In a very nice review of Digital Video Secrets, an Amazon reviewer pointed out that I "don't talk about Steadicams" in DVS. Good catch! My bad!
Steadicam is a trademarked name for a marvelous series of devices that professional cameramen often use to support their cameras as they walk or move about. The name is often used among amateurs (like me) as a generic way to refer to any device of this sort.
So, here's the first of a few inexpensive, clever camera-steadying options that I've found on the web.
Jan Van Der Meer puts a little Sanyo HD1000 on a boom and gets some cool 'cranes', 'pans', and tilts with his "JanCam".
Jancam in action with Sanyo Xacti HD1000 from Jan van der Meer on Vimeo.