Curious Shio (Testing the Steadycam)

One of the biggest things I have struggled with with my videos is stabilizing the camera while following Shio around. There are 2 main issues: 1) Shio is low to the ground, so I need a solution that is low to the ground to capture video at his vantage point; 2) I don't want to spend a lot of money for this given I am not sure how well it will work -- most solutions have mixed reviews.

In the end, after looking around on the web, what I found was this: $14 Steadycam. I did not build it myself, and opted for the $50 pre-built version. Three reasons why I bought this: 1) the reviews seem great; 2) it costs 50% less than the next solution available; 3) it has many configurations, one of which allows me to get low to the ground.

I put it together really quickly Friday night and in my first attempt with it, I already achieved relatively neat results:

Video taken with Lumix GF-1, 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6.