There’s no question that even the best camera stabilization system, isn’t enough for nice steady shots. You need something. I never liked tripods. No matter what size, they’re just too big, bulky and obtrusive for me.
I was recently surprised to find that my monopod had a hidden feature. Three tiny ‘tripod’ legs hidden in the bottom of the monopod. Now I’m really hooked. In fact, I’m in love. I’ve also read several reviews by video journalists ditching their glide cams for a good monopod system like the
Manfrotto/Bogen series. They range in price from $99 to $220. I’ve posted a very unscientific video example below of monopod vs. hand held.