Feiyu Tech G5
Feiyu Tech G5 is the first splash-proof action camera gimbal that is compatible with GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 and other similar cameras. Its a 3-axis handheld gimbal that has some amazing features.
Remember the days when a gimbal was a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE contraption that the movie professionals had strapped to their waist and you had to cough up thousands of dollars to get one? The weight based stabilizers were (and still are) a nightmare to calibrate and packing them down for holiday trip was pretty much out of the question.
Fast forward to the year 2017 and you can get an affordable, amazingly simple gimbal that works right out of the box for your GoPro to get the most amazing cinematic videos.
I had the chance to test the Feiyu Tech G5 3-axis gimbal and the results are superb! The G5 beats the competition by coming out with the FIRST splashproof action camera gimbal on the market.
Feiyu Tech G5 overview
To star off, the package is already pretty nice. As I have written before (HERE) the first impressions are really important and I want to get a perfect experience for my money right when i receive the product from the delivery guy. Feiyu Tech does not disappoint – the box looks nice and has a “premium” feel to it. The white box has that Apple feel and you really know you are in for a treat when you open it up. The box contains the gimbal, nicely inside the neoprene pouch and a small black box that holds all the small parts like the screws the cables and the bracket.
The gimbal itself is made of high-quality materials and you can really tell that by how it feels in your hand. The metal body is solid and feels like a one solid piece of equipment. Nothing is missing and nothing feels redundant. The grip has a rubberized coating so it doesn`t slip and feels nice to hold even when really cold outside ( I tested it out in -11 °C / 12 °F )
The controls are at your thumb and are easy to use – the joystick to control the movement of the camera, the main button to power on/off and to change modes and recenter and a smaller button for Selfie Mode. The buttons feel solid and easy to use without the need to look where they are. The small LED indicator light is situated right above the joystick. The joystick works well, the movement is smooth and it`s pretty easy to control the camera once you get the hang of it.
How the Feiyu Tech G5 buttons work:
- You can use the function button to switch the working modes, power on or power off the gimbal.
- Power on: Long press Function Button and release it until the green light is on. Power off：Long press Function Button and release it until the red light changes from quick flashing to constant.
- Press and hold the Selfie button to turn the camera 180 degrees to face you. Release to restore the previous position.
- One tap on the main button switches the gimbal between Panning Mode and Lock Mode
- Two taps switches it into Panning and Tilting Mode
- Triple Tap will wake the camera rotate 180 degrees
- Four taps will reset the gimbal position
Feiyu Tech G5 modes:
Panning Mode. The camera will follow left and right if you turn the handle to either of the sides. Perfect for panoramic shots because you don’t need to worry about the frame wondering up or down by accident.
Panning and Tilting Mode. The camera will follow your movements to left and right and up and down. This is the mode you have the most freedom in so wherever you point the camera the gimbal will smoothly follow.
Lock mode. The camera will stay fixed in one direction despite how you move your hand.
To charge your gimbal connect the USB cable (provided) to the small USB port located behind a rubber seal and plug it in any USB port to charge. The rubber seal for me was a bit dangly and didn`t quite fit at first so you might want to take a look and make sure it`s properly sealed before you take the gimbal out during rain. The flimsy USB port cover is probably the only thing that didn`t feel perfect with this product!
Using the Feiyu Tech G5
I tested the gimbal with the GoPo Hero4 Silver Edition, but the gimbal works with Hero4, Hero5 cameras and other action cams with similar size and weight. For Hero5 you need to screw on a small weight ring that is provided so you are good to go. Attaching the camera to the gimbal is pretty easy. You have two screws that hold the bracket together and the camera slips right in. Although once assembled you never have to totally unscrew the bracket Feiyu Tech gives you 2 spare screws in case you manage to lose the first two.
You can then power on the gimbal and as with most action camera gimbals this one need no calibration or messing around. Straight out of the box the G5 is ready for action. Since the gimbal is so easy and has a clean design you really don`t need to read the manual and you can just start playing around. Btw, the manual has a bit of clumsy translations in it and probably not done by the best translators 😛 Feiyu Tech might want to review that, but nothing too bad 🙂
Another cool thing about the Feiyu Tech G5 is that it has two tripod mounts. That right, TWO! One at the front and one at the bottom, so you can attach the gimbal on a tripod and control it remotely via the FREE smartphone app. (get it here for Android or iPhone) The app cconnectwith the gimbal via BlueTooth and although it has pretty basic looking interface it does the job.
Control all modes of the gimbal through the app or adjust the speed of the gimbal movement. I`m sure there will be new versions of the app so you can maybe have sliders to change the Panning Axis strength instead of inserting numbers that is a bit unintuitive but for now it works just fine.
Feiyu Tech G5 as a power bank?
Another cool feature that makes the Feiyu Tech G5 stand out in the crowd is the ability to charge your GoPro while using the gimbal. You can connect your GoPro via a small USB cable (provided) to give some juice to your camera because we all know the GoPro battery has a relatively short runtime, especially if you are shooting in 4k. The G5 battery, however, has a whopping 8-hour battery life!!!!! You can pretty much use the gimbal the whole da without finding yourself in a situation where you end up looking for a public place to recharge. To be fair, I have not even attempted to keep it running for full 8 hours so I can`t vouch for this but even if it can run for 6 hours I am still impressed. You can also replace the battery if you have a spare one by simply unscrewing the handle and removing the dead battery. Another great move by Feiyu Tech because the GoPro Karma grip has a built in battery so if you run out of power while out on the location shooting you are basically screwed. *You can only use this feature with Hero4 cameras.
Feiyu Tech G5 accessories
The gimbal comes with a neoprene carry pouch you can use to pack it down for traveling. The pouch is pretty thin and will not protect the gimbal from bigger collisions or from airport luggage handlers who throw your bags around so if you want to make sure the gimbal stays in one piece you might want to get a hard case for it. But for everyday use the neoprene pouch is perfect and fits the gimbal even with the camera attached. (Not sure if it fits with Hero5 because even with Hero4 it fits in the pouch pretty tight and Hero5 is a bit bigger) The pouch also has a small metal loop so you can attach it to a neck strap or clip it to your backpack.
For extra 20 bucks you can get the light carbon fiber extension pole so you can get a longer reach with your camera and get the footage you might otherwise miss.
Feiyu Tech G5 field tests
I took the G5 out on a few really cold days to make sure the temperature does not mess with the motors and it worked perfectly. The gimbal powers on fast and since it needs no calibration its really easy to use. the Most surprising thing is that the gimbal motors are so freaking quiet! I have tested the DJI Osmo and it`s like using a vacuum cleaner, so loud that you need to have an external microphone attached to the Osmo to catch the sound without the motor noise. But Feiyu Tech G5 is so quiet you get zero motor noise in your videos. This is a big advantage and until i have had the chance to test out some of the competition to the G5 I declare it the stealthiest GoPro Gimbal on the planet 🙂
This is important! – I was testing with HERO4 but after testing it with HERO5 the noise is much more apparent!
You can see the comparison video of hadheld footage vs G5 Here
Or check out the Video Review
The footage looks very cinematic and smooth and would probably be even better if I had tried a bit more but I purposely walked around like a random tourist without paying any attention to the gimbal and i did the same when holding the camera from hand.
Another test I made was attaching the gimbal to the outside of the car to see how the Feiyu Tech G5 hold up against strong winds. I attached it to the front windshield with a suction cup mount attached to the front tripod screw mount on the G5 and drove the car in both city speeds and at 70 km/h or 44 mp/h while controlling the gimbal from inside the car with the smartphone app.
At 70 km/h the gimbal works fine when facing forward but when completely sideways it starts to shake. At city speeds, the gimbal works perfectly in any position so you can get some cool videos filming from a car.
The G5 has a few limitation due to the dimensions of the GoPro so it`s not 360 in any directions but i never had any issues with this and no-one probably will. You can pan it around 360 but bot the Roll and Tilt hae 310 degree limitations.
What I love about Feiyu Tech G5
- Amazing build quality
- Splash proof!
- Super silent motors
- Huge battery life
- Replaceable battery
- Easy controls
- Works perfectly
- Nice packaging
- Neoprene carry pouch
- Two tripod screw mounts
- Compatible with many action cameras
- GoPro charging from the gimbal
- Remote control from the app
- Extension pole capability
- Connects to the app very fast
- The app looks a bit basic and could use a UI makeover
Things I don`t love
- The carry pouch is tight, could be 3 mm bigger for a better fit.
Feiyu Tech G5 – Final Verdict
I am hugely impressed by how good it looks and feels and most of all how quietly it works without any hassles. A great product that works right out of the box and for a such a complex and advanced thing as a gimbal it is so easy and effortless to use. There isn`t really anything bad to say about this and by the way -the shipping speed is mindblowing! Just take a look at the great reviews at the official Feiyu Tech Aliexpress storre and you can see people raving about how fast they receive theys G5s.
If you want to buy it, get it from:
Check out how it stacks up against its brother, the WG2 – a handheld gimbal from Feiyu Tech. Read the comparison HERE.
If you are considering between a handheld and a wearable gimbal check out the comparison between the G5 and the WG2 by Feiyu Tech.