Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera / Camcorder Action Stabilizing Handle Review

Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera Camcorder Action Stabilizing Handle
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Opteka has carved out a name for itself in the field of camera accessories, and the X-Grip is one of their more in demand products. But how well does Opteka X-GRIP hold up when compared to other camera stabilizers? Sure it looks cool, but is it as good as claimed?

We wanted to find out, and that’s why we conducted this detailed review. We know only too well how easy it is to make claims about this or that product, so we wanted to find out for ourselves.

Features of the Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera / Camcorder

  • The X-Grip is designed to be fully compatible with the most popular compact camcorders and cameras. As long as the camcorder or camera uses a 1/4–20 thread, there should not be any complications with the setup.
  • The X-Grip stabilizer is equipped with an NBR padded handle. With this, you’ll experience less stress even when you use your camera for long stretches of time.
  • The stabilizer is made of high impact ABS plastic. This material can withstand punishment, making this a good option for constant filming.
  • The X-Grip comes with a one year warranty.

Pros

  • High degree of compatibility
  • Easy to adjust
  • Durable

Cons

  • Feels too light

Performance

The Opteka X-Grip claims that its performance is at the pro level, and based on versatility we can agree. You can use the stabilizer for indie, amateur, or professional filming. It is flexible enough to be used for sporting events as well.

Setting up the X-Grip isn’t very difficult because the process is intuitive. If you’re not sure, there’s always the manual that provides decent instructions. The X-Grip is also effective for taking low angle shots. You can use this for auto racing, boating, BMX, snowboarding, skateboarding, and other activities.

The X-Grip runs fine as is out of the box, but you can also adjust it to suit specific needs. By making precise adjustments you’ll get the output you’re looking for. The stabilizer is great for regular film shots, and it is just as effective for shooting at different perspectives. Regardless how you use it, the X-Grip will keep your shot steady.

Compatibility is a major concern for a lot of users, so it’s good to know that the X-Grip works with most compact and action cameras. If you’ve got a camcorder (up to 4.5”) or a compact camera with a 1/4-20 tripod, the X-Grip will do fine. The screw on the 1/4-20 bracket is well-designed and adjustable.

Adjustability is one of the biggest concerns of most users, but the X-Grip holds up fine in this regard. Cameras and camcorders today have different configurations, and getting them to work with regular stabilizers won’t be easy. In the case of the X-Grip, however, it is.

Its rubber handle is shockproof and comfortable to use. This design that ensures your grip is secure, which eliminates stress. A close look at the X-Grip reveals a groove where you can fasten your grip.

The X-Grip also has a mount where you can keep the camera secure. This is a nice feature that steadies your shot even more. The X-Grip also simplifies adding an external mic, a camera flash, video light, or other accessories. You may not need to use all those features, but it’s comforting to know they’re there.

Usability

The X Grip is suitable for all kinds of film makers, but it’s not limited to professional use. If you’re a sports buff who likes to take shots at various angles, then the X-Grip is going to give you the edge.

Its feature set gives you an indication of how versatile the X-Grip is. The combination of high grade ABS and the cushioned NBR add to the comfort level and functionality. While the ABS protects the stabilizer from heavy impact, the padding keeps your hand from getting stressed.

The stabilizer weighs only 22 grams so it’s comfortable to carry. If you’re filming action sports or like to shoot at different angles, you will find the X-Grip quite handy. Even if you don’t consider yourself an expert in this field and have only tried a few stabilizers, the X-Grip won’t disappoint.

One more thing: The X-Grip is lighter than the average stabilizer, but it has no effect on performance and stability. If anything, the light weight makes the X-Grip more comfortable to use.

Verdict

The Opteka X-Grip is a well-designed camera stabilizer. It does what it claims to do without any fuss. When it comes to camera stabilizers, most people just want one that will keep the camera steady, and that is what the X-Grip gives you.

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