Does an action camera need a gimbal? (+ GoPro Advice)

If you’re an adrenaline junkie with a penchant for the outdoors, you probably use an action camera to film your crazy exploits! However, unless your action camera has built-in stabilization, you may need a gimbal for clear results.

Sidenote: camera stabilizers like these aren’t appropriate for action cameras for obvious reasons!)

Keep reading to learn when an action camera needs a gimbal (if camera gimbals are worth it) and whether or not you can just rely on the in-built stabilization.

Do I need a gimbal with a GoPro?


Stabilization has greatly improved since the GoPro Hero 8 (pictured), with later models offering excellent stabilization without the need for a separate gimbal.

Compact and rugged, GoPro’s advanced line of cameras offers state-of-the-art features with gimbal-like stability, without the need for a gimbal.

Although some users prefer to use a gimbal with a GoPro, most outdoor users don’t consider it necessary for models after and including the GoPro Hero8.

Depending on which GoPro model you have, a gimbal isn’t required. However, if you have a GoPro Hero7 or older, you won’t get to enjoy the built-in stability features newer models offer.

Which GoPro has stabilization?


Every model after and including the GoPro Hero8 has stabilizing features designed to help you achieve clear footage in bumpy conditions without a gimbal. Although some users will cautiously choose to use a gimbal for added blur prevention, that’s more about individual preference than need.

We’ll dive into three recent models and each of their cutting-edge features below:


  • 2.0 stabilization
  • Waterproof up to 33 ft
  • 4K video + 12MP photos
  • Cloud-connected


  • 3.0 stabilization
  • Waterproof up to 33 ft
  • 5K video + 20MP photos
  • Cloud-connected


  • 4.0 stabilization
  • Waterproof up to 33 ft
  • 5.3K video + 19.6MP photos
  • GP2 processor with enhanced frame rate
  • Cloud-connected

As you can see, GoPro has an extensive line of innovative action cameras designed with stabilizing traits that ensure blur-free coverage during treacherous outdoor activities. Your needs, frequency, and budget will help you determine which GoPro you should get.

If you’re an avid biker, climber, or runner and want a long-term investment, we suggest buying a recent GoPro model with integrated stability. If you already own a GoPro Hero7 or older, you won’t get the benefit of built-in stability and will want to buy a gimble.

To learn more about GoPros and when you need a gimble, check out the video below from Gemini Connect.

Shotkit Writer, Product Tester & Instagram Manager

Jeff Collier is an experienced film photographer who enjoys experimenting with modern digital photography equipment, software and apps. He’s also an ex-world champion triathlete and avid cyclist, clocking hundreds of km each week in the beautiful Tweed Valley of northern NSW, Australia.

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