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 it still the best solution? Here’s a list of GoPro Hero5 Gimbals to choose from. Some are wearable and waterproof.
Video reviews are at the bottom of the article.

 

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 tripod thread at the bottom, which many gimbals offer.

GoPro Karma Extension Cable

GoPro Karma Extension Cable

In 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 you have to be purchase 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 both when Hero is attached. The grip also holds camera controls to start/stop recording, change modes and more.

Battery:
A capacity is not shown, 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. There is no remote control for the head itself.

Demo Video:
You can find a comparison video with Remove S1 at the bottom of this article.

Pros / Cons:

Camera Controls

Flexible (Karma Drone, Extension Cable)

High Price

Built-in Battery

 

Retailer / Price:




 

Feiyu WG2

Feiyu is a well known brand for GoPro gimbals. Recently they announced Feiyu WG2 an updated waterproof version of their wearable GoPro gimbal:

Feiyu WG2 - Waterproof & 360° Rotation

Feiyu WG2 – Waterproof & 360° Rotation

 

 Here’s my detailed overview of Feiyu WG2

Design & Mounting Options:
WG2 features a 1/4″ thread at the bottom and on the back 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. You can either mount it or attach it to a selfie stick to use it handheld.

Special Features:
In contrast to the previous version, Feiyu WG2 is waterproof (0.5m). A great combination with GoPro Hero5 black which is as well waterproof without case. Another improvement, the new model features 360° rotation on an pan & tilt axis. An adapter plate for Hero 4/5 Session is included.

Battery:
Built in 1500 mAh battery with a stated runtime of 2.5 hrs.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
360°, 360°, 70°

Remote Control:
You can either use Feiyu ON App or Feiyu’s remote controller to move the gimbal’s head.

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (wearable & handheld)

Remote Controlled Head

 Waterproof

 battery built-in

 

Retailer / Price:

 




 

Zhiyun RiderM

Zhiyun is a well known brand when it comes 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. 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. And 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 is 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 controller or connect the gimbal with your smartphone to control the gimbal’s head.

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (wearable & handheld)

Remote Controlled Head

 exchangeable batteries

Moderate Price

 Hero5 Kit required

 not waterproof

 

Retailer / Price:

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

  • Camfere: 229.00 USD – Coupon Coupon: ZHIYUN20
  • Aliexpress: 249.00 USD (official store)
  • Amazon:



 

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

 

I ordered one, stay tuned for the review!

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 at 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 locked. The other is “Follow Mode”, the yaw arm is following the movement of the gimbal, for example when you look left or right, the GoPro will follow you.

Battery:
2 hour runtime is stated, the battery is removable.
Update: Despite the original announcement, the battery is now built-in.

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

Remote Control:
n/a

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (wearable & handheld)

 Waterproof

 high Price

 buit-in battery

 promised shipping dates delayed several times

 

Price:
It is available for pre-order now, shipping was shifted back several times (from originally March 2016) to now August 2017, price is 299 USD plus shipping on their website.

 

Sybrillo

GoPro Hero5 Gimbals - Sybrillo

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 pre-define the head’s movement, in time-lapse mode also for longer durations. You just 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!

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (wearable & handheld)

 Waterproof

 exchangeable batteries

 Many Features (Motion Control, Remote Control,…)

 high Price

shipping delayed

 

Price:
Sybrillo launched a Kickstarter campaign which already ended. Shipment is expected in Summer 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, a 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.

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.

Demo Video:
You can find a comparison video with Remove S1 at the bottom of this article.

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (wearable & handheld)

Includes Grip with Remote

 Waterproof

very high Price

 

Price:
It is available on their website for 379 USD or on Amazon:




 

Feiyu G5

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.

Design & Mounting Options:
Feiyu G5 is their latest model and it is splash proof. The grip hods a joystick to control the head, a function button and a self-timer button. Pressing the self-timer button will automatically turn the head into your direction and so you can take a selfie using Hero5’s voice control. The bottom holds a standard 1/4″ tripod thread to mount G5 on your gear.

Battery:
Runtime is stated with amazing 8 hours!

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
360° / 360° / 245°

Remote Control:
G5 features bluetooth so you can connect your smartphone to remote control the head.

Pros / Cons:

Splash-proof

 Moderate Price

limited to handheld use

 

Retailer / Price:




 

Previous Feiyu Models

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

 

DJI Osmo

DJI is not only famous for their drones (Mavic, Phantom,…) but also their stabilised camera system Osmo. DJI’s Oslo mobile can also be used with GoPro Hero5 when using an adapter.

DJI Osmo mobile with GoPro Hero5 black

DJI Osmo mobile with GoPro Hero5 black

 

Design & Mounting Options:
The grip holds a joystick to control the head, a function button, record button and zoom lever. Osmo’s joystick to move the head can be used for both devices. The buttons only work when using a Smartphone!

Battery:
The exchangeable battery lasts for 4.5 hours.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
330° / 190° / 140°

Pros / Cons:

 for Smartphone & GoPro

 Exchangeable Battery

 Made primarily for Smartphones

 High Price

 

Retailer / Price:




 

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 with GoPro Hero5

Lanparte LA3D-S2

 

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. Additionally a wireless kit is available.
On top of the head, there is a GoPro mount, on the bottom of the grip 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 your GoPro. That works better with the LA3D2 model for Action Cameras, but it 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.

Pros / Cons:

Versatile I (Smartphone & GoPro)

Versatile II (wired & wireless grip)

Moderate Price

 Inconvenient Conversion
from Smartphone to GoPro

Screen partially covered

 

Price:




 

Zhiyun Smooth Q

Smooth Q is the latest gimbal released by Zhiyun. It’s not only working for GoPro Hero5 black, but also for Smartphone and the price is very interesting!

Zhiyun-Smooth-Q-GoPro-Hero5

 

 Here’s my detailed review of Zhiyun SmoothQ

Design & Mounting Options:
Basically Zhiyun Smooth Q is designed for Smartphones which you can easily mount. Additionally there is a GoPro Adapter. So this gimbal could be interesting for you if you plan to use it with your phone as well. If you use your phone and Zhiyun App there is a nice feature: Object tracking. Just mark a spot on your phone and the gimbal will follow it’s movements!

Battery:
The built-in 26650 Li-ion battery enables 12-hour continuous operation time. On the bottom of the grip is a USB port which you can connect to Smartphone or Action Camera to charge the device while in use.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
360° / 320° / 30°

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (Smartphone & GoPro)

 Splash-proof

 Low Price

 built in battery

 

Price:

  • TomTop: 104 USD (worldwide free shipping) – Coupon Code: HTYQ3GB
  • Camfere: 129 USD – coupon code: ZhiyunQ10
  • Amazon:



 

Feiyu Vimble C

Similar to Smooth Q is Fein’s Vimble C. It’s not only working for GoPro Hero5 black, but also for Smartphone and the price is very interesting!

Feiyu Vimble C - for Smartphones and Action Cameras

Feiyu Vimble C – for Smartphones and Action Cameras

 

 Here’s my detailed review of Feiyu Vimble C and a video review:

 

Design & Mounting Options:
If you don’t want to limit yourself to GoPro only use, this could be the right gimbal for you. Smartphone and Action Cam can be switched easily. On the grip there is a joystick to control the head.

Battery:
Built-in 2200 mAh battery which allows 5 hours of working time. A micro USB port at the side of the grip supports supports power input via power bank.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
320° / 320° / 320°

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (Smartphone & GoPro)

 Low Price

 built in battery

 

Price:

  • Camfere: 114 USD – Coupon Code: VIMBLEC26
    (worldwide free shipping)
  • Geekbuying: 119.99 USD
    (worldwide free shipping)
  • TomTop: 89.00 USD – Coupon Code: HTY50FYTY
    (worldwide free shipping)



 

Wewow Sport X1 / Soocoo PS2

If one axis is enough for you and you want to try an affordable model, take a look at Wewow Sport X1:

Wewow Sport X1 Gimbal

Wewow Sport X1 Gimbal

 

Design & Mounting Options:
Whew Sport X1 is a very small and light wearable gimbal. The cheapest of the GoPro Hero5 Gimbals I listed. It offers stabilization of one axis and is ideal for mounting with the GoPro mount at the bottom. It lasts speeds over 200 km/h so a nice use-case could be on a motorcycle to keep the horizon steady. According to the pictures it also seems to be possible the hold it sideways. So you could mount it on a mountain bike to stabilize the bumps.
You can either mount the camera with the GoPro mount or with a clamp, which also holds a smartphone.
(Soocoo P2 is manufactured by Wewow, it’s the same product).

Battery:
Runtime is stated with 6 hours, Wewow Sport X1 holds a 500mAh battery which is built-in.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
Wowed Sport X1 has one roll axis which rotates 360°.

Remote Control:
n/a

Pros / Cons:

Very Low Price

 Only one axis stabilized

Retailer / Price:

  • Banggood: 84.61 USD (Soocoo P2)
  • Gearbest: 63.57 USD – (Soocoo P2)
  • Gearbest: 89.00 USD – (Wewow Sport X1)
  • Camfere: 59.63 USD – (Wewow Sport X1) – Coupon Code: WEWOW33
  • Aliexpress: 66.00 USD + shipping – (Wewow Sport X1)

 

Video Review

Here’s a nice review and comparison of GoPro Karma vs Remove S1:

 

Here’s a video I did with Zhiyun Rider and Hero4 (have to do a new one soon):

 

Feiyu WG2 Product Video

 

Other cameras

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

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