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.
Panasonic’s mid-range mirrorless is the best value camera you can buy for filmmaking under $1000/£800. It has excellent in-body image stabilisation, a weathersealed magnesium body, and clean HDMI out.
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 […]
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.
The Zhiyun Smooth-Q is a great value iPhone stabiliser. It has remote control, a USB power output and continuous 360 degree motion, for less than half the price of the DJI Osmo Mobile.
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.