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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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Updated 2018 GoPro Chesty Mount

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In this video are taking a closer look at the new and updated 2018 GoPro Chesty. GoPro quietly released several new products this summer including and updated seeker backpack, silicon cases and a new updated chest mount. The design is quite different and now has a large back plate. I find it has a very similar design to the chest mount that is included when you buy the Seeker backpack. I think this is to help provide a more stable platform for this who like to mount gimbals when mountain biking. The larger chest plate should help prevent the gimbal from bouncing around as much.

This video is more of a “closer look” style video mainly due to the fact that there is not a lot of information or photos on the GoPro website about this new updated chest mount and some people may want to have a better look at it before they decide if it is worthwhile to upgrade.

New GoPro Chesty: https://amzn.to/2tIEndd

 


 

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The Best Case For Your GoPro

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Over the years I have used and reviewed many styles of GoPro storage cases, some hard shell and some soft. I always found the same problem with them and that is they are for the most part never customizable. This can be a big issue especial when you think that each and every one of us uses different gear and accessories and that makes it difficult to find a case that is suitable. Not to mention if you want to carry a gimbal in your kit…forget it. Most cases come with pre-cut inserts with spots for GoPro’s and various gear, many case come with 2 or 3 spots for cameras. But what if you only own one camera, that space is now wasted.

I recently came across this case by BUBM and instantly knew it was the perfect case for me. This case takes a different approach and instead of pre-cut foam it has a series of straps and pocket in different sizes. This allows you to securely pack you gear in what ever configuration that makes the most sense to you. You can pack just one GoPro or ten if you wish, You can even pack a gimbal and even a small extension pole. BUBM offers the case in two sizes a medium and large. They even offer the cases in three different colors (blue, black and grey). This case is durable and has a nice build quality, it’s a soft-shelled case but very rigid to help give you some crush protection. I have booth the medium and large version so I can pack depending on how much gear I need to take and I have been extremely pleased with them.

The other nice thing about this style of case is that it’s not design for specific GoPro’s. If you upgrade cameras down the road you know your case will work if the form factor changes. Watch our video review below.

GoPro Case Large (USA) https://amzn.to/2tFj6Bo
GoPro Case Medium (USA) https://amzn.to/2IGgQhB
GoPro Case Large (CAN) https://amzn.to/2ME8wBI
GoPro Case Medium (CAN) https://amzn.to/2KDvT0U

 

 

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