Connect with us

GoPro Gear / Accessories

GoPro El Grande Extension Pole | Best GoPro Pole on the Market

Published

on

On April 9th GoPro released its latest accessory for their GoPro cameras a new extension pole called the “El Grande”. I was very curious about this new GoPro accessory, I added it to my cart so I could test it out and make a review. I would just like to state that GoPro nailed it and this is quite possibly the best GoPro pole on the market today.

Now Poles and extension are common place and the market is flooded with many styles from every manufacturer that makes accessories for the GoPro Hero camera. I own several extension poles myself and I found myself asking “why do I need another one?”. What sparked my interest was two things, first was the claim by GoPro that the El Grande pole could attach easily to the Karma Grip and support the weight and the fact that the El Grande pole uses the buckle mount system instead of the traditional mount that most GoPro poles use.

GoPro El Grande First Impression

Upon opening the box I was quite pleased with the aesthetics of the GoPro El Grande, it is a sharp looking pole in full out GoPro style. It is robust and solid but still very light in the hand. The El Grande can extend from 15 inches to 38 inches with a simple twist/lock system. The El Grande has a nice rubber coating covering the entire pole allowing for a good grip with one or two hands even in wet conditions.

What really sets this extension pole apart from the other poles I use is its ability to support the weight of the Karma Grip when fully extended without bowing, other poles that I mounted my Karma Grip on  bowed very easily and I was nervous with my expensive Karma Grip hanging off the end. Another really nice feature is the 360 degree ball head at the end of the pole that allows you to position your GoPro to the perfect angle easily without having to remount your camera. The El Grande extension pole is water proof, so using it while surfing or snorkeling will not damage it in any way. The GoPro extension pole can be attached to the GoPro Seeker back pack to capture a nice over the shoulder view when hiking.

One interesting thing I noticed about the El Grande Pole is the 1/4 tripod screw on the bottom. This will allow you to mount it on a tripod to get some extra reach. This was surprising as GoPro tends to steer clear of traditional camera mounting systems.

I highly recommend this extension pole to anyone interest in adding one to their GoPro gear. Even if  you own a pole already, this will make a great addition to your GoPro camera bag.

U.S. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pHjlYU

Canadian Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oOTqQF

You can watch our YouTube review of the GoPro El Grande extension pole here.


360 degree ball joint of the GoPro El Grande.

 

Karma Grip attached to the GoPro El Grande Pole

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

GoPro Gear / Accessories

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

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

GoPro Gear / Accessories

New Updated GoPro Seeker Backpack

Published

on

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

 

Continue Reading

Trending