Adrenaline junkies know that buying a GoPro is usually just the beginning. Soon you will be tempted by an infinite selection of assemblies and accessories that promise to capture in video what you feel with each jump, spin and shock.
One of these accessories is the Quark stabilizer by Noir Matter. It is a single-axis gimbal that does one thing and only one thing: it maintains its level of GoPro shooting, even when it is not.
You may be wondering why you would want a $ 199.99 stabilizer at the time of GoPro's impressive HyperSmooth. stabilization. Good question, and I started answering while snowboarding on the slopes of the Austrian Alps and practicing kitesurfing in the lagoons of Western Sahara.
Unlike bulky three-axis stabilizers that eliminate the vibration and jolts seen in many action videos, the relatively compact and light Quark only corrects the incline while maintaining the camera's level This also allows you to correct the rolling movements of the cameras mounted on the lines of a looping kite, for example, or on the end of a selfie stick while the camera is swung over.Quark lasts between two and four hours per charge with its Micro USB connector.
The following side-by-side video demonstrates your Both videos were filmed with the same GoPro Hero7 Black camera, the same support for the helmet and the same cyclist on the same mountain slope. However, the video on the right does not make you want to vomit, since the Quark works to compensate for the tilt of my head while recording the curves.
I also tried the Quark with a GoPro Hero6 Black from 2017. The resulting video was leveled, but the direct shots from the camera produced by the Hero7 + Quark were much higher thanks to GoPro's new HyperSmooth stabilization technology. The Quark stabilizer did little to soften the Hero 6 video.
Mount the Quark and the GoPro on your board can produce fantastic shots. Although the camera was shaking like crazy on a loose board stand, the Quark kept the GoPro horizontal while the built-in stabilization of the Hero7 Black did the rest. I think the result speaks for itself:
You can also capture an amazing 360 degree video with a good trick around the head with the Quark and the GoPro connected to a standard selfie stick:
Quark also corrects rotation and spin Video captured by cameras mounted on the lines of a kite while kitesurfing. Under M'ohamed "Momo", Hassik performs a trick that would normally have caused the camera (and the video) to turn head over heels. Instead, you get a video as clean as your landing:
Beginners of kitesurfers should keep in mind that kite lines can easily become entangled in the Quark / GoPro combo; they were hooked at least three times during an aggressive 30-minute session, although they finally shook loose without injury. In addition, Quark is not designed to submerge in water. Its IP66 rating means it can withstand exposure to water jets, but not continuous immersion. If you're not too sure about flying your kite, then probably Quark is not for you yet.
Unfortunately, I also broke two GoPro mounts during my tests.
Quark weighs 140 grams on its own, which is a bit more than the weight of 116 grams of the GoPro Hero7 Black Combined, that's enough to notice it in a helmet, a board or a selfie stick, but not enough to affect its maneuverability, however, the additional weight applies a serious torque to its GoPro mounts
First, the combo managed to release a standard 3M mount poorly bonded to the curved surface of my snowboard, and later, the Quark / GoPro pair managed to break an arm of the Beastmount Kiteline V2 mount when the Kite crashed into a shallow lagoon during an aborted jump. (Quark sells a tougher line assembly that I did not try). Both the Quark and the GoPro survived the impacts, but I was lucky to recover them.
Lesson learned: provided always attached a strap to Quark / GoPro.
Quark also supports a time lapse mode in motion. It's fine, but a bit confusing to do it right. And it should be mounted on a tripod or something else to prevent it from turning its action camera as if it were a lid.
Quark is listed for $ 299.99, only $ 50 less than the GoPro Hero7 Black camera, but is available for $ 199.99 for a "limited time," according to Noir Matter. It ships with a practical carrying case that is large enough to carry both the Quark and the attached camera. Even with the discount, this is not a GoPro accessory you buy unless you are sure you will use it. However, it does one thing and does it well by minimizing camera tilt and rotation. My Hero7 Black videos are certainly better for having used it.
Photography by Thomas Ricker / The Verge
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