Will the stabilizer work on its own, or is it absolutely necessary to own the jacket as well? I'm new to this side of visual media and im working with a small budget.
Yes. It works fine for us and is well made. We also tried it with NEX cameras and they are just too light to balance perfectly, but they still float pretty nicely, too. Very good value in our opinion. The vest isn't necessary for short runs, but I wouldn't want to hold it for too long at a time. It's not very heavy at all, but any stabilizer with a DSLR will get you tired after a while. I have used a Glidecam 2000 and think this is just as good.