Cameras are getting smaller and better. So why does the video footage not improve?


Some people’s pet peeve is spelling or punctuation — Ours is shaky videos.

As we move further into an age of some incredible technology, we are seeing the quality of video improve drastically. Camera manufacturers are making their cameras smaller and smaller, whilst continuing to improve things like display resolution and pixel density. Examples of these are the E1 which is the same size as a GoPro, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and the GoPro HERO4 Session. So, while image quality is getting better, hardware stabilization is only just now beginning to push boundaries. Perhaps it hasn’t been much of an issue in the past, because most of us don’t really know any better?

L-R: E1, Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, GoPro HERO4 Session

Shaky footage is caused by the movements and vibrations of various external elements, such as the user itself, the movement of the camera, or even wind. It causes blurriness and unsteadiness in the video, rendering it difficult to watch. This is particularly noticeable in the difference between professional and amateur videos.

So first of all, what is camera stabilization?

The main forms of stabilization for video and photography are:
1. Lens stabilization: Where the lens shifts in the opposite direction to the shake.
2. In-camera stabilization: The shift occurs in the image sensor, as it moves against the directions of the shake.
3. Electronic Stabilization: The ISO rises, decreasing the shutter speed, but then the image-noise increases or a huge junk of the frame gets cropped.
4. Hardware stabilization: Attaches to the camera, absorbing the shaking and vibrations of the user.

In the ‘90s, camera giants such as Nikon and Canon started the lens stabilization race, with Pentax and Sony pushing in-camera stabilization. Tech companies such as Google, Apple or Instagram are finally getting involved in camera stabilization with their versions of electronic stabilization apps or devices, such as Hyperlapse.

The downside of these types of software is the post-processing. Post-processing reduces the pixels and resolution of the footage and also requires a lot of time to refine each video. While lens, in-camera or electronic stabilization do slightly improve the steadiness of your video, the human-shake factor is still always present and hardware stabilization is the only remaining answer to this problem.

There are many hardware stabilizers currently on the market, but these tend to be too large and bulky, heavy, awkward, difficult to assemble, expensive, and quite frankly, unappealing. Mostly these stabilizers are targeted towards professional videographers, for example, movie makers. Why should they be the only ones to produce professional looking footage?

Hardware stabilization is the key to creating perfect, shake-free videos, and will not compromise on the resolution of your video, nor keep you at your computer for hours with post-production. Capture your audience’s attention by giving them perfect, steady footage every single time with solidLUUV.

solidLUUV is the solution for our pet peeve.

LUUV has created a light-weight camera stabilizer, for one-handed use. solidLUUV has a simple plug & play action, and is compatible with all action cams, smartphones and compact digital cameras. Thanks to its module setup solidLUUV can even come with an electronic gimbal. It can be used to film just inches above the ground with its 180 degree rotation, and is easily controlled by the thumb and index finger. solidLUUV offers a unique aerodynamic design, along with the finest German engineering, providing wind resistibility and shake-free videos, even when you are running, jumping, skating, snowboarding or just capturing your everyday adventures. solidLUUV is a new era of camera stabilization, for everyone.

To pre-order your solidLUUV, visit www.luuv-stabilizer.com

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