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FeiyuTech Vimble C Review & Sample Footage

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Here we take a closer look at the FeiyuTech Vimble C hand-held stabilizer for both smart phones and small action cameras such as the GoPro Hero 5 Black or Hero 6 Black. It’s not really fair to compare this gimbal to many of the others on the market as this is a low-cost entry level gimbal. So how well does a $100 gimbal work, lets find out. First lets take a look at our YouTube review, it contains video sample of both the Hero 6 Black and iPhone 8 while mounted in the Vimble C by FeiyuTech.

FeiyuTech Vimble C White: https://goo.gl/eZjTUr

FeiyuTech Vimble C Black: https://goo.gl/YAYw3v

Use coupon code: BlackFridayCA13 to get the Vimble C for just $99 the coupon will expire December 31, 2017.

 


So as you can see in the video the Vimble C does a great job at keeping the footage stable on both an iPhone and a GoPro. I think it is a great value for the money, it’s not the highest quality build, but pretty decent for a budget gimbal.

Contents of Box

The contents of the FeiyuTech Vimble C box Include.

  • Stabilizer Unit
  • Micro USB Charging Cable
  • Foam Pads for Mounting Small Action Cameras.
  • Instructions and Warranty Card

Contents of FeiyuTech Vimble C Box.

 

Now going back to build quality. The handle is made of plastic and in all honesty it does feel a little cheap compared to holding a stabilizer that is made of higher grade materials. The handle is quite large but it does feel comfortable in the hand and very light to hold. It is really hard to say how this gimbal will hold up over time but my first impressions are quite good. The gimbal unit, motor housing and arms are all made of aluminum and look to be well-built. Over all the build is acceptable for the price category.

FeiyuTech Vimble C Build Quality is decent for a budget gimbal.

 

Not only can you mount smart phones in this gimbal, FeiyuTech as included some foam pads that attach to the clamp and allows for smaller cameras to be easily mounted such as a GoPro Session or the Hero 5/6 Black. This make the Vimble C a great value for those looking for an all in one gimbal solution where they can stabilize both phone and GoPro footage. In my tests the foam pads kept my Hero 6 Black firmly in place. The foam pads go on easily which allows you to swap your device quickly when needed. The only downfall to mounting a GoPro in the FeiyuTech Vimble C is that you have to hold the handle backwards. This however is not a big issue and the stabilized footage from the Hero 6 Black looks great when mounted in the Vimble C,

Showing a GoPro Hero 6 Black mounted in the FeiyuTech Vimble C.

 

When a GoPro is mounted, there is a small opening in the mount to still allow some viewing of the LCD screen. While not fully visible it still allows enough for lining up your shots.

 

The buttons and controls on the Vimble C are simple to use and include a joystick for panning up and down. When connected via BlueTooth to the Vimble C and using the FeiyuTech app for capturing photos and videos with a smart phone, you can easily take photos and record video with the build in controls. You can also zoom with the built-in zoom control located on the back of the gimbal unit. The mode button on the back changes the gimbal mode from lock to follow with a simple press. All in all the controls are easy to use and well laid out.

FeiyuTech Vimble C controls and buttons.

 

FeiyuTech has an app that can be downloaded to add features and control to the Vimble C. One app works for all the gimbals that FeiyuTech makes. The app allows for tracking and offers up some extra camera features. It works well and connecting to the app is simple and easy.

A couple other things I would like to mention, the Vimble C has a built-in rechargeable battery so it can not be replaced or swapped out. As like most gimbals the Vimble C in not water or splash proof, so care must be taken when around water.

All in all the Vimble C by FeiyuTech is a solid purchase for the price. For a budget gimbal it is feature rich and performs extremely well.

FeiyuTech Vimble C White: https://goo.gl/eZjTUr

FeiyuTech Vimble C Black: https://goo.gl/YAYw3v

Use coupon code: BlackFridayCA13 to get the Vimble C for just $99 the coupon will expire December 31, 2017.

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iSteady Pro Gimbal Review | Budget GoPro Gimbal For Under $100

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In this review we are taking a closer look at the iSteady Pro, a budget GoPro gimbal that you can pick up for under $100. Before I even get into the review of this new gimbal by Hohem, I want to point out how nice it is to see more competition of GoPro gimbals popping up on the market. Competition fuels innovation and improvements and not to mention forces more competitive pricing. We seen this happen with smart phone gimbals. A few years back DJI release the Osmo Mobile with a price tag of $299. Soon afterwards we seen third-party gimbals launching with prices as low as $99. This caused DJI to lower its price when they launched the Osmo Mobile 2 earlier this year to $129.99.

The Hohem iSteady pro is a simplistic GoPro gimbal that comes packaged in a nice case and even includes a mini tripod for those times when you want your gimbal resting on a suitable surface to create time-lapses. Also included with the kit is a micro USB cable for charging up the unit. I found the gimbal to be very comfortable to hold with its molded hand grip. It is a nice compact gimbal and very light to hold. First impression are good, it is a little plasticky but what do you expect from a $99 gimbal. All in all it does look to be well constructed and even includes a joystick for nice smooth movements.

The Good: The handle features a full-sized USB slot that can act as a power bank to charge any device that can be charged via USB. It also has a micro USB port near the camera mount that can be used to charge your GoPro while using the gimbal. Now this only works for cameras that you mount where the battery door is not blocked by the motor. I found the footage I shot with the iSteady Pro to be quite smooth and was pleasantly surprised. Like all gimbals there is some slight motor vibration noise, however I did find it to be of an acceptable level. Hohem has a nice little app for the iSteady pro that allows you to control the gimbal remotely and make some adjustments to how the gimbal behaves when in use. A very basic app but a nice touch for the price.

The Bad: I did find the gimbal handle would knock the camera on occasion when doing extreme moves/angles, so you have to pay attention to the angle at all times. I also found the horizon a little tilted when doing fast panning, it would correct it self but could be annoying to some film makers while other may like the fluid more natural motion.

All in all I found this to be a nice little gimbal for the price. If you’re looking for a low-cost gimbal you might just want take a look at the Hohem iSteady pro, I am sure you will be satisfied with the purchase. Watch our full in-depth review on YouTube.

iSteady Pro (USA) https://amzn.to/2L5wclP
iSteady Pro (CAN) https://amzn.to/2NUUIUN

 

 

Hohem iSteady Pro packaging.

Hohem iSteady Pro includes a nice case for transporting and protecting your gimbal.

 

The Hohem iSteady Pro includes a micro USB cable for charging and a small mini tripod.

 

Hohem iSteady Pro.

 

The iSteady Pro has nice simple controls including a joystick.

 

Hohem has a nice app to allow you to control and adjust settings of the iSteady Pro.

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New Updated GoPro Seeker Backpack

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A few weeks ago GoPro quietly updated the GoPro seeker backpack with a few small changes. The first change is they have made the back pack slightly larger and increased its capacity from a 16 liters to a 18 liters. Upon visual inspection this did not significantly increase the overall size of the backpack. When doing a side by side comparison it’s very difficult to see any size changes. The other feature that have added is a new laptop sleeve located in the back compartment beside the water bladder compartment that is now capable of holding a 15″ laptop. This was one complaint that many had with the original GoPro seeker and has now been addressed.

Another nice thing is that GoPro has dropped the price of the seeker backpack. For a long time the seeker backpack retailed at $169.99 U.S however the new price of the updated GoPro seeker backpack is $149 U.S. You can still purchase the original seeker backpack on amazon for under $120. The big question is … is it worth the upgrade if you already own the original GoPro Seeker Backpack. Personally I would have to say no, to me the changes are not significant enough to justify the cost. However if you are looking to get a new backpack, now is the time with the new low-cost and updated model. The seeker is a high quality GoPro backpack that is super comfortable to wear for long periods of time and can hold of ton of gear. I highly recommend it.

Updated Seeker Backpack: https://amzn.to/2L8Z9cA
Old Seeker Backpack: https://amzn.to/2NLJrWO

 

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