The Chinese company FeiyuTech has provided us with another gimbal that is compatible with current action cameras such as the GoPro Hero 7 Black, after having completed the “very good” test of the smartphone Gimbal FeiyuTech SPG2. Currently the FeiyuTech G6 Gimbal is available for 199,00 Euro at Amazon. Whether the Action Cam Gimbal can convince you as well can be seen in the following practical test.
Scope of Delivery, Material and Workmanship
The scope of delivery of the FeiyuTech G6 is extensive. In addition to the gimbal, there are two camera mounts, an exchangeable battery, a USB charging cable, a warranty card and a high-quality plastic bag in the packaging. The first impression after unpacking is particularly positive due to the practical accessories.
The high-quality workmanship that FeiyuTech has already shown us in the SPG2 can also be found in the G6 Gimbal. The main material used is aluminium, the two exchangeable retaining brackets and the holder for the action cams are made of rubber to prevent scratches on the sensitive displays. Overall the Gimbal looks very robust thanks to its good workmanship, uncleanly processed parts, inaccurate gap dimensions or other defects did not show our test copy. Since the gimbal is protected against splashing water, nothing stands in the way of outdoor use. Thanks to the rubberized handle, the gimbal lies securely in the hand even in the rain.
|271 x 119 x 38 mm
|336 grams without battery and camera
|12 hours maximum
Functions and Mode of Operation
The gimbal can be used either with an action camera only or with an action camera and an additional smartphone that serves as a remote control. The most important functions can be used directly via the buttons and setting wheels on the gimbal, and an OLED display is also integrated, which shows all relevant information at a glance. An additional smartphone is therefore not necessary for most applications. However, some functions, such as time-lapse recording, require a smartphone.
The Gimbal is connected to the Action-Cam via WLAN, an additional smartphone is connected with Bluetooth. The gimbal has additional threads that allow accessories to be connected. Users who regularly want to use a smartphone for control purposes can screw on a separate holder to keep their hands free when filming.
The Feiyu ON App is available free of charge for Android– and iOS-Smartphones. Unfortunately, as in our previous test, there are still regular Bluetooth disconnections with both an iPhone Xs and a Samsung Galaxy S8. The rating of 1.6 of a maximum of 5.0 stars in the Apple Store and 2.2 of a maximum of 5.0 stars in the Google Play Store shows that these are not individual cases. Another criticism is that the apps require extensive access rights, for example to the phone book and the location, which are not actually required for the operation of the camera. On a positive note, the firmware of the gimbal can be updated via the smartphone app without an additional computer.
The replaceable battery provides power for about twelve hours. It can also be used to supply the Action-Cam with power during operation and thus extend the operating time. The 5,000 mAh battery is recharged via USB connection in about two hours.
The test image was taken while running with a GoPro Hero 7 Black. The gimbal was not connected to a smartphone during this time. The stabilization is convincing, even with fast movements there are almost no jerkers noticeable and the movements appear calm.
Compatible Action Cams
The FeiyuTech G6 is compatible with almost all current action cams. During the test a GoPro Hero 7 Black was used, according to FeiyuTech the following cameras are supported:
- GoPro Hero 7
- GoPro Hero 6
- GoPro Hero 5
- GoPro Hero 4
- GoPro Hero 3+
- GoPro Hero 3
- Sony RX0
- Yi 4K
and other action cameras with similar dimensions, weighing a maximum of 130 grams.
The FeiyuTech G6 Gimbal could convince in the practical test. The hardware also meets high demands, but a perfect grade is prevented by the bad software. An update of the software could improve the rating by a few percentage points in the future.
Since most of the functions are also usable without a smartphone and the additional device turned out to be rather annoying in the test, I can recommend the Gimbal despite the bad software. Instead of going to our trial version for 199.00 Euro, however, buyers should better go directly to the also at Amazon version available for 201,00 Euro grip, which also includes a small tripod and an extension.