GoPro Hero 3 Steady Cam Concept

Author: Gyrobot, published on 2013-11-21

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A hand held or base mounted steady cam for the GoPro Hero 3.

This is unusual because it is servo/motor free and there is no counter balance underslung weight either. The vibrations and pitch/roll are dampened out by the use of an overhead pot, filled with a suitable easily sourced medium (see instructions).

Originally designed for mounting onto my DJI 450 Quadcopter, however with the addition of the clip in handle (removable), it becomes a hand held steady cam too.

I designed and printed this as a proof of concept. I wanted to push further the idea of a print in place assembly for the main body component, and to inspire.

EDIT 15/05/2014 : Uploaded STEP file of the assembly, in case anyone wants to make any edits.


Add an M5 x 40 screw and nut.

Everything except the “Waggle Stick Clamp” can be printed without support. However the handle may benefit from support due to the fillets for grip comfort.

GoPro_Gimbal_Mount_Base.stl has two bits of support modelled for the holes at the base of the pot which can easily be removed with a craft knife.

Seems a bit “notchy” at first but it does bed in and become smoother over time. I’m sure a bearing version would be super smooth. A little olive oil helps too.

Fill the pot to suitable height with suitable medium, bit of trial and error for this one, eg :

  • Polystyrene beads
  • Necklace beads
  • Plastic ball bearings
  • Pasta balls
  • Memory foam
  • 1 x GoPro_Gimbal_Mount_Base.stl
  • 1 x GoPro_Waggle_Stick_Clamp.stl (100% infill)
  • 1 x Seal.stl
  • 2 x GoPro_Hero_3_Bump_Guard.stl (100% infill)
  • 2 x Bush.stl
  • 1 x Handle.stl
  • 2 x Pin.stl

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Tags: Camera, dji, gimbal, GoPro, quadcopter, RC, stabilisation, Steadicam, steady_cam