Varizoom Sportster Vest – Does it Hold Up?


You've seen me flying pretty lightweight Video stabilizers recently, including the Glidecam HD1000 shown in this video. Well lightweight is nice and very easy to fly for short periods of time, but if you're going to be focusing on longer video footage with any stabilizer, it's time to start looking into a Vest. A Stabilizer Vest isn't going to help stabilize your video as much as the 'stabilizer' itself, but it does help you stay in control by carrying most of if not all of the weight. This is especially helpful for fast walking to running type shots.

Well i'm pretty set with the Steadicam Merlin Vest modified to work with the Glidecam HD4000, but I admit it is a bit overkill not to mention a bit pricey, for something that might only see 5% of your video work. So in my never ending search for the best bang for the buck, I decided to check out the Varizoom DV Sportster, one of the smallest, lightest, and cheapest Video Stabilizer Vests known to mankind...B&H Photo.

When this dropped in, the box looked fairly large and I was a bit disappointed. I was looking for small and portable. Then it was like a Russian Matryoshka doll unfolding box after box down to it's smallest bag. Wow, this thing is tiny. The bag is like a small padded duffle with extra room for other gear. Description from Varizoom states it can support it's own Flowpod, Steadicam JR. and Glidecam stabilizers. Now it's time to put it to the test this weekend and see if it actually holds up. You can find the Varizoom DV Sportster vest here. Stay tuned....

5 thoughts on “Varizoom Sportster Vest – Does it Hold Up?

  1. SEO

    On the plus side, the vest works ok in "rest mode" where you can still shoot stable footage when not flying. You can leave the camera attached to your stabilizer, perfectly balanced and do some nice shot while standing still.

    On the negative side, standing still defeats the purpose of a stabilizer in my opinion. It's small but still too big for it's limited use. Unless I'm some how using it incorrectly, I find you can get much smoother footage hand held then with this thing.

  2. KGB

    You get what you pay for, too bad it's so over priced. It's going to live in the back of the closet, right next to the Thigh-buster.

  3. steve

    You're going to be disappointed coming from the steadicam vest. The varizoom arm is crap. It wobbles and doesn't have any of the maneuverability of the Steadicam arm. The varizoom vest itself is OK but the ARM is 90% of the deal for me. Its like going from a BMW to a honda.

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