If you are interested in the $14 Stabilizer, but are unable to build one yourself. You can purchase a pre-built ready-to-use stabilizer right here! The Poor Man's Stabilizer has helped thousands of aspiring filmmakers, videographers, and video enthusiasts like yourself hoping to get better looking video without spending hundreds of dollars on a commercial stabilizer. You can read my seller feedback as well as these testimonials to see how other people have enjoyed using this stabilizer.

As a bonus from manufacturing many of these, the units you can purchase here are quite a bit nicer than anything you could assemble yourself from parts in the hardware store. The tubes are high-quality machined alluminum with comfort grips. The customized counter-weight has integrated mounting hardware, and the inverting bracket is pre-drilled with many mounting holes for customization and rubber strips to secure your camera. These components are compatible with standard parts for a hardware store for easy customization.

We've been activitely shipping these since 2006 and there is one ready to ship to you today!


Unfortunately due to dramatic increases in manufacturing costs, I am sold out of stabilizers until I can find new lower-cost manufacturer (or increase the price, which I would rather not do). I hope to be able to sell these again sometime soon, but only if I can offer them at a reasonable price.

What You Get in Your Stabilizer Package
Included Components

Multiple Configurations

Using inverting bracket
as a DSLR Mount
The stabilizer includes the following parts shown in the picture to the left:
  • 1 x Side extension with grip
  • 1 x Upper extension with grip and camera mount
  • 1 x Lower extension
  • 1 x Tee joint
  • 1 x Adjustable steel inverting bracket
  • 1 x Counterweight with embedded thread mount
These parts can be assembled using only your hands to create the 5 different configurations. Each of these configurations have various advantages and disadvantages. This versatile and modular design allows you to reconfigure the stabilizer on the spot without any tools to suit the needs of your shot. The inverting bracket can also be used alone as a DSLR mount for audio or lighting equipment.

The stabilizer components are compatible with standard plumbing supplies found at your local hardware store allowing you to easily make your own customizations and accessories such as changing bar lengths, customizing the handle(s), or even creating a vehicle mount.

Is your camera compatible?
The camera mount on this stabilizer is compatible with any device that has a standard tripod mount which is all consumer grade video and digital still cameras. The inverting bracket has a hieght clearance of 7 inches. A few example large prosumer and semi-professional cameras are included in the following list for reference. This is not an exhaustive list, but only a representative sample of the different camera body types:
Sony: Good: PD-150, VX1000/2000/2100, HDR-HC1/2/3, HDR-FX1/Z1/FX7/V1U**
Canon: Good: GL1/GL2, XH-G1/A1**, Too large: XL series cameras
Panasonic: Good:AG-DVX100, AG-DVC30, AG-HVX200**
JVC: Good: GR-HD1, Enviro G series
DSLRs such as Nikon D90, Canon 5D Mark II, Casio EX-F1 : Good
Small handheld video and digital still cameras : Good
**For larger cameras, the modifications descibed near the bottom of 14dollarstabilizer.org are highly recommended. However, the use of any modification made or added to this product is soley your responsibility. These modifications are not available for purchase.

If your camera is not listed, consult your owner's manual for the vertical dimension of your camera. It must be below 6-1/2" to be used with the inverting bracket. If your camera is smaller than these cameras, it should work fine. This stabilizer is not recommend for cameras that are heavier than 5lbs with the standard parts included with your stabilizer. Luckily, you can easily add your own modifications to better suit the needs of your camera.* See 14dollarstabilizer.org for more information on useful add-ons and easy modifications you can do to the basic stabilizer.

Purchasing FAQ
Here is a compilation of frequently asked questions about the stabilizers I sell. There's a good chance that your question has already been asked. Other questions can be sent to: info [at] littlegreatideas.com. The assembly instructions for the kit can be downloaded here.

Warnings, Disclaimers, and Return Policy
Certain parts may need adjustment or tightening upon receipt. Please check your item carefully before using.

* WARNING: Improper or irresponsible use of this stabilizer (or any stabilization device) can result in damage to your equipment or bodily injury to yourself and/or others. Please exercise caution and good judgement when using this or similar devices. By making this purchase you agree that your use of this stabilizer is at YOUR OWN RISK. The use of any modifications made to or added to the product is soley your responsibility.

Orders sent to destinations outside of the United States may be subject to additional import duty taxes/VAT that vary between country. Neither Sima Products nor Little Great Ideas are responsible for covering these charges.

Return Policy: If your stabilizer is found defective or unsatisfactory, the item must be placed in shipment for return at your cost WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE ORIGINAL DELIVERY DATE. Returned items must be in salable condition with all accessories, documentation, and original packaging. Defective parts will be repaired or replaced at no additional cost. Little Great Ideas LLC reserves the right to refuse any refund or replacement request at its sole discretion.

Disclaimers of Warranties and Limitation of Liability: This product is sold and produced by Little Great Ideas LLC. This product and all associated documents and materials are provided on an "as is" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness beyond its described purpose. By making this purchase, you have expressly agreed that the use of this product is at YOUR OWN RISK. The use of any modifications made to or added to the product are soley your responsibility. Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall Little Great Ideas LLC (or any of its affiliates, employees, agents, or third party providers) be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, this product. The limitations apply regardless of whether the party liable or allegedly liable was advised, had other reason to know, or in fact knew of the possibility of such damages. You specifically acknowledge and agree that Little Great Ideas LLC (and any of its affiliates, employees, agents, or third party providers) is not liable for any defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct resulting from the use of this product. In states and instances where the sale of "as is" products are not permitted or the prior disclaimer is deemed unfit, Little Great Ideas LLC will not be liable to a consumer for any damages beyond what the customer has actually paid to Little Great Ideas LLC.