Find the Best GoPro Gimbal for 2019

You may also be interested in my reviews on GoPro Accessories or GoPro Quadcopters.

GoPro started a bona fide revolution when the first digital GoPro Hero was introduced back in 2006. Nobody could predict that the company would grow to offer such a wide variety of sports cameras, and at insane resolutions like 8K. But regardless of how great your GoPro camera might be, you won’t get the video quality you crave without a solid gimbal. Whether you’re a vlogger, professional videographer, social media creator for a brand, or simply enjoy making home videos, a gimbal will significantly cut down shaky footage and ensure more dynamic transitions between shots. Moving on, I’ll try to explain what the best GoPro gimbal means for me.

As technology evolves, image quality and resolution tend to be less of a concern. After all, you can now find excellent cameras at affordable prices, so you don’t need to spend a fortune to ensure that your videos look professional. However, footage can suffer if you’re filming on the go, which is probably why you bought a GoPro in the first place. That’s where gimbals come in. A gimbal, which is a mechanical stabilizer that holds your action camera steady, will help your moving shots come across as smooth and less shaky. 

Features to Consider when Researching the Best GoPro Gimbal Models

There are a lot of GoPro gimbal models available, from regular stabilizers to 3 axis devices. I’ll focus on the latter, since they ensure better performance and can easily be carried around. These devices feature three axes of rotation to keep your action camera in place, compensating for unintended motion at the same time. There are also two main types of stabilizers out there, handheld and wearable gimbal models, but more on that later. For now, note that the best GoPro gimbal will excel in these five basic categories:

1. Quality

Quality should be your number one priority when buying a GoPro gimbal. Why? Let’s start with the obvious: if you get a quality gimbal, your videos will look way more stable and, thus, more professional.

Next, there’s the reliability concern. You don’t want your gimbal to break and smash your action camera to the ground in the process. I’ve seen lots of frustrated folks who thought that buying a $30 gimbal from a no-name company was a good idea, but eventually ended up with a smashed GroPro because their stabilizer was made out of low-quality materials. Sometimes, spending more upfront can give you peace of mind in the long run. The best GoPro gimbal won’t come cheap, I’m afraid. 

2. Battery life

Charging the device every hour is not feasible when shooting videos, so it’s best to invest in a stabilizer with long battery life. An average gimbal will last for 4 to 5 hours, but a better quality one can last up to 12 hours of heavy use. If you’re looking for the best GoPro gimbal on the market, you’ll want to read specs carefully to make sure the batteries will work for you.

3. Ease of use

A fancy gimbal will be more difficult to calibrate. Considering the fact that the GoPro is not really a professional camera, we advise you go with a gimbal that's user-friendly and hassle-free. If you’re a professional, you might want something fancier – but a basic device can work great for the casual video enthusiast. 

4. Compatibility

Not all gimbals work with any GoPro camera – some are designed with a specific model in mind. Needless to say, you have to make sure that the model you fancy works with your GoPro. Otherwise, it may cover crucial action camera buttons like Record when in use.

5. Miscellaneous perks

Depending on your needs, you may want to purchase a stabilizer you can control wirelessly. Although most of today’s models come with a Bluetooth app that enables users to control them from a distance, it’s something to keep in mind when shopping for the best GoPro gimbal. Versatility is another quality to keep an eye out for, especially if you plan to use your gimbal with multiple setups and accessories.

Of course, your Gimbal’s features need to meet your personal needs, so it ultimately comes down to how you plan to use our GoPro camera moving forward. I’m focusing on handheld gimbals in this article, but a wearable gimbal may be better suited to your needs if you plan to film while biking, for example. That being said, I’ve listed the four best GoPro gimbal models I’ve stumbled upon below, to help you get a head start in your shopping adventure.

Do you also need a sturdy bag to carry your GoPro camera and its accessories in? Take a look at my article covering the top camera backpacks.

Best GoPro Gimbal Models: Quick Reviews

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Hohem is known for its quality gimbals. The best part? They are actually pretty affordable.

This model comes with a 640° widely pan angle, which helps you easily generate a full 360° panorama. It has four shoot modes: Pan Follow, Pan & Tilt Follow, All Locked and All Follow. It’s also a one-piece design – no assembly requires. As for the battery, it will last you 12 hours on a full charge, which is no easy feat. Especially great if you plan to take it with you on vacations. The smartphone app for this 3-axis gimbal is intuitive and easy to use. As for compatibility, it works with a wide variety of action camera models. 

The only con I could find was the fact that you’ll need to spend some time learning how to use the device and get familiar with the different shoot modes. If you’re passionate about video production though, that shouldn’t be a problem. Also, the battery is built-in, so you can’t replace it. You’ll have to wait for the device to charge before you can use it again. Still, given the long battery life, this downside is easy to overlook. 

Thanks to the great features and slick design, I’m very comfortable recommending this as one of the best GoPro gimbal models on the market. 

Since this is an official GoPro accessory, it should work with your action camera like a charm. The downside is that this product is on the more expensive side, but it’s user-friendly and lightweight – two features that can be worth the extra cash if you’re a GoPro beginner.

The GoPro Karma Grip comes with built-in action camera controls that let you power it on and off, change modes, start and stop recording, or add HiLight Tags on the fly. It’s made of solid material, it’s very portable, and it actually ensures cinema-like video quality, which is technically all you need from the best GoPro gimbal money can buy. Its built-in battery powers both the grip and your GoPro for up to 1 hour and 45 minutes on a full charge.

Compatible with GoPro body mounts, the stabilizer includes a harness for HERO6 Black/HERO5 Black, and HERO7 Black. You can also get a harness for the HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, but those are sold separately. The box will include your GoPro Karma Grip and harness, as well as a Karma Mounting Ring and USB-C Cable.

All in all, this is a solid product that does the job flawlessly. The battery life is average, but other than that I couldn’t really find any other flaws to complain about. Your videos will look very professional. 

The Feiyu G4 is pretty great, but I also have some concerns about it. The materials used are cheaper than what you will find on better quality (and more expensive) gimbals. Also, one of the biggest disappointments with this model is the software installation, which is more or less a nightmare. If you have a Mac, it’s possible that you’ll experience some frustration.

Unlike other 3-axis gimbal models, the range is not great. That is not something to be really concerned about, but it’s worth knowing before you make a decision. Finally, another thing I didn’t like is the on/off button at the bottom. It’s a small black nub that can be frustrating to push when you’re in a hurry.

But enough complaining, as this model comes with plenty of excellent features for its price. We’re talking about a 3-axis gimbal with a 320-degree pan and tilt and 100-degree roll rotation. It should satisfy average users just fine. It’s compatible with the GoPro Hero 3, 3+ and 4, but not the 4+. I really appreciated the product’s design, as all the wires are hidden, which makes it look stylish and clean. Thanks to the one-button control you can use the gimbal with only one hand; and the housing clamps on the top eliminate loose screws and speeds up the mount/unmount of the action camera.

Bottom line: The Feiyu Tech G4 gimbal is a reliable stabilizer with nice features. However, the company did take some shortcuts in order to be able to offer it at an affordable price, which may bother professional videographers. If you’re just looking for a 3-axis gimbal that will do the job though, the Feiyu Tech G4 is a good pick. 

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

Let’s get to the specs. The gimbal is compatible with the GoPro HERO4 and the rotation angle of each axis up to 330°, which is fine. It comes with two batteries and a four-way joystick that enables you to adjust the angle at will. It’s easy to set up but I also found it harder to calibrate than your average model. The 3-axis gimbal also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack to output AV signal, which I believe to be extremely practical.

Depending on where you buy this gimbal from, in the box should contain the 3-axis gimbal itself, as well as two 18650 LIPO batteries, a battery charger, battery extension cover, USB cable, GoPro AV output cable, plus the manual and warranty. Fair warning – the instructions can be a little hard to decipher, but setting it up with your HERO4 is seamless.

Considering that this is one of the cheapest products in our selection, I highly recommend it as one of the best GoPro gimbal models in terms of affordability. If you think that it can work for your needs and it’s compatible with your action camera, it’s a solid choice. 

Looking for a wearable gimbal instead?

A wearable gimbal comes in handy when you want to attach your camera to other objects such as a tripod, bike, and so on. You can find a quality wearable gimbal if you look up the brands listed above – just make sure they are made from durable materials. Also, note that the GoPro Karma grip is compatible with GoPro body mounts.

Conclusion

The GoPro gimbal industry is not a very well-developed one. There’s not a lot of diversity when it comes to stabilizers, but the good news is that you can’t go wrong with any of the models listed above. Just keep in mind that the best GoPro gimbal for you needs to cater to your video projects, so consider the purpose before making a purchasing decision. And if you already have some experience with any of the products on this list, let me know if the comments – I’d love to know how it worked for your action camera.

13 Comments
  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.

      -Steve

      • Reply GoPro Fan January 2, 2018 at 9:31 pm

        Steven, I hope you see this new comment. It’s been quite some time since you wrote this, can you tell us what’s the best a GoPro Hero 6 gimbal? Is it now the GoPro branded Karma which also happens to be the most expensive.

        When using a gimbal with the GoPro Hero, should you turn off EIS and is there a function to take a picture from the gimbal controls? Having the aid of a gimbal should also aid with less blurry photos. If there is a button for that, can a voice command to take a photo used?

  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

    Hi.
    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.

  10. Reply james November 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    can you use the EVO GP with Hero5?

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