Mini Camera Stabilizer

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Here’s another great idea from Scott Eggleston (aka The Frugal Filmmaker).  This time, it’s for a low cost alternative to an OWLE camera stabilizer.  By using a Nintendo Wii Steering Wheel and a mini ballhead, Scott creates a mini version of the “FigRig” stabilizer that’s used by many pro and indie videographers.  Of course, this option is a bit cheaper.

Fig Rig = $309.99 USD

OWLE = over $100 USD

Wii Steering Wheel + Mini Ballhead = Somewhere between $5.00 and $35.00 USD

The Frugal Filmmaker found the Wii Steering Wheel for under $1.00 at the Dollar Store, so you might want to check there first.  Otherwise, we found one starting at $1.99 on Amazon (Price is listed at $4.50, but you can click right below that to get the $1.99 deal).

The least expensive ballhead we found was $2.90 on Amazon, but there are others listed for $30 or more.

This option is ideal for anyone who wants to shoot better video with a smaller mirrorless system, like the Sony RX-100, Panasonic Lumix LX7, Panasonic Lumix GF5, Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 or the Pentax Q10.

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