Recording video with a smartphone capable of HD recording is a real thing. In fact, if a smartphone doesn’t come with HD recording, I’d suggest you pass on it and just go right on to the next device. So, with this high-quality recording capabilities becoming the norm, it’s only a given those same users are going to want to get fancy with the video they record.
Enter a four-wheeled, smartphone hugging contraption better known as the iStabilizer Dolly. So what does it do, and how well does it do it? Well, you’re going to have to keep reading to find out.
- The grip fits more than just one model or size of smartphones
- Adjustable arm ensures you get the right angle
- Wheel angles are adjustable, leading to fancy panning shots
- The arm tends to shake, just a bit, which can lead to shaky videos
The iStabilizer Dolly is meant to help smartphone users who want to take smooth rolling videos. And it does its job, but there are times when I think it could be better. Depending on how you have the arm situated, the video can come out very shaky. In my testing, I found the higher the arm was positioned, the worse it was. In order to achieve stable video, I had to bend, twist and contort the arm to a low angle, which didn’t always allow for the shot I was trying to achieve.
Now that I’ve gotten the bad part out of the way, let’s talk about the good. With the Dolly I was able to get some shots I had always wanted to incorporate into videos, without having to find an expensive setup or Google random hacks.
The wheels on the Dolly are adjustable, giving you a wide range of angle options so you’re not stuck just doing straight pans. You can adjust the front and back wheels independently of one another, giving you really tight arches, or more broad curves.
The top of the Dolly has three different mounting positions for the arm. You can place it in the middle
the default position or place it on either end of the dolly itself. Doing so, again, provides you with more options for varying angles.
There’s not much more to say about the Dolly than that. Make sure you adjust the arm to account for any shaking. Have fun with this if you end up picking one up, it’s well worth it if you’re looking to get serious with recording videos using a small camera or smartphone.
You can order the iStabilizer Dolly from Amazon.com for just under $60.
* Review sample provided by iStabilizer