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GoPro Karma Grip comes standard when you buy the Karma drone, however, you can buy it separately for around $300. The biggest thing with Karma Grip is that it works with the HERO5 Black action cam (and HERO4 Silver and Black, though you need a separate harness for these). The HERO5 is an awesome action camera that’s water resistant down to 10 meters and shoots 4k up to 30 frames per second. The footage turns out clear and crisp and you even have slow motion options. Karma Grip even charges the action camera so you don’t have to worry about losing battery while you’re taking video and Karma Grip gets about 1.5 hours on a single charge (i.e. really great battery life). The downside with using Karma Grip’s setup is that you need a HERO5 Black or HERO4 Black/Silver action camera, making the real price more like $600. The only way it makes sense to get Karma Grip over the DJI Osmo is if you already have the HERO5 Black, HERO4 Black, or HERO4 Silver. The other thing is that there’s no good viewing display with Karma Grip. For the most part, the handle gets in your way to where you don’t have a clear view of what you’re actually recording. Of course, you can sync the HERO5 Black, etc. with your phone and look at the footage that way, but it’s not very convenient. As an FYI, this is the stabilizer that we use since we do have several GoPro action cameras. Plus it’s wildly easy to use.
The DJI Osmo is a super neat product, however, for most people the price is prohibitively high at around $550 (check price on Amazon) and the battery life is completely underwhelming to where you’ll be purchasing several additional batteries (making the price point even higher). If you can get passed those two items, the Osmo is killer. It shoots 4k up to 24 frames per second, which looks beautiful. Our only complaint with the video quality is that it doesn’t react fast enough to changes in lighting. One really nice thing with DJI Osmo is that you can hook your phone up to it to see exactly what your footage will look like. That also makes it easy to adjust settings and view previously recorded media. Even more, DJI Osmo has a d-pad that allows you to control the camera manually via your thumb rather than moving the entire unit. There’s also some other clever tricks like selfie mode, which are nice as well and you can purchase separate, better image sensors to improve the video quality.
The DJI Osmo Mobile is probably the most popular stabilizer out there because it requires only your phone and phones nowadays are really, really good (which has been to GoPro’s demise by the way). The Osmo Mobile incorporates most of the great features of the standard Osmo as well as the awesome stabilization properties. Battery life is much better on the Osmo as well. It even has a universal phone attachment system, which will work with darn near all of your phones. We really enjoy using the Osmo Mobile and it’s an awesome solution for taking consumer-level video and vlogs.