I have been shopping around for a new steadicam for my Panasonic GH4 so I can add stable motion to my 4K YouTube videos. Well, recently I happened to watch DroidModder Shane’s YouTube video on a smartphone gimbal stabilizer. I did a few hours of research on Amazon and YouTube trying to find the best smartphone stabilizer on the market with good reviews and good real footage.
Eventually it came down to the KumbaCam 3 (which Shane reviewed) and the LaParte HHG-01. Well, one thing that worried me was how small the battery looked on the KumbaCam 3 while the battery was huge on the LaParte. Upon asking Shane directly, he told me that the KumbaCam 3 does start sagging after only 20% of battery has depleted. So, I ended up with the LaParte HHG-01.
Upon unboxing, the LaParte HHG-01 came with Chinese instructions which I could not read (sorry I can read Korean though). To my surprise, I was able to figure out how to use the KumbaCam 3 without any instructions, just strap your smartphone on and hit the power button. The LaParte may start going bonkers but simply place your smartphone in a level position and it will start stabilizing right away. There’s also two weights on the device you can adjust to balance your smartphone. And yes, LaParte comes with 3 different mounts, one for smaller smartphones, one for larger smartphones (I was able to fit my Nexus 6, Note 4, LG G4, One PlusOne, HTC One M9 just fine), and one for GoPro Hero 3/4.
Another thing that worried me was motor noise as another review on Amazon said the motor noise is very loud. But my LaParte never made any noise while recording (as you can see in my videos as the audio is straight from my phones) and that could have been an older version. Make sure you grab the version on Amazon here as that’s the version I bought, it’s also the lowest price on Amazon.
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