What We Say
The main gripes we had with the REMOVU were to do with how its third-party-ness kept bumping up against the user experience. The camera and gimbal both require operating separately, and the design compromises they’ve taken to make it more compact meant that crucial buttons are sometimes hard to reach, or completely impossible to get to in the case of the settings toggle on the side.
- Price: £299
- Weight: 604 grams (with GoPro 5)
- Battery life: They say 1 hour 45 minutes
- Website: gopro.com
The GoPro Karma Grip does away with all of that – compatibility is key. As the camera itself connects to the handle, all the controls you need to operate it are within reach of your thumb: on/off/mode toggle, record, Highlight Tag and Tilt Lock.
The main mode is ‘follow’, where the camera will basically follow where you point it whilst stabilising the shot. You can grab, twist and hold the GoPro to change the angle which ends up being pretty foolproof and is in our opinion much better than fiddling around with a joystick. You can hold or tap the ‘Tilt Lock’ button to keep the camera angled vertically in line with the handle, good if you’re getting a shot from up high or down low.
“You won’t have to take it apart to charge it or view the footage – one port in the handle will do everything you need”
Another great feature stemming from its hyper-compatibility is that you won’t have to take it apart to charge it or view the footage – one port (a future-proof USB-C – nice) in the handle will do everything you need. However, when you start talking about charging, things start to break down.
The battery is non-removable, meaning that once it’s dead, it’s dead. That would be OK if you could have enough charge for a full day, but GoPro themselves rate the Karma Grip to last 1 hour and 45 minutes, which it doesn’t do in cold temperatures. We’re talking about the one hour mark, at which point you’ve now got some dead weight on you because this thing is heavy.