll be a great choice for news shooters, documentary filmmakers and events.
I used the Osmo Mobile smartphone stabiliser on a recent documentary shoot. It worked really well, letting me get rock-solid handheld shots, smooth pans and unusual tracking shots. Here are some examples, with tips on how to connect an external power pack and pro microphones.