A few of the sports action cameras that we've recently reviewed on ActionCamReviewr.com come with some kind of stabilization feature or Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS for short).
However, if your action cam is quite old or just doesn't have this feature or any other kind of image stabilization, you have a few options to help fix your shaky footage problem.
Let's look at each option in more detail.
OK, so the easiest and most obvious thing you can do is just go out and buy yourself a brand new sports action camera with built-in EIS.
The Apexcam M80 Pro, which I recently reviewed here, comes with the EIS feature, as so does the Campark X20.
Buying a new camera might be nice, however, this option is not the most cost effective solution for improving camera footage stabilization, so let's see what's next.
The second option you have is to invest in some kind of stabilization Gimbal. Now, there are quite a few of these things around, though I would recommend checking out the Hohem 3-Axis iSteadyPro, again, a product we recently reviewed here.
Whilst a gimbal will help you capture more stable video footage, carrying a gimbal around with you can be a bit of a pain, as these things aren't exactly light.
In addition, gimbals can be costly and so you'd probably be better off with a new action cam investment. So let's look at the next option.
Using a tripod is the simplest, and most cost-effective, way to improve your action camera stabilization, as long as you don't need to move around much when capturing your videos, that is.
If you have a spare tripod lying around, make good use of it. If you don't otherwise, the Action Cam Desktop Tripod by Fantaseal is a small, compact, and lightweight tripod that could be a good option.
The next cost-effective alternative to using a tripod is using a good old stabilizing handle grip. These are often used with DSLR's by some vloggers, but with the right mounting kit, you could pop your action cam onto one of these handles and improve your footage stabilization a little bit.
Now, the last option you have is to try and reduce or even remove the camera shake from your footage using some software during post-production of your video
If you use Final Cut Pro X on the Mac, by any chance, do check out the FCPX Stabilizer 2.0 plugin from PixelFilmStudios.
So there you have it, five simple ideas to fix shaky hand-held footage when using your action camera. Best of luck.
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