GoPro Hero6 & Hero5 Gimbals

This topic comes up a lot since the Hero5 launch. Of course there is GoPro 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? There are so many GoPro Hero6 & hero5 gimbals available. But there is no such thing as “the best” option, there is only the most suitable stabilizer for your situation and your budget. So think of the situations you gonna use it for:

  • Do you use it only handheld or do you want to mount your cam (strap, bike,…)?
  • Does it need to be waterproof?
  • Do you want to be able to use it for your smartphone as well?
  • Is it ok if the battery is built in or do you want to be able to change it?
  • Which camera / gimbal controls do you need?
  • What’s your budget? 300 USD ok? Or do you only want to spend 100 USD?

At the bottom you can find my conclusion which might help you with your selection. So let’s start with a list of GoPro Hero6 & Hero5 gimbals to choose from:

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. The battery is built in and it is not splash proof.

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. With a price tag of $99.00 the extension cable is not cheap. You could get a gimbal for that price.

Special Feature:
The grip powers the camera, you can also charge both cam & gimbal, 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)

 Grip powers camera

High Price

Built-in Battery

 not splash proof

 

Retailer / Price:




 

Feiyu WG2

Feiyu is a well known brand for GoPro gimbals. Recently they released Feiyu WG2 an updated waterproof version of their wearable GoPro gimbal. I prefer this this gimbal as it is easy to mount anywhere on objects or straps with several mounts like clamps or suction cup. When attached to a pole / tripod / selfies stick you can still use it handheld.

Feiyu WG2 - Waterproof & 360° Rotation

Feiyu WG2 – Waterproof & 360° Rotation

 

 Here’s my detailed review of Feiyu WG2

 

 

Design & Mounting Options:
WG2 features a 1/4″ thread at the bottom and on the back of the gimbal. The small threads beside are use to attach the Feiyu GoPro Mount adapter. You can either use several mounts like suction cup or clamp. Or you attach it to a pole 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.
WG2 also offers a time-lapse mode to create motion time-lapses.

Battery:
The built-in 1500 mAh battery has a 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 from a distance.

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (wearable & handheld)

Remote controlled Head

 Waterproof

 Time-lapse mode

 battery built-in

 no camera controls

 

Retailer / Price:

 

 




 

Zhiyun RiderM

Zhiyun is also 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

In contrast to Feiyu WG2, SLICK can also be used with GoPro Hero4 within its underwater case. Might be an interesting option if you own a Hero4 and plan to upgrade to Hero5 or Hero6 later on:

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 built-in. (Note: the original kickstarter campaign promised a removable battery).

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

Remote Control:
n/a

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (wearable & handheld)

 Waterproof

 Time-lapse mode

 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 September 2017, price is 299 USD plus shipping on their website.

 

Sybrillo

Sybrillo is pretty similar to SLICK, but it offers a bit more options. At least they are promised as Sybrillo is still on pre-order.

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.

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 Amazon:




 

Feiyu G5

Compared to GoPro Karma Grip, Feiyu G5 has some advantages: its splashproof and has exchangeable batteries, hence lacks controls of the camera (start/stop). You still can control the head via joystick or movement of the hand.

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 8 hours, thats 4x the runtime of Karma, plus the battery is exchangeable.

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

 Affordable Price

 remote controlled head

 exchangeable batteries

 primarily for handheld use

 

Retailer / Price:




 

Previous Feiyu Models (G4,…)

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

 motor might be visible when using GoPro

 Adapter needed to mount GoPro

 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.

Battery:
LA3D-S2 uses 2 exchangeable 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

 exchangeable batteries

 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. You don’t even need the adapter in the photo shown above. Smooth Q holds your GoPro without 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)

 no GoPro adapter needed

 Splash-proof

 Low Price

 built in battery

 

Price:

 




 

Feiyu Vimble C

Similar to Smooth Q is Feiyu’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 but you need either an adapter or the included foam pads. 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

 no 360° rotation on pan axis

 

Price:

 




 

Feiyu SPG

Soon after Feiyu Vimble C was introduced, also SOG entered the market and it seems the cons of Vimble C were improved. Sometimes you can even find SPG for the same price as Vimble!

Feiyu SPG (new version) - Splashproof gimbal for Smartphone & GoPro

Feiyu SPG (new version) – Splashproof gimbal for Smartphone & GoPro

 Here’s my detailed review of Feiyu SPG and a video where I used it:

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 but you need either an adapter or the included foam pads. On the grip there is a joystick to control the head. What I really like is the 1/4″ thread for mounting – not only on the bottom, also below the gimbal’s head!

Battery:
Feiyu SPG holds an exchangeable 3000 mAh , 3.7V battery, type 22650, which allows 8 hours of working time. In contrast to Feiyu Vimble C that’s a huge benefit, where the battery is built in. A micro USB port at the side of the grip supports power via power bank. Another way to extend operational time of your gimbal.

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

Pros / Cons:

Versatile (Smartphone & GoPro)

 Low Price

 Exchangeable battery

 Splashproof

 

Price:

 

 

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: 76.57 USD – (Soocoo P2)
  • Gearbest: 65.00 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):

 

Conclusion

As you can see there are many different gimbals available and all of them have different pros and cons. In general I prefer wearable gimbals so I can mount my GoPro in any situation. It’s easier to put it on a chest strap or mount it on a bike without having a large grip. Still I have the option to attach it to a tripod/selfiestick/pole to use it handheld. Of course then you don’t have the option to control the head, as the controls are included in the grips and the batteries are smaller.

The waterproof models are great in combination with the waterproof Hero5 so you can also use them in wet environments. They are not meant for diving, where you have slower movements underwater anyway, but it’s a great feature in wet environments. Think of going snowboarding or doing water sports.

If you plan to use you gimbal handheld most of the time, Karma Grip offers the option to control the GoPro via grip which is convenient. On the downside it is not splash proof and the batteries are built in. If it is not that important to you, compare it with Feiyu G5 that offers these two features.

When a gimbal seems to be a “nice to have” accessories to you, but you don’t plan to use it that often, take a closer look at the Feiyu Vimble C or Zhiyun Smooth Q. You are not limited to your GoPro, you can also use them with your Smartphone and they don’t have a big price tag. I’m very satisfied with my Zhiyun Smooth Q.

 

Other cameras

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

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