While you can get away with using shaky video footage for user-generated content and breaking news as it unfolds, you want a good steady shot for your nicely packaged B-roll.
As mobile journalism continues in popularity, the gimbal has become a staple in most mojo toolkits to ensure reporters can take a still shot.
But how do you pick from the many choices that are available? Emily Kummerfeld, University of Missouri graduate student spoke to Monty Davis, veteran video editor, The Kansas City Star on RJIonline for his advice.
"Think about what you're going to use it for. Think about the cost, how much you want to invest. And then [ask] if it's something that's going to help you or hinder you," Davis said.
Mobile journalism expert Yusuf Omar leads a session on the future of technology and people at Newsrewired on 27 November at Reuters, London. Head to newsrewired.com for the full agenda and tickets