Review: Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis GoPro Gimbal (PROS & CONS)
Initially we reviewed the Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal for shooting a video handheld with a DSLR, and it worked fantastic.
Real life use
We used the Polaroid Gimbal to shoot videos from a Quad bike, the stabilization worked well.
The build is really solid for the price.
The quick release adapter isn’t bad but it is much heavier than necessary.
The Gimbal uses a 3 axis system that lets the controller benefit from a 300 degree pan and tilt and a 90 degree roll.
The model works great with all GoPro cameras as will most Gimbals.
There are 3 function buttons on the handle for easy access and control.
In the latest version, there is no built-in charging port on the gimbal itself.
Instead, they provide an external battery charger, and you will have to remove the batteries every single time to recharge the device.
The battery lasted us around 90 minutes of continues filming. Other Gimbals last almost double that time, but as always, you get what you pay for!
The charging takes only a few hours, so the battery life of 90 mins isn’t too bad.
We would advise this Polaroid Gopro Gimbal for novices just learning the ropes or maybe a child looking to start out taking professional looking videos, as it is extremely lightweight and takes only a few minutes to set up.
- Lightweight Electronic 3-Axis Gimbal that Stabilizes GoPro in Real Time.
- Really Smooth Panning & Tilting Motions to Eliminate Unwanted Vibrations.
- Supports all GoPro Hero Cameras with or without an LCD BacPac.
- Included Mounting Ring and Screw that ensures a really quick Installation.
- Weighs Just 12 Ounces, making it an extremely lightweight Gimbal.
- Not expensive.
- Takes about 5 minutes to set up.
- Robust and won’t be broken easily.
- The rods are very short.
- The quick release adapter is quite heavy than it needs to be.
- Won’t work as needed if you are running or driving on bumpy terrain.
- Struggles to hold heavier cameras.
- Battery only lasts 90 mins.
Overall, for those that don’t want to splash out hundreds of dollars for a Gimbal this is a very effective, very usable and friendly Gimbal that is well worth the price.
We highly recommend the Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal is you are a beginner or need something lightweight to shoot images or videos while you are walking or standing still.
Admittedly, if you are shooting pro level footage, then you are going to need a Gimbal with many more features and battery life, but the Gimbal doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.
As basic 3 Axis Gimbals go, then the Polaroid would be a great starting point.
The latest version of the polaroid 3 axis gimbal does not come with a built-in charging port. Polaroid included an external charger.We updated this review to reflect this.
I bought the Polaroid Gimbal for my HERO3+ as I was travelling to Hong Kong over the Christmas period. I had already booked a moped to explore the country so I needed a gimbal that could connect to it so that I could film first person from the bike. In the past I have used gimbals that wasn’t motorized and the footage was always bumpy and shaky so I needed a cheap motorized gimbal as I spent most of my budget on the holiday and found the Polaroid for around 200 bucks (about 200 bucks cheaper than other versions)
As the reviews wasn’t bad I thought I would try it out. First thing was there wasn’t any complicated firmware downloads that I was nervous of after reading reviews of other products and it was really easy to mount my HERO3+ and connect to my moped. The battery life was only for 2 hours, that was a little disappointing, but I already read that it could be up to 3 hours of battery life so I bought 5 extras to make sure the gimbal lasted throughout the day.
During the entire 2 week trip, the gimbal never failed me once. It never fell off the moped – a feat better than I achieved! and the cameras videos looked really professional. Super product for the price.