A gimbal stabiliser is an excellent bit of kit, and something I consider crucial to capture great video footage. You may have considered a gimbal for your action camera but shelved it because you’re not sure whether you need one or not sure if it would improve your action footage or not.
Some action cameras have their own internal image stabilisation systems, however this is something only found on the top end action cameras. The cheaper action cameras at the budget end of the market will not have their own image stabilisation.
Image stabilisation makes a huge difference, trust me, and whilst some movement in action footage is good, i.e. it adds a bit of drama and excitement, you don’t want too much movement as this is likely to cause the viewer motion sickness.
Below is a quick video courtesy of Youtube titled “Do you need a gimbal for your action camera?” that explores the subject and something that may be of interest:-
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So, do you need a gimbal stabiliser for your action camera? The answer to this depends on if your action camera has its own internal image stabilisation or not, and how happy you are with your actin camera’s internal image stabilisation – if it has it of course.
As you can see from the above clip, a gimbal makes a huge difference and if you want silky smooth cinematic footage a gimbal stabiliser is an essential purchase.
The gimbal stabiliser I use is the Feiyu WG2 wearable gimbal, and I have to say it is an excellent bit of kit. The WG2 wearable gimbal is a “hands free” solution that is perfect for sports and action where you need both your hands. The Feiyu WG2 gimbal isn’t cheap, but it is top quality kit and it is well worth spending the extra on one of these.
Below is a clip reviewing the Feiyu WG2 wearable gimbal.
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