The SuteFoto Steadicam is one of the more popular models the brand has released, and it certainly looks good. Its claims of compatibility with popular brands makes it appealing to a wide range of users. But is the Steadicam worth buying? There are a lot of good camera stabilizers, so does the Steadicam have anything unique to offer you?
After evaluating the product, we can say the SuteFoto Steadicam does not disappoint. As far as keeping your shots steady, this stabilizer does what you’d expect without being hard to use. The following review details our findings.
The Steadicam has all the necessary components in the package, so you can start using it immediately. The instructions are detailed and illustrated, so you can make adjustments until your camera has attained the proper balance.
You can refine and adjust the Steadicam as much as you want, giving you a lot of control over your camera shots, and it is still comfortable to use. The light weight of the Steadicam makes it simple to shoot at the angle you want without compromising the effect or quality.
Speaking of angles, the Steadicam is one of the best in its class when it comes to low and high angles. Some stabilizers are only good for one or the other, but the Steadicam does both very well. If you are shooting action sports or looking for a unique perspective, then the Steadicam can be of help.
The stretch adjustment works as well as advertised. There are times when the camera will fit in without needing any adjustment, but in other cases you need to tweak the settings. By using the stretch adjuster to manage the weight ratio, you get better handling without compromising the results.
The Steadicam is built using only high quality materials, and that is what you will need if you film a lot. We also have to add that the Steadicam makes the camera more comfortable to hold, and it does a good job of balancing it.
Anyone who has filmed motor racing, snowboarding, or similar shots at low or high angles know how hard it can be to avoid shaking. With the Steadicam, your camera gets more balanced and easier to use. Because you don’t need to make unnecessary adjustments, you can focus on filming.
If you need to make any adjustments to the height, it is easy to do so. While it’s made for cameras, the Steadicam is just as good for video cameras. The instructions in the manual are clear, and you’ll have the unit ready in just a few minutes.
The claim that the Steadicam is compatible with a lot of popular action cameras is also true. Its quick release plate is also good enough for use with any 1/4’ and 3/8” camera. The unit isn’t too heavy and it comes with a bag you can pack it in. With a weight bearing capacity of 0.2-1.5kg/0.44-3.31Ib, there should be no issues with compatibility.
The other thing we want to emphasize is how high its quality this stabilizer is. One of the reasons why the Steadicam performs so well is that there are no cheap components.
One of the most common complaints with camera stabilizers is that they never last long. That is a valid complaint for low quality stabilizers, but the Steadicam is made from quality parts, so it’s going to last for a while. It also weighs only 4 pounds, so carrying it with you won’t be a problem.
The bottom line is the Steadicam is easy to setup and reliable, and keeps your camera steady. It is also durable and works with all the popular camera brands.
The SuteFoto Steadicam is as good as advertised. Regardless which style you choose, expect to get the same kind of performance and stability. When it comes to getting steady shots and avoiding unnecessary motion, the Steadicam gets it done. For beginners and advanced camera buffs alike, it is worth a look.