Handheld gimbal stabilization was an unexpected but pleasant addition to the technological renaissance of the last few years. It’s enabled millions of DIY action shots to be produced that people outside of Hollywood could only dream about before reasonably priced gimbals hit the consumer market. They have been the wind beneath the wings of so many slick looking viral videos that cause our eyes to widen as lunatics risk their lives for our pleasure. The Freevision VILTA has the ability to give you that picturesque video quality you and your followers so desperately crave.
Freevision VILTA is a 3-axis (pan, tilt, and roll) gimbal that works GoPro cameras, generations 3 through 6. The form factor is fairly nice, it’s a little over 10 inches tall, has some weight to it at close to 1.5 lbs or 680 grams, and is ergonomic feel with a partially rubberized handle, as opposed to the traditional “chopstick” handle. Aside from the handle, the gimbal is comprised mostly of metal except for a tiny bit of plastic protecting the front of the GoPro. The button layout is simple; you have your standard power button, a shutter button that either takes a picture or orients the gimbal into selfie mode, and a trigger which will toggle the modes that the gimbal operates in (follow, semi-follow, and lock). There’s also a joystick which manually gives you access to 360 degrees.
The gimbal removes from handle very easily, there’s a button that says ‘push’ right where the gimbal and handle meet. At the bottom of the gimbal, you’ll find the GoPro universal mounts, they’re embedded into the grooves but all you have to do is pinched the raised portion for them to come out, after that you can mount them to the GoPro accessory of your choice.
- It makes your videos buttery smooth
- The versatility of being able to dismount the gimbal from the handle and attach it to any GoPro accessory whether it’s on your chest as a wearable or mounted or on your rail/bike/skateboard/etc.
- There’s a dual power source; one 350 mAh battery in the gimbal and a 2000 mAh capacity in the handle giving 8-9.5 hours of battery life.
- Adapter that charges GoPro is powered by dual-battery and is only $5.99.
- The GoPro Camera is easy to insert and lock in place.
The Not So Good
- Duo charging system means you have to charge the handle and the gimbal with two Micro USB chargers at a time.
- Recharging takes a few hours.
- The whirring of the motors can be heard on recorded footage but can be mitigated selecting the “Wind Only” option in the GoPro App
Overall, the Freevision Vilta-G produces silky smooth footage that simply cannot be obtained with the GoPro alone. If you have a GoPro and want to try your hand at some cinematic shots or just want a gimbal that you can mount on a tripod as you vlog, you could do a lot worse than the Freevision Vilta-G. In my opinion, it’s well worth the price of $249.
Update: receive an additional $24.99 off or a free tripod when you use the discount code ‘tripod’ at checkout.
We like it. It works when you want it to. The most buttery gimbal for GoPro we've ever seen and a definite must for the GoPro enthusiast.
- The stabilization is amazing
- Can be mounted on any GoPro accessory
- Excellent battery life
- Power needs to be applied to gimbal and handle with two Micro USB cables
- Takes ~3 hours to charge
- Battery Life 0%
- Ease of Use 0%
- Ease of Setup 0%
- Stabilization 0%