The GoPro Camera Karma Grip is a handheld gimbal for the GoPro line of cameras. It’s also an official accessory, which should provide some assurance for those looking for something that will definitely be compatible with their cameras. Plus it’s one of the more affordable gimbals out there.
But is the GoPro Camera Karma Grip the right choice for you? Find out in the full review.
Do you ever watch incredibly smooth, crisp, and high-def footage of people doing amazing stunts on the web and then wonder how they got those videos? Do you ever wonder why they’re able to create such high quality footage, while you’re left with shaky and unusable garbage?
They may well have fantastic skills and lots of experience as a videographer. But you know what? It likely also comes down to their equipment. Sometimes, a few of the right purchases can make a huge difference to your ability to create high quality video.
A gimbal for your GoPro is just one such thing. While GoPros offer fantastic specs and features for their cost, they unfortunately lack optical image stabilization (and EIS is only present in the later models). This means that footage picks up every shake and wobble – which is a lot when you’re hurtling down the side of a mountain.
A gimbal works to hold your camera in place and ‘soak up’ all of that movement. It does this via a combination of hardware and software. And the results are instantly incredible.
A lot of gimbals are very experience, but the GoPro Camera Karma Grip is a gimbal that is affordable for a lot of budding videographers and adrenaline junkies. So how does it deliver?
Design and Features
The GoPro Camera Karma Grip is a fair bit shorter than a lot of the competition. This is a ‘grip’ first and foremost, meaning that it’s designed to be very comfortable to hold for long stretches, and that it has a matte finish with a grippy, ergonomic texture and shape. It fits into the handle wonderfully, which is great seeing as you might need to hold this for some extended periods of time.
The handle is quite wide and chunky then, while the gimbal sits on top and will cradle either a GoPro Hero camera to help hold the camera steady no matter the hijinks you get up to.
This might sound unimportant but it’s actually quite a big deal. Because the GoPro isn’t particularly easy to handle on its own, but this gimbal provides an easy way to carry it with you and to get great footage all the while.
The gimbal comes with built-in camera controls, which makes it easy to grab video from wherever you are, without needing to reach to the end of the gimbal.
What’s also very welcome news for any GoPro fans, is that the gimbal is compatible with all mounts. This means that you can just as easily attach it to a car dashboard, a skateboard, a surfboard, a helmet or anything else. And when you do, you’ll be able to get amazingly smooth POV footage too!
The video quality that the GoPro Camera Karma Grip produced was fantastic given the price. It really did help to keep the camera steady during a whole host of activities and we were really blown away with its overall performance.
That said, the camera does only have a tilt for up and down. It has a lock function that makes it easy to lock it above or below the horizon. But unfortunately, it doesn’t have a left/right tilt function. In short, the camera doesn’t work on quite so many angles as some of the competition.
- Great quality footage
- Very comfortable to hold for long periods
- Supports all GoPro mounts
- If you want to use this with older GoPro models (like the GoPro Hero 4), then you will need to purchase an additional harness separately to hold it in place
- Updates come thick and fast but have been known to introduce occasional bugs in the past
- Not waterproof