Cell phones originally had no cameras in them and when they were finally added, they weren’t very good. They’ve gotten a lot better over the years, but in the end, they’re still cameras inside telephones, and that presents some problems if you’re shooting video.
The problems are numerous, but the biggest are that you’re likely to have somewhat jerky video if you shoot with a smartphone. You’re also likely to use up a lot of your phone’s power.
Those are pretty significant drawbacks, as people aren’t going to be interested in taking your video seriously if they’re so jerky that they become nauseous when they’re watching them.
That’s where the Smove comes in. This was a crowdfunded product through Indiegogo that’s been successfully funded. In fact, it’s been funded beyond the amount that the creators were seeking by some 4638%, which suggests that a lot of people wanted to see a device brought to market that does this.
And what does the Smove do? At it’s most basic, it’s a handle for your smartphone that allows you to handle it as though it were a video camera. It’s simply a better way to hold it.
In addition, the Smove has a built-in stabilizer, so your jerky videos are going to be a thing of the past. There was a time when that sort of technology cost thousands, but it’s not available at under $200 in the Smove.
The built in power source should allow you to shoot for 6-7 hours before running out of power, and that’s in addition to the power you have in your phone’s own battery.
The Smove also includes a built in 5000mAh power supply, so you’re not likely to run out of juice while you’re in the middle of filming something that’s going to win you a Pulitzer Prize.
The Smove also has a motorized feature that allows you to shoot panorama shots and you can adjust that from 180° to 360° to suit your needs.
There are several models available that can accommodate Android and iPhone smart phones as well as Go Pro video cameras. You can also buy a bundle that includes both the Smove and a phone, just in case you need to get an all in one solution and you don’t have a smartphone already.
I’ll freely admit that I don’t shoot much video by phone, but I’m surprised at how many people do. I’m also surprised at how many people don’t know that you should generally turn your phone sideways when shooting so that you get an image that’s widescreen, rather than thin and tall, but that’s a topic for another blog post, I suppose.
Smove also has a special price for two units if you think you’re going to be doing a lot of shooting. There’s no problem carrying them around, as they’re small enough and compact enough to fit in your pocket.
The Smove has been wildly successful during the funding phase, and has more than 11,000 sales already. They’re expected to ship any time now.