The Akaso Brave 4 is without a doubt the most popular budget action camera ever released with it boasting the largest user base amongst all of the competing cameras in its price bracket. Due to being such a popular action camera, we keep seeing more and more people reaching out and asking for advice on a number of different camera accessories that they are able to use with their Akaso Brave 4.
Even though the newer Akaso Brave 6 is now available, the price reduction on the Brave 4 has only increased its sales growing its customer base at an ever faster pace. As we see so many people reaching out and asking what the best gimbal for Akaso Brave 4 cameras is, and that its customer base is still growing at a fast pace, we have decided to make this the main focus of todays article. Our hope is to try and help as many of our readers as possible who are looking to pickup a gimbal for their Akaso Brave 4 as there are a whole bunch of gimbals out there but unfortunately, many don’t fit the Brave 4 and its dimensions.
Thankfully though, the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is the perfect gimbal for the Akaso Brave 4 in our opinion as it is a budget friendly 3 axis gimbal stabilizer that can provide you with some excellent levels of image stabilization without you having to break the bank to purchase your new gimbal. In addition to this, the mounting unit on the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is able to support action cameras that are 44.5mm by 27mm meaning it can easily hold the Brave 4 without issue.
This allows you to use the gimbal with your Brave 4 to capture some super smooth video footage no matter what you are using the camera for. Although the Brave 4 is an action camera, many people tend to use it as a vlogging camera too but the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 can be used for both main use cases of the camera and drastically improve the image quality that you can expect to capture with your camera.
With the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 offering so much for such a low price tag, it is not surprising that it has managed to prove extremely popular with the action camera using community. Since its release, its sales have continues to increase with each passing month and the gimbal has also managed to earn itself a great reputation amongst the community and its reputation just keeps on getting better and better with each month that passes.
Performance And Functionality
When it comes to the performance and functionality of the gimbal, it can offer you excellent versatility due to its adjustable mounting unit. This means that in addition to your Akaso Brave 4, it is also able to support a large number of different popular action cameras too. This means that if you do choose to upgrade to the latest GoPro action camera in the future or any of the other intermediate to professional level action cameras, you can keep the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 and use it provided the camera meets the sizing specifications mentioned above.
The Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is also rated to IPX4 levels of protection meaning that it is splash proof making it ideal for use with any action sports that you may wish to record with your Akaso Brave 4 but the gimbal is not waterproof. We can’t stress this enough either, due to the nature of the gimbal motors and supporting arms for each of the three axis having to move around, no gimbal on the market right now is fully waterproof and they should not be submerged in water during use.
With this being the third generation of the Hohem iSteady Pro gimbal range, Hohem have managed to innovate with their technology while also not having to hike the price tag of the gimbal up too. One of the main improvements to the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 over the Hohem iSteady Pro 2 is with its battery life. Not only is the new 3600mAh battery smaller, lighter, and the same price as the battery in the older gimbals but they have also managed to increase the battery life it provides from eight hours unto twelve hours.
This means that if you are heading out for a day of action sports and wanting to record as much of your day as possible with your Akaso Brave 4 then you don’t have to worry about your gimbal running out of battery early. In fact, it is more likely that your memory card for your Brave 4 will run out of space before the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 runs out of battery so it is always advisable to have some spare SD cards in your backpack with you to switch out as required.
Another improvement on the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 that can help to improve the performance of your Akaso Brave 4 is its ability to offer two way charging too. This means that if you are out and about enjoying your action sport of choice or vlogging with your camera and the battery starts to run low, you can use the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 to recharge your camera while on the go.
The wifi technology in the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 can pair with most of the action cameras on the market right now allowing you to use the controls on the gimbal to trigger a photo capture or start/stop recording a video at the touch of a button. If you are taking part in your action sport of choice then this can help you ensure you never miss a clip as you can start recording video footage within a second rather than have to try and find the physical button on the action camera to record.
Hohem really have managed to do an excellent job with the iSteady Pro 3 and it is no surprise that the gimbal is absolutely dominating the budget friendly gimbal market right now. We feel that it will make an excellent addition to your Akaso Brave 4 camera accessories and help you capture better video footage and judging by the number of excellent, independent reviewsthat the community have posted for the gimbal, it would seem that many other action camera users, as well as other Akaso users agree with us.
The user interface that Hohem have used with the iSteady Pro 3 is similar to their previous systems with a few improvements to help improve the use of the button real estate that the gimbal has available. This helps to ensure that you are able to quickly and easily reach any of the buttons that you require access to without having to wast time or risk accidentally pressing a different button as you could with some of the competing gimbals on the market right now.
The actual joystick control for use in manual mode with the gimbal is excellent considering that this is a sub-one hundred dollar 3 axis gimbal stabiliser and it will allow you to pan or tilt your Akaso Brave 4 when mounted to the gimbal as required without issue too. This really is an excellent little addition to the iSteady Pro 3 that scores it points over what the other brands are offering as they can have a laggy, annoying manual control system for their gimbals.
One of the main improvements that Hohem have made to their iSteady Pro 3 over the Pro 2 and the original is that the buttons are now textured. Although this is going to depend on what you are actually wanting to use the gimbal for, if your action sport of choice involved you getting cold hands, this helps to let you control the gimbal with ease as the texture on the buttons and joystick allows you to get a firm grip and use the interface as required. Your fingers could accidentally slip off with the previous generations of the Hohem iSteady Pro range of gimbals and was one of the few complaints the older versions had from the community.
Build Quality And Design
We have lost count of the number of people who instantly think that a sub-one hundred dollar gimbal stabiliser will have a sub-par build quality but this is not the case anymore. The modern entry level gimbals have an excellent gimbal and usually use the same plastic polymers and aluminium alloys that the more expensive gimbals on the market use due to the prices of these materials come down so much over the years.
This ensures that even at this price point in the market, you can easily get yourself a great little gimbal that is both tough and robust to ensure it can take all the knocks coming its way when being used in your action sport of choice. This means that the gimbal will last you for many years to come without issue and as we mentioned above, will last you long enough to potentially upgrade your action camera from the Akaso Brave 4 in the future without you also having to folk out to upgrade your action camera gimbal stabiliser too.
That brings our article going over why we feel that the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is the best 3 axis gimbal stabilizer for Akaso Brave 4 cameras on the market right now. Although there are some other gimbals from competing brands in this price point, many of them are not able to mount the Brave 4 or offer anywhere near the levels of image stabilization that the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is able to offer you.
We feel that adding the iSteady Pro 3 to your Akaso Brave 4 camera accessories will be a solid investment and help to improve the image quality that you are able to capture when recording. The excellent performance of the gimbal really does explain why it has managed to quickly earn itself such an excellent reputationamongst the action camera using community that just keeps on getting better and better.