My first week testing out the new GoPro Hero 6 in combination with the Karma Grip was an epic one! I couldn’t have asked for a better testing grounds. Shortly before departing for China on a 2-week adventure through the Kham region of Tibet, a gift from Sport Chek arrived just in time. I unboxed it to find the new GoPro, and to my surprise- the Karma Grip as well!
Here’s a quick 1 minute video that highlights some of my favourite riding moments from Tibet, shot entirely with the Hero 6 with stock colours:
The Hero 6 has become my new go to camera for not only POV footage, but any quick moments I want to capture. The ability to shoot at 60fps in 4K opens up many doors for slow motion footage. For POV shots, I personally prefer minimal slow motion and more motion blur. My most popular setting is 2.7k at 30fps in Superview. The Hero 6’s integrated stabilization has stepped it up from the previous models as well. The newer cameras also give off more vibrant colours. To take things to the next level, use it with the Karma Grip gimbal instead of having the digital stabilization turned on. What’s great about the Hero 6 and Karma Grip together is that they are meant to be and provide seamless integration.
Over the last year or so I have been playing around with attaching my GoPros to a variety of different gimbals. It’s been an expensive investment with lots of broken products, some great products, but they have all had their issues with holding position (until now). I will admit; for a long-time I was hesitant to run the Karma as a stabilizer due to its bulky size (especaily compared to say the Zhiyun Tech Rider-M or Feiyu Tech Wearable gimbals). However, the Karma sits in the tightest to your body and is surprisingly less restrictive for actual riding, despite being larger and heavier. With that being said, carrying the Karma around in your riding pack vs. some of the other gimbals out there is a major hassle in comparison. It uses a case basically 3x the size. Once you can get over the size of it, the pros will far outweigh the cons.
- It’s designed to work with a GoPro by GoPro so it’s built perfectly for the camera. You won’t get this with the other brands
- The larger size battery allows it to be more powerful than the competitors, hence giving it a sturdier base when you are riding rough terrain. I find the Karma has a fail rate with shots way below the rest. This is huge! I can’t think of how many times I’ve had gimbals fail on me once, twice, and even three times on the same run. - Since it sits in closer to your body than the competing brands when mounted to a GoPro chest mount, it gives a little nicer angle of your handlebars as well. The footage it doesn’t feel so “in your face” compared to some other gimbal brand and is very pleasant to watch. The Karma has only had small hiccups on the roughest of runs.
In summary, the Hero 6 is an awesome upgrade from the 5 for serious shooters, the average person might not benefit as much but it’s nice to have the options. Another bonus is the vibrant colours that come off the camera raw. Most people won’t colour grade in post so making the colours look great straight off the camera is huge.
I just landed in New Zealand, where I will spend the next 3-weeks shooting every day and stacking as many clips as possible with the 6. Thanks again to Sport Chek for helping get my hands on this camera right when it released. Using the newest gear is always a treat. Shred on!