Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Hero 3/3+/4 Action Cameras
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- Lightweight Electronic 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes GoPro in Real Time for Sharp Footage
- Super-Smooth Panning & Tilting Motions Eliminate Unwanted Vibrations
- Supports GoPro Hero Cameras with and without an LCD BacPac
- Included Mounting Ring & Screw Make Installation Quick, Easy & Secure
- Weighs Just 11.43 Ounces (13.76 w/Batteries); Measures 9.25”x3.94”x3.5”
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Full stabilization. No post production.
With this remarkable new gimbal from Polaroid, even the absolute novice can capture beautifully sharp, stable video. 3 independent electronic motors follow your motions in real time, smoothly panning and titling to eliminate any and all vibrations and unwanted camera movements. From shaky hands to footsteps to swift changes in direction – there is little this gimbal can’t handle with grace. It’s also perfectly small and lightweight for all situations, including gatherings, sporting events, documentaries, and high-octane action.
At each axis, an electric motor smoothly counterbalances your hand’s every motion for automatic image stabilization. This enables you to create professional-looking video that’s completely free of movement, shake, and vibration.
Handheld and portable, this gimbal runs on three 3.7-volt rechargeable batteries that easily last you from one day into the next (with normal use). Now you can take your video prowess anywhere. 3 batteries and a rapid charger are included.
Setup is super quick and easy, and can even be done with one hand. The included mounting ring wraps around your GoPro’s lens, and a small screw secures it in place. That’s all! You’re ready to go like a pro in less than 30 seconds.
At the bottom of the gimbal you’ll find a ¼” threaded hole. This accepts a connection to your tripod (for all-day shooting) or monopod (for reaching far and wide). No tripod? No problem. The gimbal weighs just 13.76 ounces with batteries.
Top Customer Reviews
I've been using the Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer for several weeks now and I'm very pleased with the results I'm getting. It was easy to set up out of the box, and there was no need to download complicated firmware updates as is the case with other similarly priced stabilizers. The unit is quiet, easy to use, can be held at a variety of angles, and comes with three rechargeable batteries that can last up to two hours between charges.
My only complaints with the unit--and they're slight--have to do with the way the GoPro attaches to the stabilizer. The unit comes with an O-ring that that is placed around the GoPro lens and which is then attached to the stabilizer via a small thumbscrew. The thumbscrew itself is tiny, and while in the field I have to be very careful that I don't drop it, as finding it again would be difficult. Also, the O-ring fits VERY snugly and can be difficult to remove, and with it in place there is no room to attach filters to the lens. Finally, the small slot cut into the front of the stabilizer for attaching the O-ring is too small (at least on my unit), though this doesn't prevent solid attachment.
As I said, these complaints are minor, and they certainly don't keep me from recommending the Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer to anyone looking for an excellent hand-held stabilizer for their GoPro at a very reasonable price.
Ok, here's an update. I finally had success. The trick is, if you're going to use this with a GoPro, to get rid of the weights that come with the device. They are WAY TOO HEAVY to perform the task of stabilization and balance. I've learned from one very good YouTub video that the counter weight must be close in weight to the camera you're trying to stabilize. The graphic example of this was the person taking a pencil and holding it in the center and shaking it to make it look like it's rubber. Remember when you did that as a kid? When you hold it in the center the sway of the pencil is pretty equal on each side. If you hold it off center and try to make it sway you'll notice that one end lags behind the other. That's because the weight isn't evenly distributed.
So I used several washers until I found the right balance. Now it works just like all the successful videos I've been watching. Try it. Now I'm pleased to say it works as well as all the other reviews have suggested.
It’s lightweight but construction is surprisingly good for fifty shekels. Save for the chest/shoulder pad, the stabilizer is all metal construction: aluminum tubes and fittings and steel hardware. The torque levers are too small for comfortable use. No big deal if it was a torque once and forget deal. However, they come loose periodically and need to be retorqued, resulting in sore fingertips and cussing at inopportune times. Also, the handgrip is too short and small in diameter, causing discomfort from squeezing. Finally, the tubes are really short: I need another six inches or so for comfortable placement.
QR plate and clamp compatibility is not addressed in the specs. From looking at product photos, I assumed the camera clamp (mount) was Arca-Swiss (AS) compatible. It is not. I own five DSLRs, all with AS plates, and none of them fit. The stabilizer clamp has dovetails and a torque screw like an AS clamp, but is wider and doesn’t close enough to hold an AS plate. The lack of Arca-Swiss compatibility was the final nail in the Polaroid coffin. I’m not positive, but the included plate looks like a short version of the Manfrotto Rapid Connect (Q5) designed for large video cameras.
Ultimately I found this Polaroid Video Chest Stabilizer was not for me and returned it to Amazonland. Considering the low price, it isn’t a total fail and would be fine for a small DSLR or mirrorless camera. The included plate is way too large for small cameras but you can remove the clamp and substitute an AS clamp and plate from Desmond or Sunwayfoto and have a nice little stabilizer kit.
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I made a few you tube videos with this and it worked good, problem comes in if you need to...Read more