GoPro Gimbals are very useful in capturing smooth and shake-free videos. Gimbals are of two types – handheld & wearable. As the name suggests, handheld gimbals are those which you need to hold in order to capture images and videos.
Wearable gimbals, on the other hand, are to be mounted on a helmet, chest mount, motorcycle, automobile, selfie stick, monopod or tripod. Here I have compiled a list of 5 best GoPro wearable gimbals for buttery smooth videos, along with their reviews:
#1: Feiyu Tech (WG2X 3-axis) GoPro Action Cam Wearable Gimbal
This wearable gimbal by Feiyu Tech comes with session mount and long screws, which makes it not only compatible with GoPro Hero Series, but also with GoPro Session series. With 360° rotated angle in tilting and panning axis, taking wide footage using this gimbal is a breeze.
What’s more? This gimbal is waterproof too! If you need to have an underwater shoot such as while snorkelling, you can use this gimbal (within 0.5 meter). Being splash proof, when it rains, you don’t need to worry at all and go on using it to capture beautiful shots.
What we like: Unlike standard gimbals, this wearable Feiyu Tech gimbal is waterproof. So, you can use it even in bad weather conditions. You can also mount it on motorbikes as well as cars and take super-smooth, non-shaky footage. Compatible with a wide range of GoPro Cameras, this gimbal supports time-lapse photography and is 360 degree rotatable. It also has a wireless remote control.
What we don’t like: The major drawback of this gimbal is its short battery life : 2.5 Hours (maybe due to its compact size). I’m also not very impressed with the fact that it can be used only for specific occasions like for mounting on a motorbike or car.
#2: EVO SS 3 Axis Wearable Gimbal for GoPro Session & Hero 3/4/5/6/7/8
The EVO SS Wearable Gimbal is a great gimbal and works better than most other wearable gimbals when it comes to creating extreme videos. With 3-Axis Precision, it eliminates unstable video and lets you shoot pro-quality, cinematic like footage with your GoPro.
With an all metal body and tight screws to hold case and mounts, it makes sure that the camera is held in place at all times. This is unlike other gimbals which use spring loaded mount that tends to loosen over time.
What we like: Being truly plug and play, this gimbal is easy to set up and is, literally, ready to use right out of the box. It has built-in charging capabilities which extend your GoPro’s battery life up to 2X (for Hero3, Hero4 models only). Being the only 3-axis gimbal can fit into your pocket when folded, its portability is best in class! I’m impressed with the unprecedented 1 year warranty including the gimbal as well as the accessories that comes with it.
What we don’t like: This gimbal is quite short and not extendable. I have noticed that it tends to lose bluetooth connection sometimes..not sure why! So, Its bluetooth connectivity could be better. That it is not water-resistant is also a major put off.
#3: GoPro Gimbal FreeVision VILTA Best Performance (Wearable & Handheld)
The FreeVision VILTA is a 3-axis motorized gimbal for use with the GoPro Hero 3, 4, and 5. It aids in providing amazingly smooth and stabilized videos. The standard operation of the VILTA is by use of a handheld joystick. It has two parts:
- the top part- where the motor system and controls sit, and
- the bottom handle- which is detachable and allows you to hold the VILTA more easily, while also quadrupling the system’s battery life.
What we like: Joystick control that this gimbal offers makes its operation very convenient. It also has a rotational pan axis of 360° which helps you get amazing wide angle shots. I found the build quality of this gimbal to be pretty solid. Also, the multiple tracking options provided by this gimbal are a major plus.
What we don’t like: FreeVision VILTA gimbal is NOT water resistant. I’m also disappointed with its battery. It lasts only 60–90 minutes! Some users of this gimbal have also complained of too much motor noise while operating.
#4: Hohem XG1 Classic 3-Axis Wearable Gimbal (GoPro Hero 7/6/5/4/3 & DJI Osmo Action)
The Hohem XG1 wearable gimbal is one of the most easy to set up gimbals. It’s ready to use right out the box. With a 1/4” 20 universal threaded mount on the bottom, you can attach any GoPro mount, monopod, tripod or selfie stick with it.
Made up of aluminium alloy, this gimbal has a durable body and makes sure that you get shake-free photos and videos. It is a 3-axis gimbal that allows 360 degree movement. You also get an option to charge your camera directly from the gimbal.
What we like: Compatible with almost all GoPros and other action cameras, this gimbal is very easy to set up, and is ready to use right out of the box. It has a durable body made up of aluminium alloy and is light-weight & compact at the same time. You can easily put it in a small bag. It is bluetooth 4.0 enabled and its kit includes carrying case.
What we don’t like: The battery runtime of this gimbal: 1.5-2 hours is disappoints! Something as basic as a charging cable is not included with it.
#5: Feiyu Tech FY-WGS 3-Axis Wearable Gimbal for GoPro Hero 4 Session
The FY-WGS wearable gimbal by Feiyu Tech is a cool and tiny gimbal for your GoPro Hero 4 & 5 Session cameras. Weighing just 0.67 pounds with the batteries and the session camera installed, it is extremely lightweight and easy to carry around for long durations.
With an all-metal body, it has an amazing build quality. You get some really smooth and shake-free shots with this gimbal.
What we like: This gimbal is easy to set up and use. It features only one button, which makes it incredibly convenient. It is lightweight and compact in size, but has a solid build quality, with an all-metal body. Another plus of this product is that it is quite reasonably priced.
What we don’t like: This gimbal is meant only for Hero Session Cameras. I have noticed an annoying feature of this gimbal: Mounting bar for the camera obscures the USB-C plug. It means that you can’t power your session cam while using the gimbal. That this gimbal is not water-resistant is also a negative.
Q: What is a gimbal for GoPro?
A: A gimbal is a device that allows your GoPro to rotate smoothly along an axis. It helps in stabilising your camera and provide you smooth, shake-free shots. Gimbals are of two types – handheld & wearable. Wearable gimbals are those that can be mounted on a helmet, chest mount, motorcycle, automobile, selfie stick, monopod or tripod.
Q: Do I need a gimbal for GoPro?
A: Whether you’re just an amateur who loves to take perfect shots on the go, or a professional photographer, a gimbal is worth adding to your kit, especially if you shoot a lot in low light as GoPro built in stabilization (hypersmooth) struggles to produce a detailed, stable video in low light.
Q: What are wearable Gimbals used for?
A: Wearable gimbals are used for taking buttery smooth videos by mounting your GoPro on a helmet, chest mount, motorcycle or car etc. while you’re out doing activities like trekking, biking, skiing, running and so on…
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