10 Best GoPro Gimbals For Filmmakers
In this article, we look at the best GoPro gimbals for filmmakers on a budget.
At first glance, you may not feel that your GoPro really needs a gimbal or stabilizer. Certainly, these days the latest models such as the Hero Black 7 upwards have some incredible in-house stabilisation built-in.
Indeed, action camera footage has never been so smooth. It’s a big selling point for GoPro and gives their product a competitive edge that others are struggling to get near.
However, it’s not perfect. Given the remarkable size of these action cameras, there’s only so much they can offer.
Furthermore, with ‘HyperSmooth’ turned on (this is in the in-house stabilisation option on any GoPro from the Hero Black 7 onwards), the image is cropped in order for the adjustments to be made. So, by using a GoPro stabilizer, you’ll be able to get true 4K footage that’s uncropped and stable, smooth shots that are even more impressive.
So below, we’ve made a list of the 10 best GoPro gimbals for filmmakers.
|Great build quality||Expensive|
|GoPro native||Doesn’t support GoPro’s past Hero 7 Black|
|Extensive camera controls||Poor battery life|
Firstly, when it comes to the best GoPro gimbal out there, why not make use of GoPro’s very own? This GoPro stabilizer was originally produced as part of the now infamous GoPro Karma drone series. Unfortunately, the drone failed, but this grip is genuinely really good as a standalone GoPro Stabilizer.
Now, the obvious advantages of getting the Karma grip are that it’s made by GoPro, for GoPro. The build quality is fantastic, there’s a wide range of camera controls and you get great warranty. It’s definitely a frontrunner for best GoPro gimbal!
Note – sadly, this GoPro stabilizer does not accommodate any of the newer models past the Hero Black 7.
|Exceptional battery life||Motor noise is noticeable|
|Intuitive controls||App functionality impacted with some cameras|
|Compatible with newest GoPro’s|
Next up is FeiyuTech’s excellent contribution with their new and improved G6. This GoPro stabilizer has everything you need – 3-axis stabilisation, exceptional battery life (up to 12 hours!), intuitive controls and lots of different modes. The fact it’s splash proof is a real winner too. Naturally, when you’re using your GoPro the likeliness is you want to get it in the water.
Also, we’ve noticed that you will pick up some motor noise on your audio, due to where things are positioned – one downside that’s pretty hard to avoid. Despite this, when you’re looking for the best GoPro gimbal, it may be hard to look past this one.
|Competitive price||Cheap build quality – not as robust compared to others|
|Compatible with GoPro’s across the board||Some users have experienced problems with time-lapse mode|
|Easy to use and set up|
Offering great stability and smooth motion with a number of different modes available, the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 may not be the best GoPro gimbal on the market, but it is the most affordable option. At its price point, it really over delivers.
It’s compatible with every GoPro from the Hero 4 to the Hero 8 (and potentially the Hero 9 too). Additionally, it comes with a downloadable app for your smartphone, allowing you to calibrate the gimbal, remotely control it, configure settings and keep up to date with any software patches.
In short, if you need to keep the cost down whilst still guaranteeing perfectly smooth footage, we don’t think you’ll find a better GoPro stabilizer alternative.
|Removable handle||Limited battery|
|Can be mounted anywhere and controlled from distance||Noisy|
Alternatively, at the other end of the scale is the expensive Removu S1 GoPro Stabilizer. With a limited battery life, heavy price tag and audible motor noise there are downsides.
However, despite this, it’s easily a contender for the best GoPro gimbal.
We love the fact that, like the Karma Grip, you can remove the handle and mount the stabilizer anywhere you want. It’s perfect for capturing super smooth footage whilst getting stuck into sport and wild outdoor activities. When detached, the handle also works wirelessly, allowing you to control the camera remotely.
Finally, the build quality is fantastic and it’s rainproof! Lots of boxes ticked here.
|Easy to wear||Other accessories needed if you’re going to wear it|
|Very versatile||Limited battery|
Similarly, the FeiyuTech WG2X can also be worn anywhere you want. It’s a brilliant piece of kit and one of the best GoPro gimbal products on the market.
We like how compact it is – making it easily wearable on your head, a chest mount or wherever else you need.
Furthermore, it’s also really versatile. The universal quarter-inch thread needle ensures you can attach it to tripods, selfie sticks, handlebars and any other kind of fitting you can imagine.
Above all else, this GoPro stabilizer particularly shines in the stabilization department. The footage is exceptionally smooth. Note – you will have to make further purchases of other accessories if you’re wearing it (for example, a chest mount).
|Great battery life||App could be better|
|Folds away in your pocket||Not the most intuitive user experience|
|Third-party microphones can be used|
Next up, the Snoppa Atom. Although this has been designed primarily for smartphones, it is more than capable of holding your GoPro, all the way up to the latest Hero 9 models!
We’re big fans of the incredible battery life – you can get up to 24 hours use from this thing on once charge. Additionally, it’s so easy to fold and carry in your pocket or pack away in a bag which makes it great for travel.
Also, there’s a 3.5mm jack port that allows for you to use a third-party microphone which is a nice touch. Native audio has never been a strong point of the GoPro’s.
Although the app continues to have some issues, with the modest price tag, this is one of the best GoPro gimbal products available today.
|Wearable gimbal is compatible with GoPro mounts||Poor battery life when detached from handle|
|Easy to use calibration||May need some fine tuning out of the box|
|Good build quality||Only compatible up to GoPro Hero 7 range|
The Freevision Vilta-G is another great GoPro stabilizer. It’s perhaps one of the best 2-in-1 systems out there, able to be used both with a tripod and, once easily detached from the handle, a wearable gimbal (although once detached, the battery life is pretty poor).
We’ve found the build quality to be great and the user interface on the app is very simple to use. Also, the intelligent calibration system makes life that much easier.
|Allows you to use your GoPro with mobile phone gimbals||Does not cater for GoPro Hero 8 or Hero 9 range|
|Easy to use|
This one isn’t the best GoPro gimbal, purely because it isn’t a gimbal at all. However, we felt we had to include this because it’s such a useful gadget.
With the Moman adapter plate, you can fit your GoPro to many stabilizers and gimbals that were only really built to accommodate mobile phones! Below, we’ve listed two of the best.
|Responsive, quiet motors||Not the greatest ergonomics|
|Great stabilization||Control interface may be confusing|
Best GoPro gimbal? Technically speaking, no. However, with the Moman adapter plate (see above), it might just become your go-to GoPro stabilizer. It’s certainly one of our favourites.
As we’ve come to expect from Zhiyun, this is a fantastic product. We’re particularly impressed by the motors which are both very responsive and quiet.
Moreover, the build quality is solid, the stabilization is flawless and it’s sat at a competitive price when compared with the other stabilizers mentioned here. A great option!
|Small, foldable and compact||Known Android app issues|
|Great stabilization||Takes time to get used to|
Finally, at just £92.99, the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 may well be the best GoPro gimbal out there (providing you use that Moman plate adapter). Naturally, as is expected with any DJI product, the build quality is brilliant and it really delivers on the stabilization.
We’ve found the battery life is solid and, although there are some known issues with the Android app (some fixed with the latest software updates), overall the app is one of the best we’ve used compared with any of the gimbals here.
Best of all, it’s collapsable which makes it very portable and easy to carry around. For us, this is an all round winner.
Remember to protect your GoPro
Even the best GoPro gimbal in the world is prone to accidents. Whether it’s a slip of the hand when unscrewing from the tripod, or forgetting to zip up the camera bag.
We recommend insuring your expensive gear where possible. Check out our Film Equipment insurance guide to see if it’s right for you.
Wrapping up – Best GoPro Gimbals
So, in summary, there’s clearly a lot of choices out there when it comes to the best GoPro gimbal product out there. Whichever GoPro stabilizer you do go for, rest assured we’ve given you the very best options here to date. Ultimately, you’re looking for a combination of the best stabilization, a competitive price point, good battery life and ease of use. Things such as 2-in-1 wearability are always a nice bonus too!
Most importantly, ensure that the GoPro stabilizer is compatible with your GoPro model.