Gimbals what’s all the fuss about?

If you want to have super stabilised videography, the stuff of cinematography,  unless you have nerves and concentration of steel, you might need a Gimbal.

Ahhh but my GoPRO or phone has an in-built stabiliser you say?   quite possibly, but is it quite as good as a Gimbal? probably not.

So which Gimbal should I get? There are lots of different options out there, don’t just look and buy the first one you come accross or just pick the gimbal of the same brand as your camera, as with most electronics, you have options… and some will inevitably be better than others. Not all Gimbals were created equally. I’ll put down the link for the Gimbal that I decided to purchase after hours and hours of research followed by a quick guide to try and help you decide which Gimbal might be best for you.

 

From Amazon.co.uk:

FeiyuTech G5 V2 Upgraded 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Gimbal for Gopro HERO 6/5/4/3+/ 3, Yi Cam 4K, AEE Sports Cams, Including 1 pcs extra battery and Extension Pole

 

Things to think about before getting that Gimbal: 

1. Compatibility –  First of all, it sounds very obvious, but its also really important, will the gimbal you’re looking at actually work with your camera? be sure to look in the descriptions about what cameras it supports and you can even look on youtube for other recommended gimbals or unboxings to see what they look like.

2. Battery life – For me, this is a really important issue. There really is no point having a really high-tech piece of equipment if it only lasts 1 hour before you have to recharge it again. When you’re on an adventure, its probably okay if you have to use an external battery pack to charge your gear once in a while, but to need to do it every hour is very inconvenient meaning you’d need to take frequent stops or run the risk of missing out on great footage. Believe it or not, there are some gimbals out there that have very poor battery life and yet still cost alot.

3. Water resistant If you’re an outdoors person, having a gimbal that won’t suddenly malfunction with a bit of rain water or humidity around it will be handy. I haven’t come across a gimball that is water-proof, but water-resistant gimbals certainly are out there.

4. Control – Some gimbals will have a joystick, and extra buttons to help you control your videography, others won’t and you’ll be stuck shooting in one angle. For me, we want the equipment to work for us to do what we want, not have the equipment limit us with what shots we can take. Its really important to consider the level of control you want with your shots, Gimbals with joysticks will often let you pan and tilt your camera as you wish whilst recording, very nifty.!

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