Trying to get steady video without putting a camera on a tripod is near impossible, no mater how steady our hands. This becomes even more evident with smaller video devices like the Go Pro. I discovered a great solution that I am pretty pleased with so far. Now those of familiar with still photography know of the gimbal heads that you can mount for long lenses which allow fantastic freedom of movement for tack sharp shots. The EVO 3 axis gimbal head does the exact same for the Go Pro in a compact handheld package.
The EVO GP-PRO 3 axis (pan, tilt and roll) handheld gimbal allows you to effortlessly shoot silky smooth video with your GoPro. The EVO GP-PRO works with all Hero 3, Hero 3+ and Hero 4 model cameras and supports most GoPro camera accessories such as the LCD BacPac as well as the battery BacPac. Operating modes include Heading Follow Mode (1 Click), Heading Lock Mode (1 Click), Heading & Pitch Follow Mode (2 Clicks), Inverted Mode (2 Clicks).
The device itself is easy to set up and features a built in charging cable to extend your GoPro’s battery life. This is a nice feature, although I found that the rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries advertised for 4-5 hours of extended battery life, really is closer to 2-3 in real world use. It can be a bit tricky to get the Go Pro in place and figur out which way to insert it into the mount, but with a bit of practice this gets easier. The mount hold the camera firmly in place. It does not hold the camera in place with the protective housing which I was a bit disappointed about.
The motors that are used to stabilize the Go Pro are quiet and reliable and do a great job of keeping the camera steady no matter what direction or angle it is pointing. Below is a quick video of a walk around of a McDonnell Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk at a recent airshow. As you can see and hear in the video, it was extremely foggy with some wind early in the morning.
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