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Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Hero 3/3+/4 Action Cameras

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Technical details

  • Lightweight Electronic 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes GoPro in Real Time for Sharp Footage
  • Super-Smooth Panning & Tilting Motions Eliminate Unwanted Vibrations
  • Supports GoPro Hero Cameras with and without an LCD BacPac
  • Included Mounting Ring & Screw Make Installation Quick, Easy & Secure
  • Weighs Just 11.43 Ounces (13.76 w/Batteries); Measures 9.25"x3.94"x3.5"

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 10 x 8.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
  • Item model number: PL-HGGP
  • ASIN: B014T2YV4K
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Sept. 2015
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Product description

Full stabilization. No post production.
With this remarkable new gimbal from Polaroid, even the absolute novice can capture beautifully sharp, stable video. 3 independent electronic motors follow your motions in real time, smoothly panning and titling to eliminate any and all vibrations and unwanted camera movements. From shaky hands to footsteps to swift changes in direction - there is little this gimbal can't handle with grace. It's also perfectly small and lightweight for all situations, including gatherings, sporting events, documentaries, and high-octane action.

Motorized Stabilization
At each axis, an electric motor smoothly counterbalances your hand's every motion for automatic image stabilization. This enables you to create professional-looking video that's completely free of movement, shake, and vibration.

Battery Operation
Handheld and portable, this gimbal runs on three 3.7-volt rechargeable batteries that easily last you from one day into the next (with normal use). Now you can take your video prowess anywhere. 3 batteries and a rapid charger are included.

Quick Installation
Setup is super quick and easy, and can even be done with one hand. The included mounting ring wraps around your GoPro's lens, and a small screw secures it in place. That's all! You're ready to go like a pro in less than 30 seconds.

Monopod Mounting
At the bottom of the gimbal you'll find a ¼" threaded hole. This accepts a connection to your tripod (for all-day shooting) or monopod (for reaching far and wide). No tripod? No problem. The gimbal weighs just 13.76 ounces with batteries.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problem with the Polaroid Gimbal 23 Sept. 2016
By GStree
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For a gimbal at this price it works fine and is capable of producing very good results however I have found a problem.
To fit the GoPro you need to fit a plastic ring around the lens to secure it to the cradle and that works well, the problem is trying to get the ring back off the camera as it is a VERY tight fit !, you need to remove it to fit the GoPro into it's waterproof / all-weather housing and I would think it will damage the camera trying to remove it !
An update. After a lot of gentle twisting I did manage to get it off without any damage to the GoPro and eased the inside of the mounting ring with a Dremel tool, ( it is aluminium and not plastic) and now it is easy to fit and remove instantly.

Another update, I have used the gimbal with a Hero 4 Silver for a couple of months and although I have had good results a couple of things have cropped up. If you use it for any length of time (5 -6 mins) the motors get very hot and if you stop it the gimbal refuses to start until they cool down (this may just be mine) the other annoying thing is when the GoPro is fitted on the gimbal cradle you can't access the button on the right hand side of the camera to alter certain settings that you need for getting the best results. Also it would be handy if a spare screw for the mounting ring is supplied as it can easily be lost !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value handheld stabilizer 9 Nov. 2016
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Not as good as the Osmo (especially in strong winds), but considering it's half the price it's pretty good. It's really useful to be able to use an existing camera (though the downside is it's a bit of a faff to set up).
It doesn't have the funtionality of the Osmo (selfie mode, joystick, mobile app), but these are really luxury functions, the reason you buy a gimbal is for shot stability. That's what you get.
Battery life is reasonable, the device felt rugged enough and the quality of finish was good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 10 Dec. 2016
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Had some problems with the stabilisation.. bit wonky won't stay up straight..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 27 Dec. 2016
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Wery nice Gimbal
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Either their expectations were pretty low OR I'm completely missing it 23 Oct. 2014
By Crookehous - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my GoPro. I haven't been more frustrated with an item in a very long time. I've watched tutorials, read articles, experimented with no weights, metal washers, all the weights, YOU NAME IT. I can't find the right combination. I see people use identical stabilizers on YouTube vids and their moving it around rapidly and the camera barely sways. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I've read all of these other rave reviews and I don't get it. Either their expectations were pretty low OR I'm completely missing it. Somebody pullleeeezzz help me out with this.

Ok, here's an update. I finally had success. The trick is, if you're going to use this with a GoPro, to get rid of the weights that come with the device. They are WAY TOO HEAVY to perform the task of stabilization and balance. I've learned from one very good YouTub video that the counter weight must be close in weight to the camera you're trying to stabilize. The graphic example of this was the person taking a pencil and holding it in the center and shaking it to make it look like it's rubber. Remember when you did that as a kid? When you hold it in the center the sway of the pencil is pretty equal on each side. If you hold it off center and try to make it sway you'll notice that one end lags behind the other. That's because the weight isn't evenly distributed.

So I used several washers until I found the right balance. Now it works just like all the successful videos I've been watching. Try it. Now I'm pleased to say it works as well as all the other reviews have suggested.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer 21 Sept. 2016
By Trailwalker - Published on Amazon.com
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I use my GoPro primarily to capture hiking videos. I've used other non-motorized handheld gimbals, but they were always difficult to balance and to calibrate and ultimately left me with videos that were shaky and that tended to drift from left to right. I knew I needed an electronic stabilizer, but most were out of my budget, costing between $250-400. However, at well under $200 I felt the Polaroid Stabilizer was worth a closer look.

I've been using the Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer for several weeks now and I'm very pleased with the results I'm getting. It was easy to set up out of the box, and there was no need to download complicated firmware updates as is the case with other similarly priced stabilizers. The unit is quiet, easy to use, can be held at a variety of angles, and comes with three rechargeable batteries that can last up to two hours between charges.

My only complaints with the unit--and they're slight--have to do with the way the GoPro attaches to the stabilizer. The unit comes with an O-ring that that is placed around the GoPro lens and which is then attached to the stabilizer via a small thumbscrew. The thumbscrew itself is tiny, and while in the field I have to be very careful that I don't drop it, as finding it again would be difficult. Also, the O-ring fits VERY snugly and can be difficult to remove, and with it in place there is no room to attach filters to the lens. Finally, the small slot cut into the front of the stabilizer for attaching the O-ring is too small (at least on my unit), though this doesn't prevent solid attachment.

As I said, these complaints are minor, and they certainly don't keep me from recommending the Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer to anyone looking for an excellent hand-held stabilizer for their GoPro at a very reasonable price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Arca compatible and needs constant tightening... 25 Jun. 2016
By P.K. Frary - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed a lightweight video stabilizer for my 80D/EF-s18-135 IS 3.5-5.6 IS USM and gave the Polaroid Video Chest Stabilizer Support System a go. Upon arrival, I opened the product box and saw the chest/shoulder pad had separated from the mount. It’s held on with double-stick tape and I was able to reattach it.

It’s lightweight but construction is surprisingly good for fifty shekels. Save for the chest/shoulder pad, the stabilizer is all metal construction: aluminum tubes and fittings and steel hardware. The torque levers are too small for comfortable use. No big deal if it was a torque once and forget deal. However, they come loose periodically and need to be retorqued, resulting in sore fingertips and cussing at inopportune times. Also, the handgrip is too short and small in diameter, causing discomfort from squeezing. Finally, the tubes are really short: I need another six inches or so for comfortable placement.

QR plate and clamp compatibility is not addressed in the specs. From looking at product photos, I assumed the camera clamp (mount) was Arca-Swiss (AS) compatible. It is not. I own five DSLRs, all with AS plates, and none of them fit. The stabilizer clamp has dovetails and a torque screw like an AS clamp, but is wider and doesn’t close enough to hold an AS plate. The lack of Arca-Swiss compatibility was the final nail in the Polaroid coffin. I’m not positive, but the included plate looks like a short version of the Manfrotto Rapid Connect (Q5) designed for large video cameras.

Ultimately I found this Polaroid Video Chest Stabilizer was not for me and returned it to Amazonland. Considering the low price, it isn’t a total fail and would be fine for a small DSLR or mirrorless camera. The included plate is way too large for small cameras but you can remove the clamp and substitute an AS clamp and plate from Desmond or Sunwayfoto and have a nice little stabilizer kit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chest Stabilizer, not a Shoulder Rig 10 Oct. 2016
By American Outlaw Productions - Published on Amazon.com
Size:Chest|Verified Purchase
As a low budget indie filmmaker I'm always on the lookout for cost effective products that are also solid filmmaking tools, and this chest stabilizer (NOT a shoulder rig, to clear up any confusion) is a quality product for not a terrible amount of money. It isn't cheap per se but its all metal construction and professional looks means it stands out from the crowd of plastic Chinese knockoff rigs. It comes with a quick release plate which certainly is nice but it does not appear to be compatible with any other common types of quick release bases so it only helps if you are not looking to swap it onto a slider, dolly, jib, or other such equipped quick release device. Some reviewers on Amazon and Youtube have said they cannot seem to tighten the orange clamp handles tight enough but none have seemed to notice that these clamps can be tightened with a common allen key wrench to be completely locked down. My rig did not have any issues with being tight but tightening the clamps with said allen key will fix any problems one might have with finger tightening them. The rig is based on the industry standard 15mm rod system so you can swap in and out different additional components or add this rig to another. There are one or two shoulder rigs that are in the same price range that would be a better buy but if you are looking specifically for a chest stabilizer rig this is a solid one to start on.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy stabilizer 29 May 2014
By Verlon F. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Size:Gimbal Pro|Verified Purchase
This is a pretty nice stabilizer in the same vein as a merlin. It works on the same principle, but lacks the front weight or the more extensive mounting plate.

Let's be honest: if you are looking at this instead of a $799 Merlin, you probably aren't working for the big names in Hollywood, you are trying to find a decent stabilizer for a decent camera so you can get some better video. This is a good one for that. The Polaroid uses a gimbal, not a U-joint like the UH3- Longbow or a ball joint like the Lensee systems.

A ball joint becomes less effective as your rig gets heavier (and it doesn't take much). A U-joint works ok, but can bind as it doesn't move as freely. A gimbal is the way to go, and there is nothing wrong with this one.

It takes a while to balance if you haven't done it before. Tough. There is no magic ring that solves this. You are going to have to invest a good 45 minutes into the first time you balance a camera, THEN go learn how to use a stabilizer. This thing will not shoot video for you and neither will a much more expensive rig. And yes, it is VERY, VERY sensitive. Changing the zoom on your lens or moving the LCD to get a better view will alter your balance. Thing about it. You are trying to balance this weight on a gimbal, so put it right up there with riding a unicycle or something.

If you take the time to learn it, and you do not overload it, this will serve you just fine.
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