The Best GoPro Gimbal of 2016

-Best Gopro Gimbal selection-

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GoPro started a revolution when the first digital GoPro Hero was introduced in 2006. Nobody knew that the company would evolve so much and offer such a big variety of sports cameras at insane resolutions such as 4k. Speculations say that the company prepares for an even higher resolution Hero 5 GoPro with stunning 8k. In the next paragraphs, I will try to explain what the best GoPro gimbal means for me.

So image quality and resolution start to be less a concern as technologies evolve but what do you do when shakes and vibrations literally destroy your videos? Well, in this case, it’s time to search for a gimbal(or stabilizer). There are lots of types of GoPro stabilizers, from regular stabilizers to 3 axis gimbals, however, I will concentrate on quality 3 axis ones that can be easily carried around. No matter what you choose you need to look at the most important 3 aspects in order to be sure you get what you actually want.

1. Quality

Needless to say, quality should be your number one concern when buying a GoPro gimbal. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons. Firstly if you get a quality one your videos will look way more stable. Then it’s the reliability concern. You certainly don’t want your gimbal to break and smash your camera to the ground, is it? Because after that you will have to buy not just a new gimbal but also a new GoPro. And I’ve seen lots of frustrated folks out there that thought buying a $30 gimbal from a no name company was a good idea and they eventually smashed their GroPros from certain heights only to realize that a more clever spending of their money would have saved them a lot more. Quality should always be the way, and that’s that. That is why the best GoPro Gimbal for me is always a high-quality device.

2. Battery life

Here things are pretty simple, generally, you should go with the best battery life on the market. An average gimbal will offer a 4-5 hours life but the good ones out there will resist for up to 12 hours. The best GoPro gimbal should definitely offer good battery life

3. Ease of use

Do you want a fancy gimbal that requires a lot of calibrations or just a simple one to take with you wherever you go? Considering that the GoPro is not quite a professional camera, we recommend simplicity over functionalities but this one is entirely up to you.

Of course, we could say more but as general guidelines, you should look for these 3 when searching for your next best GoPro gimbal.

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-Best GoPro Gimbal (Overall)-

EVO GP 3 Axis Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 3, Hero 3+, Hero 4, CNC Alloy Construction, USA 1 Year Warranty

I start off by saying that as an overall winner the BeStable EVO 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal gets the title. It has some of the best specs on the market coming at both very good quality and a splendid ease of use with a great user-friendly setup straight out of the box.

In a nutshell, it has a greatly extended battery life for up to 12h and a feature that lets you charge your GoPro directly from the gimbal’s internal batteries! I think this is pretty great because an average GoPro battery only resists a maximum of 2-2.5 hours of continuous filming. It’s so simple to implement yet many gimbals don’t have it. Also, it supports a GoPro remote control and adding a GoPro LCD BacPac to the camera.

The motors have a high torque and can switch to different positions pretty fast. The feel in the hand when the motors are running is pretty insane by the way. Also, the build quality is a big plus on the BeSteady EVO with a nice high-quality metal handle and casing on the motors. I would give the build and quality an A+ (or 10+) if I were to give it a mark.

Pro-tip: You should know that every gimbal needs calibration, so before you turn it on, make sure that it’s lying flat on the side. This way a few moments after the lights flash you can enable the motors and have it fully calibrated and ready to go. I consider it the overall best GoPro Gimbal.

-Best GoPro Gimbal For The Money-

Lanparte LA3D 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Detachable Mountable

The Lanparte LA3D with 3 Axis is pretty much one of the best GoPro Gimbals that I ever reviewed. Not only that it works exactly as you would expect it to, but it is also made from some of the best materials on the market like the aluminum body and the rubber handle which is perfect for a good grip. What is also very nice is that it comes with a protective case for avoiding any damages depending on where you buy the gimbal from.

Since it is both a handheld gimbal and a mountable gimbal you have the freedom to shoot videos quite like a pro from any angle and in any position. It is quite remarkable considering that you won’t see that on a lot of other gimbals from the competing brands.

It is compatible with all the GoPros versions 3 and older, and it comes with the charging port for the GoPro that is a must if you want to shoot more than 2 hours continuously. Other than that the movement of the inside motors are smooth and pleasant to the hand and I would say they offer a great experience even after long hours of usage.

Overall I would say that in my opinion, this is one of the best, if not the actual best GoPro Gimbal at the moment of writing this article.

-Best Affordable GoPro Gimbal-

Feiyu Tech G4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero4/3+/3 and Other Sports Cameras of Similar Size

Although I loved many aspects of the Feiyu G4 I had some concerns with it. The materials used in the manufacturing of this gimbal are definitely cheaper than what you will find on the Lanparte or the Evo GP 3 gimbals. One of the biggest disappointments with the Feiyu Gimbal is the software installation that is more or less a nightmare. It only works with a PC with old versions of Windows. If you have a Mac it will be very hard to update its software.

The pitch access is not free spinning as you may have seen on other models and it inhibits it’s range substantially. That is again not something to be really concerned about but it’s worth knowing before you make a decision. Also, another thing I didn’t like is the on/off button at the bottom that is a small black nub and can be frustrating to push when you’re in a hurry.

But enough of the least pleasant parts. Let’s speak about the good ones. As I said before it is a 3 axis powered gimbal with a 320-degree pan and tilt and 1o0-degree roll rotation which is pretty good for most users, it is compatible with the GoPro Hero 3, 3+ and 4 although not the 4+. What I visually like about it is that is one of the cleanest looking gimbals and by that, I mean that it doesn’t have wires showing up. The one-button control makes it easy to use the gimbal with only one hand, and the housing clamps on the top eliminate the loose screws and in general speeds up the mount/unmount of the camera.

Now let’s put this all together. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t say that the Feiyu Tech G4 gimbal is not worth it. It really is a good reliable gimbal with a good stabilization and build quality that could be your companion for a long time. I only marked some of the shortcuts that the company did in order to deliver their product under the price of the competition because as you may know, there always are shortcuts when you drop the price. This is probably the best GoPro Gimbal from Feyiu in this price range.

Zhiyun Evolution 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 3, Hero 3+, Hero 4, CNC Aluminum Alloy Construction, 1-Year USA Warranty

Dshot (or Zhiyun as they named themselves recently) makes a lot of hardware accessories like power splitters, mobile SATA racks and much more, so you probably would not expect to see a GoPro stabilizer from this company. Well, they made one. And it’s great.

Let’s get to the specs. It has a heading angle range of +/- 150 degrees which is fine, a battery pack of two 900 mAh accumulators that will resist up to 5 hours without charging. I think that the company could have make it better by adding higher capacity accumulators and boost the battery life to let’s say 10 hours since the BeStable SteadyGim3 can hold up to 12 hours. But still, 5 hours is reasonable.

The 3 modes that it has can make some pretty interesting things. The Heading Following Mode will lock the Pitch and roll so the heading rotates smoothly by following the direction of the handheld. In the Locking mode besides the pitch and roll, the heading is also locked. Finally, in the Heading and pitch the following mode, the roll is locked and the heading and pitch rotate smoothly by the direction of the handheld. I think these 3 features will help you a lot in different shooting modes helping you take some pretty fancy footage.

Depending where you buy this gimbal from, in the box, you should get the 3 axis gimbal itself, the battery pack, 1 USB battery charger, 1 micro USB cable, a manual, a guarantee card, and 2 short/2 long screws for GoPro 3 and GoPro 4.

Considering that this is the cheapest model in our selection, I highly recommend the Zhiyun axis handle gimbal as the best GoPro gimbal in terms of affordability. If you think it has what it takes, go for it and make the purchase. You will like it for sure.


The GoPro gimbal industry is not a very developed one. You won’t be getting a huge diversity of companies that manufacture these stabilizers so the variety is not so big. That is why I wrote this article, to help you choose one of the best GoPro stabilizers on the market. No matter which of the 3 models above you will choose I think you will be happy that you made a quality purchase and didn’t go for the cheap copycats. 

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    1. Reply Flo February 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks for the comparisons! I would like to know if you think it would be worthwhile to invest in start up gimbals like the Aetho Aeon or the Slick… What worries me is that ones that seem superior to all the current gimbals like the Aeon is the quality and warranty of course.. For $450 (canadian dollars) I’m not sure how long they will last as they are new brands/companies and haven’t gone through the test of time…

      • Reply Steven February 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

        Hi Flo, thanks for passing by and reading this comparison!

        Your concerns are justified regarding the newer gimbals. The Aetho Aeon seems a great idea on paper and on the Indiegogo page but since there is no way of buying it from a trusted site like Amazon where you could actually send it back if it doesn’t meet your expectations then I would not advice you to risk your money on it. The same applies with the Slick stabilizers. I am not saying that these are bad products, but from a conservative standpoint I would just wait until these items come to the real market and pass the test of time. Until then I would just go with a well-known brand like BeStable or Feiyu which are known for doing good products. You could also take a look at Lanparte’s gimbals, in this case, the Lanparte LA3D 3 Axis GoPro gimbal; they also do a great job.


    2. Reply Brigid Prinsloo March 28, 2016 at 4:09 am

      Hi there – Thanks so much for this post. We are currently looking to buy a gimbal for our GoPro Hero3+. Your review mentions the Evo (which seems to be the most recent model) but I see that Feiyu Tech now have the G4 and Zhiyun now have the Z1 Evolution. Out of the three which do you think is the best? Have you personally had experience with all these models?

    3. Reply Dave April 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      I think these simple gimbals are a must have for anyone who wants to maximize their GoPro investment. The only thing I’d add is that you really need to think about how you use it. It’s not a true 360 movement. Depending on how you hold it and the shot your looking for the motors will bump in to each other.

    4. Reply Edlyne April 19, 2016 at 3:09 am

      Is the BeStable EVO 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal the same as Evo GP Handheld Gimbal for GoPro?

    5. Reply Edward April 25, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Could you attach the gopro with the standard protective housing most people have?

    6. Reply Jp May 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Hey Steven
      Thanks for the reviews. I am a bit worried about the battery situation. I read that the Zhiune model uses NON standard batteries that must be replaced from the manufacturer. I would like to be able to swap out batteries in the field in a pinch and be able to use AA or other standard sizes. Or possibly use an external power source. Do you know if any of the units you recommend have this option? Thanks. Also, heard Zhiune was terrible (nonexistent) on customer service, any feedback on the others?

    7. Reply Cheb June 4, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      How easy it it to recalibrate? I’ve a Zhiyun Z1 Rider 2, which performed flawlessly for 60 days. Then it needed a recalibration – and that is the most jacked up procedure I’ve ever seen. It simply doesn’t work, and it created a $260 brick. “Must ship back to china for repair.” LOL, riiight. I don’t trust any of this crap anymore, no repair locations anywhere else but in China. Fail

    8. Reply Gary Piazza August 1, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Thank you for the great review. But which will allow me to attach my phone?

    9. Reply EJ August 27, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Do you know if any of these fit / work with the canon g7x?

      • Reply Steven August 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm

        Hi, these gimbals are specifically designed for GoPros, so the answer to your question is no.

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