The Good The Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4 is an effective way to get smoother video while moving. It's also well-designed and well-built.
The Bad The Smoothee takes some practice to use well and for the average iPhone user, the size and cost might be overkill.
The Bottom Line True to its name, the Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee takes the bounce out of your iPhone video clips.
Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4
The idea of professional-quality camera add-ons for the iPhone might seem silly, but there's definitely a market for stuff that pushes the camera beyond its inherent limitations. And that's how you get the Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee.
The original Smoothee was announced in 2010 (we tested the mount for the iPhone 4/4S) and it works like the larger professional Steadicams, which use counterbalance weights to stabilize your camera while it's in motion. And as anybody who's shot video with the iPhone knows, moving with it while shooting -- let alone running or jumping -- can result in some potentially nauseating and unwatchable video. Use the Steadicam Smoothee, though, and that all changes.
However, it's not as simple as attaching your iPhone, pressing Record, and having your videos come out smooth. You can certainly pick it up and start shooting with it out of the box, but using it effectively takes some practice. Then some more practice.