We keep seeing people reaching out and comparing the Evo SS vs Karma grip to try and work out what the better gimbal for their action camera is. We keep seeing so much miss information being put out into the various forums and social networks regarding these products that we decided to publish this article to help our readers.
Now the main problem that we see is the Karma grip essentially trading off its GoPro branding rather than its performance and people simply presuming it is the better choice. Now the real answer is that it simply depends on what you are wanting out of the gimbal systems and what you are planning to do with your action cameras as each product has their own advantages and disadvantages.
Our comparison table below showcases some of the key points and features of the two gimbal stabilizers to give a decent overview of each of their abilities but we will be going into more detail of each throughout the article.
The Evo SS
At the time of writing, the Evo SS supports the following range of action cameras:-
- GoPro Hero5
- GoPro Hero 6 Black
- GoPro Hero4 Black
- GoPro Hero4 Silver
- GoPro Hero3
- GoPro Hero Hero3+
- GoPro Hero Session
- GoPro Hero5 Session
- Yi Action Camera
- Yi 4k+ Action Cam
- The SJ4000-SJ6000 Range
Although we have seen reports of other action cameras working fine with the Evo SS we have been unable to verify those reports so only want to publish the officially supported action cameras in our article. Each of the cameras in the list below are fully supported and get the full functionality of the wearable gimbal without issue.
As our comparison table at the start of the article shows, the main advantage of the Evo SS is its superior battery life and much cheaper price tag. Its Five-hour battery life blows the Karma grip out of the water and the fact that it is a much cheaper gimbal system also helps to push it out further ahead of the Karma. If you are wanting to use the gimbals on a chest mount then the Evo SS jumps out even further ahead as the Karma needs the handle of the gimbal to also be mounted on your chest mount making the gimbal huge while also having an effect on your range of movement whereas the Evo remains much smaller and easier to mount.
As both systems are based on the 3-axis gimbal system their performance is very similar although the Evo SS does lag behind by the smallest margin in all honesty, the vast majority of people will not even realize the difference in video footage between the two.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Evo SS to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Karma Grip
Although the Grip does offer slightly better stabilization for your action camera, we do not feel that its price tag or its shortcomings allow it to cover take the Evo SS by any stretch. Its battery life is pitiful for its price tag and as we mentioned earlier, when used as a wearable gimbal it can be a nightmare due to the size and weight of the full system that must be mounted on you.
The main advantage of the Karma Grip over the Evo SS is actually its handheld performance but if you are considering picking up an Evo SS over the Grip then chances are this is not a major factor for you and you are looking for a wearable gimbal system for your action sport of choice rather than a handheld gimbal system. The lack of an official waterproof rating on the Karma Grip only sets it further behind the Evo SS too making it difficult to honestly recommend it to our readers.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Karma Grip to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
A Third Party Perspective
The video below is a great third-party perspective of from an independent user who has made their own third-party comparison of the Evo SS and the Karma Grip.