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To Grip or Not Grip your Karma?

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Slightly different question regarding the Karma Grip.
Last Christmas I bought my son a gimbal for his iPhone and he honest he goes everywhere with it and he gets some amazing footage. It was about $120.
I have not seen a bad word said about the Karma Grip, but I must not be using it correctly. With my Son's you see the full screen, it locks onto your face and follows you and there's a joystick to gently pan on/with your subject or a different area. With the Grip, the gimbal covers the camera (5 Black) screen, and if im panning to follow someone about to run pass me, unless I turn my whole body, it only turns when it's travelled it's full range and bangs to the end of its travel (I hope that makes sense). I also find it has a little electrical hum. Obviously we are all GoPro Karma branded fan boys/ladies (myself included) on here, but I'm struggling to find many positives with the Karma Grip worth $350, knowing how a $120 item made by a small boy on $00.08p/h doing a 16hr shift in China* can be like.

*Can you imagine how much things would cost without the Chinese? I'm very grateful to these people.


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Hiya mate.
I agree it is a pain in the bum that you cant see the screen very well on the gopro when it is in the Karma grip gimbal.
I bought a gopro elgrande pole, large pole mount, a mobile phone mount and a tripod adapter to hold my phone on the grip or elgrande. Then I pair gopro app on phone to the gopro. I can then see what the gopro sees when its in the Karma mount. $100 later I have fixed the problem lmao! The elgrande is a good bit of kit though :)
 

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Hiya mate.
I agree it is a pain in the bum that you cant see the screen very well on the gopro when it is in the Karma grip gimbal.
I bought a gopro elgrande pole, large pole mount, a mobile phone mount and a tripod adapter to hold my phone on the grip or elgrande. Then I pair gopro app on phone to the gopro. I can then see what the gopro sees when its in the Karma mount. $100 later I have fixed the problem lmao! The elgrande is a good bit of kit though :)
Ingenious idea! I will give that a go.


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The Karma Grip makes sense in shooting situations where you would rather use an action camera than a phone camera. Drop my camera in a canyon while zip lining, or in the ocean while filming my kids...sad day for me. Drop my phone while doing the same...really sad day for me...lol
 
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The Karma Grip makes sense in shooting situations where you would rather use an action camera than a phone camera. Drop my camera in a canyon while zip lining, or in the ocean while filming my kids...sad day for me. Drop my phone while doing the same...really sad day for me...lol
Yip, I definitely get the jist noe.


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No problem with the Grip when mounted on my car. I check camera before mounting then all I have to do is press the On/Off button. When using it as a hand held I know
it is hard to view the screen, though I site my subject by looking over the top of the camera. If it needs an adjustment, then I make corrections in my Wondershare
Filmora editor. As they old saying goes: "There is more than one way to skin a cat!" I don't mean your poor furry Moggy!
 
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Thanks, the more I use it, the better it is. Getting some nice shots that compliment the Karma.
 

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Yes! Treat your Karma with due care and attention and you will get wonderful results. For the new pilot, it pays to by the Karma book by Jordan Hetrick from Amazon.
 
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I was recommended the book and am about halfway through. The range extender has just arrived, so that with give some extra piece of mind once fitted.
 

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Glad to hear it Hummingbird. Not only to read through but as a reminder reference
 
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Hey Hummingbird! Have you fitted the range extender yet?
How difficult/easy was it?
 
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Cell Phone photos are good I admit, But they still have a long way to go to beat the GoPro 3, 4, 5, and 6 Black for HD and auto light changes.
 

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Hey Hummingbird! Have you fitted the range extender yet?
How difficult/easy was it?
Hello Mate, I haven't flown well for a few days, so it's still on the table. It doesn't sound too complex and should take 20-30 minutes to fit. I will let you know when I'm done.


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