There's no doubt that you'd want to bring some type of camera out to an event. SLR's are great, and I love the fact that you can do both photos and videos all in one unit. For videos though, sometimes you want more movement, something more creative, and that means bringing out a whole bunch of extra gear just to get those stabilized movements. This is where those new Point and Shoot small handheld video cameras really shine. The newer Point and Shoot cameras can do decent photos and very nice 720 HD videos at 30fps which is perfect for the web or even downsizing to DVD.
The problems with the Point and Shoot handheld video cameras are it's size though. Very small cameras are hard to stabilize by hand alone, so for me to get some smoother and more creative shots, I took a trip over to Home Depot and gathered a few parts for a stabilizer. With this new stabilizer I can get pretty smooth fluid shots walking, running, and even get some super super low flying modes where i'm scraping grass! In this video I talk about my basic designs when i'm thinking about stabilizing any type of camera. Keep those basics in mind before building yours, as you'll need to add or remove weights, or even scale the size.
This would work great with the new Sony HX9. Check out the video quality from the Sony DSC-HX9 here: http://cheesycam.com/practice-run-electric-skateboard-hx9/
Hope you enjoy this little DIY stabilizer, leave comments, Tweet, Facebook, Digg, whatever.....