Feiyu G6 Specs
Feiyu G6 holds an exchangeable 5000 mAh type 26650 Li-ion battery which allows 12 hours of working time under normal conditions. G6 holds a small port on the head to connect and power your action camera. While powering the camera the operation time is stated with 5 hours. The exchangeable battery within the grip allows you to carry an extra battery to quickly change them when you need longer operation time. I favour this solution compared to the many built-in battery gimbals, including Karma.
Weight & Payload
Feiyu G6 itself weights 336g, without battery and camera, the max. payload is about 130g.
Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle
The gimbal allows 360° rotation on the pan and tilt axis as well as 320° rotation on the roll axis. Great to see the gimbal offers unlimited pan & tilt rotation. Another addition compared to Feiyu G5 is new design of the roll motor which is lowered so it doesn’t block visibility and operation of the backside touchscreen of your action camera.
Similar to Feiyu G5, the new Feiyu G6 is splashproof as well. The camera is mounted with a frame bar, so you get the most benefit when the camera is splash-proof as well, like the latest GoPro line-up (Hero, Hero5 & Hero6) or Sony RX0. Cameras can’t be mounted within an underwater case, that limits the use of other brands a bit. The gimbal is not waterproof or designed for underwater use. In my opinion this is not necessarily needed as movements underwater are smoother anyway. Being splash-proof helps in wet situations while skiing e.g.
Buttons & Controls
The control panel provides a flat joystick to control the head as well as function and shutter button below. New, compared to Feiyu G5, is the display above the joystick which shows gimbal infos on connection (bluetooth & wifi), battery life and camera settings! If G6 is connected to your GoPro it will display the current mode and you can change settings via the gimbal’s buttons. More on that later.
One side of the grip features a settings button (to change camera settings) and a microUSB port for charging. The other side features a standard 1/4″ photo tripod mount which allows additional accessories like a smartphone holder. Another 1/4″ thread can be found at the bottom to attach G6 to other mounts like a tripod or suction cup.
On the backside there’s a trigger button that lets you lock all axes while pressing and a lever to horizontally adjust the camera.
Feiyu G6 offers several operation modes indicated by shortcuts on the display. They can be changed by pressing the function button on the front. In the default mode, panning mode (HF), the gimbal/camera follows pan movements while roll and tilt axes are locked. In following mode (AF) the tilt axis additionally follows your up/down movements as well. In locking mode (LK) the orientation of your camera is locked while you can move the gimbal around.
If you press and hold the trigger button on the backside of your gimbal you can switch locking mode instantly. When you release the button the gimbal returns to its previous mode. I really like this option as you can quickly lock the orientation of the camera while you can mode around.
The lever on the backside let’s you adjust the horizontal angle in any of the selected modes. Great option to easily adjust while shooting.
Manual lock allows you to position your camera in every mode. When holding the camera’s position for half a second the orientation is manually set.
Auto-rotation Mode / Time-lapse Mode
Similar to the wearable Feiyu WG2 you can also do motion controlled time-lapses with Feiyu G6. Simply set start and end position and when initiated the gimbal’s head will move automatically from start to end point. Both pan and tilt axis will rotate. Of course you can achieve the best results when the gimbal is mounted on a tripod. Via Feiyu On app you can change the speed rotation from 12 sec per turn to 8h per turn.
Packaging / Accessories
Feiyu G6 comes with a carrying case, USB – microUSB cable for charing the gimbal, microUSB – USB-C cable to charge your camera via gimbal, one 26650 battery and manual.