Shoot Silky Smooth iPhone Video With The Glide Gear SYL-1000 [Review]


Shooting video with your iPhone can be very convenient, but it can also be frustrating. If you are moving around – even with the built in image stabilization – you’re going to get a bouncing, shaky effect. This can make the video very jarring and sometimes tough to watch.

Glide Gear has an inexpensive solution for your video shooting needs. It’s the SYL-1000. It’s a camera stabilization setup to help amateur and professionals shoot smooth and dynamic video.

Here’s my video review of the SYL-1000.

The SYL-1000 retails for about $87. That’s a very affordable price, especially when you look at the price of other similar professional type devices. Along with the SYL-1000, inside the box you get the adapters for the iPhone or small camera such as a GoPro. Glide Gear recommends the SYL-1000 for cameras lighter than 1.5 pounds.

You also get the weights which you’ll use to properly balance your setup. Doing so can take some time. I’ve been using the SYL-1000 for a month and I still haven’t found the perfect combination of weights and iPhone placement. As I mentioned in my video, I think it would be great if Glide Gear provided some tips on setups for various cameras. They do have videos on how to help you achieve good balance, and the instruction manual is very informative. But they focus on cameras and DSLR’s rather than the iPhone.

Once you do have it setup to your liking, you’re going to want to practice using it for a while. Don’t expect to get perfectly smooth video right at the start. There are techniques you need to learn to get the best out of your video shooting.

After some practice you’ll get the hang of it, and you’ll immediately notice a difference in your video quality. It’s night and day. If you’re someone who shoots a lot of video with your iPhone, I’d highly recommend taking a look at the Glide Gear SYL-1000.

  • Nice review–this thing looks pretty badass! Definitely an improvement vs not using Glide Gear.

  • nosnoop

    Many video stabilizers look similar and work more or less the same way.
    But there is one key difference between Steadicam (the “real thing”) and other cheaper knock offs – the Gimbal. Steadicam’s Gimbal is very very smooth, and it is one of the key factor to make the video ultra smooth. And the cost of the Gimbal alone would cost well above $100.

    If you compare them side by side, then you would notice the Gimbal in Glide Gear has much more friction, and thus harder to make video as smooth as a Steadicam.