Unfortunately it doesn't appear you can change GoPro settings from the REMOVU (framerates, resolution) and the REMOVU live view doesn't stream any faster than the GoPro App to your SmartPhone. But with it's compact size it beats trying to mount your smartphone, and it's also Water and Impact Resistant (not waterproof) which your Smartphone most likely is not.
I chose this particular gimbal over everything else for a few reasons.
1. The 3 Axis Gimbal is separate from the handle, batteries, and control board allowing the lightweight unit to mount to any standard GoPro mount (helmet, bike, chest harness, suction cup, etc). Other GoPro gimbals are attached directly to a handle, which doesn't allow it to be used as easily as the GoPro camera itself.
2. The motors are strong. Strong enough to withstand high winds when driving down the road and mounted to a motorcycle helmet. Strong enough to attach GoPro accessories like the Battery Bacpac, and HDMI Cable for an external monitor, or even a USB cable to power the GoPro from an external battery.
3. It's also cheaper than some of the other gimbals available (personally I feel it should be more expensive).
Two sets of screws (long and short ones) are provided in case you want to use the GoPro HERO3/HERO4 Naked, or if you want to attach a battery bacpac. The Z1 Rider Gimbal can easily compensate for all of the extra weight. Attaching a USB or HDMI cable to the GoPro will easily throw the balance off of any gimbal, but once the Z1 Rider is powered on, it easily manages to keep the horizon of the GoPro very level.
The Z1 Rider can be adjusted so that you have a full range of tilt motion from low shots to high shots. Different modes can be chosen for Pan + Tilt Follow, Pan Follow Only (no tilt), or No Pan + No Tilt (locked off).
Two buttons on the joystick control Tilt in one mode, or Roll in another mode. Unfortunately it does not have enough buttons to manage tilt and roll at the same time. Not a big deal since most people don't want their horizons off axis anyways.
Motors on Z1 Rider about the size of the GoPro
Obviously the benefits of the other GoPro Gimbals are the simplicity of having just a basic handle. I've managed to add a small L Bracket to my handle to simulate the same form factor should I want to travel extra small (albeit i'm left with a cord).
The L Bracket + a GoPro Tripod Mount allows me to mount the Gimbal and still have room for a Smart Phone Mount to use the GoPro App for preview.
DIY L Bracket to Remote for Mounting Gimbal and Smart Phone Clip
I do notice that my hands are much more steady with two handles, so by clamping the Z1 Rider to a 15mm PVGear Carbon Rod, i'm able to add a second handle and still have a very compact form.
Remember that the main reason I wanted this particular gimbal is it's mounting versatility. So combined with a MogoPod Monopod I can get further extension for height and quickly switch to very (very very) low shots seamlessly. With my longer Carbon Fiber Boom pole. I can even simulate a Russian Arm while tracking a subject from a moving vehicle.
So while the GoPro HERO4 is a powerful compact camera with 4K recording and HDMI output, you can get even more out of it by using a good stabilizer. If you're considering a GoPro 3 Axis Gimbal, the Z1 Rider 3 Axis Gimbal is one that I highly suggest for all of it's versatility and strong performance. Find it through the link below.
Here's an unusual little product designed to mount several different accessories. The Movo Magic Ball Multi Adapter features sixteen 3/8" female threads, comes with 6 rods each with multiple 1/4" & 3/8" female threads, and comes with a set of 1/4-20 to 3/8 Male|Male threaded adapters.
Should be a good way to mount a bunch of stuff over a light stand, tripods, or rigs. Excellent accessory to pair up with variable friction arms. It's a bit unconventional but I think the parts alone are worth more than it's retail price of just $19.99 + FREE Shipping. Find it (HERE).
Movo Magic Ball Multi Adapter w/ 1/4-20 + 3/8" Threads + 6 Rods for Accessories
Well it's been a long time coming, but it's finally available. AspenMics listed an HQ-SE Locking TRS Lav microphone on their website sometime last summer, but it was never available for purchase. The hold up apparently was wireless interference issues which required better insulation (since it's primary use is on a wireless system).
Grabbing another inexpensive aftermarket lav mic (JK mics), I did a quick interference test holding it close to the power supply of a few electronics. Sure enough the cheaper JK microphone was extremely prone to interference.
The JK microphone had a physically smaller capsule compared to the AspenMics HQ-SE (not sure if there's any sound difference due to the size).
Aspen HQ-SE vs JK Lav Mic
The cheaper JK mic also had a thinner cable at 1.6mm possibly less shielding from interference. The AspenMics HQ-SE cabling was measured around 2.04mm barely a difference, but I guess it's enough to prevent wireless interference issues.
The AspenMics HQ-SE to my ears can sound just as good especially if you want to spend a little time EQ'ing it in post and currently lists for under $45 dollars (that's like 3 for the price of 1 sennheiser). Even cheaper if you go for the 2 pack or 3 pack bundles!
If you want to recycle one of your old camera batteries (i.e. Sony / Canon), here's a way to take old cheap generic battery chargers as a good mounting plate. If you were to search for 'LP-E6 Battery Plate', you'd find some options may be bulky and much more expensive over one of these chargers. You can use this method to use Canon LP-E6 batteries to power your Sony A7s, or even Sony NPF L-Series batteries to power your Sony A7s.
The cleaner way to do this would be to just wire the dummy battery directly to the battery plate, but I still wanted the option to use my AC Wall adapter and so I added a Male plug to my battery plate. Remember although this video shows my Canon LP-E6, you can certainly use a much larger high capacity Sony L-Series NPF-970 Battery instead for super extended run times.
Ok and so if you're a bit weary about figuring out the Negative and Positive wires on a Barrel connector (male plug), these little adapters are PERFECT. Just run your wires directly into the properly labeled areas and tighten down the screw. No soldering required for this 5.5mm OD | 2.1mm ID Barrel Connector (find them here).
Bundle includes: Flashpoint StreakLight 360 or 180 with Blast Power Pack
A free Flashpoint Commander Transceiver Set for StreakLight (Reg $69.95)
A free Flashpoint StreakLight Umbrella Refelctor Kit, normally (Reg $39.95)
The physical dimensions of the smaller CAMETV 7800 Gimbals mean you can't fit a Canon C100 or Blackmagic 4K camera, so the CAME-TV 8000 frame was designed from the ground up to support physically larger and heavier cameras.
The new CAMETV 8000 also incorporates 100% tool-less adjustments to quickly get your camera balanced perfectly. A QR plate system lets you do quick adjustments as well as quickly mounting and dismounting your camera from the system.
The CAMETV 8000 Gimbal comes with a molded carrying case that adds enough protection for casual transportation, but I would not suggest using it for airline check-ins or if you plan to stack equipment onto it.
The balance stand works very well with independent feet that can be adjusted to level the stand. Though you need tools to disassemble the stand if you plan to put it back in the travel case. The battery for the CAMETV 8000 is a standard 3S Lipo 11V (similar to the 7800 gimbal), but because it needs to hide in the top handle, you must make sure you are using one with the same (or smaller) dimensions if you plan to buy spares.
In terms of build quality, the motors are powerful, and the Gimbal Controller is the latest 32 Bit Basecam (Alexmos). There is almost no exposed wiring for a clean look and balancing is extremely quick. I think the threaded handles could have been designed differently, but shouldn't be a problem unless you're doing some pretty wild movements.
Even though it is intended for larger cameras, you can still tune the system to work with smaller and lighter cameras as well. I still have to find the time to take the system out when the weather is better, but should you have any questions about the CAMETV8000, leave your comments below.
Designed specifically for the BlackMagic Cinema & Production 4K Cameras, the Tilta ES-T07 Kit comes with 15mm Rails, Top Handle, Wooden Side Handles w/ record button, and 5" and 10" Dovetail Baseplates. The Precision-Machined Anodized Aluminum cage has a Vented Base with Quick Release System and offers multiple 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Accessory Threads with ARRI Rosettes.