Removu K1: A 4K Gimbal/Camera Combo With an LCD Screen

While some would argue that the Removu K1 is a shameless rip-off of the DJI Osmo+, very few would complain about the fact that there is now another affordable gimbal/camera combo option on the market that doesn't carry all of the Osmo's flaws, and now with a built-in monitor. It does, however, seem to bring with it a few flaws of its own, albeit at a significantly lower price point.

In this video, Kaiman Wong takes the Removu K1 out for a walk through London and discovers a few of its idiosyncrasies. For the price, it seems to be a supremely affordable, idiot-proof piece of kit that is also pleasingly versatile. Kai points out its suitability for vloggers but its appeal seems much broader. I could easily see this being passed around by wedding guests recording personalized messages for the happy couple. And given the 4K, that footage won't be too out of place in the edit. However, that's assuming that you can find a way to deal with the color reproduction which one YouTube commenter describes as a "hepatitis tint." Another oddity is how the 17mm-equivalent lens does slightly odd things to faces — beauty vloggers definitely won't be too keen.

Other than the price, its biggest selling point over the Osmo is the addition of the 1.5 inch LCD screen, removing the need to use a smartphone as a monitor, and still somehow shaving 80 grams off its competitor. Also notable is the 3.5mm microphone input which allows you to escape its limited in-box offering as required. All-in-all, it seems a fun piece of kit and is another product that makes you wonder how hard GoPro must now be kicking itself.

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Andy Day is a British photographer and writer living in France. He began photographing parkour in 2003 and has been doing weird things in the city and elsewhere ever since. He's addicted to climbing and owns a fairly useless dog. He has an MA in Sociology & Photography which often makes him ponder what all of this really means.

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I don't think the color and distortion are problematic, as long as you plan to do some post work. Frankly, the Panasonic was showing blown highlights which the Removu was preserving. It would be interesting if the Removu had a flat profile actually. Overall pretty decent I think, especially for the price.