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FeiyuTech G5 vs Karma Grip | The One I Think is Best and Why

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So I would have to say the most common question I get ask via all my social media channels is which hand-held gimbal is best to use with a Hero 5 Black or a Hero 6 Black. In this post I am going to offer up my opinion of what my favorite gimbal is and compare it to the Karma Grip which is another favorite of mine. Now I would like to say that both the FeiyuTech G5 and the Karma Grip are both excellent hand-held stabilizers and no matter which one you choose you will be happy with your purchase. Watch our YouTube video as I go over all the reasons why I prefer the FeiyuTech G5 over the Karma Grip.

Karma Grip: http://amzn.to/2BP1oQu
Karma Grip Case: http://amzn.to/2EULHKC

FeiyuTech G5: http://amzn.to/2F8z9hM
FeiyuTech Extension Handle: http://amzn.to/2EVI3jF
FeiyuTech BlueTooth Remote: http://amzn.to/2FCviHS
FeiyuTech Extra Battery: http://amzn.to/2EVdudH

 



Here are some of the reasons why I prefer the FeiyuTech G5 over the Karma Grip.

  1. Size Matters / Case: When it comes to the size of the cases you can clearly see that the FeiyuTech G5 is quite a bit smaller. The smaller size of the case and gimbal make it easier to pack and takes up far less space in a camera bag or backpack. This is very important to me when I am out adventuring. I like to keep all my gear in a camera backpack and there is no way the Karma Grip case would fit in my setup. The unit itself is also a little smaller making it more comfortable in the hand. When the Karma Grip was first launch the package included a case, but now all new Karma Grip units ship with out a case, it is now a separate purchase. The official karma grip case retails for $39.99 and has a nice firm build offering more shock, drop and crush protection than the FeiyuTech G5 which is a soft sleeve styled case. But with all things considered I still prefer the smaller footprint of the FeiyuTech G5 and the case is included free.
  2. Price: There is a significant price difference between the two gimbals, 100 dollars to be exact. The FeiyuTech G5 retails for $199.99 and the karma grips retails for $299.99. I like to save money!
  3. Battery: The karma Grip has a built-in battery that is rated at about 1 hour and 45 minutes of usage. Where as the FeiyuTech G5 has a removable battery that is rated at about 8 hours usage. That is a huge difference. Then when you factor in the removable battery that can be swapped out if you need more shooting time, or just want to replace a weak or damaged battery the FeiyuTech G5 definitely has the edge. Both units are able to charge a GoPro while mounted.
  4. Versatility: With the stock Karma Grip it is compatible with the Hero 5 Black and the Hero 6 Black. You can purchase (More Money) a separate harness that will make it compatible with the Hero 4 series. The FeiyuTech G5 come equip to handle the Hero 5/6 Black, Hero 4 series, Hero 3 series in fact it will fit many other brands of action cameras that have a similar form factor of the GoPro Hero line of cameras. In addition with a little trick I featured on my YouTube channel you can even mount a GoPro session. It’s not officially supported but it does work quit well.
  5. Controls: When it comes to controls the Karma Grip does have the edge when it comes to controlling the GoPro. The Karma Grip has buttons to start/stop recording, change modes and set a highlight tag, whereas the buttons on the FeiyuTech G5 are for controlling the gimbal only. Now with that said the FeiyuTech G5 has a few extra button features that are not included with the karma grip, including a 360 button that automatically turns the camera towards you if you want to do some vlogging. It also has a joystick for precision control of the gimbal. As for a dedicated start/stop record button it is not that important with the Hero 5/6 Black due to the camera being voice controlled. The FeiyuTech G5 also has the option of using a FeiyuTech BlueTooth remote (not included) which can really come in handy when using the gimbal remotely or mounted out of reach.
  6. Mounting: The FeiyuTech G5 has two points where it can be mounted. A 1/4 inch tripod thread is located on the side and bottom of the unit. The camera itself can be mounted in different ways depending of you are right or left-handed. It can even be mounted upside down.
  7. Better Audio: I would have to say that both units emit the same amount of motor noise which if find to be an acceptable level. However the FeiyuTech G5 can produce better audio due to the fact that the Hero5/6 black is notorious for having poor muffled audio when the side door is removed.

There are many other reasons why I would recommend the FeiyuTech G5 over the Karma Grip. Please watch our video to get the full list.

No matter what gimbal you choose you wont be disappointed. They both do an amazing job at keeping you video footage stable.

The FeiyuTech G5 make adding an extension handle easy.

 

The FeiyuTech G5 has a removable 3000 mah battery.

 

The Karma case is quite large compared to the FeiyuTech G5. It offers more protection but can be hard to pack if space is limited in your camera bag.

 

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FeiyuTech G6 Review and Sample Footage

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FeiyuTech announced the new FeiyuTech G6 several weeks ago and over the past week they have finally been shipping out to customers. At first glance you really notice the size of the new gimbal is quite a bit larger than is predecessor. It has larger more powerful motors and according to FeiyuTech these new motors with higher torque will produce smoother footage and cause less shake in certain situations. There are many new upgrades to the FeiyuTech G6 Such as:

  • Redesigned mounting/accessory options on the side and bottom.
  • 12 Hour battery time.
  • New FeiyuTech App with more features.
  • Support for GoPro Session.
  • OLED Screen.
  • Tilt wheel. Adjust horizon.
  • Support to use smart phone as monitor.
  • Control GoPro with WiFi connection. Stop/Start recording, change modes, ect.
  • New angle of motors to allow for better view of GoPro screen.
  • Larger motors for smoother footage/less shake.
  • Waterproof
  • Sliding arm to balance various cameras. No weights needed.

The G5 was listed as being splash proof, but the new Feiyutech G6 is listed as being waterproof. Personally I will be treating mine as being splash-proof. This really is a welcome feature for those of us who like to film around water. Shooting in the rain should not be a problem as well. One of the most exciting new features is being able to control your GoPro via new buttons on the FeiyuTech G6 handle. To control your GoPro you must connect it first via WiFi through the FeiyuTech iPhone app. Once connected you can start/stop recording or take photos with a press of a button. You can change between photo, video and time-lapse mode. You can also change a few basic settings such as resolution and field of view.

I have used it a fair amount and I can say I really am pleased with its performance. Now I was a fan of the G5 as well and I don’t know if I could detect a huge difference between the FeiyuTech G5 and G6’s performance in keeping footage stable as the G5 did a great job as well. The new angle of the motor is also a welcome improvement as it makes viewing the GoPro screen a little easier when filming. Balancing the GoPro in the FeiyuTech G6 is quick and easy with the addition of the new sliding arm. You no longer have to attach weights when switching between smaller and larger cameras.

The FeiyuTech G6 now comes with a hard style case that can actually hold quite a bit of gear including a second GoPro and spare batteries. Now I was a fan of the sleeve that shipped with the old gimbal as it was super compact and would fit into a camera bag or backpack without taking up a lot of room. However I did find that even thought the G6 is larger than the G5 it will still fit into the old G5 sleeve (without GoPro attached).

All on all I think FeiyuTech has done a great job with the new upgraded gimbal. If you already own a G5 I don’t really know if its worth the money to upgrade unless you really like the idea of controlling your GoPro with the Gimbal. If you are looking to get your first stabilizer that I do think this is your best choice. The FeiyuTech G6 is probably the best GoPro gimbal on the market right now.

Watch our YouTube review, I go over setting up the new FeiyuTech G6 and provide some sample test footage.

FeiyuTech G6 (USA) https://amzn.to/2IlCiJo
FeiyuTech G6 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2rH2pV8

Extension Handle (USA) https://amzn.to/2Iho14C
Extension Handle (CAN) https://amzn.to/2GhU3Yf


FeiyuTech G6 interior of case. Can hold an extra GoPro, cables and extra batteries.

 

FeiyuTech G6 Hard Case.

 

You can keep your GoPro charged via the included charging cable. Charge via the FeiyuTech G6 battery.

 

GoPro session mount kit for the FeiyuTech G6.

 

GoPro Hero 5 Session mounted in the FeiyuTech G6.

 

New buttons on the FeiyuTech G6 allows you to control your GoPro.

 

New FeiyuTech G6.

 

FeiyuTech G6 contents in the box.

 

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WeatherProof External Charging For GoPro Hero 5/6 Black | X~PWR-H5 Review

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Have you ever wished you could have your GoPro Hero 5 Black or GoPro Hero 6 Black plugged into external power so you can do extended time-lapses or recordings without having to worry about rain or moisture getting into the ports? You should check out the X~PWR-H5 by 3BR Power sports. With this add-on for your Hero 5 or Hero 6 you can create a water-resistant seal on your existing GoPro frame.

With this kit you get everything you need to modify your stock Hero frame. This is a non damaging modification as it just sticks on with adhesive that can be removed if needed. Once the kit is installed, it allows you to plug you GoPro Hero 5/6 Black into a power bank or outlet using their specially designed USB-C Cable and keep your GoPro charged while recording for extended periods outdoors without risk of damaging your GoPro from rain. Not only does it keep out moisture but dust as well. If you are a moto vlogger you know how dust can quickly accumulate in the ports of your GoPro when you have the door open for charging. This can over time cause your GoPro to malfunction, trying to blow it out with compressed air can actually drive it deeper within the ports. The X~PWR-H5 prevents this from happening and allows you to record your activities worry free. If you are using an older Hero 4 series camera, they even sell a casing for them as well.

The X~PWR-H5 USB-C cable comes in various lengths depending on how much slack you need in the cable. It’s a good idea to get one long enough to allow you to tuck away the power bank in a pocket or backpack.

X~PWR-H5 (18 Inch Cable) https://amzn.to/2HB0c3n
X~PWR-H5 (36 Inch Cable) https://amzn.to/2HAKLwe
X~PWR-H5 (48 Inch Cable) https://amzn.to/2vYxjwN
X~PWR-H5 (66 Inch Cable) https://amzn.to/2jeXyWr

X-Power (Hero 4) https://amzn.to/2r8eotI

Watch our YouTube video demonstration how to install the X~PWR-H5 and see it in action.

 

This is the version for the GoPro Hero 4 series.

 

When not in use, simply twist the clamp and remove the cable.

 

Forms a dust and water-resistant seal allowing you to charge while filming in the elements.

 

The X~PWR-H5 lugged into a power bank.

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