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Picture of Simple Camera Stabilizer Under $10.00
I am constantly taking photos and video on boats and cars. The problem off shaky video and unstable pictures led me to create a stabilizer for better quality photography. This simple but effective tool has helped me capture movie-like action scenes for my home albums.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Supplies

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For this project you will need:
Thread-locker (blue)
Electrical Tape
30 Half-inch cut washers
2 Fender washers (1/4 inch)
4 1/2' Long Quarter-inch Bolt and Nut (metric)
Wrench and Ratchet -11 mm

Step 2: Place washers

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Put one of your fender washers for the base followed by 30 Half-inch Cut washers. Set remaining fender washer on top.

Step 3: Thread-locker and level

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Grab your thread-locker and nut.

Loosely tighten the nut allowing some movement in the sandwiched washers

Level the washers by rolling them on a table or flat surface

Once plum, firmly tighten the bolt with your wrench and ratchet

Step 4: Tape it

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Grab you electric tape and tightly wrap the washers putting 2-3 layers on.

Your Finished!

Step 5: Go play!

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The stabilizer enhances the shot positions and stabilizes the video. Sorry I don't have a sample video
Scott_Tx5 years ago
I was thinking about making something like this for my vado hd, just a simple hand hold with more weight.
Ditto here.  Just got back from a cruise and could have used some better image stabilizing with my Vado.  Maybe I'll try this out as well.
sgsidekick5 years ago
I made one, and it sure made a difference in my shots!  Funny thing tho; you may need to pack it in your checked luggage if you're traveling!  I forgot to do that on my return flight, and my carryon went thru the xray machine multiple times before someone decided I did NOT have a weapon! hahaha.

This is great!  I ended up having to use different washers, which meant more washers and a tad more in cost, but overall very easy to make and use.  Love it!
um question i see it says 4 1/2' bolt and nut i was wondering if you really meant inches instead of a foot? cause i am thinking it is in inches and i dont wanna mess this up cause this could help me with my photography thanks for a great instructable
ERCBIENG (author)  nightninja875 years ago
Yeah inches. Wow I cant believe i made that mistake
its alright i do that once in a while i forget to press the shift key it happens
Amalie085 years ago
I love the photography and the idea is simple and great! Thanks :)
I actually have to try this out! I can imagine the extra weight might mitigate smaller unwanted motions.
BoskyO5 years ago
If you have access to a heat gun and some large shrink tubing that would make a nice cover as well.
ERCBIENG (author)  BoskyO5 years ago
That would be cool! I don't know where I would get heat shrink in that big of a size
BoskyO ERCBIENG5 years ago
Lots of places on-line and many electronics stores. I've seen heatshrink up to 7".
BoskyO5 years ago
In the supply list item 5 is: 4 1/2' Long Quarter-inch Bolt and Nut (metric) Is this a 1/4 inch bolt & nut or a metric size? What thread pitch is required?
ERCBIENG (author)  BoskyO5 years ago
Yes it is a 1/4 inch bolt, it is metric sized, and its just a regular thread
Skeptical until I see a video, but looks like a solid idea. Do you find that the added weight is too much or does the weight help stabilize?
ERCBIENG (author)  Cartermarquis5 years ago
I will get a video up soon once I get a youtube account and etc. The weight is actually what helps stabilize it. The added weight acts as a balance point, It similar to a string-washer stabilizer that you step on to stabilize but more compact and easy to travel with.