My work has obtained (dont think it bought it) a Manfrotto Figrig. Which is a fairly basic camera stabiliser yet is not sold at a basic price…
You hold it at the sides so that the vibration in the middle is much less.
You can mount extra things onto it such as a mic, flashes, and lights but that does make it a lot heavier.
The rig itself is very light.
If shooting with a small camera such as what i am shooting with in the video above (Canon 550d) (video of all the details of that camera) and a wide angle lens the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 then the rig is still pretty light and well balanced and easy to hold.
It offers a little more security in that you have 2 handles instead of holding your camera with your sweaty hands
But it could get tiring if you have puny arms or if you are a girl. Or if you have a heavier camera and heavier lens and holding it for a longer time.
It also makes you look a bit strange walking around with a steering wheel infront of your face.
Versatility: It is very good if you want to shoot from a doggy eye view, something that a shoulder rig would be impossible with. same with being able to hold it in front of you and also out to your side. and above your head. Giving this item versatility that many other rigs do not give you.
Quality of results: It is ok, I can definitly see some improvement, and I am sure if I was snowboarding down a hill I would be even more impressed. But for general everyday shooting? …. If i have to factor in the price then I am not seeing a big enough improvement really.
Ease of use: Its easy to pick up and put down with camera attached, and is very easy to use and does not need any assembling. Its idiot proof.
Weight 5/5 (very light)
Versatility 4/5 (lots of angles to be had)
Ease of use 5/5 (very smiple)
Build Q 5/5 (cant be faulted)
Results 2/5 (nothing to shout home about)
Price 2/5 (far to expensive for what it is)