Tank Guns Make for Fantastic Camera Stabilizers

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Need a camera stabilizer? Just buy a tank and duct tape your camera to the gun barrel. Despite their large size and deadly nature, some tank guns can be incredibly stable while the tank is rumbling about.

The 1986 video above by German’s armed forces shows the impressive stabilization technology built into the Leopard main battle tank — it’s stable enough to keep beer from spilling.

Here’s the relevant portion as a GIF:

So how effective is the barrel at stabilizing a camera? Luckily for all of us, someone actually attached a camera to the end of a Leopard 2 gun barrel. Here’s the stabilization in action, as seen by a camera:

In case you’re wondering, this type of stabilization allows the tank to fire accurately while it’s in motion, and can be found in main battle tanks used by countries around the world.

(via Bundeswehr via Reddit)


P.S. If you don’t have enough money to buy a tank, you can also buy a chicken for stabilizing smaller cameras.

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