Ever been at your kid’s football game or at a family reunion and taken video but got home to find it was way too shaky and unwatchable? Well Tiffen has your solution with the Steadicam Smoothee. This device is quite good once you get the swing of it. What you do is mount your iPhones 3Gs 4/4S/, Flip MinoHD, iPod Touch (Gen4) or GoPro Hero.They also just got mounts for iPhone 5. Now the version Tiffen sent us had the iPhone 4 mount.
The way it’s put together is that you have three weights on it they are located at the top, middle, and bottom of the Smoothee this is to keep it as balanced as it can be. But you don’t just clip in and go this is where it gets tricky. There is two red knobs on the Smoothee one is for tilt left/right and the other is tilt forward/back this is so you can get the perfect level shot.
When using the Smoothee at the top of the swivel handle is a “collar” as Tiffen refers to it. It is for your index finger and thumb to control the panning and physical tilt of the camera. Once you have practiced with the Smoothee it actually gets quite easy and fun. I did a few videos of around the house and played back compared to without the Smoothee and it makes everything seem like a movie.
The reason I say it seems like a movie is just because how smooth it is going up stairs and walking it eliminates that jitter. Now for portability Tiffen does give you a protective bag so you can just toss it in your backpack or carry it in the bag without worries. . As for how much the average person would use it I say little to none but for the movie buff or parent who loves to record every moment I say this is a must have. This iPhone 4 model goes for $129.00 USD on Amazon.com granted that seems like a good chunk of change if you’d use it, it is very worth it! Go to Tiffen to check out all of their camera accessories!