Add image stabilization to any camera. Works with video and still cameras and costs less than $1.

I have demonstrated the building process and use of the stabilizer in this video.

Here's a cool little gadget that you can use to seriously reduce camera shake. With this stabilizer, I find that I can hand hold still photos at least 3 stops slower that I could without it.

It also folds up to store easily in your pocket. Unlike a tripod, Its portable enough that you'll never mind taking it along.

Step 1: Parts List

For this project, you will need:

1 1/4 inch diameter bolt with coarse threads. You'll probably want the shortest one you can get. You could also use an eye bolt with the same threading.

1 piece of string a little longer than you are tall. The string needs to be a kind that doesn't stretch much.

1 large washer or other small weight. Take a look at the video to see how this works, and then use whatever you have available. One good idea might be something that you could wind the string around.

Take a look at the video to see how all this is going to work.
<p>Simple and awesome.</p><p>thanks! :)</p>
I love how portable it is. Nice idea :)
Sorry, I am very new to photography and I just have to ask everyone who owns a canon what camera it is. Rebel? by the way, Eagle Scout, nice.
the rebel cameras are entry-level DSLRs which are simpler and cheaper. <br> <br>Top range cameras are xD, and xxD <br>Entry level cameras are xxxD, and xxxxD <br>These Australian names. <br>x stands for the models eg 400D <br> <br>You can look on the canon website for more information <br> <br>:) <br>
I needed a lightweight solution for a hiking trip to the Outer Hebrides and I have found it here. Great ible.. so easy to get parts and make... even in foreign parts if you forget it!thank you !
This is genius! So simple.
thank you!
Kudos on a great idea.
Really Genius !
wait......whats with your shoes? they look like crocs, only cool.....
Nike Zveddochka. Definitely better than croc. Just for trivia purposes, Nike developed the technology to make crocs, but didn't really know what to do with it. They were using it to make pool sandals.
well apparently they do know what to do with them, much more than that silly croc company. Also, very nice replacement for a tripod. I might try it out soon.
awesome awesome awesome!
Genius, I wish I had known about this trick earlier but I plan to carry this on me on all my shoots.
Thanks again for the excellent tutorial! I just created my own image stabilizer for 77 cents! (The string was free.) I wonder if I can take the stabilizer on an airplane... maybe in checked luggage? I better research. Thank you!
Can you do a tutorial on how to tie various knots? This lashing technique looks so useful!
THANK YOOOU!!!!!!!!!!! my hands shake, this helps
Is it possible to connect the system to the belt? This way it turns mobile.
Great Instructable - and, REALLY COOL SHOES - wicked cool, even.
nice i throught at first that this was going to be cheap and lame but i was wrong very nice
Thanks. I am glad you like it. Of course there are ways to make this project look a lot cheaper and lamer, or more expensive and cooler. The function is still the same and I'm sure that most people will see a big improvement in their picture quality.
nice shoes :)
Thank you. Nike Zvezdochkas.
True Kipkay did make this ible first. If you got the idea from him them you should provide a citation to his ible. If you didn't get the idea from him, good job with the simple tool for a great outcome.
fantastic idea! wow, just wow! +1
This is very useful and timely for me. Too bad you missed the pocket contest. The string you used looks like nylon, which happens to be the stretchiest string material available. Still, I think having a little stretch in the string is a good thing. Even a long bungee cord would be better than nothing...or a long string and a short bungee.
This is an excellent idea. My camera takes poor pictures when shooting without a tripod. I am going to make this very soon.
Generally, "course threads" means 20 TPI.
That made a lot of sense as I typed it, but once I posted and read it again it didn't. I meant that a <em>tripod mount screw</em> is usually 20 TPI, not that <em>any</em> screw that is referred to as &quot;course&quot; will be 20 TPI.<br/>
:o! this is possible one of the most useful ideas to me on instructables. Way to go!

About This Instructable


85 favorites

More by shoemaker: World's Most Powerful Marshmallow Gun -- How To Make Your Own Pyrotechnical Application for Potato Cannons Sky Lantern/Hot Air Balloon from a Dry Cleaner Bag
Add instructable to: