Capture smooth high-definition footage with this GoPro Karma grip. It stabilizes your GoPro camera, reducing shake to ensure your footage has a slick cinematic feel. It's compatible with most GoPro mounts, and its built-in camera controls let you operate your camera without demounting it. This GoPro Karma grip includes a carrying case for easy storage and transport.
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Best in the market with some room to improve
Posted by: aerocypher from: on
The Karma Grip appear to have attracted a number of negative reviews originating from motor noise, mic, and tilt issues. Strangely enough, the unit I purchased from BBY upon grip's "official" release exhibited none of the above issues. The motor noise is a quiet, unnoticable hum, the mic works great, and the tilt stays level as I completed a preemptive calibration. So far it's been fantastic, keeping my footage as smooth can be. One of the notable positives is that unlike the other gimbals, the Grip is keenly aware of the physical dimensions of your GoPro, and will adjust tilt and level before your camera lens can hit or record any part of the gimbal. A few minor complaints are: 1. At a specific angle the motor will emit a violent noise and shake due to some kind of weight imbalance, and fixes itself in a second or so once it regains balance. I only have a Hero4 so I am not certain if Hero4's weight has anything to do with the issue. 2. The Hero4 likes to freeze when turned on sometimes via the Handle, this requires you to dismount the camera and extract the battery for a hard reset. This happens more often than I like and I hope GoPro will deliver a software update soon to fix. Other than that, this is the best first party accessory you can get for your shake-free footage!
43 out of 51 found this review helpful.
Nice Accessory to the Hero5
Posted by: Bart from: on
Only reason I bought a GoPro Hero5 was because of the Karma Grip. I was close to buying a DJI OSMO, but wanted the durability of the GoPro as well as not risking my smartphone to damage.
So far I'm liking the Karma Grip. Nice and smooth movement, easy to use, durable, quiet (no motor noise) and weather-proof as I was expecting. Also the large widely spaced buttons allows for easy use with gloves on. Can't wait to get it out on my Mountain Bike where wash-board and rocky surfaces used to make for some pretty nauseating videos.
While it does lack some of the features of the OSMO, I knew this going in, so no surprises that it didn't have a "joy stick" button to "steer" the camera. Initially the "Shutter Button" did not start/stop video recording but worked for all other functions. This was simply remedied by downloading the latest firmware for the Hero5 via the GoPro app "Quik".
A review I read prior to buying the Grip was that the gimbal's "arm" was blocking the view of the Hero5's display. It only does this to a small degree at certain angles but you can still see 90% of the screen. And this only comes into play if you are hand holding the grip and trying to get more of a typical video of someone or something. If its mounted to you and are going for the FPV like you normally would with the GoPro camera its a non-issue.
There are a couple "minuses" in my book; Charging time is long. I haven't run the Grip's battery completely out but its taken hours to re-charge. Wouldn't be a problem if the battery lasted say 4-6 hours, but at roughly 2 hours of use its not simply enough time and you have to be very selective in when you decide to turn the Grip off and on. I'd rather turn it on and forget about it till the SD card is out of space or the battery is low hours later. I'd rather deal with editing post-production.
The battery - I would like to have seen an "interchangeable" battery to extend the usefulness of the Grip. Someone suggested just buying the Grip itself minus the Gimbal. At around $99 for the just the grip portion, its an expensive idea but when compared to Drone specific/proprietary batteries, its not a bad price or option. Although it does mean another large item to put in your backpack...
In the end I think it does the job it was designed to do; stabilize and smooth out your FPV videos. Again, its also rugged as you couldn't or wouldn't take/use the OSMO the way you'd use the Karma Grip. While I've only been in the snow with it, the real test will come this spring/summer when I can get out with it on my Mountain Bike.
99 out of 128 found this review helpful.
If you use a Go Pro 5 and Want Pro videos?
Posted by: Stag from: on
You seriously need to get this if you use a Go Pro 5 and want pro quality videos. It's stability is witch craft. The difference is Night and Day. You can go full sprint and the video will be level and smooth! No joke!
46 out of 57 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Seth from: on
GoPro did good on the Karma Grip! Super smooth video and integrates with the GoPro and harnesses/accessories easily. The only bad thing I could say about the Karma Grip is the audio is not that great from the camera when the Karma Grip is used. Sounds like your in a barrel, but this is only if your using it for vlog. I use my GoPro for action shots and usually put music to my videos so it personally doesn't bother me at all. If you already own a Hero 5, go ahead and buy the Karma Grip. You won't be disappointed when you see the videos afterwards.
36 out of 44 found this review helpful.
Stabilization at last
Posted by: JJ400 from: on
I've used GoPro in the past and was always frustrated with jiggly/wobbly video that reminded me of the "Blairwitch project." That single issue prevented me from buying into the GoPro ecosystem. The Karma grip solves this.
I've used the DJI Osmo Mobile and found it revolutionary. For those seeking action video, it's just not designed for that. I had significant drainage of battery on my iphone 6 for videos and they were compounded by consuming much precious storage of the device. Lack of mounts for hands free video was another issue.
GoPro while having it's own troubles with the Karma drone, has done a great job with the grip. Decent battery life, hands free mounts, and stabilized video are what convinced me to buy into the GoPro ecosystem. Really looking forward to the extension cord to keep the battery handle separate from the gimbal head. Set up easy and up and running in minutes. Walking and running with the gimbal provides very smooth video without the bulk.
Downsides -- touch screen blocked by the gimbal, lack of removable battery, and lack of better controls for the camera, are some that come to mind.
45 out of 59 found this review helpful.
Incredible video stabilization option
Posted by: Will82 from: on
The Karma Grip is a diamond that formed under the immense pressure caused by the weight of the GoPro failure that was the Karma Drone. I was an early adopter of the drone and fell in love with the Grip. Unfortunately the Karma drone recall required shipping the grip back with it, so I went out and bought this afterward. I am very bitter toward GoPro and their Karma debacle, BUT the fact that I went out and spent money on this grip after being very angry with this company says a lot to how good the grip really is. I am in love with it.
18 out of 20 found this review helpful.
So far, so good.
Posted by: AHOY from: on
Overall, I've very happy with the Karma Grip. I originally purchased the HERO5 and found it was not worth the upgrade from the HERO3. But the Grip is a game changer for me. I use my GoPro for filming my kids. Before using the Grip, I found myself constantly fumbling around with the camera and often covering the microphones causing a lot of noise. The Grip makes it so much easier to hold the camera and the stabilization is amazing. My only dislike so far is in how the Grip often interferes with my view of the LCD display. I'm assuming due to the wide lens this was a necessary design requirement. I like the fact that I can charge my GoPro and sync my GoPro to my computer by connecting the Grip so that I don't have to keep removing the camera from the Grip. I have no complaints regarding the audio and do not hear any motor noise.
30 out of 39 found this review helpful.
This stabilizer is a must for GoPro 5
Posted by: Wolverine from: on
I bought the GoPro 5 a month ago and I was waiting for this stabilizer for while, after I got it can say you will get another perspective using your GoPro with this gadget. It's simply amazing.
20 out of 26 found this review helpful.
After figuring it out, i Love it
Posted by: atl1glf from: on
Stabilization is great, hands down, no shaking or any of that. I have not used on motorized vehicle yet. its my first stabilizer so i can't compare to others, but I enjoy using it.
Many have complained, about the time of charging, if you plug into computer it will take for ever and a day (10 hrs). I used my iPad charger that plugs into wall and charged up in 5 hours. If you buy go pro supercharger(49.99) and use the usb-c to usb-c it will charge in about 2.5 hours.
Also, your sound will be muffled when you use the grip compared to no grip, but you can still hear.
so depending on the use may not be for everyone.
12 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Hero5 from: on
I don't know what people are talking about, I think they are just trying to discredit gopro. The Karma grip is quite, unlike the osmo's fan, and works fantastic. My point is it's a great product and is going to do all my video tours, I love it.