If you intently opened this post, then most likely, you are a video enthusiast or aspiring to be one.
The gimbal stabilizers we listed here can help you stabilize your camera even as you move fast or on a bumpy surface. With a gimbal, your GoPro or smartphone will remain stable and independent regardless of how much you move.
How Do They Work?
3-Axis gimbals work in three ways: tilt, pan, and roll.
Tilt enables your GoPro to move up and down. This function works best for capturing a person going down or up the stairs or an object falling to the ground.
The Pan function is for moving from left to right, or vice versa. This function is the one you need to capture a subject moving horizontally.
If your subject is steady, but the one holding the gimbal is not, Roll is the function to use. It allows you to capture the area steadily even if you are moving.
Having said those, we reviewed the five best gimbal stabilizers in this post. The list start off with our top pick, the Freevision Vilta-M.
Top 5 Best Gopro Gimbal Stabilizers Reviews
1. Freevision VILTA 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer Gimbal for Phones & Actions Cameras, Black (VILTA-M)
Primarily, the Freevision Vilta-M stands out in this list for two reasons: its compatibility with smartphones and action cameras, and its extended battery life that can last for 17 hours.
Its mounting clip and adjustment arm are designed for you to easily mount and balance your device so you won’t miss any exciting scenery. You can also charge your phone through the gimbal itself with a type-C adaptor.
This gimbal stabilizer is ergonomically designed with rubberized grip so it won’t be too strenuous for your hand and wrist should you need to record videos for long hours. It is also made of solid metal that makes it particularly tough.
Freevision Vilta-M boasts of ultra-high stability that allows you to capture high-speed scenarios with high-control precision. It also has both automatic mode and manual mode that allows you to shoot smoothly as you wish. It also has an object track feature, the IntelliTrace/Track Me that has precise recognition and faster tracking capability. You can also access more features and functions with the FV Share app.
When you buy this gimbal, it comes with a portable travel bag, micro USB cable, warranty card, lanyard, and a manual
Compatible with both smartphones and action cameras
Longer battery life compared to others – 17 hours
Ergonomic and study
Needs to chage both the handle and gimbal
2. Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer, Upgraded Phone Camera Video Tripod w/Focus Pull&Zoom Vertigo Shot for iPhone Xs Max X/8 Plus/7/SE Samsung Galaxy S9+/S8/S7/S6 etc Smartphones (Black)
The Zhiyun Smooth 4 was designed to fit various smartphone models – from iPhones to Samsung, and to other brands.
This gimbal stabilizer features a 3-axis motor and a control panel. The control panel is designed with hot keys for instant control that minimizes your need to touch its screen as well.
Zhiyun Smooth 4 allows to you take cinematic videos with its video effects and capabilities. For one, it has the Dolly/Zoom “Vertigo” Effect that lets you zoom in or zoom out smoothly. It also has a Focus Pull/Zoom Capability to help you achieve high-precision focus changes.
For advanced features, Zhiyun Smooth 4 also has Object Tracking, Timelapse, and PhoneGo Mode.
With Object Tracking, you can set the object (including but not limited to human faces) that you want to track, and then the stabilizer will do the produce the footage of high-precision with your object in focus. Its Timelapse feature, moreover, is a range from freestyle time lapse, Hyperlapse, Motionlapse, and Slow Motion.
The PhoneGo Mode, on the other hand, can be triggered with a single push of a button. It allows you to quickly capture even the delicate movements.
If, you are worried if this can last throughout your whole adventure, you’d be relieved to know that the gimbal would last for 12 consecutive hours and it may be charged through a power bank. You may also charge your phone through the gimbal with its USB port so you won’t even have to worry about your phone dying down.
Zhiyun also offers 12-month warranty and assures you of a lifetime friendly customer service.
3. Hohem iSteady Pro 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for Gopro Hero
The Hohem iSteady Pro is a gimbal stabilizer for action cameras. It is compatible with GoPro Hero 4, 5, 6 and 7, YiCam, SJCam, AEE, and other action cams of similar size. It also comes with 2-way charging system; although the gimbal’s power itself can last for 12 hours. It also has a built-in battery indicator so you know when you’d need that power bank.
It also features 3-axis, 360-degree precision, a built-in Bluetooth 4.0, and a full aluminum body. It also has Timelapse and Object Tracking functions.
More so, you can maximize this gimbal by downloading the HoHem Gimset app. The app has vlogging photography shooting modes, allows automatic calibration and custom multi-motion parameter, and can be used as a remote control.
Even at a cheaper price, Hohem iSteady Pro still offers all the standard features that you’d be looking for in a gimbal stabilizer. In addition, it also comes with a mini tripod, a carrying case and a handbag.
4. MOZA Mini-MI 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer Applicable for Smartphone Wireless Phone Charging Compatible with X 8 7 Plus 6 Plus Galaxy S9 Auto Panoramas, Time-Lapse & Tracking
Moza Mini-Mi is another affordable 3-axis gimbal compatible with a wide-range of smartphone models. As such, it stands out by having a phone holder that allows wireless phone charging. This is made possible by the inducting charging technology and the magnetic coils in the said holder. But if your phone still does not have the wireless charging capability, you still don’t have to worry because you may still use its USB port.
Aside from the phone holder, you have three (3) other mounts to use. There’s another one to fit a smartphone for a light or mic. The remaining mounts are located at the bottom and on the backside perfect for the tripod and extension pole, respectively.
This gimbal also features various modes to help you capture and create cinematic motions. Among these modes are yaw-follow, pitch-follow, all-follow, and all lock. These modes let the gimbal move automatically to capture your subject or keep your phone steady regardless of how much you move. So basically, whether you want it to automatically move or keep steady, you can choose a mode to capture the scene perfectly.
The Moza Mini-Mi also has a Moza Genie app where you can further customize your shooting settings. The app also offers more advanced features such as live motion tracking, hyperlapse-style motion-tracked timelapse shooting, and even what it calls the Inception mode.
Once you purchase this Moza Mini-Mi, along with the gimbal, it comes with a charging cable, a carry bag, and a mini tripod
Affordable gimbal for smartphones
Allows automatic wireless charging
Four mounts for smartphones and accessories
Offers a wide range of features and shooting modes
Shorter battery life compared to average 12 hours of other gimbals
The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is significantly more affordable than its predecessor. However, compared to other brands, especially among those listed in this post, it is still quite pricey than the others.
This gimbal stabilizer is made of high-strength nylon which makes it lighter than its previous version. Its handle is also designed to be more ergonomic so even as you hold it for long hours, you won’t get too weary. By the bottom, you’d find a standard ¼” thread that allows you to attach it on a tripod or other accessory.
Another improvement about the DJI Osmo Mobile 2’s design is its portrait orientation mode which is perfect for vlogs to be posted in Instagram Stories. However, changing the orientation of the phone holder needs to be done manually by removing your phone first and turning a knob on the back.
The phone holder can also fit various smartphone models of different brands with it spring-loaded clamp. Yet, you can also be assured that its clamp will not shake your phone loose throughout your shoot.
It also has a partner app – the DJI Go – which you need to install on your phone for you to use its zoom function, adjust the settings and select different modes.
Lastly, its battery life offers three hours more than the average 12 hours of other brands’ gimbals. It also has a battery level indicator to warn you beforehand. Similar with other gimbal stabilizers, it also has a micro-USB port wherein you can charge your phone.
Has the standard features and capabilities expected from gimbals
Allows portrait mode
15 hours of battery life
More expensive than other brands
Buying Guide (Features to Consider)
Although most gimbal stabilizers appear to be similar with one another, yet there are some features that are worth the extra price (Source).
Construction and Design
In choosing a gimbal stabilizer, you should have an idea of the construction and build that will best suit you.
Among the first things you’d check is the handle – would you want it short or long. This may seem a petty detail but it makes great difference for some users. Aside from length, you should also consider if you want the grip to be rubber, foam or plastic. Although it does not directly affect the captured video, it can either make your comfortable or distracted.
Easy to Assemble
Typically, you should only take around five (5) minutes to assemble a gimbal stabilizer. If it takes longer than that, then you might have waste precious time of shooting.
One of the important parts you should check is the mount. It’s recommended to choose a model that doesn’t require any tool; otherwise, forgetting a tool behind could just ruin your shoot overall.
For this feature, you have a choice of either manual or automatic. If you are an experienced and advanced user, manual calibration would surely interest you more. It gives you more freedom and allows you to set it as you wish.
On the other hand, if you are a beginner or maybe most often in a hurry to capture your videos, then automatic calibration is more recommended for you.
Some gimbal stabilizers, especially the more expensive models, are compatible with mobile apps. However, some apps are particularly useful in certain instances only.
Mobile apps would only be beneficial only if you can use them when you’re not holding the gimbal. It would be pretty tricky and distracting if you are holding your smartphone on one hand and trying to operate the camera on the other.
In a gist, gimbal stabilizers seem to be all the same. This may be somewhat true since there are standard features that you can expect from them, yet they are also different from one another in some sense. We hope that through this post, you were able to see and weigh these small differences that make one different from the other.
Nevertheless, you can be assured that whichever you choose, all the products listed here are great and practical buys! So hope you enjoy the one you picked and happy filming/vlogging!