The subject of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review is definitely not the best-known Gopro gimbal you may find on the market. Yet, the American manufacturer really offers high quality products which would really deserve more popularity. As you’ll see in this Ikan Fly X3 Go review, this Gopro gimbal stabilizer really has everything to be among the best gimbals on the market. Without wasting any more time, discover our Ikan Fly X3 Go review in which we will, as we are used to, have a look at 6 very relevant criteria which will put forward the assets and weaknesses of this gimbal.
Ikan Fly X3 Go Review : the battery life
This Ikan Fly X3 Go review starts, as always, with our comment on the battery life of this Gopro gimbal. On this point, you’ll have between 2 and 3 hours of battery life which is correct but not as impressive as many of its competitors. For instance, the Zhiyun Evolution will have 12 hours of battery life and the Feiyu G5 will have 8. During our Ikan Fly X3 Go review, we had approximately 2h30 of running time which is a bit limited. It is equipped with 2 Li-On 18350 batteries which may be a bit more resistant. Yet, even though it doesn’t has the best battery life, it is still way ahead of the Gopro Karma Grip which will only lasts 1h40 minutes.
What we enjoyed during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review, though, was the fact of being able to recharge our Gopro while in use. This function is also available with many other Gopro gimbals such as the Feiyu G4S, G5, the EVO GP Pro or the Zhiyun Evolution, to name but 4. If you have a Gopro Hero 3 or 4, you won’t have to worry about the battery of your camera. Unfortunately, as you can guess, recharging your Gopro will considerably lower the battery life of your gimbal. In this situation, you can count on approximately 2 hours of battery life for your gimbal. Like with its competitors, you’ll be able to recharge your Gopro with an included cable which comes for free in the package.
Our grade in this section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review is 8.8/10 which is still very good. In fact, even though it is far from being exceptional, it is still decent and you’ll have some nice and long sessions with your Gopro gimbal. Yet, if you are going for a whole day of video recording, we strongly recommend you to bring a few batteries for more comfort. By doing this, you’ll be able to bring only one battery for your Gopro and you’ll never have to unfix it from your gimbal. In the next section of this Ikan Fly X3 Go review, we’ll look into the quality and reliability of this Gopro stabilizer.
The quality and reliability
Let’s start this second section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review that truly convinced us during our test. As you can see, it is about the quality and reliability of the product. Everything with this gimbal seems to have been very well designed and fixed in order to have a compact and resistant product. This 3 axis Gopro gimbal showed us very strong and efficient motors capable of working under temperatures between 14 and 104°F. This is further evidence of the high quality of the product. We didn’t have the occasion of doing our Ikan Fly X3 Go review under 104°F, but we managed to see how it reacts with temperatures around 20°F during our test in the mountain. It turned out that everything was very well functioning and we did not notice any difference between the use in the mountain and in town. The subject of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review always did very well, no matter the environment.
Yet, as far as the motors are concerned, we would have enjoyed having some more “flexibles” motors. Indeed, contrary to the Feiyu G4S which offers 3 360° axis, this Gopro gimbal is a bit limited in terms of movements. As a matter of fact, you’ll have a 260° rotation on the Pitch axis, 80° on the Roll and 300° on the Pan. Yes…like us during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review, you must be surprised to see that it doesn’t enable you to have a 360° on the Pan axis which is a bit of a shame according to us. This is certainly the only criticism we can make about this gimbal for this criterion. This rotation limit disappointed us a little, even though it’s nothing too important, don’t worry !
The other thing that really shows the quality of the product of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review is the box in which it is delivered. Indeed, it doesn’t come in a simple box that you’ll throw away. No ! Here, you’ll have a very nice protection box (you can see it on the picture below, it’s like a suitcase) in order to transport you gimbal in perfect security. We really enjoyed that during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review. This shows that the manufacturer does care about its products and wants us to keep them in the best conditions. That reminds us that we haven’t talked about the material used for the gimbal. Indeed, it is a very light aluminium which constitutes this Gopro gimbal. As a consequence, it is very light (only 1,2lbs). This will enable you to have a very good taking in hand as you’ll see in the 5th section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review.
This is for this reason that we graded it with a 9/10 in our Ikan Fly X3 Go review. Of course, this grade is very good and you won’t have to worry at all when you’ll be using this gimbal. In the next section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review, we will present to you the quality of the stabilization of this Gopro stabilizer.
One of the best stabilization on the market
This third part of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review concerns the stabilization of your stabilizer. One more time, we were very pleased ! Indeed, before we received our gimbal, we didn’t know what to expect. We did not know this brand and the quality of its stabilizers. Therefore, it was a real discovery when we have tried it and started our Ikan Fly X3 Go review. Well, we really have to say that we were positively surprised ! Even though the stabilization is not perfect, it is still a very good quality one and definitely part of the best we’ve tried. It is not as good as the Removu S1 or the Gopro Karma Grip’s ones, but it is very convincing ! We really managed to get very smooth and stabilized videos despite the hard ski slopes we skied on during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review.
In the end, we graded this section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review with a 9/10. This concerns both the quality of the stabilization on the grip, but also on the other supports, as you’ll see in the next section of this Ikan Fly X3 Go review. Without wasting any more second, discover its very good versatility and functions.
The functions are interesting, yet limited
The first thing we’d to talk about in this section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review is the fact that this gimbal is unfortunately not compatible with the Hero 5 Black. In fact, as it was released in early 2016, it wasn’t designed to accept the last Gopro camera, and it is a bit of a shame according to us. Yet, thanks to an adapter, you’ll be able to connect the Gopro Hero 4 Session even though it has a very strange shape. In the end, this stabilizer will perfectly fit your Hero 3 and 4, which will please many users who own these very good action cameras. For most of our reviews, like this Ikan Fly X3 Go review, we use a Gopro Hero 4 Black which perfectly does the job.
What we really enjoyed during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review was the fact that you’ll be able to separate the stabilizer from its grip. This function is unfortunately only available with 2 other gimbals : the Removu S1 and the Gopro Karma Grip, for the time being. Here, you’ll be able to split the two parts thanks to a 150cm (59 inches) long cable. Like this, you’ll be able to fix your stabilizer on every support which could accept your Gopro. The mounting is very simple and you will fix it on your helmet, your car,… well, on a lot of different supports. Contrary to the Gopro Karma Grip for which you need to buy the “Gopro Karma Grip extension cable” at approximately 100$, here, the cable is directly included in the pack. Yet, the best of the best as far as separation between the grip and the stabilizer is concerned is the Removu S1. Indeed, it works without any cable (bluetooth) within a range of 30 feet.
In the end, this function is really pleasant and mattered a lot during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review. Indeed, this enables you to use your stabilizer in quite a few different situations and this is something we really enjoy each time we use it.
When it comes to the other functions, we have to admit that we were a bit frustrated during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review. And for good reason, there is basically nothing else… In fact, you’ll find a 5-way joystick and it’s basically everything. The latter will enable you to control the moves of your motors for a better accuracy. We also regretted during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review not to have any mobile application to control our stabilized gimbal remotely. If you wish to use your stabilizer remotely, you’ll therefore be limited by the length of the cable, that is to say 59 inches…well, it’s better than nothing !
All in all, it is a grade of 8.8/10 that it get in this part of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review. This is still very good thanks to the fact that you’ll be able to separate the stabilizer from its grip. This is something we truly enjoy and we really regret not to find it more often for our tests. As you’ll see in our next section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review, this gimbal offers a very good taking in hand and an easy classic controlling.
The taking in hand and controlling
As far as the taking in hand is concerned, our Ikan Fly X3 Go review is very positive. In fact, even though the grip is maybe slightly shorter than what we’d expected, it is very easy to hold in hand thanks to its particular substance with which the grip has been made. Furthermore, its shape is also very good for a good hand grip. What we also enjoyed during our Ikan Fly X3 Go review was the fact that the balancing of our Gopro was very easy. Indeed, you just have to keep your finger on the central button for 3 seconds and the job is done. If you want to shoot with a Gopro Hero 4 Black or Session, your gimbal will perfectly adapt itself to the weight of these different cameras. You’ll always have the best stabilization without any vibration in your videos.
The other thing that mattered in our Ikan Fly X3 Go review was the fact that the separation of the grip and the stabilizer is very fast and easy. You just need to “unlock” the stabilizer to separate it from its grip. It’s a real child’s play. Then, you fix your stabilizer wherever you want and you just have to enjoy. Finally, what makes its easy controlling is both an asset and a default. Indeed, this gimbal really focuses on what is very important : a convenient stabilization which will easily adapt itself to many situations. Therefore, there is not much functions, neither hundreds of buttons to use, and that makes its very easy controlling. On the other hand, as we said above in this Ikan Fly X3 Go review, we would have liked to have a mobile application in order to control it remotely.
Thanks to its 1/4″ screw hole, you’ll also be able to fix it on severals supports such as a bipod for instance. In the end, our grade in this section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review is 8.8/10. It really offers a very good taking in hand and a very easy controlling, accessible for everyone. The stabilization is done very swiftly and this is very pleasant. Without wasting any more second, discover our last section of this Ikan Fly X3 Go review, the conclusion about the price of our Gopro gimbal stabilizer.
Conclusion of our Ikan Fy X3 Go review : the price
Here we are at the conclusion of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review and we will now disclose its price. All these very high-end performances will be accessible at the price of 319$ currently on internet. Even though this price is quite high, it is still cheaper than the Removu S1 or the EVO GP PRO. We honestly think that it is slightly above its fair price but this is still a premium product for demanding clients.
In the end, our grade for this section of our Ikan Fly X3 Go review is 8.3/10. We truly think that this stabilizer is worth of interest and you truly know in what your money is invested. The work behind is very important in order to have to customer have the best possible experience. Just below, we’ve made a very short summary of the assets (Pros) and weaknesses (Cons) that we’ve presented during this Ikan Fly X3 Go review.
- Pros : The versatility, the quality and reliability, the stabilization, the fact of being able to separate the grip and the stabilizer and the very good taking in hand and controlling.
- Cons : The price, the battery life, the incompatibility with Hero 5 Black, the lack of functions and mobile application.