The Z1-RIDER from Zhiyun-Tech is a 3-axis, motorized gimbal that lets you capture smooth, stabilized shots with a GoPro or other similarly-sized action camera. It features a unique split design with a separate gimbal unit and handheld control unit connected via a 59″ cable. The gimbal has a standard GoPro mount, allowing it to be worn or mounted virtually anywhere using the plethora of optional GoPro-compatible mounts available. This makes it easy to get the same unique angles and POV shots you’re accustomed to but with the benefit of three-axis stabilization.
Three buttons on the handle let you control camera tilt and change the operating mode. You can choose to lock the camera in place along all three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), or select modes where the camera will smoothly follow as you pan and tilt the handle. Two sets of screws for the camera mount are provided: a shorter set for securing a GoPro, and a longer set to accommodate a GoPro with an attached LCD Touch BacPac.
The gimbal motor is powered using two rechargeable 18630 type 900mAh batteries, which slot into the handle. A battery indicator light on the device lets you know when it’s time to recharge the batteries using the included charger. For added convenience, a specially designed USB connection port allows you to charge your GoPro from the same batteries used to power the stabilizer.