Steadicam Curve

Most of us who have ever picked up a video camera have heard of the Steadicam. This minor miracle of technology has allowed camera operators to capture smooth and stable action shots without the use of cumbersome dollies or cranes. Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam, has recently developed the Merlin 2 for DSLR cameras and the Curve for the GoPro Hero. The built-in mount on the Curve will work with the GoPro HERO, HERO2 and HERO3 models. According to Tiffen, the GoPro LCD BacPac™ is required for use with the Curve, but it probably does not not make much sense to use a Steadicam without being able to properly monitor the shot. The Merlin 2 and the ultra light Curve (weighs in a 1/2 pound) may be just the thing to help us capture great hand-held action without the “shaky-cam” effect. Check out this video of Garrett Brown demonstrating the Merlin 2 and Curve at NAB.

4 Comments

  1. I’m wondering if The Curve would work without the LCD display. The LCD display is an additional cost and increases battery consumption.

    Chris, 5 months ago Reply

    • Hi Chris – I’m speculating, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The only issue would be that you would be guessing as to what the camera is actually “seeing”. However, since the GoPro has such a wide view, it likely wouldn’t be a big problem! The camera would have to be re-balanced on The Curve if the LCD display was removed!

      Jim, 5 months ago Reply

      • GoPro users are use to accurately guessing what they are shooting. The iphone/ipad syncing advancements have made the LCD screen largely redundant. Its fantastic that steadicam has recognised the need for a device specifically for gopro but it would be a shame if it was reliant on the LCD screen.

        I’ve ordered a steadicam in the hope that the LCD screen wont be required but am waiting for it to arrive in the store. If it is a problem I’m planning on offsetting the weight by fixing something else to the rear door.

        Would love to hear from someone who has managed to get their hands on a Curve and test it.

        Jason, 2 months ago Reply

        • Hi Jason… I would have to agree with an earlier comment made by Jim. It should work without the LCD screen. As far as weight, it would seem that a good gimbal design would allow for compensation of GoPro balance with or without the LCD screen. Share your experiences with us when you receive your Steadicam!

          Fred, 2 months ago Reply


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