Take Steady iPhone Videos with Tiffen's Steadicam Smoothee

The great video quality of an iPhone 5 allows you to forego a traditional video camera, but the obvious downside is how hard it is to hold an iPhone steady. That problem is gone thanks to Tiffen's Steadicam Smoothee ($126.60 on Amazon), which now supports the iPhone 5.


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Tiffen is known as a serious provider of quality photographic accessories, and I've reviewed the company's apps before. But I finally had a chance to try the Smoothee with the iPhone 5. Note that it offers mounts for a wide variety of devices including the ubiquitous GoPro.

It takes a little getting used to if you're used to holding a phone in front of your face. But with a few minutes of practice, especially if you watch the videos on the website, you will be a pro in no time.

The videos, photos, and instruction book will show you what to do. Through clever use of your thumb and forefinger, you can pan and tilt as desired. Knobs allow you to fine tune the angle and pitch if needed.

If you are an aspiring filmmaker, for less than $150 you can film moving shots without fear of "the shakes" thanks to Tiffen's Steadicam Smoothee!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.