I know it’s not quite Full HD, but the iPhone 4 still captures decent video. In fact, as long as the lighting is decent and the subjects you’re recording aren’t frantically moving about, the device can churn out some pretty impressive footage.

However, without a tripod or a mount, there’s a good chance that your videos will come out shaky. The iPhone doesn’t come with an image┬ástabilizer, so unless you have the steady hands of a trained sniper, you’re out of luck. Enter the Stedicam Smoothee…

MacLife introduces the new iPhone accessory that promises “home movies without the motion sickness.” The Stedicam Smoothee takes the basic premise of the popular Steadicam, and condenses it down into something a lot more portable.

For all of the folks still scratching their heads, a Stedicam is a camera rig worn by an operator that uses gyroscopes to stabilize footage. That way you get smooth video, without the use of a tripod.

Although it sounds complicated, using the Steadicam is actually pretty easy. Simply load your iPhone into the mount, and start filming. Still confused? Check out the demo video:

Full-sized Steadicam rigs used in Hollywood can run as high as $60 thousand dollars. So knowing that might make you feel a little bit better about dropping $279 on the handheld Smoothee. The accessory is made for the iPhone 4, but there are $40 attachments available for the 3GS and iPod Touch.

Sure there are cheaper solutions, but if you frequently use your iPhone to capture video, the Steadicam Smoothee might be a worthwhile investment. If you’re interested, Firebox has them in stock, and is offering free shipping to U.K. customers.

What do you think of the Stedicam Smoothee? Is it worth the money?

  • I’m having a difficult time trying to sort out in my mind if dropping $250 bucks is really worth it…. I don’t even know that $25 bucks would sell me on it.

    I use my iPhone 4 for those quick, spontaneous video shoots – like when I’m out walking the dogs! (got really great footage of my dog Rudy digging up a mole… turned out to be very funny!)

    But, when I want to go “Pro”, I don’t think iPhone 4 – and I certainly won’t be walking around with this rig in my back pocket when walking the dogs…..

    So, I’m going to vote “thumbs down”

    – Eric

    • Mike

      +1 .. Just like the big red button thing this will flop big time, who in their right mind would spend this on a plastic handle essentially, neither do anything to improve the camera and it is, at the end of the day, a smartphone, it’s not a camera meant for serious shooting and the combined $300 plus dollars could be put to much better use, rather than buying two pointless contraptions for the iPhone.

    • Mike

      Also, what justifies the $249 price tag and then having to pay $40 to put a diff model on it, why couldn’t they just make the bracket adjustable, oh wait, i know, to try and fleece people lol, errrrrrrr, no thanks !!

      • Mike

        $279 I meant, obviously lol

  • Dan

    Cody, there are no “gyroscopes” in ANY Steadicam (or “Stedicam” as you put it) systems. The point of the invention is to use your BODY/ARM suspension system, along with a properly balanced center of gravity to do the work. You do it all the time walking up and down stairs with a full glass of water.

  • saywhat!!!!!!

    I WOULD RATHER STICK $249 UP MY ASS THAN TO SPEND IT ON THIS…………

  • Ners2b

    OMG! This is so bulky, ugly looking, expensive thing! Have u heard of Joby Gorilla Cam? Dude, it is d best! I got it last year during CES & I bring it everywhere when kids r around. Very useful in 2 ways: iPhone bumper and detachable tripod! Link is below.

    http://joby.com/gorillamobile/iphone4