eSteady mimics the MoVI camera stabilization rig, but costs only $200


posted Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST


Ever since the MoVI was announced, we've seen an explosion of DIY alternatives, all offering similar concepts at much lower prices. While they might not provide three-axis stabilization, and probably can't take the full weight of a DSLR, these alternatives show that once a concept gets out there, it doesn't take long for someone to reverse engineer a more affordable take on it. The latest, for example, is the eSteady developed by student photographer Tom Parker, which gives much of the same functionality as the MoVI -- but on the cheap.

According to FStoppers, the eSteady cost Parker just $200 to make, and he designed and constructed the rig at his university in about a week. Parker had an advantage in having access to an impressive array of high-end gear to help him on the way, and was able to combine off-the-shelf parts, such as the brushless gimbals and bicycle grips, with custom 3D-printed, laser-cut and vacuum-formed components.

As with many of these stabilization rigs, the eSteady doesn't offer quite the abilities of the MoVI. It can only stabilize along two axes, and is designed for the relatively small and light GoPro, rather than a full SLR with lens. But for that price, you can't really complain.

For a look at some of the other attempts to build similar stabilizing rigs inexpensively, check out this $500 DIY version, this even more affordable option, or even a Kickstart-funded version for $550.