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. Some 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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!

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, 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.

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



 

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!

 

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.
Nice extra is the standard 1/4″ tripod thread on the bottom of the grip.

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.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle:
360° / -135° to +185° / 30°

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 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. 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.

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 2000 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 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.

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!

 

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. I 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

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):

 

Other cameras

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

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