15 Best GoPro Gimbals and Handheld Stabilizers in 2018

Gimbal is a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object and stabilizes cameras whiles capturing images and videos on the go. It helps in taking smooth footages every time. Camera Gimbals were earlier used by movie makers and professional videographers only but now it is an accessory with each person having a passion for photography and videography.

There are three different categories in which gimbals are distinctively distributed and those are as follows:

  1. The number of axis – An updated and latest gimbal usually has 3 axis that is required to control the camera position and record a smooth video but there are many companies that make 2-axis and single axis gimbal for the demand of budget-friendly gimbals.
  2. Size – Gimbals come in two sizes, small and large, which are chosen for casual and professional purposes respectively depending upon the quality of video required.
  3. Electronic and counterweight – these two kinds of further distribution of gimbals has changes over time since most people choose electronic gimbal which moves freely without the chances of uncertain or bumpy camera shifts like ones in mechanical counterweight cameras.

Now, if you wish to buy a gimbal, the choice to be made is really hard, but guess what?! We have shortlisted 12 best GoPro gimbal models for you to choose from. Let’s get started with the GoPro Gimbal review and comparison.

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1- EVO GP PRO 3 axis GoPro Gimbal- Precise Stabilization Accuracy

EVO GP pro is the best GoPro gimbal for a smooth recording of high-quality videos. It is effortless to operate with its thumb control on the grip of the joystick. It also the perfect choice for a novice other than professionals for its simplicity as well as delivered quality.

Evo GP Pro1 Gimbal

Specifications:

  • Offers precise stabilization accuracy to (plus/minus) 0.01 degree
  • Preconfigured with the easy plug and play option
  • Integrated 3.5 mm A/V output for monitoring and recording
  • Battery life up to 5 hours
  • Push button operational with 4 shoot modes

Compatible with:

  • Hero 3 and Hero 3 +
  • Hero 4
  • Hero 5 Black
  • Garmin Virb Ultra30
  • Yi 4K+

Accessories:

  • 18650 battery charger
  • 2, 18650 rechargeable batteries
  • 1 Camera mounting bracket
  • 4 Thumbscrews
  • 1 supplementary power cable
  • Battery extension tube
  • 1 micro USB cable

Why worth a buy?

EVO GP PRO 3 axis GoPro Gimbal is a definite must buy that is worth it because it is the device for the professionals as well as the beginners. It also is loved most for its easy operational modes and long battery recording life. The best feature of EVO GP PRO 3-axis is the precision accuracy that leaves no stone unturned to capture smooth, motion free videos.

 

2- GoPro Karma Grip – Movement friendly GoPro Stabiliser

Karma Grip GoPro Handheld Gimbal is a highly rated gimbal that is believed to be the most in demand as it is the officially compatible gimbal with the GO PRO brand. It is an affiliation with the GO PRO brand and its compatible devices sort of justifies its high price and the trust people have put in its efficiency and quality.

It is compatible with most GoPro mounts, Karma Grip captures the amazing handheld, gear-mounted and body-worn perspectives only a GoPro can-now with pro-quality stabilization.

GoPro Karma Grip

Specifications

  • USB-C charging cable that charges the gimbal as well as the camera connected with the Karma.
  • Battery life up to 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Highlight and angle lock buttons.
  • Tilt Working Angle: -90 ~ 180° (vertical handheld)
  • GoPro Karma Grip 1

    Roll Working Angle: -45°~ +45°

  • Heading Working Angle (vertical handheld): -135 °~ +135°
  • Heading Working Angle (levelled handheld): -45°~ +45°
  • Simple built-in camera controls let you power on and off, change modes, start and stop recording, or add Highlight Tags on the fly.1
  • Detachable stabilizer in case you want to use it on a helmet or on the Karma Drone

Compatible with:

  • GoPro Hero 5 black
  • GoPro Hero 4 Silver/black
  • GoPro Hero 3 series

Accessories

  •  USB-C charging cable
  • Karma Grip Gimbal ring
  • 18350 LIPO Battery *2
  • Micro USB Cable

 What makes it worth a buy?

Though the KarmaGrip is weak to work with more than 100 GB content, its durability and consistency make it an absolute favourite. It is also a demanded product as it helps the travellers to do away with the worry of camera battery. Enjoy incredibly stable cinema-quality video whether you’re hiking, biking or chasing your kids around the park.

 

3- Lanparte LA3D-2 – Compact andTravel-Friendly GoPro Camera Gimbal

LanParte’s LA 3D-2, 3axis GoPro gimbal is relatively new in the market but undoubtedly better. This GoPro gimbal stabiliser is absolutely easy to use with its side presses for changing modes and switching between power, usage and standby mode on the go.The press and push button also makes simpler for the user to switch and lock the camera direction while increasing its battery life on standby mode. The gimbal brings along a nice case with it that has enough space for the compatible accessory as well as a camera.

Specifications

  • 3 brushless motors
  • 3 side push buttons for switching mode of operation
  • 3 Versatile Shooting Functions (180º/ Portrait/ 360º Pano) & 3 Different Operation Modes (Follow/ Semi- Follow- Tilt Locked / Fully Locked) & Low-Angle Inverted Shooting Capability
  • Installed with half frame clamp for better compatibility and functioning of cameras
  • Handheld and Detachable/ Mountable with wired-control. Optional Wireless Control Kit Upgrade 
  • Available
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.6 x 3.6″
  • As light as 350 gms (approx.) excluding batteries and attached camera

Accessories

  • Power outlet/charger
  • Two 18350 batteries
  • USB Cable

Compatible with

  • GoPro Hero 3 and 4
  • GoPro session
  • XiamiYicam
  • Sony AS200V

 

 

4- Zhiyun evolution, 3-axis handheld GoPro Stabiliser

Zhiyun evolution handheld gimbal is an introductory example of advancement and innovation in gimbals of all generations. The gimbal is bestowed with the kernel technology which makes it a better choice for better video recording.

Zhiyun Evolution 1Specifications:

  • 3 Axis Precision: Gets rid of bumpy video and allows you to easily shoot pro-quality, cinematic footage with your GoPro Hero 3 or Hero 4 Cameras
  • Flexibility: The Zhiyun Evolution features a built-in charging cable to extend your GoPro’s battery life.
  • Switch controls for power and operational modes
  • Multiple Shooting Modes: Heading Follow Mode, Heading Lock Mode, and a Heading/Pitch Follow Mode
  • Four-way control mover to change and lock the camera direction
  • 5mm charging jack with dust cover and a micro USB port
  • Wireless battery capping for improved battery life

Accessories:

  • Micro USB cable
  • 18650 battery charger
  • 3 pin and 4 pins mini USB charging cable
  • 18650 battery and ion batteries

Compatible with:

  • GoPro Hero 3
  • GoPro Hero 4
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • Xiaomi Yi

Why worth a buy?

Zhiyun evolution 3-axis handheld GoPro stabiliser is a favourite and worth the investment for many considering the easy operational joystick with absolutely fantastic control for changing camera direction. It is also a loved product for the extended ion battery usage option it offers when the in-built battery is about to die.

 

5- Feiyu tech G5

The Feiyu Tech G5 gimbal camera stabilizer is the epitome of advancement that is moist and splash proof, offers exceptional video recording with automatic time-lapse photography options. The gimbal is perfect to be used even in rainy days.  It has a variety of shooting modes, including a unique one-touch self-timer mode. 

The G5 reintroduces the sophisticated long screw fixture to secure your action cameras. Even in the dark you can effortlessly find and tighten the screws to install your camera. The loss-proof design ensures your screws soundly stay on your jig even after violent shakes.

Specifications:

  • 3-axis 360 degree rotation and tilt
  • 3000mAh built-in battery and 8-hour battery life
  • 4-way joystick control
  • Anti-shake technology and time-lapse photography
  • Weighs 271 grams excluding the battery
  • Brushless motors for high accuracy
  • 3 push buttons for joystick, function and self-timer

Accessories:

  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Long screws
  • USB Charging cable
  • Clump weight (for balancing)
  • Portable carrying case

Compatible with:

  • GoPro Hero 5
  • GoPro Hero 4
  • GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+
  • YiKam 4k/AEE

Why worth a buy?

Feiyu tech G5 is a great buy for everyone as it offers impeccable shake-free recording and is extremely easy to operate due to its 4-way push control joystick. It is a lightweight yet designed solid to counter and deliver efficiently. Not only is its’ battery life a plus point, it also charges the action camera connected. In all, it is worth every penny invested.

 

 

6- Feiyu Tech WG2 GoPro Waterproof Gimbal

There is never too much innovation and this has been proven by the action camera supportive Feiyu tech WG2 3-axis waterproof gimbal. This GoPro Stabiliser is everything a roller coaster video looks for a realistic capture.

Specifications:

  • 360-degree unlimited movement and 70-degree rolling capture capability
  • Waterproof: IP67 waterproof, precise mechanical rotation achieve underwater work(0.5m perfect), 
  • Feiyu Tech WG2 waterproof gimbalraining and splashing water normal work.
  • Less than 2 hours charging time with 2.5 hours battery life on record
  • Waterproof gimbal with 10minutes underwater recording capability within 1 meter
  • Compact and as light as 265gm
  • Push buttons for easy mode switching

Accessories:

  • USB cable
  • Session mounting plate
  • Short and long screw
  • Fixed block
  • Portable bag

Compatible with:

  • GoPro 4
  • GoPro 3+ / GoPro 3
  • LCD/ Yi 4k/ SJCAM

Why worth the investment?

Feiyu Tech WG2 is the most applauded gimbal for its main and unique features like unlimited rotating capabilities, insulating noise feature, automatic motor safety switch to standby mode and more.

 

7- Rainproof and wirelessly operated Removu S1

Removu S1 is the wirelessly operated gimbal which also comes with a remote control and the option of being mounted wherever possible from your body, headgear (helmets), to your bike or more. The S1’s handle can easily be detached from the S1 body, transforming the S1 into a mountable gimbal that can be attached on any GoPro compatible mounting system. The gimbal is also rainproof which makes it the perfect choice for capturing breath-taking videos.

Specifications

  • 3-Axis stabilizing gimbal, offering PAN, FOLLOW, LOCK modes. Manufactured with world-class brush-less DC motors and rotary sensors, the S1 delivers extremely stable professional shots in any kind of activity
  • Weighs only 380 grams without batteries
  • 850mAh battery with 3 to 5 hours battery lifeRemovu S1
  • 5 hours charging life
  • Brushless DC motors
  • 5-way key remote control
  • 10 hours of battery life for the remote control

Accessories

  • S1 gimbal and Bluetooth remote control
  • Mount for session and hero 5 session
  • Battery charging cradle
  • Battery
  • USB cable
  • Handle cap and wrist strap
  • Rainproof carrying case

Compatible with

  • GoPro Hero 5
  • GoPro Hero 4
  • GoPro Hero 3 and 3+
  • GoPro session and more

Why worth a buy?

Removu S1 is an absolute state of the art gimbal that has perfect in-built features that makes it the best buy. With being rain-proof, the ability of the gimbal being operated from a distance via Bluetooth makes it a prior choice for each.

 

8- Evo SS GoPro Handheld Gimbal 3 Axis- Highly Supportive

EVO SS Gimbal is not a new entrant but surely the introducer of exceptional technology merged with innovation to make capturing high quality and cinematic videos a child’s play.

EVO SS GoPro Gimbal is a feature rich model and a very handy gimbal that makes shooting on the go easier.

Specifications:

Evo SS GoPro Gimbal

  • A built-in camera charger,
  • Quadruplet directed joystick (4-way),
  • A 3.5 mm AV out,
  • X3 core mark MCUs
  • High torque motors

The battery of the master gimbal is also improved to last up to 5 long hours.

Accessories:

Your purchase of EVO gimbal SS GoPro gets you

  • The gimbal handheld,
  • 2 rechargeable batteries,
  • 1 charger,
  • 1 micro USB cable,
  • 2GoPro charging cables
  • A battery extension tube.

Evo SS GoPro Gimbal 2

Compatibility

EVO SS GoPro Gimbal is the best from the lot that is designed to work effortlessly with the GoPro or Garmin action cameras

  • 75-140 g payload supportive
  • GoPro Hero 5 Black
  • GoPro Hero 4 Black and silver
  • GoPro Hero 3 and 3 plus
  • Yi Action Cam, 4k action Cam and SJ 4000- SJ 6000
  • GoPro Hero Session and Hero 5 session

Most loved for: Mountain and hill trips and ride, and it makes it a worthy investment.

 

9- Zhiyun Smooth-Q gimbal

Zhiyun Smooth Q is that gimbal in the market that has relaunched a better version of itself. The gimbal is faster and efficient in managing multiple accessories simultaneously. As the name says, the gimbal is smooth to use and its deliverables are given its modern and advanced features.  Smooth Q has Buttons to Photo/Record, Zoom In/Out and Get Rear Camera/Selfie Mode Transferred. Updated APP-ZY PLAY APP supports Auto-Tracking, Time-Lapse and Filter Options.

Specifications:

Zhiyun Smooth Q

  • 320-degree pitching, 270 degrees rolling and 360-degree panorama with brushless motors
  • 26650 built-in high capacity ion batteries and 12 hours operating battery life
  • Simple switch buttons for smooth and easy recording
  • 5v 2000mAh output that also charges mobile phones when connected
  • Weighs 450 grams excluding battery
  • Zy Play assistance for time-lapse shoot, mode switching, calibration and more

Accessories:

  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Carrying case

Compatible with:

  • GoPro Hero 3
  • GoPro Hero 4
  • GoPor hero 5

Why worth a buy?

Zhiyun Smooth Q is worth a buy as it is a smartphone gimbal as well that can be put to professional use by a beginner as well. It is a perfect gimbal for the high stabilization and object tracking offered during the shoot.

 

10- Heavy duty Opteka GH1 Gimbal

The GH1 from Opteka is a heavy-duty camera gimbal with a stiffer and stronger arm to support and protect any camera connected. This cheap gimbal is also claimed to support the longest telephone lens available in the market effortlessly.

Specifications:Opteka GH1 Gimbal

  • Absolutely smooth movement due to full ball bearing support
  • Quick turning directional knob for instant and smooth change of direction
  • The gimbal weighs 1.2 kgs while supports weight up to 13.6 kgs
  • Separate panning movement for easy control and capture

Why worth the investment?

Opteka GH1 is to be loved and considered worthy of its strengthened and protective body that also makes stiffer movements effortlessly captured. It is also a worth buy if the requirements call for a compatibility of heavyweight cameras or like.

 

11- Fotodiox Freelight Moto 3 axis Gimbal

The Fotodiox Freelight 3 axis gimbal is a game changer for cameras as well as phone users as it lends a cinematic eye to your connected devices for videography wonders. The gimbal is lightweight and can easily be gripped because of its specifically designed foam handheld joystick.

Specifications:Fotodiox freelight Moto 3 axis Gimbal

  • Brushless motors for active stabilization
  • Removable ion batteries
  • Automated calibration within 10 seconds of power mode
  • Weighs comparatively higher than other gimbals; 453 grams (approx.)
  • Battery life depends on the camera weightage
  • Form grip for comfortable handheld usage

Accessories:

  • Handheld gimbal stabilizer
  • Cage adapter
  • Screw and pads
  • 3, ion rechargeable batteries
  • 1 charger
  • Portable case

Compatible with:

  • GoPro cam series
  • iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy 6

Why worth a buy?

For capturing through layman and usual cameras as well as cameras, this gimbal is a perfect buy for just everyone. It is the best gimbal for making layman videography into a professional.

 

12- Roxant Pro ROX-1A

Roxant GoPro stabilizer is a professional gimbal that assures no jerk or shaken, high-quality videos each time. The Pro ROX 1A is designed exclusively for long-term+ video recording and has a comfortable grip that allows prolonged hours of capturing without any botheration.

Specification:Roxant GoPro Gimbal

  • Video Camera stabilizer with No SLIP grip on lower arm
  • 3 solid counter-weight for stabilizing and balance
  • Weights 816.4 gms (approx.)
  • Specialized for professional smooth shoots
  • Added advantage of high quality, vibration free video in crowded and tight spaces

Compatible with:

  • Gopro series cameras
  • Canon/ Nikon/ Lumix/ Pentax
  • DSLR/SLR up to 2.1 lbs

Why worth a buy:

The Roxant Pro ROX 1A is worth the investment as it is sensitized and designed to serve one better even when the recording hours are fatiguing. What would a professional wish for when it serves both high quality, motion free recording with absolute comfort through the No-slip grip feature.

 

 

13- Wenpod GP1+ Handheld GoPro Stabiliser

WenPod belongs to the state of the art category when it comes to development and acing the innovation in the gimbal. It is a digital gimbal that stabilizes movements and records motionless and smooth high-quality videos.

Specifications:Wenpod GP1+ Handheld GoPro Stabiliser

  • smooth videos and 360-degree rotation (vertical and horizontal)
  • Brushless motors
  • 5 inch display within dimensions of 24.2 cm x 13.6 cm x 13.5 cm
  • 3 modes for different needs, standard mode for handy shooting, follow mode and lock mode for different needs of shooting, one joystick for angle adjustments
  • Weights merely 405 grams, including the batteries
  • 800 mAh battery capacity with 2.5 hours of operating battery life (estimated)
  • Long working time and short charging time: It can work for 2-3 hours continuously and only need half an hour for charging

Accessories:

  • GP1+ handheld gimbal
  • Rechargeable ion batteries (11.1V 800mAh)
  • Charger and USB adapter
  • Warranty card

Compatible with:

  • GoPro Hero 3 and 3+
  • GoPro Hero 4

Why worth a buy?

WenPod is worth the investment since the rotatable 3.5’ HD screen and auto calibration makes its more efficient. Apart from this, the ability to tilt axis at will lets one cover difficult shots easily. So for people who wish to buy a gimbal for places that are tough but worth the shot, this gimbal is their pick.

 

14- The multi-tasker GoPro 3-way grip, arm extension, tripod

The GoPro 3-way mount is a versatile, multi-purpose mount that can be used as a camera grip, arm extension, or a tripod. The extendable and foldable mount is a perfect accessory one could own for taking pictures and making videos without having the mount visible at all.

Specifications:

  • Weighs 907 grams approximately in the dimension of 2.36*8.66*8.66 inches
  • High-quality stabilization for capturing POV footage and selfies
  • Waterproof and perfect for every weather
  • One button control with Wifi and Bluetooth
  • Advance noise reduction for wind during shoots

Accessories:

  • Extension Arm
  • Grip
  • Tripod
  • Thumb screw

Compatible with:

GoPro Hero 5/ Hero 4/ Hero 3/ Session and other GoPro cameras

Why worth a buy?

The multifaceted accessory as Go Pro 3-way grip, arm extension and tripod is definitely a must-have for one and all. Apart from the fact that it can be used 3-way, its’ features like waterproof and extreme weather working abilities make it a favourite.

 

15- Camkix waterproof telescopic pole and floating hand grip

This hand grip gimbal for GoPro cameras comes with dual functions of a floating hand grip and a telescopic pole. This gimbal is specifically designed and works brilliantly in capturing underwater activities of water sports.

Specifications:

  • Waterproof gimbal with adjustable pole length option
  • Floats in water and comes in bright colour for easy spotting
  • Comes with a mini compartment for storage that can be revealed by unscrewing the cap
  • The floating grip is the lightest gimbal in the market for GoPro weighing only 159 grams

Compatible with:

  • GoPro Hero 5 and Go Pro 5 session
  • GoPro Hero 4 and Go Pro 4 session
  • GoPro hero +
  • LCD, GoPro Hero 3+ and 3

Accessories:

  • Waterproof floating handgrip
  • Telescopic pole extension
  • Wifi remote cradle
  • Large Thumbscrew
  • Adjustable wrist strap

Why worth a buy?

The camkix waterproof hand grip is dually functional but it doing away with the requirement of a battery as other stabilizers is a plus point which makes it, even more, feature rich. Camkix is worth a buy for its efficient and smooth recording offered under or around water.

We Recommend: GoPro Karma Grip

While we have listed all that you required for comparison to make your choice, the bonus review on the best of our lot is as below. The ultimate gimbal after reviewing each gimbal personally, we believe to suggest is the GOPRO KARMA GRIP for the following reasons:

GoPro Karma Grip

  • The official gimbal by GoPro that is best compatible with GoPro cameras
  • Sophisticated design and sleek to hold
  • Single power button for camera and gimbal that makes it more user-friendly and swift to use
  • Detachable stabilizer for added advantage of its usage on the headgear or drone
  • Lightweight, easy to carry and worth every penny of its price considering the shake and motion free videos recorded by the GOPRO karma gimbal stabilizer
  • Karma Grip’s camera stabilizer can be easily detached from the grip and attached to the Karma Drone for stabilized aerial footage.
  • Compatible with most GoPro mounts, Karma Grip captures the amazing handheld, gear-mounted and body-worn perspectives only a GoPro can-now with pro-quality stabilization.

So before buying your first gimbal or the addition in your collection, make sure you make good use of the reviews provided above.

Happy Shooting!

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