Build quality and handling
The K1 is a nicely put together piece of kit. It’s well finished with the detail and design that you’d expect at this price point.
If I were to be brutally honest, I’d have to say that it doesn’t quite meet the material quality of either the GoPro Karma Grip or the DJI Osmo, but it’s not too far behind.
Importantly, it all feels solid. And part of the discrepancy between the Removu‘s build quality and the competition can be put down to the smaller weight and size.
We also can’t really compare the K1 with the GoPro Karma Grip as that is a completely different style of product. Like many other gimbals, it’s an accessory for the GoPro or other action cameras.
The K1 and Osmo are in far more direct competition, but again I see the Osmo as a premium professional product with the iPhone carrier and additional bulk and weight, whereas the K1 is slender, sleek and all-inclusive.
As you start to use the K1, you see how well adjusted it is to the intended use. For one reason or another, I spent an inordinate amount of time talking to it, trying to do the review.
It has to be said that while the K1 was always ready, sharp and precise my presenting was not.
And for this reason I got to learn the button layout pretty well: how tapping the trigger three times would switch the K1 to selfie mode, twice to reset to the standard position and once to switch between following and pan.
Usually, with a new device it takes a while to figure out all the ins and outs, but with the K1 everything is pretty self-explanatory. It also has one major advantage over the Osmo.
The Osmo doesn’t feature a screen and therefore it requires you to attach your mobile phone to the bolt on holder. That starts to increase the size, weight and complexity.
The K1 is complete, you can connect and use a phone, but equally, you use the device in isolation.
When you do connect the app, then you can take complete control over the K1. Not just to start and stop recording but also to move and control the gimbal itself.
This makes it incredibly versatile enabling you to pole mount the K1 and then control it directly from the mobile device.
In test, the integrity of the connection was excellent with no dropouts in use.