With wearable gimbals becoming more and more popular as more action sports enthusiasts want to get the best image quality possible from their action cameras we are seeing more and more people reaching out with questions and requests. We have answered a few wearable gimbal questions in the past but today we are going to be going over a common request we see from people asking for an article dedicated to an Evo SS vs Feiyu WG2 comparison.
We have no doubt that some of our readers will probably be interested in these two solid action camera gimbals so we have decided to make it the topic of today’s article. Our hope is that we will be able to help any of our readers in the market for a wearable gimbal and who is considering either the Evo SS or the Feiyu WG2. As many of the people we see reaching out about wearable gimbals are looking to purchase their very first gimbal, we will be doing an in-depth comparison of the two gimbals as well as having our regular comparison charge below.
Now, in our opinion, the Evo SS is probably the best wearable gimbal on the market right now. In our opinion, by wearable gimbal standards, it offers the best performance and functionality going and has an excellent build quality. The gimbal is also very popular within the community and has managed to earn itself a great reputation within the community that shows no signs of slowing down.
Although the Feiyu WG2 is still a solid option that has the ability to provide you with some solid image stabilization, we feel that the Evo SS beats it in almost every aspect. That said, depending on where you purchase the gimbal, the WG2 can be around $40 cheaper meaning that if you are on a tight budget, the WG2 could pull out ahead. Additionally, it also has a pretty solid reputation but the Evo SS just has better performance and battery life helping to push it ahead.
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As you can see from our comparison table above, the Evo SS beats or matches the Feiyu WG2 in almost all areas. That said, as we touched on earlier, the Evo SS is also a little more expensive than the WG2 but it also offers much better levels of image stabilization due to having higher torque in its gimbal motors. If you want the best image quality possible then the Evo SS is the obvious option, if you are on a budget then the Feiyu WG2 maybe the gimbal for you.
Performance And Functionality
That said though, one thing that we have seen a number of people report is that the additional load capacity on the Evo SS can come in useful if you are using a cheap GoPro alternative as your action camera. There are a fair few action cameras on the market that use the exact same dimensions as the GoPro range and although they are not officially supported, they can be mounted to the cameras due to having the same dimensions as the GoPro.
As the vast majority of these cheap GoPro alternatives use cheaper materials that are heavier to try and keep costs low, the additional load capacity on the Evo SS can come in useful. That said though, if you are looking to purchase a wearable gimbal for your action camera then chances are that you are using a premium camera with the best possible image quality like a GoPro anyway.
Moving onto the battery life, the Evo SS blows the Feiyu WG2 out the water and provides you with double the maximum battery life with the SS coming in at five hours per charge and the WG2 at 2.5 hours per charge. Now, the 2.5 hours on the WG2 may be enough for you depending on what you are doing with your gimbal but for around $40 more, we would imagine that most of our readers would be better off going with the Evo SS for double the battery life and the better image stabilization.
On paper, both of the gimbal stabilizers are tied when it comes to the time it takes to recharge them from empty coming in at three hours. That said though, you have to remember that the Evo SS is recharging double the battery life of the WG2 technically giving it another win over the Feiyu gimbal. Being able to charge the Evo SS for around an hour and a half to get the same battery life as what you get from the WG2 helps you minimize downtime and get you back out capturing footage as soon as possible.
One thing that we have noticed more and more videographers doing is carrying a high output USB power bank with them while on their adventures. Provided the output of the power bank is high enough, you are able to top up your gimbal and action camera to help extend its battery life for as long as needed between charging opportunities. If you are planning on being out on the trails or slopes for the whole day then this is a great way to keep your devices powered as you can recharge them when you take breaks.
As we see many of the people who reach out for advice on a wearable gimbal saying that they are looking to add one to their action camera accessories to capture video for a YouTube channel, the improved image quality can help your content stand out. The YouTube space has become increasingly competitive over the last few years while audiences are also becoming more and more fickle. Having better image quality than your competition is an easy way to help your channel stand out from the crowd.
Now, we have mentioned a few times that the image stabilization delivered by the Evo SS is better than that of the Feiyu WG2 but this is difficult to show in sample clips as it comes down to three things. The gimbal sensors, gimbal motors, and balancing algorithms in the Evo SS are all leagues ahead of what the WG2 is able to offer. This ensures that the sensors in the SS are able to quickly detect even the slightest movement, the balancing algorithm then rapidly works out how best to correct it before the gimbal motors carry out the stabilizing action.
If your action sport of choice is something with a large amount of vibration such as downhill mounting biking then you can really tell the difference. Now only is the Evo SS better at detecting and correcting movements but it is also much quicker than the WG2. This means that all of those rapid, small vibrations are rapidly corrected and stabilized to keep your video footage as smooth as possible.
As we mentioned earlier, if you are on a tight budget then the WG2 can be a solid option for many people, especially if your action sport of choice is slower over smoother ground. That said though, it does start to struggle when used for an action sport with lots of rapid, small vibrations as the gimbal sensors in the WG2 and its other variants can struggle to detect the smaller, rapid movements.
Due to this, when it comes to performance and functionality, we have to give it to the Evo SS over the Feiyu WG2. It just offers so much more with better general performance and its high-quality image stabilization remains consistent over a wider range of sports too. It is not difficult to see why the Evo SS is so popular and why so many people who use it as their gimbal of choice have posted so many great reviews for it over the years.
User Interface And Control System
That said though, both the Evo SS and Feiyu WG2 do come with a solid default gimbal config that has been specifically designed for use with small, lightweight action cameras like the GoPro range. This means that we doubt anyone will actually have to do any customization to their gimbal config for optimal performance anyway and you should be able to take your gimbal out of the box when it arrives and use it without issue.
Build Quality And Design
When it comes to building quality, both brands have done a great job of ensuring that their gimbals are as robust as possible to ensure that they can stand up to any punishment coming their way during use. We see so many action camera gimbals that have a very weak build quality and can break pretty quickly, especially in the tougher sports or sports where you are more likely to fall over. Thankfully, this is not an issue with the Evo SS or the Feiyu WG2 and they are both solid.
One area where the Evo SS does manage to pull slightly ahead of the WG2 is in its weight as it is ever so slightly lighter than the WG2. In reality, though, we doubt that this will matter much as the vast majority of people will be using a chest mount, helmet mount, or another mounting accessory with their gimbal anyway. The weight difference really isn’t that much either and unlike handheld gimbals, wearable gimbal weight does not really matter too much as they are so light to start with.
That brings our Evo SS vs Feiyu WG2 comparison article to a close and as you can probably guess, we would recommend that our readers add the Evo SS to their action camera accessories. It is a better gimbal and offers much better performance in our opinion while being suited to a wider range of sports in a wider range of environments. The Evo SS is probably the most popular wearable gimbal on the market right now and also has a bunch of independent reviews as well as our own dedicated Evo SS review that you can read.
That said though, the Feiyu WG2 is a pretty solid budget wearable gimbal if you have a strict budget for your gimbal. It can perform well in a number of sports provided they are of a smoother nature with less vibrations. Additionally, the WG2 also has a number of independent reviews online as well as our own Feiyu WG2 review too.
If you do have the time available then reading some of those reviews can offer some solid insight into the performance of each of the featured gimbals. The independent reviews have been posted by third-party action sport enthusiasts who use the gimbals on a regular basis and have a bunch of experience with them offering some great opinions on each.