Summary: This review is from: Manfrotto 585-1 ModoSteady 3-in-1 Camera/Camcorder Stabilizer and Support System (Electronics) We are giving the Monosteady a 1 star because a 0 star is not offered as an option. We bought a Manfrotto MonoSteady stabilizer to use with a small video camera. We're pretty good at using video equipment, but the MonoSteady absolutely, categorically did not work.
Summary: I tried this with the Canon HV20 and it was easy to set-up and use. It also packed fairly well in the existing camera bag I use. It's NOT as smooth as the PRO SteadiCam Merlin, etc., but for the cost you pay you get a decent alternative in a 3-in-one unit. The build quality is good and appropriate for the size and weight of the cameras it supports. In the end, I'm glad I bought it. Now I need to try it with those HD DSLR's!
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Improves Performance
Innovative, but definitely NOT a steadicam. Manfrotto ModoSteady vs. Hague MMC
Kiyo M., Amazon
16 January 2010
Summary: I've had this for about an year now. Before purchasing this, I tried to look for actual footage of this product being used as a stabilizer; all I could find videos from Manfrotto were actors just holding the ModoSteady, chasing each other around and acting like they were having a good time -- but they NEVER showed the actual results of what they shot. I can see why they avoided advertising that part now.
Summary: The design of the Modosteady is great and it folds up nicely to fit into my camera bag. The quick release plate is not very quick.The Modosteady does not work very well as a steady cam however, if you are willing to play with it and keep your thumb on the back of the plate, you can make it perform decently. Just don't expect a true steady cam for [$].
Summary: Although we all know the ModoSteady is a "ball-in-socket" style stabilizer, this is not a Steadicam Merlin (gimbal-style) or even a Hague MMC (ball-in-socket), but rather a really good approximation of what those devices do. Your actual mileage will vary with the ModoSteady depending on what video device, along with accessories, you have mounted on it. For the price, this is a good amateur attempt to provide "inert" stabilization.
Summary: I've seen a lot of negative things said about this product on YouTube, but what most don't understand is that any stabilization device like this requires a learning curve, despite the manufactures video making it look easy. I watched the Merlin videos, a unit that is 8 times the price, it too requires some self-taught training.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Improves Performance
Summary: I purchased this product to use with a Nikon D-90 when using the "live capture" HD movie mode the camera is capable of. The Manfrotto 585 is a well made, easy to use product, though using with the heavy D-90 proved to be a little cumbersome. I have since added the small Canon HF10 to our "arsenal" and this Manfrotto 585 is a God send for the Canon. This is a reasonably inexpensive Steady Cam substitute for use with small hand held video camcorders on the market today.