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1975, from steady +‎ cam, from camera.


Steadicam (plural Steadicams)

  1. (film) A stabilizing camera mount for hand-held film or video shooting; a camera mounted thus.
    • 1975, Filmmakers Newsletter, v 9, p 46:
      Steadicam, a revolutionary camera stabilizing device, was not shown, but CP did screen a sample film shot with a Steadicam.
    • 2002, The Economist, v 364 (Sept. 19), p 82:
      Tilman Büttner, the director of photography who operated the steadicam used to shoot the film, has turned the camera into one of its main characters, a contemporary film maker trapped in a journey through Russian history, with Mr Sokurov himself speaking its part.