5 Handheld GoPro stabilizers perfect for filming smooth steady video

GoPro Hero 4 Black is an amazing versatile little video camera but jittery footage sometimes make it unbearable to watch. I want smooth steady stabilized video footage, especially with a snowboarding trip coming up. After researching a shed load of different GoPro handheld devices using camera gimbal (stabilizer), I came up with the following five GoPro stabilisers that are either currently available to buy now…or coming later this year.

 

Feiyu Tech G4s

The guys at GoPro use Feiyu products so that speaks volumes about how good Feiyu video stabilisers are. The Feiyu tech G4s has a thumb joystick on the pole so you can operate the camera easily which the previous G4 version doesn’t have. The G4S also charges the camera when it’s in use and also has a tripod / screw adaptor at the bottom. There’s a very useful quick on and off camera release with a bracket – the older Feiyu G4 has some fiddly thumb screws.

G4S promo video

 

G4S review video

This review of the Feiyu Tech G4s is the most comprehensive I’ve found so far.

 

How steady? See footage filmed with G4S

This following video footage of the G4S GoPro stabiliser in action whilst snowboarding in Whistler caught my eye. You can see the result from the G4S produces massively smoother video than using a GoPole.

 

This mountain biking video also demonstrates just how good the G4S is at stabilizing GoPro video footage:

 

Where to buy?

I’ve looked at many places that stock the G4S and the cheapest place I’ve found so far is to buy from Amazon

 

Want to find out more?

Visit their website here.

 


Zhiyun Z1 Evolution

Very similar to the G4s in design with its joystick to control the 3-axis gimbal, the one thing I noticed is that the Zhiyun Z1 stabilizer allows mounting camera and GoPro bacpac without changing screws. The original Feiyu G4 did allow a LCD GoPro Bacpac to be used but not the G4S. Also many of the customer reviews say that it has great battery life. 

 

Z1 promo video

Z1 review video

Here is a comprehensive video review of The Zhiyun Z1 Evolution

 

How steady? See footage filmed with Z1

Watch smooth steady GoPro video footage filmed with the Zhiyun Z1 Evolution

 

Again another snowboarding video, this time using The Zhiyun Z1 Evolution

 

Where to buy a Zhiyun Z1 Evolution

The Zhiyun Z1 Evolution is available to buy from Amazon

 

Want to find out more?

Visit their website here

 


Removu S1

Removu S1 is marketed as the world’s most versatile 3-axis gimbal made for GoPro cameras. It’s the World’s first rainproof 3-axis gimbal equipped with a Bluetooth remote – World’s First Wearable Wi-Fi Live Viewer and Remote that works with the GoPro LCD Bacpac. The S1 can be mounted anywhere a GoPro can be mounted. This GoPro stabilizer sounds like a great choice but unfortunately they are not quite ready yet – estimated delivery is August 2016.

 

Removu S1 promo videos

 

Removu S1 Review Video

No review videos are available yet for the Removu S1

 

How steady? See footage filmed with Removu S1

 

Where to buy a Removu S1?

At the moment  the Removu S1 is only available via indiegogo.com and estimated delivery is August 2016

 

Want to find out more?

You can find out more on Removu website

 


Slick Stabilizer

Estimated delivery July 2016, the Slick is a motorised 3 axis stabilizer that is weatherproof, rain and snow friendly – perfect for the snowboarding trip but it wont be ready in time for me. The trip is early April.

 

Slick promo video

Slick Review Video

No review videos are available yet for the Slick

 

How steady? See footage filmed with Slick

 

Found this snowboarding video using the Slick stabilizer and looks very good…

 

Where to buy a Slick?

Currently the Slick is only available to order on the Slick Website or via the IndieGoGo website and estimated delivery is July 2016.

 

Want to find out more?

You can find out more on the Slick website

 


Aetho Aeon

This is one of the most eagerly anticipated GoPro stabilizers of 2016, it was supposed to launch in March 2016 but the developers say it has been pushed back to early May 2016 delivery. I love the ergonomic design and the simplicity – just point your knuckles in any direction and the GoPro will follow. The Aeon also comes with an LCD screen that hooks up to the GoPro, as well as a joystick to independently move the mount in whatever direction. Pretty cool!

 

Aetho Aeon promo videos

 

Aetho Aeon review video

Where to buy an Aetho Aeon?

Currently the Aetho Aeon is only available to order via the Aetho Aeon website or the IndieGoGo website and estimated delivery is early May 2016.

 

Want to find out more?

Find out more on the Aetho website

 


Final Word…

There are quite a few other GoPro stabilizers available to buy including:

Glide Gear SCOPIO 3 Axis Gopro Stabilizer
glidegear.net

StayblCam
stayblcam.com

Kumba cam
kumbacam.com

However I believe the five that I’ve detailed above are the best right now for getting the best steady GoPro video footage.

As my snowboarding trip is early April 2016, 3 of the 5 GoPro stabilizers (Aetho Aeon, Slick and Removu S1) unfortunately won’t be ready in time for the trip – so I’ve purchased the Feiyu tech G4s which has brilliant reviews and is used by GoPro themselves…I will put some videos up in April.

 

1 Comment

  • Reply March 4, 2017

    Anglo German

    I received my Aeon at the end of August 2016. At the beginning I had a few comments to make about the fit of the battery cover and accessory mount and the viewer being useless. I also suggested that if they developed the product further it would be nice if they designed a more universal mounting jaw and a blue tooth connection. On the whole though, it fulfilled my purposes and I used my old iPhone as a remote viewer. After a couple of months, however, it began to have problems resetting and zeroing when switched on and then it developed a shudder whilst filming. After writing to Aetho they requested that I return the unit to them and they said that they would despatch a replacement unit once they received the tracking number from my return shipment. I returned it using DHL as that is the German Postoffice. Aetho did not despatch a replacement unit and DHL somehow managed to lose my shipment after it had reached the USA. Now almost half a year later DHL have reimbursed the value of the Aeon and I contacted Aetho to ask about “buying” a replacement, as I wanted to give them a second chance. That was 4 weeks ago, I have not heard a thing from Aetho. They do not seem to be interested my business having been paid for my original unit and being saved the warranty costs of dealing with the defect.

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