Point and shoot cameras have been increasing in popularity as they are excellent entry-level cameras for many vloggers and social media influencers with some entry-level photographers and videographers also opting to go with a point and shoot camera. With their steadily increasing popularity, we have noticed more and more people asking about the various camera accessories that they are able add to their collection to try and improve the image quality that they are able to capture when using their point and shoot camera.
With the newest Sony RX100 and Canon G7X having just been released onto the market a few months back, we have noticed a spike in people reaching out about handheld gimbals and what options are best. As it just so happens, Feiyutech have just released their brand new G6 Max that is targeted towards the point and shoot camera weight class so we have decided to kill two birds with one stone and publish our own, ultimate Feiyu G6 Max review.
Our goal is to try and help any of our readers who are using a point and shoot camera or a lightweight mirrorless camera and looking to add a handheld gimbal to their collection for some solid image stabilization. The Feiyu G6 Max is an excellent little handheld gimbal and we have no doubt that it will have the ability to help improve the image quality that you are able to capture with your camera.
Some of our readers who are more experienced with gimbals may know that the G6 Max is the successor to the extremely successful Feiyutech G6 Plus that has been the king of the point and shoot camera weight class since its release. We are pleased to report that Feiyutech has absolutely smashed it when it comes to their new G6 Max and it not only improves on all of the weak areas of the older G6 Plus but that it also further improves its strengths too.
At the time of writing, we are confident in staying that the Feiyu G6 Max is the best point and shoot weight class camera gimbal on the market by far. It outclasses the Zhiyun Crane M2 in every way and totally leaves it for dust when it comes to the quality of image stabilization it can provide. It would seem that the vlogging and videography communities agree with us too as since its release, the G6 Max has managed to earn itself an excellent reputation amongst the community that just keeps on getting stronger and stronger as time goes on.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Feiyutech has almost doubled the maximum load capacity on the Feiyu G6 Max compared to the G6 Plus with it now being able to support maximum camera payloads of 2.65 pounds. As the vast majority of point and shoot cameras are usually 0.8 pounds or less, this leaves you with plenty of spare load capacity. If you are thinking of purchasing the G6 Max for your mirrorless camera, this is also likley to be plenty for something like the Canon m50 or the Sony a6400 provided that you use a light setup. If you are planning to use a heavier mirrorless camera rig then something like the Zhiyun Weebill S would be a much better option due to its massive maximum load capacity.
With the G6 Max having so much load capacity spare with a point and shoot camera mounted to it, you are able to use some of the better external microphones out there to help improve your audio quality. Just keep in mind that at the time of writing, only the Sony RX100 VII and Canon G7X III comes with an external microphone input socket but we do expect more cameras to support this soon.
When it comes to battery life, the Feiyutech G6 Max sticks to the same eight hours that the G6 Plus offered and we would really have liked to see some improvements here. That said though, eight hours of battery for each full charge of the gimbals battery is likley plenty for the vast majority of our readers anyway. On top of this, Feiyutech has tried to make the G6 Max as small, compact, and lightweight as possible so using larger battery cells would have ended up adding additional size and weight.
The battery in the G6 Max can be recharged back to full once empty in just under three hours if plugged into a traditional wall-based power outlet. That said though, with the gimbal being such a popular option amongst travel vloggers, many opt to add a USB power bank to their collection of camera accessories too. The more modern power banks have a high enough load to allow you to recharge your devices while out and about on your adventures to extend your battery for as long as required.
Not only can some of these power banks be used to recharge your gimbal but they can also charge your camera, smartphone, laptop, tablet, and a bunch of other devices too. If you are working in one of the niches where you may be out on an adventure for days at a time, investing in a solid USB power bank can be a great option. Just keep in mind that the recharge time with a USB power bank will depend on its output level and make take more than the three hours it takes to recharge from a wall socket.
Feiyutech has also put a ton of work into improving the detection and correction system on the G6 Max due to the Zhiyun Crane M2 being a solid competitor to their older G6 Plus they wanted their new gimbal to be way out ahead of the competition. With Zhiyun seemingly focused on dominating the higher weight class gimbal ranges, we are confident that the G6 Max will be left to reight supreme for the foreseeable future without any real threat to its dominance.
Feiyutech has overhauled everything on the G6 Max from their older gimbals to help improve performance while also keep size and weight as small as possible. The gimbal sensors on the G6 Max have been developed from the very start to be as efficient as possible while being almost half the size and a third of the weight of some compeating gimbal sensors. While also achieving their goals for size and weight, Feiyutech has also ensured that the sensors are as accurate as possible while also ensuring that they are rapid at processing their data too.
This ensures that the Feiyutech balancing algorithm has the best possible data to work with and that it gets that data as fast as possible. Thankfully, Feiyutech seem to have corrected all of the issues that their balancing algorithm has had in their previous generation of gimbals as the system in the G6 Max is flawless. It is able to work at the speed of lightning to ensure that you get the best image stabilization available even when taking part in activities with lots of rapid movement and vibration.
The final part of the system is the gimbal motors and as you may have guessed from the maximum load capacity of the gimbal, they are not the strongest but in all fairness, for the target weight range, they are the best available right now. At the time of writing, no other gimbal manufacturer has a point and shoot weight class gimbal on the market that even comes close to offering a similar maximum load capacity to the G6 Max.
As we touched on earlier, Feiyutech has also focused on keeping their new gimbal motors as small and as light as possible too so the stabilizer can function as a solid travel gimbal if needed as many of the target customers are travel vloggers/social media influencers. Anyway, we mentioned the gimbal motors on the G6 Max are excellent for use with every popular point and shoot camera setup that we can think of. The motors make light work of the heavier setups too without having any issues with the quality of their image stabilization either.
As you would expect, the G6 Max also comes with the standard pan, lock, follow, and manual modes will all four of them performing flawlessly but their usefulness will depend on what you are actually wanting to do with your gimbal. Feiyutech has also ripped the vortex gimbal mode off from Zhiyun and although we feel that it is just a meme mode, many vloggers and videographers have put it to good use to capture locations that are recorded on a regular basis from a new perspective.
Considering that the G6 Max usually retails for less than three hundred dollars depending on the retailer, it is no surprise that it has managed to grow such a large customer base in the months that it has been available. Due to their being so few solid options in the point and shoot weight class, videographers and vloggers seem to be flocking to the gimbal with many publishing their independent reviews going over their thoughts and experiences with the gimbal too.
User Interface And Control System
Thankfully, Feiyutech has not made any significant changes to the control system on the G6 Max other than a few aesthetic improvements and we are pleased to see this as we feel that they absolutely nailed it with the system on the G6 Plus. Due to so many potential buyers of the Feiyutech G6 Max being brand new to using a gimbal, it needs that ease of use factor that the older system had but at the same time, it offered everything that any advanced level videographer may require in a gimbal too.
This is why we feel that Feiyutech has made the right choice of essentially keeping this same system on the G6 Max. They have made a few improvements to the joystick and its sensitivity but at the end of the day, it is a solid little omnidirectional joystick that offers great control of where your gimbal head is pointing during use. If you are planning on using the G6 Max in manual mode on a regular basis, the joystick is outstanding.
If you have been involved with gimbals for a few years, you may remember the old school, four way joysticks that the older gimbals had. These were notorious for their footage looking slightly robotic and also having an awkward feel to them. These new omnidirectional joysticks like the one on the G6 Max have changed the way the gimbal receives your manual commands. Rather than only having four points of contact, the omnidirectional ones have sixteen and are extremely accurate.
This is why you are able to get some of the smoothest footage that looks extremely natural when using your Feiyutech G6 Max in manual mode. This is great for videography tasks and can also help your vlogging by allowing you to capture some great b-roll footage too. Again though, some people who purchase the G6 Max may not actually use it in manual mode anyway but we just wanted to make our readers aware that testing the gimbal with its joystick is definatley worth it as it offers great image quality.
The navigation menu on the gimbal is extremely easy to use and is arguably easier to navigate than a modern smartphone. Even if you have never used a gimbal before, we are sure that the vast majority of people will easily be able to take the G6 Max out of the box and play with the menu and get a solid understanding of what’s happening and be good to go.
We are so pleased to see that Feiyutech has stuck with their older balancing system and just slightly tweaked it for the G6 Max rather than use the system that they developed for their AK range of gimbals. For those who are unaware, the Feiyutech AK range of gimbals has had multiple issues with their balancing system. By sticking to the older G6 Plus balancing system, they about the vibration and initial balancing issues that the AK range had and the slight tweaks that they have made just make the system even easier to balance.
If you are brand new to using a gimbal, you may have to take a few minutes to balance your gimbal for the first few times to get used to the process. That said though, once you have gone through the process a few times, we are sure that you will easily be able to get a point and shoot camera rig balanced in around thirty seconds. If you are using a heavier mirrorless camera with the gimbal then it may take closer to a minute but it is still extremely fast and user-friendly.
Another part of the interface on the G6 max that we like is the ease of use on the quick release plate that the gimbal uses. Although it is similar to the majority of other Manfrotto style quick release plates, it allows you to quickly and easily mount or unmount your rig within seconds. This allows you to do your initial set up quicker or switch between your gimbal, handheld mode, mounting it to a selfie stick or using a tripod within seconds too.
All in all, Feiyutech really has done a great job of keeping the interface on the G6 Max as user-friendly as possible while ensuring that it does its job well and offers everything potential customers may need from the gimbal. No matter if you are an entry-level or advanced level gimbal user, we are confident in saying that the gimbals control system will offer everything you need.
Build Quality And Design
If you have read any of the other reviews of the Feiyutech G6 Max you have probably seen that Feiyutech has absolutely smashed the ball out of the park when it comes to its build quality. As we touched on earlier, Feiyutech has always aimed to have the G6 Max be the size of a travel gimbal while offering professional-level image stabilization for the user and they have done a great job of reaching these two goals. Rather than risk trying something new with the gimbal, they have chosen to stick the to regular handheld gimbal stabilizer design due to it being so popular and extremely efficient yet easy to use too.
Due to the G6 Max being one of the newest gimbals to market at the time of writing, it has the latest polymers just like the Zhiyun Weebill S and Moza Aircross 2 for the higher weight class cameras. This ensures that the gimbal is as light as possible while also allowing it to be surprisingly tough and robust at the same time too. Due to so many of the people who purchased the older variants of the G6 being travel vloggers or involved in a niche where they have to travel on a regular basis, this makes the G6 Max the perfect option.
It is absolutely tiny when compared to something like the DJI Ronin S that is designed for DSLRs or even the Aircross 2 that is designed for mirrorless cameras. This means that it requires barely any space in your luggage making it very easy to pack. The lightweight of the gimbal not only means that there is less chance of you going over your airline baggage weight limit but it also reduces the chances of your arm starting to ache when using the gimbal on those longer videography sessions.
Feiyutech have ripped the axis locking system off from the latest range of Zhiyun cameras and we are actually glad they have. It is such a simple and easy to add feature that offers the user so much potential value that we would be surprised if other brands don’t add this to their gimbal range too. Essentially, due to the G6 Max being a 3 axis gimbal, when not powered up, these axes can rotate freely and one of the main causes of damage on the older G6 gimbals was due to one or more of the gimbal axis rotating during transit and becoming damaged.
These new axis locks allow you to quickly and easily lock each of the axis in place to prevent them from randomly rotating when you don’t want them too. It takes seconds to lock or unlock these but it prevents your axis from randomly rotating in your luggage and potentially breaking. On top of this, if you are walking between recording locations with your gimbal powered down, you can activate the locks to stop your camera from randomly spinning around too.
That concludes our Feiyu G6 Max review and as you may be able to guess, we are huge fans of the Feiyutech G6 Max. In our opinion, it is without a doubt the best point and shoot weight class gimbal on the market right now and it blows its nearest competitor, the Zhiyun Crane M2 out the water with ease. We are confident that adding the G6 Max to your camera accessories will help to improve the image quality that you are able to record due to the great image stabilization that it provides too.
If you like, you can also check out some of these independent reviews of the gimbal too. They have all been published by third-party videographers and vloggers who use the G6 Max as their gimbal of choice and go over their experiences with the unit. They offer some great insight into just how well the gimbal performs in pretty much any niche or situation that you can think of too.