Earlier this year GoPro announced their new product, a handheld 3 axis gimbal they called the Karma Grip. Watching the footage, I was amazed how the gimbal turned everyday footage into extraordinary, smooth, high quality cinematic shots! Obviously, I wanted one... until I checked the price tag.
No way would I pay that much.
So I set out to build my own! Now obviously, a homemade version may not compete with a top of the line production team such as gopro, but my gimbal got pretty close! For almost half the price, my homemade version features three axis of stabilization and triples the battery life of the Karma Grip and even has a joystick, though it does add some extra weight. For better handling and even smoother shots I added two adjustable stainless steel arms using a 3d printed mount. The result is a buttery smooth shake free video that tremendously boosts the production quality of any shot you use it with.
Please note that this project was inspired by shootr's turorial for a 2 axis gimbal. Link is here. But I wanted my version to be a bit more powerful so I added a third axis
(While this version is limited to sports cameras, and small video recorders, I am working on a larger DSLR gimbal right now! Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more of this project)
Parts you will need:
Gopro Mounts ( $10 OFF Coupon till Dec 31st: cab1ef )
WaterProof Box ( 10% OFF Coupon till Dec 31st: elec10bg )
Stainless Steel Round Tube Rod ( 12% OFF Coupon till 2017.02.28: Elec1 )
Bicycle Handlebar End Grips (12% OFF Coupon till Dec 31st: 16xmas12% )