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Adventurer
Posts: 10,478

Re: Best gimbal for Hero 5?

Sure. We are on opposite coast so you're going to have to pay the shipping. Of course, you could always just purchase one and if you don't like it, return it.

While EIS is a nice feature, it doesn't come close to the smooth stabilization you get with the Karma Grip.
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Nomad
Posts: 90

Re: Best gimbal for Hero 5?

Although i did have some problems with the Karma grip with the Hero 5 after the update of the Hero 5 (v2.0) and a update of the grip (v1.5) that failed, there's a topic about these problems.

 

But i got a new one and until today everythings works fantastic.

 

It's smooth and stabile, no noise of the motors in any footage i watch back. Regardless the problemms i had i still find this the best gimball for the GoPro Hero 5.

Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Best gimbal for Hero 5?

From my research none of the non-go pro gimbals work with the Hero 5 without noise issues with the exception of the Evo when you back down to firmware 1.50. 

 

I've seen some folks even say that didn't cure the noise issue, plus reports that 1.50 firmware wasn't super stable in terms of camera usage.

 

Michel - are you saying zero noise issues with latest firmwares with Hero 5 and Karma grip? I've seen people say there's still a problem with noise, though hard to know which versions they're on.

 

Nomad
Posts: 90

Re: Best gimbal for Hero 5?

I didn’t had any noise issues with the grip, none with the old firmware and with the latest stil zero noise issues.
Adventurer
Posts: 10,478

Re: Best gimbal for Hero 5?

I did a test when I first got the Karma Grip, before the camera, stabilizer, and Grip updates. In a closed room (I stood in the shower of our small guest bathroom with door shut and fan off), I was able to record some gimbal noise when moving it rapidly up/down and side to side.

In normal use the sound was so faint I couldn't pick it up. I haven't run the test since, but in the many months of use since, I haven't once noticed the gimbal motor noise in any of my videos.

When I get a chance I'll duplicate the test. The fact that I'll have to create an environment with virtually zero environmental noise and bathroom acoustics to test it should give you an idea of how quiet it is.