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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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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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