If you are looking for a Gopro stabilizer which is able to transform some real commun shots into masterpieces, the subject of our Gopro Karma Grip review is the solution you need. As you will see during this Gopro Karma Grip Review, it is really polyvalent a product and it will perfectly answer to many different situations. Thanks to a very high quality of stabilization and a very easy use, this stabilizer will offer you the best possible videos. Let’s now discover our Gopro Karma Grip review in which we will look into 6 precise criteria that will help you in your decision process.
Gopro Karma Grip Review : The battery life is disappointing
As always in our comprehensive tests, let’s start this Gopro Karma Grip review by having a close look to it’s battery. In this area, let’s say that it is not the strength of our gimbal. Indeed, the battery of the stabilizer of our Gopro Karma Grip review is announced for 1h45 minutes of life. Actually, during our test, we didn’t notice a significant difference. As a matter of fact, for our Gopro Karma Grip test we went to the mountains and were able to use this stabilizer in some hard weather conditions for the batteries (it was around 32°). Despite this, the battery life was not so affected and we can congratulate Gopro for being honest on this point, it matters in our Gopro Karma Grip review.
Very often, there is a significant difference between what the manufacturer boasts and the reality after the test. Here, we managed to shot videos for 1h30 minutes and we still had some battery life. Well, our grade of 7.8/10 in our Gopro Karma Grip review is maybe a bit severe but we are forced to compare with the other Gopro stabilizers which offer a much better battery life. For instance, the Feiyu G5 gimbal offers approximately 8 hours of battery life, and it even goes to 12 hours for the Zhiyun Evolution…Therefore, we can’t give a better grade to this product in our Gopro Karma Grip review. In the end, this gimbal will enable you to shot almost 2 hours of video before the batteries are down. It’s a bit short to make a real good Gopro Karma Grip review, but, still, it was just enough !
In the end of our Gopro Karma Grip test, we had one thought : 105 minutes of battery life is ok…but the manufacturer could have done more efforts to ensure a better battery life. As we just said, our Gopro Karma Grip review had to stop quite early because of this problem. You also need to take into account the fact that the battery of your action camera Hero will go down while you are using it, of course ! In the end, if it is not your gimbal which runs out of battery first, it might be your camera. This is also for this reason that we can’t give a grade over 7.8/10 in our Gopro Karma Grip review.
In fact, if we compare this stabilizer with the Feiyu Summon+ or the DJI Osmo+, there is room for disappointment when we see the results of our Gopro Karma Grip test in this category. Witness their very good battery life whereas they have to charge both the stabilizer AND the camera, as they are “all in one”. You can rely on 3 hours of battery life for the Feiyu Summon+ and approximately 1h30 for the DJI Osmo+…but, as we have said, they have to charge two things, and not only one, as it is the case of the subject of our Gopro Karma Grip review. After all, as you will see in the coming criteria of our Gopro Karma Grip review, this stabilizer catch up very well in other areas…The next one will concern the quality and the reliability of the product.
The very high quality and reliability
Here’s a real quality to put forward in the Gopro Karma Grip review ! Indeed, the quality and the reliability is certainly one of the main strengths of this stabilizer. It’s really not at random if we rewarded it with a 9.5/10 in our Gopro Karma Grip review. In fact, as always with this action camera American manufacturer, the robustness is part of the party. When you take this stabilizer in your hands, you directly realize that it is everything but a toy ! It is perfectly well built and you see that there was a hard work behind it. The Gopro Karma Grip test we did truly put forward all its quality in this area. This is not only an appearance, it’s reality ! They really didn’t pulled our leg as far as quality and reliability are concerned.
Indeed, you really can see that the quality of the 3 axes motors is effective. Furthermore, our impression was exactly the same for the control stick which is very strong and resistant. In the end, as far as quality and reliability are concerned, our Gopro Karma Grip review is very good. One more time, the products of this American manufacturer really offers a long life span and you’ll be able to use this stabilizer in a lot of different situations, all more extreme than the others. As during our Gopro Karma Grip test, we weren’t really “friendly” with our little baby, and and kept on working perfectly. If you go skiing, this is maybe one of the BEST Gopro stabilizer you will find. It’s not foolish if so many ski freestylers use it for their awesome videos. Our Gopro Karma Grip review for this criteria is really positive and we can’t say anything bad about it.
One of the best stabilization you could find
Thanks to its 3 brushless motors, the stabilizer of our Gopro Karma Grip review really impressed us with an outstanding stabilization. Despite the very hard time we tried to make it encounter, it still managed to offer an almost perfect stabilization. You can try, as much as you want, to had vibrations to your video, the subject of our Gopro Karma Grip review won’t leave you any chance. It is really too strong and we truly like it for that. The American action cam manufacturer offers one of the best Gopro stabilizer you could find. Right now, we can only find a few competitors which offer comparable stabilization. We can name the Removu S1 or the EVO GP PRO, which both also have a very pleasant stabilization.
If we see it at a bigger scale, all the Gopro stabilizer we present on our website all offer a very good stabilisation. The difference between each is sometimes very hard to perceive. Still, during our test Gopro Karma Grip, we noticed a huge gap with the “second group” in which you can find, for instance, the Feiyu G4S, G5, the Zhiyun Evolution or the Ikan Fly X3 Go. Here, the stabilization is almost perfect, we cannot really ask for more…
By using your stabilizer with its control stick or attached to different supports, it will always create a smooth and stabilized image we really appreciate. The time when the vibrations made your videos unwatchable is now a thing of the past. During our Gopro Karma Grip test, we felt like we were professional movie makers. Indeed, the videos really turned out to be so pleasant to watch. If we graded this category of our Gopro Karma Grip review with a 9.5/10, it’s really because we were impressed by this gimbal which really deserves its grade in for this criterion.
An other interesting point we noticed during our Gopro Karma Grip test is the very high-end technology. As always with this manufacturer, this point hasn’t been neglected. Its motors are extremely reliables and will easily balance the shock you could encounter during your sessions with this stabilizer. Like us during our Gopro Karma Grip test, you won’t be able to get rid of it after you first tried it. It’s just insane and you need to try it to realize how insane it is. Try it and you’ll adopt it. As we already said in the Gopro Karma Grip review, we were just a bit frustrated not to be able to make this test last longer because of the poor battery life…
We really have to admit that stabilizers really had a significant change in video shooting. As the CEO of the company said “With the Karma Grip, everyone can shoot videos like Hollywood studios, without any shaking effect“. Even though this statement is a bit exaggerated, it’s not that far from reality. What you’ll be able to do with the subject of our Gopro Karma Grip review is just awesome. As you will see in the next part of this Gopro Karma Grip review, there are some nice functions with this stabilizer.
The functions : a few interesting stuffs
Here we are, already at the 4th criterion of our Gopro Karma Grip review. As far as functions are concerned, this stabilizer doesn’t offer as much possibilities as what you can find with other competitors. Yet, you can still find some pretty good things with this gimbal. Our Gopro Karma Grip test is kind of reserved for this section. In fact, the functions have been simplified in order to focus only on the main thing : the video stabilization, and, in this area, the stabilizer which is in the heart of our Gopro Karma Grip review doesn’t disappoint at all.
Also, what we enjoyed while doing this Gopro Karma Grip test was that there is one very interesting function. It is the HiLight button which enables you to tag a specific moment of your video in order to find it very easily after when you will watch or edit your video. You just have to push a single button on your control stick and it’s done, your “awesome moment” is tagged and easy to find again. Our Gopro Karma Grip review was very good thanks to this single simple button. Indeed, it offers a very convenient solution for people like us who do loads of videos…and who often waste a lot of time to find THE file and the moment they are looking for. The other significant advantage is that you won’t find it with any other competitors’ stabilizer. This is unique and we liked it while we were doing this Gopro Karma Grip review.
An other thing which is quite interesting is the fact that you’ll be able to split the stabilizer part and the control stick part. This is only possible with 3 stabilizers for the time being. Indeed, only the Ikan Fly X3 Go and the Removu S1 permit you to separate these two parts. Therefore, this is a very good point in our Gopro Karma Grip review as you can now fix your stabilizer everywhere you want…and everywhere you could fix a Gopro. This is possible thanks to a brand new accessory which came on the market in April 2017 : the Gopro Karma Grip extension cable. In the end, you really win freedom and many possibilities are now accessible thanks to this cable.
You can also fix it on the Gopro Karma, the famous drone which has finally managed to go out of the factory ! Initially, the grip is the product you’ll get with the package of the drone. In the end, our grade for this criterion of our Gopro Karma Grip review is 8,7/10, which is pretty cool ! We would have enjoyed more functions but we can’t have everything… A timer option for instance could have been quite interesting and we maybe missed it during our Gopro Karma Grip test. Furthermore, we are pretty sure that it’s a very function to add, compared to how difficult it is to create a stabilizer.
If we compare with the competitors such as the DJI Osmo+, we would also have enjoyed a function such as the “moving” Time Lapse which mattered a lot in our DJI Osmo+ review. Despite everything, our Gopro Karma Grip review is still very positive in this criterion. In the end, we always have to keep in mind that the main thing we should focus on is the quality of the stabilization. On this point, we just can’t criticize anything. In our next session of our Gopro Karma Grip review, we will look into the controlling of this stabilizer.
The controlling of this gimbal is really easy
We graded this category with a very nice 9/10 in our Gopro Karma Grip review. Indeed, as we often see it with this manufacturer, the controlling has really been simplified in order for you to enjoy the most of this insane gimbal, and this, without having to ask yourself 1.000 questions about “how does this work ?!”. Concretely, from the beginning to the end, the really easy use has satisfied us a lot during our Gopro Karma Grip test. Everything has been perfectly optimized and it’s like a kid’s toy…when we talk about simplicity.
Our Gopro Karma Grip review is very pleased by this simplicity of use that we can only boast for this stabilizer. Fixing your camera on the grip is really easy and will only take a few seconds. The subject of our Gopro Karma Grip review is compatible with every Hero, from the 3 to the 5 Black. Still, according to the camera you’ll use, you’ll need (or not) an adaptor to fix it correctly. By default, it is adapted for Hero 5 Black but you can buy the adaptor for the Hero 4 Black at approximately 20 dollars. This is a bit disappointing and we reduced a bit our grade of this Gopro Karma Grip review because of this… If you have a Hero 5 Black, you certainly don’t care, but it’s not the case for everyone. The manufacturer could have made an effort and include the adaptor for hero 4 in the package.
As we have just said in the Gopro Karma Grip review, this stabilizer enables you to fix every action camera Hero 3, 4 and 5 within a few seconds only. Our Gopro Karma Grip test as far as the use is concerned was very positive. The grip of this stabilizer is only made up of 4 buttons which are perfectly sized according to us. They all have a very easy use (as always…) and this matters in our Gopro Karma Grip review.
The first button is the “mode” button and is located on the left on the picture above in the Gopro Karma Grip review. This enables you to switch on and off your gimbal and, of course, to switch from one mode to the other. About this, you have quite a few possibilities : video, photo, time lapse and the different modes that you can have with this gimbal. You don’t need to touch your camera anymore, everything can be remotely controlled, and we really enjoyed it ! That’s why our Gopro Karma Grip review is so good in the category.
The second button is more than simple, but, according to us, one of the most useful of this gimbal. It is the red button (above on the picture) which will enable you to start and stop shooting videos or photos. The third button we used a lot during our test Gopro Karma Grip is the Highlight button. As we already said in the Gopro Karma Grip review, it enables you to tag a specific moment in order to find it really easily when you watch the video or edit it. It is located on the right of your grip as you can see on the picture.
Finally, the last button that we will present in this Gopro Karma Grip review is the one which will enable you to lock or not your stabilizer. Thanks to it, you can lock the horizontal or vertical axis or unlock everything for perfect followings. In order to be able to know how much battery you have left, you’ll see the number of remaining “points”. 1 flashing point means that you have between 0 and 25% of battery life. As we have said quite a few times in the Gopro Karma Grip review, everything is really simple and you’ll certainly love it as we did.
As far as the taking in hand and the confort of utilisation are concerned, the subject of our Gopro Karma Grip review has, according to us, a grip just a few inches shorter than what we would have expected. This criticism is very frequent for a lot of stabilizers we have tested. Maybe 2 more inches would have been perfect for a better grip of the gimbal. Still, on the other hand, this enables you to transport it very easily and this is something we took into account in this Gopro Karma Grip review. Furthermore, it’s not heavy at all so you’ll easily be able to hold it for hours…if the battery lasts so long… In the end, the grade for this criterion of our Gopro Karma Grip review is 9/10 which is very cool. Without wasting any time, discover the last section of our Gopro Karma Grip review which concerns the price of the product.
Conclusion of our Gopro Karma Grip review : the price
In order to conclude this Gopro Karma Grip review, we can now give our feedback on the price of this gimbal. At 299$ on the internet, it is quite expensive. It is a bit above the market average prices…but it deserves it according to us ! Still, it lacks a few functions which could really justify this price. Furthermore, as we saw it during the Gopro Karma Grip review, the battery life really sucks with less than 2 hours of use…
Moreover, we are always forced by our nature to compare with the competitors’ stabilizers in order to help you to find the best stabilizer for your Gopro. This is why we only gave it a 8.3/10 in our Gopro Karma Grip review in the category. Indeed, if we compare with the 379$ of the Feiyu Summon+, the quality/price ratio is a bit disappointing. On top of that, you should never forget that you need to add the price of your camera which is approximately 300$ in average… In the end, that makes a lot ! Below you can see the summary of the pros and cons for this stabilizer we put forward during this Gopro Karma Grip review.
- Pros : The really easy and pleasant use, the (almost) perfect stabilisation, the reliability and the top quality of the product, the extension cable which offers your versatility.
- Cons : The autonomy, the size of the control stick, the number of functions and the lack of mobile application for remote control.