The Hohem iSteady Pro Gimbal enters a saturated gimbal market with two big USPs – it’s made for GoPro and it’s cheap, like really cheap. In terms of performance and build quality it’s web price of around £65 actually places this gimbal in a league of it’s own.
It arrives in an Apple style minimal white sleeve box, with a carry case, a small tripod, charger lead, manual and the unit itself is already assembled.
Fitting our GoPro action cameras was a little fiddly to begin with, but once we’d taken the time to work through the calibration setup everything made sense.
The gimbal is light enough to carry for long periods, but still manages to feel reasonably well made. The included carry case is decent enough to be carried in our back packs without worry of damaging the gimbal.
Hohem iSteady Pro Gimbal Functions
There are 4 main modes of use on the Hohem iSteady Pro Gimbal:
- Pan Following mode, the tilt axis and the roll axis will be locked. This means the camera doesn’t look up or down, but does follow left/right movements.
- Pan & Tilt Following mode, the roll axis is locked. This makes the action camera look up/down/left/right but it doesn’t tilt.
- All Locked mode, each axis is locked. This ensures that the camera looks in one direction no matter what the hand movements are.
- All Following mode, all axis are set to follow any movement in any direction.
We tend to find we use modes 1 and 2 most often, switching between both for most applications. Mode 3 is great for long stretches of hyperlapse footage and we’ve found 4 useful for filming close up clips.
Hohem iPhone App
Another ‘unbelieveable-for-the-money’ feature of this gimbal is the great smartphone app that Hohem provide at no extra cost.
The app allows fine tuning of every setting on the Hohem iSteady Pro Gimbal, from the roll speed to the tilt balance and more.
Of all the things we film with the Hohem iSteady Pro Gimbal, motionlapse is our joint favourite.
Set up is incredibly easy: get one of our GoPros ready to timelapse, open the Hohem app, set motionlapse start and end points, press go and wait for some fantastic smooth timelapse footage.
Expanding slightly on that, the start/end points can be set by either the software joystick in the Hohem app or with the manual stick on the actual gimbal.