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

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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?

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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?

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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:

Hero8

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

Hero9

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

Hero10

  • 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.

 
jeffcollier
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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