This FeiyuTech G360 Panoramic Camera Gimbal will provide an in-depth discussion on the gimbal. Will it provide you with silky smooth footage? Is it the best bang for your buck as gimbals go? Let’s find out.
Extreme sports – whether that means parkour, skateboarding, surfing, or skiing – are really rather awesome when you think about it. While most of us will spend the vast majority of our lives sitting in an office somewhere typing mostly, when we go on a skiing holiday we will be swapping that for a day of hurtling down mountainsides at high speeds in the snow. We’ll be experiencing amazing views and at the same time exhilarating speeds, and this way we’ll be living a life far more adventurous if only for a few weeks.
But while it’s not quite in the spirit of adventure or living in the moment, most of us will find that while we’re leaping through the air on our skis, we find ourselves wishing we could take a photograph or capture some film – to immortalize the moment, to impress our friends and to look amazing on Facebook. Doing this is all a little tricky though under the circumstances, which is why GoPros have become such popular gadgets – devices that you can attach to your boards, vehicles and helmets in order to get awesome POV footage.
Using a GoPro you can take some great pictures from your POV as you race down the mountain, and using your camera phone you can get some great shots at the top of the slope. However, if you want the very best footage then you’re also going to need to stabilize that image somehow. And that’s where the FeiyuTech G360 Panoramic Camera Gimbal comes in.
This gimbal is a simple attachment for any GoPro or a range of additional cameras – it will even work with a range of smartphone models! The idea of course is to counteract movements that you don’t want, while preserving the natural movement that you do want.
It does this by using precise balance settings – using four counterweights which help to keep everything steady as you move. This works to provide a kind of optical image stabilization, keeping your camera in position while everything else moves.
The gimbal is waterproof and also comes with a whole host of additional settings, features and functionality. For instance, you can use this 360 panning head in order to capture beautiful panoramas, or just to get footage of the action from a wide range of different angles. Likewise, you can also use the gimbal to steady your camera while taking photos in low-light with a slow shutter speed.
It also attaches to mounts, which is a great feature meaning you can use it with a wide variety of different activities.
What’s more, is that it has an excellent, long battery life of 6 hours. That means that you can head out with the gimbal and your camera and not worry about it sputtering out on you during use.
While the gimbal sounds good on paper, the proof is in the pudding as they say! When we took this gimbal out, we found that it did a great job of compensating for any movement and for keeping everything looking nice and smooth.
It’s not quite up there with the very most expensive options as it uses a slightly more MacGyver system to work – but the results really are good for the price.
What’s more is that the wide range of additional functions worked really well too. We got a range of great panoramas and you can use it for free-hand filming of a wide range of different interesting objects. This is not just for extreme-sports enthusiasts and adventurers, but also for YouTubers and even professional videographers.
- Great, professional-looking, steady footage
- Wide variety of different uses
- Works with a range of different cameras
- Comes with a great case
- Actually quite complicated and possibly fiddly to set up and assemble
- Waterproof functionality does not work as well as intended – use with caution!