Although there are a number of newer action cameras on the market right now in the Akaso range than the EK7000, the recent price reductions on the action camera have seen a large number of action camera enthusiasts purchasing it due to its low price tag and solid performance and functionality too. In addition to this, the EK7000 has managed to build up a great reputation since its release and its robust build quality and ease of use just keep scoring it points.
As we have seen more and more people purchasing the action camera, we have seen more and more people reaching out and asking for advice on the various camera accessories that go well with it. Without a doubt, the most frequently asked question that we are seeing each month is based around the best gimbal for Akaso EK7000 action cameras on the market right now.
Due to seeing so many people reaching out and asking about this as well as the spike in sales of the Akaso EK7000 due to its recent price reduction, we have decided to dedicate this article to going over what we feel is the best 3 axis gimbal stabiliser on the market right now for the camera. In all honest, although there are a number of handheld gimbals that can mount the EK7000, we feel that the best option is definitely the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 and we would recommend it to all of our readers.
Although Hohem have been dominating the action camera gimbal market for years now, their latest release to their line up, the iSteady Pro 3 has built on everything they have developed with the original iSteady and the iSteady Pro 2 to produce one of the best action camera gimbals ever made. Not only is it very budget friendly but it also offers your EK7000 some of the best image stabilisation available right now for action cameras.
In addition to its excellent performance and low price tag, the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is also very easy to use and you are able to balance the gimbal within seconds due to your EK7000 being such a small and lightweight camera body. With the gimbal offering all of this as well as being very small, light, and robust, it is easy to see why so many of the people who use it as their gimbal of choice have decided to of the gimbal that you can read if you wish.
We are now going to be moving on with our article to take a more detailed look at a number of the key features of the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 to explain why we feel that any of our readers who use the Akaso EK7000 should be using it as their gimbal of choice. We always try to do this to ensure that our readers know why we are recommending the products that we choose as well as why the competing products are sub-par.
Performance And Functionality
As we mentioned, there are a number of other, competing action camera gimbal stabilisers on the market right now but in our opinion, the main reason that the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 has managed to pull away so quickly and establish itself as the dominant gimbal is due to its performance. No other gimbal on the market right now even comes close to offering you this level of performance at this price point and it can actually competing with some other action camera gimbals that are just over twice its price too.
This is largely due to Hohem putting a ton of research and development into their iSteady Pro 3 to ensure that it has the best technology in it possible without them having to hike the price tag up. Although the older iSteady Pro 2 is still an excellent little action camera gimbal, Hohem decided that they wanted to innovate as much as possible with this third generation gimbal i their action camera range and they have definitely reached their goal.
Just as the competing brands were managing catch up to what the iSteady Pro 2 had to offer, Hohem releases the iSteady Pro 3 out of no where and sets all of their hard work back to zero. They have build on the technology of the earlier gimbals in their range and one of the main improvements to their system is that they have improved the gimbal motors.
Not only are they slightly lighter while also offering more torque with having to break the $100 price bracket but they are also more power efficient too. Although the additional torque on the gimbal will not be needed for the Akaso EK7000 due to it being so small and light, the additional battery life can be a welcome addition depending on what you are planning to use your gimbal for. Both of the previous versions of the iSteady Pro gimbal line up offered you an eight hour battery life but the iSteady Pro 3 has a battery life of up to twelve hours.
As the Akaso EK7000 is an action camera, many of our readers will be using it for their preferred action sport of choice and often be out and about without a way to recharge their gimbal or their action camera for hours at a time. If you are doing something like skiing or snowboarding then you may literally be out for the whole day without a chance to recharge so the twelve hour battery can definitely come in handy.
On top of this, the iSteady Pro 3 also supports two way charging so you are able to use it to recharge your Akaso EK7000 if needed too. Although the Akaso EK7000 is a solid little action camera that comes with some decent battery life as standard, if you are using it to record video at the higher resolutions and frame rates then it can end up eating through the battery quickly. Being able to jack a micro USB into your action camera and gimbal to charge it back up ensures that you can keep on recording your adventures until your gimbal runs out of battery but you can extend this further by adding a USB power bank to your camera accessories too.
The image stabilisation that the iSteady Pro 3 is able to provide your Akaso EK7000 is excellent but in all fairness, this is to be expected due to the EK7000 being such a small and lightweight little action camera. The image stabilisation from the gimbals will help to improve the image quality that you are able to capture with your gimbal allowing you to effortlessly capture some excellent video footage of you out taking part in your action sport of choice to share on social media or YouTube.
All in all, Hohem have done a great job with the iSteady Pro 3 and as the competing gimbal brands on the market didn’t seem to be challenging them, it seems that Hohem decided to challenge themselves and try to out do the previous gimbals they had release. It really is easy to see why so many people who use action cameras have taken to using the iSteady Pro 3 as their handheld gimbal of choice as well as why amongst the action sports community in such a short space of time.
With this being the third variation of their action camera gimbal, Hohem have their user interface and control system honed to perfection and it really is flawless. It offers you quick and easy control of the gimbal while out and about allowing you to easily activate the various settings on it or reach the different buttons or the joystick to do any required tasks. The joystick itself is very easy to use and sensitive too allowing you to quickly and easily manually control the gimbal head with your Akaso EK7000 mounted to it and recording video footage.
An example of where this can come in handy is if you are doing something like snowboarding and you are working your way down the slopes but your positioning is not ideal for your Akaso EK7000 to capture the views you are seeing due to you having to constantly carve. You can quickly switch the gimbal into manual mode and use the joystick to adjust the aim of the action camera within seconds allowing you to have it facing the direction you require allowing it to better capture the views and experience.
The joystick has also has a nice little texture added to it making it much easier to use if your thumb is wet or cold too. Due to the Akaso EK7000 being an action camera and the iSteady Pro 3 being an action camera gimbal stabilizer, there is a high chance that some of our readers will be using the gimbal while their hands are wet or cold. This was one of the main weaknesses of the older variants of the gimbal and it is nice to see that Hohem have actually taken the constructive feedback from the action camera community onboard for this new variant.
Just like all of the other gimbals on the market right now, the iSteady Pro 3 is not waterproof and it should never be submerged in water but it is splashproof. This allows you to use it in sports where the gimbal may end up getting splashed with water without it breaking. The general build quality of the gimbal is based around the same, next generation plastic polymers as the higher price point DSLR gimbals that make sure that it is as tough as possible while still being very light.
Due to being an action camera, the tough nature of the gimbal just scores it even more points as many action sports may result in the gimbal taking a few knocks during use and its robust build will prevent it from breaking. As many action sports will require our readers to actually fly to the location where the sport will be taking place, the light weight of the gimbal also ensures that you are able to easily add it to your collection of camera accessories without having to add much weight to your luggage too.
That brings our article going over why we feel that the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is the best gimbal for Akaso EK7000 action cameras on the market right now. The iSteady Pro 3 offers a ton of excellent benefits to your Akaso EK7000 but the best thing about the gimbal is that it is still in the sub-one hundred dollar bracket making it very budget friendly! This is why the gimbal is such a popular choice amongst action camera uses and has so many from people who like the gimbal so much that they take the time to publish their own review for it.