When you are reading this post I assume that you are looking for the best travel gimbal. A gimbal that is portable, light, and solid as a rock. But which one is the best for traveling and suitable for your GoPro, DSLR, or Mirrorless?
For me, the best travel gimbal is the Feiyu tech AK2000. It’s a strong and compact gimbal you can bring on every trip. It can hold your GoPro as well as your DSLR or mirrorless.
This gimbal is easy to bring in your backpack and can handle a bump here and there. It is one of the cheapest gimbals on the market which makes it the best budget-friendly travel gimbal for everyone!
In this post, I will help you pick the right gimbal for your travel adventure.
Why you should travel with a gimbal
The short answer is Yes! There is no better way to get more stable footage than with a gimbal. If you are serious about the way your video’s look a gimbal is a must have. Whether you are vlogging or just making a short video about your trip, you want to have stable footage.
Gimbal vs Steadicam
I used to bring a steady cam with me every time i went travelling. Now that I have both a Steadicam and Gimbal I find myself always picking the Gimbal over the Steadicam. This is because a Steadicam is really hard to transport and difficult to balance every time. You need much more practice and time to balance a Steadicam than a gimbal.
Gimbals vs Tripods
If you are mainly taking photographs and you are not so much busy with filming maybr you should bring a tripod. When i travel I always bring a small tripod (also used to balance my gimbal).
If you are more serious about photography or film making maybe a Joby Gorrilapod is a great option for you!
Note: For more travel gadgets See my list of favorite travel accessories.
What are the best travel gimbals for DSLR
The gimbal you need for your DSLR depends on the weight of your camera. You should figure out how much power you need first, then pick a gimbal accordingly. I have a Sony a7s which weights about 1kg if I add my heaviest lens plus microphone. These are in my opinion the best DSLR gimbals for travel:
1. The Feiyu Tech AK2000 / number #1 travel gimbal
A brand new Gimbal, that will be your best friend when you are traveling with a DSLR! The maximum payload is 2.8Kg, which is a lot for a gimbal of this size.
That brings me to the next point: the size. It’s a small gimbal that you can fit in every backpack. This gimbal is sturdy, and it can easily handle the stress of an adventure.
The reason this gimbal is number one on this list is the ability to unscrew the handle from the motors. That way you can pack it in your backpack and travel without fear of breaking it.
Note: this gimbal is the cheapest on this list. View the price on their website
2. Zhiyun Crane plus
This DSLR gimbal comes from the famous Chinese gimbal developer Zhiyun. They where one of the first companies to dominate the handheld DSLR gimbal market.
Crane Plus is a perfect travel gimbal candidate because of its size and performance. It can hold DSLR’s up to 2.5Kg, fair enough for a handheld gimbal.
Note: The second cheapest travel gimbal on this list. Check the price
3. Dji Ronin S / professional but expensive
The creative world was upside down when the new DJI Ronin S was announced. This is a gimbal that changed the market and for fair reasons!
These are just some of the specs of the Ronin: Payload capacity of 3.6Kg (insane), 12hrs battery and a max operating speed of 75km/h!
Like with the first gimbal on this list the handle of the Ronin S is also removable.
Now this might sound like the perfect DSLR travel gimbal, and it maybe is but it does come with a very high price. If you really want top performance, and you don’t care about the price, this might be the best choice for you!
Note: The most expensive professional gimbal. Check the price
The best travel gimbals for GoPro
Obviously, your GoPro does not need the power of a large DSLR Gimbal. On the other hand, if you have a gimbal that can hold a GoPro as well as a DSLR or Mirrorless “you get two flies in one smack” (Old Dutch saying).
It’s a choice you have to make for yourself. If you think you will only use your gimbal for your GoPro, then you should buy one just for that purpose. It will safe you money and packing space!
Here is a list of my favourite GoPro Gimbals for travel:
1. Feiyu Tech G6 Plus / the best GoPro travel gimbal
Again a Feiyu tech product on this list (and no, I’m sponsored). They just make some of the best Gimbals that are perfect for adventure, and just about anything else.
The G6 Plus can hold cameras up to 800g. That means your GoPro, Mobile phone, Pocket video or even your small mirrorless camera will fit on here!
The G6 Plus is even splash-waterproof! This makes it, in my opinion, the best travel gimbal for GoPro.
Note: Curious about the price? Visit Feiyu Tech website
2. GoPro Karma Grip / a multifunctional gimbal
A product from GoPro, the Karma Grip. A small powerful gimbal that is specially made for your GoPro. That’s one of the things I like about this gimbal it just works. It’s small in size making it a fair number two on this list as travel gimbal.
Note: If you want to know the price of this GoPro gimbal go here
3. Hohem iSteady Pro / the cheapest GoPro Gimbal
The Hohem iSteady pro-3-axis is a great gimbal for someone who is looking for a cheap gimbal. I have to be honest and say that you get what you pay for. Although this is a great gimbal, it’s not as good as the others on this list.
Note: If you want to know the price of this GoPro gimbal go here
What is the right travel gimbal for you
It does not matter whether you have a GoPro or DSLR the main thing you want from a gimbal is stable footage. There is a huge variety of gimbals available and finding the perfect one can be quite a challenge.
Popular brands like Zhyiun and DJI are fully focussed on performance instead of portability and durability. The aspects I personally look for in a travel gimbal are Portability, Weight, Battery life, and Price.
Bonus: DJI Osmo stabilizer
The DJI Osmo is a stabilizer with the camera already attached to it. It’s a light way to travel with a gimbal but also has its limitations. You can not change lenses on the gimbal and you have to do it with the attached camera.
This is my favorite travel gimbal and why
The Feiyu tech AK2000 has a maximum load capacity of 2.8 kg. Because of it’s relative “low” capacity it allows you to use your GoPro on this gimbal. Whereas gimbals with a high load capacity are not able to balance a small camera properly.
Size of the gimbal
According to my research, this is currently the smallest gimbal with a capacity of up to 2.8 kg. A great unique feature from the company is that you can remove the grip from the main stabilizer. This makes it an ultra-portable option if you need to carry it around while traveling.
The back motor of the gimbal is not blocking the screen off your camera. This allows you to see what you are doing while using it. This maybe doesn’t sound like an important feature at first, but believe me, it’s a bless.
The battery life
Battery life of this gimbal is excellent and I don’t find myself charging them a lot. They can last you up to 12 hours of use per set. With this gimbal you will get 2 sets of batteries, and believe me, thats more than enough.
Price of the gimbal
Compared to other gimbals in this weight category it might be the cheapest gimbal at the moment. If you buy a gimbal only for your GoPro there are cheaper options available.
Cons of this gimbal
Yes, every gimbal has it’s pros and cons. I find that with this gimbal the cons are minimal but they are still worth mentioning. I noticed that the screws of the gimbal tend to get pretty tight which makes it sometimes hard to loosen them. Also, the manual that comes with the gimbal is not very clear and you will most likely end up searching the internet looking how to balance it.
Note: To see the latest price of the gimbal visit their website.
How to pack your gimbal for travel
Packing your gimbal is a tricky business since gimbals are really inconvenient objects. They don’t really fold up and they can also not be flattened out. The best way is to just tape the moving parts locked so that they will not bend or break inside your backpack.
Im always travelling with my own gimbal so in my case I unscrew the handle and throw both parts in my bag. Most of the times I roll them in a layer of clothes so they will not scratch.
Now that you picked the right gimbal, travel the world and enjoy steady footage!
How to perfectly balance your Gimbal
To get the most out of your gimbal you need to balance it correctly. This is important because it can save your batteries and it gives you the best result. The first time you will need some time to figure out how to balance your gimbal. It’s not that hard to balance a gimbal and you will be familiar with the process in no-time.
1. Attach your Mirrorless, DSLR or GoPro
First of all, you need to attach the camera to your gimbal. Most gimbals come with a quick release plate. If you want to balance your GoPro you maybe need to get a tripod mount for GoPro first.
If you don’t already have a quick release plate, I would suggest you get one! They are a huge time safer, and they allow you to switch from your gimbal to anything else like a tripod or steadicam in seconds.
2. Balance all the axis of the gimbal
To prevent a gimbal from doing all the heavy work it’s best to balance it properly. To do so you need to adjust the position of your camera relative to the gimbal.
Put your gimbal on a flat solid underground like a table or floor using a tripod. Now that it stands up straight you need to adjust every axis individually. Start with the X-axis this is the position of your camera back and forth. Adjust the position while holding the roll axis. You want to get it to the point where it doesn’t fall forward or backward..
After you balanced the X-axis you want to balance the Rolling axis. This goes the same as the X axis. Micro adjust to the point where the camera does not fall forward or backward anymore. The first 2 axes work together, so adjust this 2 according to each other. If your camera stands still in every position you put it, it’s balanced.
3. Balancing the third and fourth gimbal axis
After you got the first two right it’s time to adjust the 3rd balance point of your gimbal. Basically it works the same as the first 2. Get the right position until you can place the gimbal in any position without it falling.
To balance the fourth axis, you need to hold the gimbal sideways. The rest of the process is the same as with motor 1, 2 and 3.
4. Turn on and go
If your camera stands still and does not drop in any position you put it, that means it’s balanced. Now you can turn on the gimbal. If you notice any vibrations or weird moves while using it, it could be that it’s not well balanced.