The latest Sony RX100 and Canon G7X variants have been released recently and are seeing some great growth amongst the vlogging and entry-level videography communities. Due to this though, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people reaching out and asking various questions about the camera accessories that they are able to add to their collection to help improve image quality. At the time of writing, the most frequently asked question is based around what gimbal they should be using for a point and shoot camera body like the RX100 or the G7X.
Due to this, and due to seeing so many people reaching out and asking for a dedicated Feiyu G6 Plus review we have decided to kill two birds with one stone and publish our review of the G6 Plus as it is currently the best selling point and shoot camera gimbal of all time and has an excellent reputation amongst vloggers and videographers. That said though, the newer Feiyutech G6 Max has just been released onto the market and improves on the older G6 Plus in every single way, if you are looking for the best performance then the G6 Max is the obvious option.
That said though, due to the new release in the G6 range, the older Feiyutech G6 Plus has recently received a price reduction from Feiyutech to make it even more budget-friendly. Due to so many vloggers being on a tight budget, this offers a great advantage over the newer G6 Max as the G6 Plus still offers some excellent image stabilization and is a great entry-level handheld gimbal. If you are on a tighter budget or are not wanting to spend much on your new point and shoot camera gimbal then the G6 Plus is an excellent option.
As we mentioned earlier, it is the best selling handheld gimbal stabilizer in its weight class by far and offers some excellent levels of image stabilization. Feiyutech are fully aware that the majority of potential customers for their G6 range will be entry-level videographers so they have put a ton of time and effort into ensuring that it is as user-friendly as possible. This ensures that if you are a first-time gimbal user then you will be able to quickly and easily get to grips with the G6 Plus and get the most out of it pretty much right out of the box.
As image quality is becoming more and more important for anyone wanting to grow a YouTube vlogging channel or their social media platforms, adding a solid little 3 axis gimbal stabilizer to your collection of camera accessories can be a great investment. Due to this, we are going to be taking a more in-depth look at why we feel that the Feiyu G6 Plus can still be an excellent investment in your gear even though the newer Feiyu G6 Max is available.
Performance Of The Gimbal
The vast majority of point and shoot cameras come in at around the 0.50-pound mark with some of them going up to around 0.75 pounds of payload weight depending on the model of your camera and the additional camera accessories that you have mounted to your camera when recording. Although the majority of the Sony RX100 and Canon G7X range do not have an external microphone input, the RX100 VII and G7X III do allow you to use an external microphone with them to improve your audio quality. Thankfully though, the majority of popular microphones that are used with point and shoot cameras are only around 0.1 pounds of weight helping to keep your rig as light as possible.
Due to the Feiyu G6 Plus offering a maximum load capacity of 1.76 pounds of total camera setup payload weight, it is easily able to support pretty much any point and shoot camera rig that we can think of off the top of our head with ease. This ensures that if you are a vlogger or entry-level videographer using a point and shoot camera you are easily able to get excellent image stabilization from the gimbal. Although rare, we have also seen a few reports from people using bridge cameras or very light mirrorless camera setups with the G6 Plus too but in our opinion, something like the Zhiyun Weebill S would be a much better fit for those camera setups.
Due to point and shoot cameras having a fitted lens, there is no need for Feiyutech to put super high torque gimbal motors in the G6 Plus either to help support any longer or heavier lenses being mounted to the user’s camera body. This not only helps to keep the costs down but also helps to keep the balancing process for the G6 Plus as simple and quick as possible as the gimbal is expected a pretty light, easy to balance camera anyway. Due to using smaller motors, the G6 Plus is also smaller and lighter than its larger cousins designed to support the load of a mirrorless or DSLR camera rig making it the ideal travel gimbal if you are a travel vlogger or anything like that too.
Although the officially listed maximum battery life of the Feiyutech G6 Plus is twelve hours, the majority of reports that we see suggest it is more realistic to expect around eight hours of battery for each charge of the gimbal. In our opinion, a large number of our readers who are considering purchasing the G6 Plus will likley be able to get everything they need with their gimbal within eight hours of battery anyway but many travel vloggers have started to add a high output USB power bank to their collection of camera accessories these days.
This ensures that no matter what you are going to be getting up to, you can recharge your devices as required and extend their battery life to ensure you always have power. If you are a travel vlogger or working in a niche where you may be out on an adventure for days at a time without being able to recharge your gear, a modern high output USB power bank can be a solid investment as they a high load and can recharge your camera and gimbal as well as any other devices that you have too.
Now, as we mentioned back at the start of the article, the Feiyu G6 Plus is an older handheld gimbal stabilizer that is showing the signs of aging against the newer releases. Although its detection and correction system is solid, the newer Feiyutech system on the G6 Max absolutely blows it out the water with ease. If you are wanting the absolute best performance for your camera with the next-generation detection and correction image stabilization then the G6 Max is definatley the better gimbal.
That said though, we know a number of our readers will likley be on a tighter budget making the G6 Plus the obvious option. Provided you are using a G7X or an RX100 or any other lightweight point and shoot camera, the image stabilization system on the G6 Plus should be able to meet your needs. If you are using the RX100 VIII or the G7X III with a microphone, provided that you are using a light external mic then it should be fine too but heavier microphones may cause vibrations making the G6 Max the better option.
Anyway, the gimbal sensors on the G6 Plus are decent and have aged well in all fairness to Feiyutech and they are actually very similar to the gimbal sensors that they have used on their G6 Max. As we keep saying, if your gimbal sensors capture low duality data for the rest of the system then you are definatley going to be having problems but these older Feiyutech sensors still perform well. They can easily detect small, short vibrations and pass that data along the chain to ensure that the gimbal is able to provide its image stabilization for your camera rig.
The G6 Plus and G6 Max also use the same Feiyutech balancing algorithm too but if you are using the G6 Plus you will have to update its firmware after purchasing it to let it download the latest algorithm. On top of this, Feiyutech have used a stand-alone algorithm for their G6 range of gimbals thankfully as the algorithm that they use on their AK range of gimbals is having an absolute ton of problems right now.
The final part of the system is the gimbal motors and although back in their day, the Feiyutech motors on the G6 Plus were solid and lead the weight class with little to no real competition, the new motors on the G6 Max absolutely blow them out of the water. Not only are they smaller, lighter, and require less power but they also offer more than double the torque to stabilize even heavier camera rigs. If you are planning to upgrade from something like the G7X or RX100 to something like the Canon m50 then the G6 Max has the torque available to support the vast majority of light to mid-weight m50 setups allowing you to upgrade your camera without having to also folk out for a new gimbal too.
Although the G6 Plus only supports the pan, manual, and lock gimbal modes, the vast majority of vloggers will not need anything else for their content anyway. If you are an entry-level videographer then a decent tracking mode could be useful but again, back when the G6 Plus was initially released onto the market very few gimbals offered a decent tracking mode so it’s just the gimbal showing its age again.
When you look at the price tag after its recent price reduction, it is easy to see why the Feiyu G6 Plus has managed to see such an increase in popularity. Additionally, due to it absolutely dominating its weight class for years, the gimbal also has an absolute ton of independent reviews from vloggers and videographers that you can read. They offer some excellent insight into the performance of the gimbal in pretty much every niche you can think of and are well worth reading.
User Interface And Control System
Although some of the newer Feiyutech gimbals use a touchscreen interface, the G6 Plus uses the old school joystick system that we actually prefer over the touchscreen systems, especially if you will be using the gimbal in manual mode on a regular basis. Although the touchscreen systems are good in theory, in our experience, the joysticks just offer much better manual control offering smoother and natural looking control of your gimbal head over what the touchscreens offer.
The joystick on the Feiyu G6 Plus is fully omnidirectional too ratherthan the older four way control systems with it having twelve points of contact. Although the Feiyutech G6 Max has a very similar joystick, it uses a sixteen point of contact system that does help to get slightly better manual control over your gimbal head. That said though, it is only a minor improvement over what the G6 Plus offers and if you are making videos for YouTube, chances are, no one would be able to notice the difference in the footage anyway unless you are working in the videography niche where people are experienced and naturally see these things in videos.
Although we feel it is easier to balance the G6 Max over the G6 Plus due to it having higher torque gimbal motors that are more forgiving, we are confident that none of our readers will have any issue with the G6 Plus system, especially if you are using a point and shoot camera that comes in at less than 0.8 pounds of payload weight as most people considering the G6 Plus will likley be using. The gimbal motors are easily able to help counter slight mistakes made during balancing with cameras of that weight and in all fairness to Feiyutech, they have massively improve their balancing system anyway so the G6 Plus is pretty easy and straight forward to balance even if you are new to using gimbals.
The quick release plate system on the G6 Plus is solid too and allows you to quickly and easily mount or unmount your point and shoot camera as required. You can then hot swap your camera between your gimbal, a tripod, a selfie stick, or your hands to switch up the type of footage you are getting as required. Although some niches may never need this functionality, it is still solid to have on the off chance that you end up needing it.
Build Quality And Design
The Feiyutech G6 Plus uses the same handheld gimbal design as the vast majority of other 3 axis gimbal stabilizers on the market right now. Although some brands are starting to innovate, we are ebig fans of the regular design and it has been so popular for so long due to it being easy to use for the videographer while also being very effective at helping provide you with image stabilization.
Due to the G6 Plus having been designed for use as a travel gimbal stabilizer, Feiyutech have been sure to make it as small and lightweight as possible to make it as travel friendly as possible. The small size and light weight ensures that you are easily able to pack your gimbal away in your luggage without having to give it much space or having to worry about accidentl going over your luggage weight restrictions for air travel too.
The stabilizer is also suprisingly tough and we are confident that the G6 Plus will easily be able to take its fair share of punishment without breaking. If you are planning to travel around with your gimbal on a regular basis then you probably know the punishment that your gear can go through while in transit. Knowing that your gimbal is tough offers some peace of mind that it will last you for years to come and not break streight away on your first journey.
That bring our ultimate Feiyu G6 Plus review to a close and although we do feel that the Feiyutech G6 Max is the better gimbal due to being newer and coming with all of the latest technology, it also has the price tag to match. If you are on a budget then in our opinion, the Feiyutech G6 Plus can still provide you with great image stabilization and make a solid addition to your camera accessories too.
As we touched on earlier, the G6 Plus has pretty much been the king of its weight class until the release of the G6 Max meaning that it has earned a large number of third-party reviews that you are able to read if you want to know more about the gimbal prior to purchasing it. Due to it being so popular, there are reviews available for pretty much every videography niche and situation that you can think of so reading some of them can be well worth the time to help you see how good the G6 Plus still is.