Image stabilization is a tricky business. There are a plethora of ways to do it: optical image stabilization, algorithmic stabilization and, more recently, hybrid options that combine the best of analogue and digital input.
A great example is Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app, which gathers data from the accelerometer built into your iPhone and uses that data to digitally correct for camera shake and give you smooth footage.
And now, an upcoming product called SteadXP wants to do the same thing for your DSLR or GoPro.
As the above video by Emmanuel Pampuri teases, the SteadXP is a small box full of motion sensors that attaches to your camera and tracks the movement of your DSLR or GoPro as you film.
Once you’re finished recording, you remove SteadXP, plug it into your computer, and use a presumably proprietary software to analyze the data and digitally stabilize the footage you shot in much the same way that Instagram’s Hyperlapse does.
From the examples shown, SteadXP seems to get the job done in fine fashion with little in way of distortion, but details are admittedly scarce beyond what the video above shows. Pampuri says more information will be available soon, however, and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out and our fingers crossed this works as advertised.