The best GoPro gimbal in 2024: get smooth footage on your action camera

GoPro Karma Stabilizer is one of the best GoPro gimbals
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The best GoPro gimbals will help you to shoot smooth and shake-free videos on your GoPro camera. 

The best GoPro cameras are built for filming dynamic movement, sports and on-the-go content, and if you're planning on walking, running, or just generally moving about while the camera is rolling, you'll need a gimbal to ensure that your footage is as steady as it can be.

Gimbals are mechanical stabilizers that use several axes of rotation to keep a camera steady and compensate for unwanted movements. Gimbals have become much more sophisticated in the last few years, with options from Zhiyun, FeiyuTech, and Moza enabling amateurs to achieve smooth, clean camera movements. 

If you also want a gimbal that works with other cameras you have, or the phone in your pockets then you should check out our guides to the best smartphone gimbal  and the best gimbal for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

While the best GoPro cameras have their own stabilization systems, the best GoPro gimbals will smooth out erratic camera movements to give your videos a more professional look, especially when used with older models.

When choosing the best GoPro gimbals, you can choose between wearable gimbals and handheld gimbals. You can walk around with your GoPro in your hand using a handheld option, but obviously for extreme sports when you need your hands, a wearable gimbal is the right choice and can be mounted to a helmet or handlebars.

The best GoPro gimbals in 2024

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A versatile, lightweight gimbal perfect for shooting with a GoPro

Specifications

Compatibility: GoPro Hero10/9/8/7/6
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 550g
Dimensions: 240 x 68 x 150mm
Battery life (approx): 1 hr 41min

Reasons to buy

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Smooth roll, tilt and pan action
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Built-in fill light
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Menu display

Reasons to avoid

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Joystick drops off

The Zhiyun Crane M2S enables you to perform a combination of tilts, pans, and even rolls with your GoPro action camera. It has an adjustable light with five levels of power, and four color filters to give you plenty of creative possibilities when it comes to content creation. Its quick-release plate enables you to detach a camera and remount a different one with a minimum of fuss and effort. Operated by a joystick, it features several different modes, depending on the subjects you're filming.

Read our full Zhiyun Crane M2S review for more details.

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2. Hohem iSteady Pro 4

A splashproof, 3-axis gimbal with up to 12 hour battery life

Specifications

Compatible cameras: GoPro Hero 11/10/9/8/7/6/5, DJI OSMO Action, Insta360 ONE R (4K & 1-Inch), SONY RX0 and other action cameras with similar size and weight.
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 365g
Battery life (approx): 14 hours

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Widely compatible with GoPro generations
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Splashproof IPX4

Reasons to avoid

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The design reflects its cheap price

The biggest thing the Hohem iSteady Pro 4 has going for it is its budget price, no other gimbal on this list can touch it in this department. Although you still get a surprising amount of bang for your buck with a 3-axis stabilized gimbal that is widely compatible with several generations of GoPro's Hero range, as well other popular action cameras from DJI and Sony. A long battery life too means you won't be running to look for a charger in the middle of a day of shooting. 

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3. FeiyuTech G6

A splashproof, 3-axis gimbal with up to 12 hour battery life

Specifications

Compatibility: GoPro Hero8 Black, Hero7 Black, Hero6 Black, Hero5 Black, Sony RX0 and other action cameras of similar dimensions (note that cameras other than those named above may not offer full app compatibility)
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 336g
Dimensions: 271 x 119 x 38mm
Battery life (approx): 12 hours

Reasons to buy

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Useful status screen
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Extensive camera control
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Compatible with GoPro Hero8 Black

Reasons to avoid

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Loss of app functionality with some cameras
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Some noticeable motor noise

The FeiyuTech G6 is the best gimbal for action cameras for several reasons; it has 12 hours of battery life, it's splashproof, you can control it via an app, it has an OLED screen so you can quickly check settings and it can be used with anything from the GoPro Hero 10 to the Sony RX0 or even the DJI Osmo. It's designed so that no matter how you angle the gimbal, it will never obscure the camera screen so you can always see exactly what you're shooting. If you're planning on shooting a video using the sound from the onboard mic, you'll need to be careful as the gimbal motor sits rather close to the mic and sometimes picks up on the sound of it moving. 

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Compact and stylish gimbal for content creators

Specifications

Compatibility: Mirrorless cameras
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 705g
Dimensions: 284.2 x 74.5 x 163.5 mm
Battery life (approx): 7.5 hours

Reasons to buy

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Very easy and fast to set up
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Solid and well built
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Super smooth and steady shooting
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Easy to switch between shooting modes

Reasons to avoid

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One-handed use is tiring with most cameras
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Touch screen registers a lot of accidental touches
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No black option

The Zhiyun Crane-M 3S isn't specifically designed for action cameras, instead focused on small mirrorless cameras and phones, but it can be adapted for the latest GoPro models and makes a fantastic gimbal for vloggers or content creators. The gimbal is light, yet powerful, and is a great and versatile investment if you also intend to shoot using a small-medium-sized mirrorless camera. 

The controls are also intuitive, with plenty of buttons and dials for quick controls and a really useful mini touch screen for settings, it is a great gimbal to start with if you are not an experienced user. The footage is smooth and a huge step up from handheld shooting. The Crane-M 3S is very well built and looks very modern and stylish, although I do wish it was available in a darker option too.

Read our full Zhiyun Crane-M 3S review for more details.

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A compact GoPro compatible gimbal with a lot of handy features

Specifications

Compatibility: GoPro Hero10/9/8/7/6
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 710g
Dimensions: 253 x 130 x 65 cm
Battery life (approx): 8 hours

Reasons to buy

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Small and lightweight
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Looks stylish
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Suits a variety of devices (other than GoPro)

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to balance
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Fiddly to adjust

The Zhiyun Crane M3 has now been succeeded by a slightly newer model that can handle more weight, but for action cameras, that is not really an issue, so you might be able to save a little with this older model. The standout feature of the Zhiyun Crane M3 is its compact design. When you first take it out of the matching carry case it comes in, the size of the gimbal is quite exciting. You'll be able to hold it for much longer without getting an aching wrist – a massive plus if you've ever had to use a gimbal for an extended period. 

It's also able to take a mirrorless camera or camera phone, or an action camera, which makes it the perfect all-rounder if you only want to buy one gimbal for all your cameras. The display is a bright, 1.2-inch color touchscreen which makes it easy to navigate around the menu systems. Just make sure you get the Zhiyun Crane M3 Combo, which comes with a GoPro accessory mount.

Read our full Zhiyun Crane M3 review for more details.

Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.

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