Pros Lightweight and compact
Cons Plastic knops, I prefer firmer metal handles
Summary The biggest difference with a real camera balancing system like the Steadicam JR / Merlin is the flexible 'movement point'. On the Modosteady it's just one metal ball as rotary joint; on 'serious' systems its a combination of two independend axes with ball bearings. This makes the Modosteady a lot less 'steady' and not performing as good as I expected.
Pros It works. It's compact. I can now enjoy filming a sequence, and then actually enjoy that same sequence in playback. It comes out smooth, clean and viewable.
Cons You need to learn how to use it.
Summary Excellent product. It's really enhanced my filming experience and that of my viewers: my kids, my wife and my mother inlaw!
Pros It’s easy to use, small, light weight, very comfortable
Cons Couldn’t find any
Summary I really enjoy using it, I am kind of a video freak, filming a taking pictures all the time
And the Modosteady really helps, the video is much more stable, it’s easy to take images even with poor conditions or higher ISO.
It folds amazingly into to this tiny small thing that fits in my camera bag.
Once I attached it and starting using it, it never came
Pros good value compared to steadicam merlin
Cons you must take the time to balance your camera
Summary I'm a pro news photographer with 14 years experience in local news. I just got my modosteady Dec 26th after seeing it online. It's important to take the time to balance your camcorder correctly otherwise your going to be fighting to get smooth shots. This is a good value for the money. I appreciate the three-in one versatility of the modosteady but I bought it only for the cam stabilizer aspect. Under $200 for this kind of product is great compared to the steadicam merlin ($799). I was able to get my sony HDR-HC3 trimmed and balanced and the shots possible are really smooth and dynamic. You really need to practice with it. It appears well made but its plastic and could get broken under the right abuse. My sony HDR-HC3 needed all the counterweights to balance right and its a small handycam. I think it would be easy to overload the modosteady with anything but the smallest of camcorders so keep that in mind. I just got mine so I'm not going to pretend to give you anything but my first impression and I pleased so far. I plan to use it for moving, dynamic, point-of-view shots and with a little practice the modosteady can be a great addition to your bag of tricks.
Pros Inexpensive, lightweight, 3 different features it can do.
Cons Needs a bubble leveler for better balance adjustments
Summary 1. The ball & socket joint needs to be oiled for less friction.
2. Needs a bubble leveler for balance adjustments especially when the back-up battery to your camcorder is a different size.
3. Works best when the bottom weight is pointing straight down (like a plumb-bob)for less swing left to right rather than the last photo (above) showing it curved inwards towards you.
4. Best to have a camcorder with a built-in stabilizer to help the stability when doing a moving video.
5. Overall its worth the inexpensive price.