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Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Camera Stabilizer (6 lb Payload)

Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Camera Stabilizer (6 lb Payload)
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Opteka HD Overview

The Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Camera Stabilizer with quick release plate is designed for DSLR and video cameras weighing up to 6 lb. This compact handheld system gives videographers the ability to create smooth videos while the camera is in motion. It features a camera platform with both x and y adjustments and multiple mounting holes for various camera positions. The weight plate contains six counterweight discs to balance your camera on the stabilizer. These can be added or removed based on your need. The weights are fastened on the weight plate via a 1/4"-20 screw.

The back-and-forth, side-to-side moving SV-HD platform allows for a quick adjustment of horizontal balance, while the disks on the base platform adjust the camera's vertical balance. When properly balanced, the camera floats and the stabilizer is ready to use. It can be extended from 14.6 to 23.6” to adapt to the weight of the camera.

UPC: 813789016748

Opteka HD Specs

Stabilizer TypeSingle-Grip Handheld
Load Capacity6 lb / 2.7 kg
Camera MountQuick Release
Height14.6 to 23.6" / 37.1 to 59.9 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.6 x 9.5 x 5.2"

Opteka HD Reviews

Broke within minutes

By Brian
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-29

This is the first product from bh that broke on me in the first few minutes... do not buy it

Needs Design Improvements

By John
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-30

This stabilizer was inexpensive and. If you need a stabilizer and are on a tight budgetyou can make it work to a degree. Here are the issues I see top to bottom. The front-to-back and side-to-side adjustments are very rough (vs smooth). So it is difficult to be precise and that leads to a lot of trial and error and time wasted finding a desired balance point for your camera. The heavier the camera/lens the more difficult the task. If anything about your lens (like zoom or perhaps even focus) or viewfinder setup changes you will have to readjust this tricky balance setting. The bearing housing is fixed. Consequently the only way to adjust the fall is with changing weights. Again this is not precise. The result will likely be that the fall will be too fast which will lead to a lot of sway when you are walking with the rig. The handle is too close to the rig. If you try to use the rig at a low angel you will find the handle will interfere with the bottom of the mounting assembly at any angel below waist level. If you try to use the handle at 90 degrees (sideways) the rubber grip slips on the metal shaft. The telescoping bottom section is again very rough (vs smooth). I have actually pulled the rubber assembly completely off of the top tube trying to bet the bottom section to extend. Finally the weights are limited and imprecise. If the bearing assembly could be adjusted up-and-down, you could live with it. To make matters more frustrating the screws that hold the weights are not captive in the bottom plate and want to fall out when you are trying to change weights. I gave it two stars because if it is all you can afford and you are shooting a very light camera or a smart phone you may find it usable but do not expect professional quality results. If you use it for videos of your family with your smart phone to share on social media, it can work for you with patience and practice.

Perfect for the indie action filmmaker

By Valaine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-12

I made my first action short with this, and it only took me 20 minutes to balance it, having never used one of these before. I made some mistakes, but with just a little practice, I was able to use it quite effectively on the first outing. Definitely recommend it!

It just works

By Cocha & Bepeck
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-26

I don't really understand those who complain about it. Yes, maybe the handle isn't the best; maybe you need another tool to rotate the camera while filming, maybe you need more functions but hey guys it's only a hundred bucks and it just works, whatever you use, your 5dmkii or s7 edge.

Solid Device for the Price

By B.Dumas
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-04-19

I purchased the SteadyVid after reading and watching some things online and I am very happy with my purchase. Great intro stabilizer, that will certainly improve the quality of your shots when balanced properly. The instruction DVD is not helpful at all, but thanks to the internet, there are a number of helpful videos/tutorials that explain how to balance properly. I have a Canon T3i, and this little guy does the trick!

Best steady cam for good price

By Andre
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-18

Gets the job done at reasonable price

Great buy!

By Alexander
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-11-22

I love my new Opteka Stabilizer. I bought it because it was less expensive than some of the other stabilizers on the market but i find that it suits my purposes perfectly. I am using a small mirrorless camera on it so it am using very little weight on the bottom and even then it seems a hair too heavy but it still works well. With such a light camera, the grip does not move as seen in other reviews. the stabilizer is pretty well built but can be heavy when filming for long periods of time.

Really great starter Stabilizer!

By Jaime
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-14

I bought this stabilizer because I was starting to dabble into videography after spending 9+ years on stills only. What's great about this stabilizer is that it's got a nice quality build. I recognize the brand from the other camera-related goods they make, including their awesome neck straps that are much better that the ones that come with the cameras we buy. I'm also enjoying the easy of using it. As a guy with NO prior experience, I somehow understood how to use this very much and balance it without the help of the manual. (maybe it's my knowledge of handling stills equipment, which is more or less similar) The weights are easily removable and replaceable, the sliding plate is very secure and fairly easy to dismount/mount. I have tested this with not only a Canon EOS 6D + 50mm Sigma Art lens, but also a Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 22mm lens, and even my iPhone 6 with a hotshoe mount. It works very nicely once balanced. The weight base on the bottom is actually extendable via telescoping, so that's useful for other applications and the gimbal seems to be very fluid and smooth. It does come with a very useful DVD with instructions AND A CARRYING CASE. For its price point - this is a great pickup. When I showed it to my videographer friends, they actually said this was a very great choice considering. =

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Will this work with the JVC GY-HM170 4K Camcorder?
Asked by: Anonymous
This stabilizer has a load capacity of 6 pounds, so the GY-HM170 should balance well on it.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


we're can I get a quick release system form this to use on something else
Asked by: Will H.
I'm afraid not, the quick release system on the SV-HD is proprietary. You could always put another assembly on top of the plate though, such as the Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect which is compatible with the very popular 501PL plate.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Hi everyone will this take the baseplate of benro Qr14 ??
Asked by: Joe
I'm afraid not. This stabilizer has a propitiatory quick release plate, it will not with a Benro plate.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


is there any type of quick release plates that will work on it
Asked by: Will H.
Not that I'm aware of.. More importantly, I lost the screw on the plate the comes with it rendering it virtually useless as I can no longer attach my camera :( Whatever you do, don't lose the screw!
Answered by: Bryan D.
Date published: 2019-02-27


will this balance well with a 5d mark 3? 24-105 and tokina 16-28?
Asked by: eusebio r.
It is designed to balance well for cameras/lenses weighing up to 6lb. If the weight of your camera and lens are less than 6lb then your answer is yes .
Answered by: Simon P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Is this good for the DSLR Canon Rebel T6i?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes.. i have a Canon 70D with 18-135 mm... its very heavy and it works fine ;) but its very hard to get ready and balance.. You can take a while..after that's works fine..
Answered by: Rodrigo O.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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