The Hohem 3 Axis Stabilizer is a gimbal that is designed to be used with GoPro Hero cameras 3 through to 5. It can help you to capture much smoother and more professional footage, which is great whether you’re a hobbyist wanting to enjoy the action all over again, or a professional looking to increase their production values.
Design and Features
The Hohem 3 Axis Stabilizer is a short stick with a gimbal on the end to hold your camera steady. In that regard, it has a design much like many other gimbals – but has a premium feel and a satisfying weight. It’s well balanced and it’s particularly easy to hold on to for long periods of time.
The Hohem 3 Axis Stabilizer works on three axes, meaning that it can tilt, roll, and pan. This gives it the ability to stabilize your shots from every angle. What’s more, is that the device can also be controlled manually via an app and built-in Bluetooth. This gives you not only the ability to select from various automatic tracking modes, but also to create your own panning shots, zooms and other effects.
There’s a tripod screw hole in the bottom, which makes this kind of use all the easier.
If that wasn’t already impressive, the gimbal also comes with a large battery that will not only help to keep the Bluetooth functionality running (and the firmware in the gimbal), but will also allow you to extend the battery life of your camera.
What’s also great is that the gimbal comes with a zipper bag that you can use to carry it around. It fits the device snugly and can prevent damage on the road.
The Hohem 3 Axis Stabilizer is suitable for other cameras too, as long as they will fit the grip. The great news is that unlike some of the competition, this doesn’t require the use of additional counterweights. That means it’s incredibly quick, easy, and smooth to swap out different cameras on the fly.
But what about the actual footage? Well we were really blown away with what the Hohem 3 Axis Stabilizer could deliver. Video was incredibly smooth with all sudden movements ironed out in a natural manner and with no loss of data. If you’ve seen beautiful footage following snowboarders or other athletes, then you can produce that same effect here.
Of course, the biggest flaw in many GoPro cameras is the lack of any image stabilization. This gimbal will provide that and is far superior to the EIS (electronic image stabilization) that comes in the most recent models too. This method of stabilization not only relies on a lot of software ‘guess work’ but also crops in on the video, causing you to lose information (and neutering the benefits of having those great wide-angle lenses).
The camera comes with four built in modes: panning following mode, pan and pitch following mode, lock mode, and vertical screen mode. Each of these are easy to access and will allow you to get the amount of movement you want, while keeping your camera locked on the subject.
Another nice point is that the motor is completely silent. That’s a great feature if you intend on recording audio, as it means you won’t have lots of whirring over the top.
Also impressive is the ability to control pans, tilts, and rolls from the app. That means that this gimbal can also double as a tool for vlogging or creating other types of video. Set it up on a tripod and let it pan slowly around objects or even scenes.
- This is one of the cheapest three axel gimbals you are likely to find. For the quality of video you can produce, the price is absolutely fantastic and we can’t complain there!
- The video quality is great. Three axes and a silent yet highly responsive motor result in some beautiful footage.
- App control is fantastic
- Large battery life and ability to charge the camera are definite pluses
- Very well made with a great build quality
- Handle is a little cold and hard – an additional material grip might have been a good addition
- Not waterproof