The Canon G7X is without a doubt one of the most popular point and shoot cameras in the world with a massive core customer base that includes photographers, videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers. With the new release of the latest Canon G7X Mark III we have seen a spike in the already large number of questions we see asked about camera accessories for the G7X. One of the main questions that we have noticed over the last few weeks is people asking for the best gimbal for Canon G7X users.
Due to this, we have decided to make this the main focus of today’s article to try and help any of our readers who own a G7X and are looking to add a new handheld gimbal stabilizer to their collection of camera accessories. Now, at the time of writing, there are actually three variants of the G7X on the market but in our opinion, the Feiyutech G6 Max is the best gimbal for all three versions of the camera.
The Feiyutech G6 range has dominated the point and shoot camera space for years now and the latest variant of the gimbal, the G6 Max, has only just been released onto the market. As many videographers expected, it has improved on the weak areas of the original G6 and the old G6 Plus in every way while also further strengthening the strong areas of the gimbal range too.
This has ensured that the G6 Max has managed to establish itself as the leading handheld gimbal stabilizer in the Canon G7X’s weight class by a fair margin. This has led to the gimbal being able to quickly gain a great reputation amongst vloggers and videographers and it just keeps on going from strength to strength. Although the Feiyutech G6 Max has only been available for a number of months at the time of writing, its core customer base is already very large due to the popularity of the Canon G7X and its main competitor, the Sony RX100.
Due to this, we are confident in recommending that any of our readers who own either of those camera bodies and are looking to add a gimbal to their camera accessories go with the Feiyutech G6 Max. It is a great little gimbal that actually managed to impress us and beat all expectations that we had. We will not be taking a more in-depth look at what the gimbal has to offer and why we feel that it should be your go-to gimbal of choice for your G7X.
Performance Of The Gimbal
With all three of the Canon G7X variants currently available at the time of writing being based around the same basic design, they are all small and light. This means that even though the 2.65 maximum load capacity of the Feiyutech G6 Max is much lower than that of its cousins designed for use with mirrorless or DSLR cameras, it is still plenty for the G7X that usually comes in at around 0.66 pounds of total payload weight.
We just want to quickly point out that the Canon G7X mark I and mark II are pretty much set in their weight but the Canon G7X Mark III does come with an external microphone input jack. This allows you to mount an external microphone to the camera and jack it in to improve the audio quality that you are able to capture when using the camera. Due to this, the G7X III can have a variable total payload weight but thankfully, the majority of people will likley use something like the Rode VideoMicro that is only around 0.1 pounds meaning the Feiyutech G6 Max still has plenty of load capacity.
Due to the super compact design of the gimbal, the maximum battery life of the Feiyutech G6 Max comes in at eight hours, two hours less than average but on the flip side of this, the G6 Max is much smaller and lighter than most gimbals on the market right now. That said though, the majority of people reaching this who use the G7X to capture their content should easily be able to get everything they need within eight hours and not run out of battery life.
One thing that more and more vloggers and videographers are starting to do as a workaround for this, even if they use a gimbal with a longer maximum battery life is to add a high output USB power bank to their collection of camera accessories. This ensures that if you are working in a niche where you may be away from civilization for days at a time such as travel vlogging, you can still keep your devices charged. There are a large number of high output power banks on the market now that can easily provide the charge required to top up your Canon G7X and or your Feiyutech G6 Max with ease.
Feiyutech has done a much better job with the G6 Max than they have with their AK range of gimbals that have been plagued since their release. The G6 Max has got off to a solid start and everything just works and allows it to provide some excellent levels of image stabilization right out the box.
Although Feiyutech has not had the best detection and correction systems historically and brands such as DJI and Zhiyun have usually dominated, the system on the G6 Max is solid in all fairness. The new Feiyutech gimbal sensors are great and have been designed really well helping to ensure that they are both very accurate while also been quick to detect even small amounts of motion in the gimbal head.
Feiyutech have also put a fair amount of work into their balancing algorithm and although it is not at the level of something like the DJI Ronin S or Zhiyun Weebill S that come in at much higher price points in the market, it is still able to perform extremely well for a light camera like the Canon G7X. Not only is the Feiyutech algorithm very fast at processing the data that it receives from the gimbal sensors but it is also great at being as power-efficient as possible too sending the most battery life friendly correction to the gimbal motors.
The final part of the Feiyutech detection and correction is their new gimbal motors and in our opinion they are great. Feiyutech has basically gone back to the drawing board to design them and ensure that they are perfect for the smaller and lighter point and shoot cameras and can perform well in pretty much any situation. The motors are also smaller and lighter helping to keep the Feiyutech G6 Max as travel-friendly as possible due to the Canon G7X being such a popular option for so many travel vloggers.
Although the Feiyutech tracking mode definatley needs some work, the pan, follow, manual, lock, and vortex modes on the G6 Max are solid and perform very well. Although most of the modes will likley not be used much by most people, the pan and manual modes will likley be used on a regular basis by large numbers of our readers.
It really is easy to see why the Feiyutech G6 Max has managed to quickly earn such a solid reputation for itself. It has a low price tag and offers some of the best performance and functionality available in the weight class right now. This is why so many vloggers, videographers, and social media influencers have chosen to post their own third-party reviews of the G6 Max that you can read if you wish.
User Interface And Control System
Thankfully, Feiyutech seems to have realized that they were rushing their touchscreen technology for their gimbals and that it had been implemented badly on their other gimbals so they have gone back to the regular system. At the time of writing, the vast majority of gimbals still use the old school LCD panel with a joystick rather than a touchscreen and we actually prefer it. It has much fewer issues when using it in wet conditions and in our opinion, the touchscreen systems do not offer control as smooth as a joystick does when using the gimbal in manual mode anyway.
As a large number of vloggers and videographers who use the Canon G7X will be entry-level users, we are pleased to see that Feiyutech has also toned down the advanced features in favor of a more streamlined, user-friendly control interface that is very simple and easy to learn. If you are looking for your very first 3 axis gimbal stabilizer then the Feiyutech G6 Max really does make for a solid first gimbal.
We feel confident in saying that the vast majority, if not all of our readers should easily be able to take the gimbal out the box and understand what the various controls on its interface do within minutes. This ensures even if you have never used a stabilizer prior to the G6 Max, you can mount your Canon G7X to the gimbal and go and capture your video footage with ease.
On the flip side of this though, if you are an advanced level vlogger or videographer and require a little more out of your cameras gimbal, the Feiyutech G6 Max can still offer what you need. It allows you to quickly and easily customize your gimbals config as well as use a few more advanced gimbal modes to get some more advanced types of video footage outside of regular vlogging.
The final point that we want to make about the Feiyutech G6 Max is that it is extremely quick and easy to balance. The fact that your Canon G7X is very small and light just makes the whole balancing process as easy as possible, even if you are using the Mark III with a large external microphone with your camera. As many people reading this may never have used a handheld gimbal stabilizer before it is nice to know that the balancing procedure is very straight forward.
Unfortunately, the Feiyutech smartphone app is definatley the weak point of the G6 Max as it is not fit for purpose right now and has a bunch of problems with syncing on general connectivity. On the flipside of this though, the app is not essential by any means and the gimbal will perform fine without having the smartphone app downloaded. In addition to this, we are hoping that Feiyutech will push out an update to the app soon to fix these issues but at the time of writing, no such update has been pushed live.
Once they do fix their app, it should provide the gimbal user with some quick and easy gimbal setting access that will take seconds rather than minutes to make tweaks to your gimbal settings or config. If you are planning to use the more advanced features on the gimbal then this really is a godsend as being able to make tweaks that quick can make your life so much easier, especially if you vlog or record for longer sessions.
The app should also provide you with some solid wireless remote control features too and although this may be totally useless to many of our readers, it is a nice feature to have in our opinion. If you are a travel vlogger or something like that then it allows you to pan and tilt your camera via the app with you in frame while you have the gimbal set down on its mini tripod. This lets you capture yourself in the frame as a solo traveler and have the epic landscapes and sights in your backdrop.
Build Quality And Design
Another thing that we are pleased to see with the Feiyutech G6 Max is that the build quality is absolutely excellent and we really can’t fault it for its price point in the market. Feiyutech has stuck to the standard handheld gimbal stabilizer design that most people will be familiar with but they have used some expensive materials in the actual build of the gimbal without having to hike its price up like some compeating brands have.
This has resulted in a small and compact little gimbal that is ideal for use in any niche where you have to travel around on a regular basis. The lightweight of the gimbal also ensures that you can easily add it to your luggage for a plane flight without having much trouble staying under your luggage allowance too.
The robust nature of the high-quality materials that the gimbal is made from also helps to ensure that if it does take a bump during use or while being transported that it is likley to survive without breaking. As the gimbal can set you back a few hundred dollars this can offer you peace of mind, especially if you are something like a travel vlogger and have to trust baggage handlers with your bags on a regular basis.
Now, full disclosure, Feiyutech have straight up ripped this next feature off the Zhiyun Weebill gimbal range for mirrorless and DSLR camera bodies. Essentially, they have taken their axis locks and added them to all three of the axis on the G6 Max. In all honesty, though, we are pleased that they have done this and fully expect the other gimbal brands to do the same too.
These individual axis locks are a great little feature and we are actually surprised how long it took for a manufacturer to add them to their product. They basically add a little flip switch to each axis on the gimbal so you can lock the axis in place when needed. This prevents them from randomly rotating when you don’t want them too such as when packed away for travel. This gives you confidence that they will stay in the position you put them in for the journey without accidentally rotating and breaking.
Although both the Feiyutech G6 Max and the Canon G7X are pretty lightweight meaning you should easily be able to hold their weight for longer sessions without issues, your hand can still sometimes cramp up. Thankfully, Feiyutech has used a very comfortable gimbal handle on the G6 Max that helps to prevent this so if you know you will be recording for long sessions and having to hold your gimbal this definatley plays to your advantage.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon G7X camera users to an end. In our opinion, the Feiyutech G6 Max is definatley the best handheld gimbal stabilizer on the market right now and will make a great addition to your G6 camera accessories. It can provide you with some excellent image stabilization and we feel that Feiyutech will start fixing the various issues with their smartphone app soon.
If you would like any more information on the G6 Max and how it can help to improve the image quality that you are able to capture with your Canon G7X then these independent reviews are well worth reading. They offer some great insight into the performance of the gimbal and have been posted by independent videographers and vloggers who use the G6 Max as their go-to gimbal stabilizer of choice.