Top 10 GoPro Stabilizer review : 2017 :
If you have used GoPro, I think you know how important GoPro stabilizer are . GoPro is designed mainly for action shots but many people uses it for taking any normal videos. Without a stabilizer,
there is a higher possibility of the video getting distorted . Using a high quality GoPro stabilizer can solve this problem.
But the main problem is that there are various GoPro Stabilizers available with different features at different price range and not all works great as mentioned in the product description page.
Lightweight stabilizers are usually suggested because you don’t want to put some more extra weights with your baggage, but you should also check the quality of the stabilizer because most of the company
uses low-quality material for light weight stabilizers. Build design of the stabilizer also matters a lot. You should always check the maximum height , handle length and flexibility of the stabilizer. It totaly
depends on your personal choice , but for a heavy camera, you should go for longer GoPro stabilizer first.
In this post, we will take a look at the best stabilizers currently available for GoPro. There are plenty of models available, but we are reviewing only the top 10 models to keep thing simple :
Top 10 GoPro Stabilizer list :
|Zhiyun Z1-Pround 3-Axis||1.8 pounds|
|Smatree SmaPole X1 Aluminium||5.6 ounces|
|Ikan FLY-X3-GO 3-Axis Gimbal||3 pounds|
|Movo Go Pro Stabilizer||1 pound|
|Feiyu Tech G4-QD||1.3 pounds|
|Steadicam CURVE-BK||8 ounces|
|ROXANT PRO Stabilizer||1.8 pounds|
|GoPro official 3-Way Grip/Arm/Tripod||12.8 ounces|
|GoPro official Karma Grip for Hero5||2.5 pounds|
|Opteka X-GRIP Professional||7.2 ounces|
10. Zhiyun Z1-Pround 3-Axis High-Precision Handheld Steady Gimbal :
Zhiyun Z1-Pround Go Pro stabilizer is a 3 Axis Handheld Gimbal . It has a built in independent IMU module . It is compatible with GoPro Hero 1,2,3, 3+ and 4. Tilt working angle is 180 degree and roll working angle is -45 ~ +45 . It supports 3 different operation modes. It has one USB port that can be used to charge the camera, works with two 2000mAh battery.BacPac is also supported.
1. Built in IMU Module
2. BacPac supported , USB connection to charge your camera
3. Different rotation angle, high torqued motor
1. Noise of the motor
2. The gimbal starts to drift after using for several minutes
9. Smatree SmaPole X1 Aluminium Foldable Multi-functional Pole/Monopod :
The main advantage of this stabilizer is that it is foldable and can be used for different level of shoots e.g. you can use it as camera grip, foldable extension arm or low angle shot stabilizer. Also, as it is foldable, it is convenient to carry around . Made of Aluminium alloy, this stabilizer comes with a round screw at the bottom, a tripod mount adapter that can be used to adjust it at any position.
1. Foldable ( from 19.3 inch to 5.9 inch )
2. Compatible with almost all cameras with 1/4 inch threaded socket
Slim handle , on Extended position, you may fell little uncomfort on holding the weight of the camera with it.
8. Ikan FLY-X3-GO 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro :
The Fly-X3-GO is a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer which can be hand controlled and pre programmed for direct use. The hand grip is made of rubber and you can have full control of tilt,pan and roll. Also its operation modes,speeds ,
calibration and battery life can also be controlled . It comes with a storage case and powered by two lithium-ion batteries (rechargeable with 3.7V). FLY-X3-GO gimbal can be detached .Place it somewhere and control it with its 1.5 meter cable.
2. Easy control
3. Comes with a storage case
1. Batteries takes long time to charge
2. No 360 degree swivel
7. Movo Go Pro Camera Stabilizer :
With Movo Go Pro Camera Stabilizer, you can easily take Videos while moving as its Movo Photo VS01 handheld video stabilization system allows shake-free professional shots . It is designed mainly for lightweight cameras upto 1.5 LBS.
You can mount your GoPro HERO/HERO2/HERO3 or HERO4 with it. Even it will work with your smartphone as well. It can be used with one hand or both of your hand. This product has one year manufacture’s warranty.
1. GoPro and Smartphones supported
2. Bubble level for tuning balance
3. Best for shakefree shots
Not good for small weight cameras
6. Feiyu Tech G4-QD 3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro :
THE FEIYU G4-QD 3-axis gimbal works on most of the action cameras between 1.3 and 1.8-inch tall . It doesn’t have any extra wires or screws . You can quickly clamp and unclamp it. The Gimbal is used with one button, can be
handled easily with one hand. The stabilizer allows 100 degree roll and 320 degree pan or tilt rotation. It comes with 4 rechargeable batteries . 2 batteries required to operate, so you can always keep 2 extra batteries . G4-QD has
one usb port to power your GoPro camera directly from the Gimbal using a USB wire.
1. Works with most of the cameras
2. Clean design, no extra wire or screws.
3. Can be easily clamp and unclamp.
1. While walking,it does not help limit up and down motion.
2. The instruction manual to install the operating software is not helpful
5. Steadicam CURVE-BK Handheld Video Stabilizer and grip :
Steadicam CURVE-BK is designed specifically for GoPro Hero 2, Hero 3, Hero 3+ and Hero 4 Black. It has a stealth camera stabilizing system which is useful for taking blur-free shots of movement objects. It can be used by one hand easily .
The Steadicam Curve very lightweight and compact, you can take it to anywhere you want . The frame is made from aluminum material and it has one fine tune adjustment knob for precise balance. Overall this is one of the best portable GoPro stabilizer
with an affordable price.
1. Great for sports and action events
2. Portable and compact
No USB Port
4 .ROXANT PRO video camera stabilizer :
This stabilizer can support GoPro, SmartPhone or any cameras up to 2.1 lbs. Roxant Pro is a handheld stabilizer that provides more stability with less motion and shake free video shots. This is great for an indie filmmaker . You can create
professional looking videos whether you are walking or running. 3 separate counter weights are available with this package for precise balance adjustment. Additionally , you will also get life time support and free video training tutorials.
1. Shake free videos
2. Works with different cameras
3. Lifetime support and free video tutorials
Works only for cameras below 2.1 lbs weight.
3. GoPro 3-Way Grip, Arm, Tripod (GoPro Official Mount):
GoPro 3 way Grip is a 3 in one design, you can use it as a camera grip, extension arm or even as a tripod. You can detach the handle and use it as a camera grip . Inside the handle, a mini removable
tripod is available, you can remove and use it on its own or combine with the handle.GoPro 3-way Grip is also good for capturing selfies. As the arm is foldable, you can take selfies without the mount
appearing in the shot. GoPro 3-way Grip is waterproof, can be used in and out of water .
1. 3 in one design.
Tripod is not so good
2. GoPro Karma Grip for Hero5 black(GoPro Official):
One more product by GoPro, it is actually a hand grip attached to a camera stabilizer. It is compatible with HERO5 black. To use with HERO4 black and HERO4 silver, it requires camera-specific Karma harness (you will have to buy them separatly).
Built in camera controls let you power on/off, mode change, start/stop recording and adding hiLight tags on the fly. Its built in battery powers both Karma Grip and GoPro upto 1 hour and 45 minutes on a full
charge. You can even charge both GoPro and Karma Grip at the same time and offload your images without remounting your camera. It comes with a weather resistant protective case.
1. Built in camera controls
2. Built in battery can power both camera and the Grip.
3. Includes a carrying bag
1. Opteka X-GRIP Professional Action Stabilizing Handle :
Opteka X-GRIP Professional is a hand Grip stabilizer designed for GoPro . It has a unique design with improved counterbalance as compared to other handheld stabilizers. It is affordable as compared to the GoPro stabilizer.
It is specifically for GoPro HD Hero5, Hero4 and Hero3 but it fits with most of the compact cameras and camrecorders with a standard 1/4-20 thread. The removable shoe attachment is useful to add a video light, flash or
a microphone. Also, you will get 1 year warranty for this product.
2. Unique design with removable shoe attachment
3. Fits on most of the cameras