GoPro Hero5 Gimbals

This topic comes up a lot since the Hero5 launch. Of course there is Karma grip, which is a great combination with the drone, as it is already included. But what if you don’t go for the drone – is to still the best solution? Here’s a list of GoPro Hero5 Gimbals to choose from.
Even tough all Gimbals listed here are compatible with GoPro Hero5 it was hard to find photos with Hero5.

 

GoPro Karma

Let’s start with the most obvious one – GoPro Karma Grip. I think it’s an awesome solution to get the whole production kit within a backpack. Karma drone with a gimbal, that can be detached and mounted on the grip. So you don’t need several different products, it’s a kit for several situations. But Karma grip also has its downsides:

GoPro Karma - Drone & Handheld Gimbal

GoPro Karma – Drone & Handheld Gimbal

 

Design & Mounting Options:
You have several mounting options: There is Karma Mounting Ring which surrounds the handheld grip and has a GoPro mount to attach it to your accessories such as suction cup mount, clamp,… It would be great to have a 1/4″ standard photo thread at the bottom, which many gimbals feature.

GoPro Karma Extension Cable

GoPro Karma Extension Cable

Spring 2017 an extension cable will be available. Not sure if the Mounting Rings are included, which you can see on in the picture above, or have to be purchased them separately. That way you can mount head and grip separately to have a more compact head.

Special Feature:
The grip powers the camera, you can also charge them both when attached. The grip also holds camera controls to start/stop recording, change modes and more.

Battery:
A capacity is not stated, battery life is stated with 1h & 45 min. Note that the battery is NOT detachable!

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
+/- 90° tilt – I couldn’t find more info.

Remote Control:
The battery grip also includes 3 buttons to remote control your camera, so no additional accessories are required.

Retailer / Price:




 

 

Zhiyun RiderM

Zhiyun is a well known brand when it coms to gimbals. RiderM is their wearable solution:

Zhiyun RiderM & GoPro Hero5

Zhiyun RiderM & GoPro Hero5

 

 Here’s my detailed review of Zhiyun RiderM

Design & Mounting Options:
RiderM features a 1/4″ thread at the bottom of the gimbal. It doesn’t feature a GoPro mount itself, you need a 1/4″ thread to GoPro adapter, or you can use standard photo gear to mount it. So you can either mount it or attach it to a selfie stick to use it handheld.

Special Features:
There are 3 operation modes: Locking mode which keeps the camera at the same position; Pan-Follow mode, where the camera follows pan movements of the gimbal & Pan-Tilt-Follow mode where the camera also follows up / downward movement of the gimbal.
On the head there’s a port to connect the gimbal with the camera. I’m not sure if there is a USB-C cable available, with Hero4 it was possible to power the camera and to grab the A/V video signal which is transmitted to the 3,5mm jack at the bottom.

Battery:
Zhiyun Rider-M features 2 removable 900 mAh Li-ion batteries.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
360°, 320°, 80°

Remote Control:
RiderM features wireless remote, you can either get a remote control or connect the gimbal with your smartphone to remote control the gimbal’s head.

Retailer / Price:

 Attention, you need to get the GoPro Hero5 Kit (15 USD) additionally!




 

SLICK

Now this is a very interesting model, as it is waterproof! Slick successfully completed a crowd funding campaign and will be available early 2017. Therefore some specs might not be finalized yet.

SLICK & GoPro Hero5

SLICK & GoPro Hero5

Design & Mounting Options:
The gimbal seems to be very compact and light (350g, 0.77lbs) and it is waterproof, so lots of possibilities for mounting! Slick will feature a GoPro mount on the bottom.

Special Features:
Slick features 2 operation modes: The first is “Fix Mode”, this will allow you to set up and fix the yaw axis that will stay in the same direction as when you turn the device on. In other words, the yaw will be on “lock”. The other is “Follow Mode”, the yaw arm is following the movement of the head, for example when you look left or right, the GoPro will follow you.

Battery:
A 2 hour runtime is stated, the battery is removable.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
no info available.

Remote Control:
n/a

Price:
It is available for pre-order now, shipping was shifted back to March 2017.
299 USD is the planned retail price, currently available for 229 USD on their website.

I ordered one, stay tuned for the review!

 

Sybrillo

Sybrillo Gimbal

Sybrillo Gimbal

Design & Mounting Options:
Sybrillo is also a waterproof, wearable solution where all 3 axes feature endless rotation! The bottom of the gimbal features 3 GoPro mounts, a 1/4″ tripod to GoPro adapter is included.

Special Feature:
Sybrillo features motion control and motion time-lapse. With motion control you can predefine the heads movement, in time-lapse mode also for longer durations. You have to find your mark, frame your subject and create the sequence. Then determine the program length, angle, and camera-rotation range, and hit the Action button.
There will also be a VR-mode control, where Sybrillo follows the movement of your smartphone, best used in a VR headset.

Battery:
There’s no info on battery nor runtime on their website.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
360° on all axes!

Remote Control:
You can control Sybrillo and camera with a smartphone app, even from a distance of 30m!

Price:
Sybrillo launched a Kickstarter campaign which already ended. Shipment is expected in April 2017. You can find more infos and videos on their Website, where you can order for 299 USD.

 

REMOVU S1

REMOVU S1 3-axis-gimbal

REMOVU S1 3-axis-gimbal

Design & Mounting Options:
Removu S1 is both, wearable and handheld gimbal. You can either use the head mounted with a GoPro mount, or you can attach it to the grip which also holds a joystick and a small display with battery info. Removu S1 is rainproof.

Special Feature:
Remove S1 features 4 operation modes: locking mode, pan follow & pan/tilt follow mode as well as inversion mode.
The great

Battery:
Removu uses a 800mAh detachable battery.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
292° / 292° / 90°

Remote Control:
If detached the grip operates as wireless remote (Bluetooth). With the joystick you can adjust the angle and you can select the different operating modes.

Price:
It is available for pre-order and will be shipped end of 2016. You can pre-order on their website for 379 USD.

 

Lanparte LA3D-S2

The S2 is the latest gimbal by Lanparte, which can be used for Smartphone & GoPro Hero5. LA3D2 is just for GoPro.

Lanparte LA3D-S2 Gimbal

Lanparte LA3D-S2 Gimbal

Design & Mounting Options:
Lanparte LA3D-S2 is a very versatile gimbal. Not only you can use it with smartphone or GoPro, but also with handheld grip or wire connected. A wireless kit is also available.
On top of the head, there is a GoPro mount, on the bottom oh the grip, there is a standard 1/4″ tripod thread.

Difference between LA3D-S2 & LA3D2:
Advantage of the -S2 is, that you can use it for GoPro & Smartphone, but you don’t fully see the screen of GoPro. That works better with the LA3D-2 model for Action Cameras, which can’t carry a Smartphone.

Special Feature:
Lanparte LA3D-S2 also features 4 operation modes: Follow / Semi-follow / Fully Locked & Low-angle inverted shooting mode.

Battery:
LA3D-S2 uses 2 LIPO 18350 batteries for about 2 hrs of operation.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
300° / 260° / 280°

Remote Control:
If detached, the grip operates as wired or wireless (kit required) remote.

Price:




 

Zhiyun Evolution

Besides the wearable RiderM, Zhiyun also offers a handheld model: Zhiyun Evolution:

zhiyun-evolution-gopro-hero5

Zhiyun Evolution Gimbal with GoPro Hero 5

 

 Here’s my detailed review of Zhiyun Evolution

 

Design & Mounting Options:
Zhiyun Evolution features a 1/4″ thread at the bottom of the grip. In contrast to RiderM it is focussed primarily on handheld use. Due to the grip it has storage for larger batteries which results in a longer operating time.

Special Features:
There are 3 operation modes: Locking mode which keeps the camera at the same position; Pan-Follow mode, where the camera follows pan movements of the gimbal & Pan-Tilt-Follow mode where the camera also follows up / downward movement of the gimbal.
On the head there’s a port to connect the gimbal with the camera. I’m not sure if there is a USB-C cable available, with Hero4 it was possible to power the camera and to grab the A/V video signal which is transmitted to the 3,5mm jack on the grip.

Battery:
Zhiyun Rider-M features 2 removable 200 mAh 18650 Li-ion batteries.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
320°, 270°, 90°

Remote Control:
n/a – only RiderM has wireless connection.

Retailer / Price:

 Attention, you need to get the GoPro Hero5 Kit (15 USD) additionally!




 

Feiyu

Feiyu is also a famous gimbal brand. Recently they posted this video on their Facebook site showing GoPro Hero5 attached to the new waterproof FeiYu G5 gimbal. Yet there is no info available.

 

Retailer / Price:

  • Banggood: n/a
  • Gearbest: n/a
  • Camfere: 279.00 USD – Coupon Code: FEIYUG5
  • Aliexpress: 279.00 USD – (official Feiyu store)
  • Amazon:

 

Previous Feiyu Models

GoPro Hero5 is compatible with the existing “FeiYu G4 QD” – QD stands for quick dismantling –  not Feiyu G4, G4S or G4 GS models!

 

Other cameras

Here’s my blog entry about gimbals for different action cameras: Action Camera Gimbal Overview

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