DIY Handheld Camera Stabilizer Rig

DIY Handheld Camera stabilizer rig from PVC pipeAs anyone that follows this blog knows, I love working with PVC pipe.  Because of this, a DIY handheld camera stabilizer made with 1/2 inch pipe is certainly of interest.  The build should be fairly self-explanatory from the picture above – elbows, tees, and straight pipe – except for what the camera actually attaches to.

This little fixture seen below is actually a pretty neat spring-loaded attachment that’s explained in the “howto” video in the second half of this article.

spring loaded attachment for PVC DIY camera stabilizer rig

Check out the video after the “read more” thing if you want some more build information.  The little spring-loaded assembly steps start around 3:00 if you just want to see how that part is made.

For around $5, this little rig is an extremely cost-effective hand-held camera stabilizer.  And you get to use 1/2 inch PVC.  I hear this type of pipe can even be used to transport liquids, but I’ve yet to verify this.

If you’re wondering how to make the PVC pipe look better, check out this black GoPro pole that I made a few weeks ago for how to “black it out” effectively.

3 thoughts on “DIY Handheld Camera Stabilizer Rig

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  2. Jaylline says:

    Very Good Thank You..Please, how would you fit a quick release plate for a DSLR? Also is it possible to mount a tripod mount and if so is one able to buy such an article. My tripods do not allow removal

    • Jeremy Cook says:

      Hi Jay,

      Thanks for commenting! As far as a quick release, I’m not sure. You could probably attach a tripod plate by tapping the bottom for a 1/4-20 screw then screwing the plate in.

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