Karma Grip Gimbal Not Available Yet So GoPro HERO5 Camera Flies on Zhiyun Wearable Gimbal

The new GoPro Karma Grip (Gimbal) is not available yet, and so I have to come up with a temporary way to fly my new GoPro HERO5 camera. The HERO5 is a much taller and wider design over the previous HERO3, HERO3+, HERO4 cameras and so most existing gimbals may not work.

PNCGear Pistol Grip Camera Handle

Learn-More-sm PNCGear Pistol Grip Camera Handle

But the Zhiyun Wearable Gimbal (found here) just happens to fit the New Yi 4K Action Camera (found here) - which just happens to be about the same height as the HERO5. But the small bracket that holds the camera in place is too small. Instead I've flipped a few mounting screws backwards and added a few tiny rubber bands to hold the HERO5 body in place on the Zhiyun Rider-M Wearable Gimbal. Finally i've added a PNCGear Pistol Grip Camera Handle underneath.

For now my setup works, but for stabilizing handheld footage with the new GoPro HERO5, the new Karma Grip Handheld Gimbal is definitely what you should invest in. The Karma Grip interfaces with the HERO5, so it will power the camera and you can download footage by connecting directly to the Gimbal - no need to pull your HERO5 Off.

It's also $100 Cheaper than the Zhiyun Rider-M Wearable Gimbal (seen in video). I think GoPro has a winner with this gimbal, and you'll be able to order the new GoPro Karma Grip HandHeld Gimbal (here).

GoPro Karma Grip Handheld Gimbal for HERO5

Learn-More-sm GoPro Karma Grip Gimbal for HERO5

5 thoughts on “Karma Grip Gimbal Not Available Yet So GoPro HERO5 Camera Flies on Zhiyun Wearable Gimbal

  1. Post author

    @Louis - I've used other gimbals with the HERO5, and it will still have some noise issues. I think it's more the camera and not the gimbal.

  2. @ Emm. Is the Karma grip still the best option for the GoPro Hero 5 Black? I see reviews complain about bad audio when connected to the Karma Grip.

    Which one would you recommend for the GoPro 5? Please advise.

    Thank you.

  3. bohus blahut

    My beef is that the Karma stabilizer doesn't have any controls to steer the camera. I've got a Feiyu, and I use that feature way more than I anticipated that I would. I haven't gotten my Karma yet, so maybe there's something in there to let me take some control of the camera's pan and tilt when I need to, but it looks to me like the Karma gimbal is there to stabilize and that's it.

  4. Post author

    @David - Image sensor stabilization can only stabilize smaller movements while stabilizers like gimbals can stabilize very large movements.

  5. David

    @ Emm, a little off topic here but how does a brushless gimbal like the came tv optimus compare to in body image stabilization like 5 axis on Sony or Olympus? Is it the same thing or is one better than the other? If GH5 has in body stabilization will there be a need for a gimbal like the came tv? thanks.

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