SteadePod is the Ferrari of String Stabilizers

The SteadePod is a fancy new camera stabilizer that aims to replace heavy and burdensome tripods for casual, walk-around use. “Fancy” is relative, since this gadget is pretty much a glorified string “tripod” that you can make yourself for about $1. You simply extend the string, step on it, pull up, and use the string tension to stabilize your camera.

So what does the SteadePod do that a simple string stabilizer can’t? It’s retractable, swivels for portrait and landscape flexibility, and can be locked at different lengths. These fancy features will set you back a mere £29.99 ($44). If that’s a bit steep for you, a DIY $1 version should do just fine.