My goal was to create a mini version of the Steadicam Merlin for my flip video camera. Four prototypes and much frustration later, I finally had success. With the handle based on the flashlight handle design from user s.haldane, I was able to create a working solution. The two biggest observations that I made were:
1. The light weight of the Flip Video camera makes it extremely difficult to balance out. When in doubt, just add weight!
2. The connection point for the handle is not the same point as the connection point of the camera. The solution is to make sure there are methods to adjust the handle as well as the camera.
If you want to create one for yourself, I’ve provided my google sketchup drawings to help below.