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GoPro Karma Grip | Best Stabilizer For Your GoPro

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If you want your GoPro footage to be buttery smooth you might just want to check out the Karma Grip from GoPro. The Karma grip can be purchase by itself or with the karma drone package. Either way you will soon fall in love with it and if your like me may never film with out it again. When purchased as a stand along stabilizer it comes with its own molded case that fits it perfectly and offers good protection. When you open the box you will find the following items. User manual & warranty information, Karma Grip case, Karma Grip unit consisting of handle and gimbal, mounting ring and a Velcro strap that is used to help secure the Karma Grip when mounted on extension poles.

Karma Grip U.S. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oZgFpy

Karma Grip Canadian Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oxyB8Z

Watch our unboxing, setup and review video of the GoPro Karma Grip on our YouTube channel. There is plenty of sample footage of the Karma Grip in action near the end of the video.

 

I have been using the Karma Grip for several weeks now and really I don’t know how I ever manged to live without it, it by far is now my favorite GoPro accessory and I will probably rarely film without it. The smoothness of the video is simple stunning and definitely can be comparable to what is referred to Hollywood quality with very little practice. A couple of draw backs for me however is the lack of removable battery, it would have been really nice to be able to swap out a battery if shooting for long periods. With that said GoPro does sell the handle part separately on its website which is what contains the battery for $99.99. picking up a spare is a good option of you need lots of battery power. The second draw back for me is the lack of extension bracket on the bottom. It would have been nice if GoPro had developed and extension accessory that could be easily attached to the bottom of the Karma Grip to give you that little extra reach. This however can be easily overcome with GoPro’s new El Grande extension pole which easily connects to the Karma Grip and when fully extended give you an extra 38 inches of reach.

Karma Grip Battery Performance

Many wonder how long the battery lasts on the Karma Grip, I don’t have an exact number for you but what I can tell you is that I am extremely pleased with the battery performance of the Karma Grip. Last weekend I was out for a hike with my family and did quite a lot of filming over a 5 hour period. When I arrived home my Karma grip was still half full so that is not bad in my opinion. Alternatively you can also use a power bank to top off the Karma grip if needed. Myself I always have a power bank in my back pack while out hiking and filming, I use a 6 foot USB-C cable to plug into my Karma grip and it allows me to use it while charging at the same time.

All in all I am more than pleased with the functionality of the karma grip, the built-in controls make it super easy to start and stop recording as well as changing modes and marking hi-light tags. This to me is the best gimbal stabilizer on the market today for the GoPro Hero 5 Black. I whole heatedly recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a GoPro stabilizer. You will not be disappointed.

Karma Grip U.S. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oZgFpy

Karma Grip Canadian Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oxyB8Z

GoPro Karma Grip box contents including hard case.

 

GoPro Karma Grip attached to the GoPro El Grande extension pole.

 

GoPro Karma Grip easily attaches to the GoPro Seeker backpack.

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The Complete Beginners Guide for the GoPro Hero (2018) | How To Get Started

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If you are a brand new owner of the new GoPro Hero 2018 or plan on getting one soon. Perhaps this is your very first GoPro and you are finding yourself a little overwhelmed on how to get started as GoPro includes very little documentation in the box. I have put together this very detail beginners guide for the GoPro Hero 2018 to help those who are new to get up and running quickly. This easy to follow beginners guide will help you understand the menu system and the different shooting modes. The new Hero 2018 is a great camera for beginners as it has a simplified menu with basic shooting modes. Watch our beginners guide for the new GoPro Hero (2018) on our YouTube Channel or below in our embedded video.

Our GoPro Hero Beginners Guide covers the following topics:

  • Unpacking the camera.
  • Installing the battery and memory card.
  • How to charge your GoPro Hero 2018.
  • Understanding the mounting system for GoPro’s.
  • Powering on for the first time and initial setup.
  • A look at the menu system and various shooting modes.
  • Basic settings for shooting video.
  • How to record video.
  • How to take pictures.
  • How to shoot bursts.
  • How to record a time-Lapse.
  • How to use the GoPro voice commands.
  • How to use quick capture.
  • GoPro gear for beginners.

Best Memory Card for the new GoPro Hero 2018

There are many types and sizes of memory cards on the market that will work with the new GoPro Hero 2018 but to keep things simple I recommend the Lexar 633x it is a great memory card at a decent price and I have always had good luck with them.  You can choose how much storage you would like the most common is 32 GB or 64 GB. This determines how many photos and videos can be stored on the camera.

Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2HClpuq
Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2JL8PK8

Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2vgdSiD
Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HBPLxr

If you are a first time GoPro owner I have put together a list of GoPro gear that I think every first time GoPro owner should have in their camera kit.

GoPro Hero 2018 (USA) https://amzn.to/2vdi3vz
GoPro Hero 2018 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qyoF1U

GoPro Camera Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2ENLeVq
GoPro Camera Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2IZ0DVF

GoPro Shorty (USA) https://amzn.to/2EN5NRW
GoPro Shorty (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vlGd7k

GoPro Floating Handle (USA) https://amzn.to/2JKQHQI
GoPro Floating Handle (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qztiZP

GoPro Dual Charger (USA) https://amzn.to/2GXeXkG
GoPro Dual Charger (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vj8dbD

Manfrotto Extension Pole (USA) https://amzn.to/2HAPfQ6
Manfrotto Extension Pole (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HAhFd8

RAVPower Power Bank (USA) https://amzn.to/2qBbmxJ
RAVPower Power Bank (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qz3A7B

GoPro Handlebar Mount (USA) https://amzn.to/2JNNvne
GoPro Handlebar Mount (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vga8xB

Don’t hesitate to ask question via any of my social media channels or right here on my blog!

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Must Have $10 Upgrade For Your GoPro

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If you own a GoPro this is a very inexpensive must have upgrade that everyone needs. One annoyance that I have had with my GoPro is having to remove it from the frame every time I want to charge it or plug in a microphone. With this 3rd party GoPro frame you can open and remove the charging door on your GoPro without having to remove it from the frame, saving a lot of time and aggravation. This frame also seems to be a better build quality than the stock frames, it has a nice rubberized coating. This is such a simple little fix, I wonder why GoPro has not implemented it yet on their official frames. Because they all have the same form factor this 3rd party frame is compatible with the Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and the new GoPro Hero (2018).

GoPro Upgraded Frame: https://amzn.to/2EI58kP

 


This 3rd Party frame allows easy access to the GoPro charging door.

 

You can see the difference in the cutout. Stock GoPro frame on the right and 3rd party frame on the left.

 

Charging door can easily be opened and removed without having to remove the camera from the frame.

 

Allows you to easily charge your GoPro or plug in a microphone.

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