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Best GoPro & Action Camera Gimbal & Stabilizer 2019

Whether you are a professional action videographer or someone who’s getting started in shooting a once in a lifetime moment during your next vacation, one piece of accessory alongside your action camera that will effortlessly smoothen and transform your shots is a gimbal.

Now you may think a gimbal is pretty costly given it costs roughly about a mid-range action camera ($100+) but the truth is that it’s not, if you see the bigger picture.

A gimbal (especially the ones I’ve recommended below) can last a really long time, despite the plethora of moving mechanisms inside it because most of them are built for strenuous and rugged use.

However, on the other hand, there are so many gimbals to choose from that I’m sure most consumers including you will find it difficult to find what that best suits your needs.

And the worst part is that if you get the wrong gimbal without doing any researching, not only will your camera be pointing totally in the wrong direction but there might be a chance you might damage your action cam as well.

But I’m pretty sure that’s not you since you’re already here so you have nothing to worry about!

Anyways, without further ado, let’s go over the best gimbals for your GoPros and other action cameras!


What Type Of Gimbal Should You Get?

difference between wearable and handheld gimbal

Before we continue, let’s go over the 2 main categories of gimbals, though there is a 3rd which are aerial gimbals, used specifically for drones that will be a topic for another day.

The main difference between these 2 gimbals is the physical body.

Wearable ones are generally lighter and more portable, whereas handheld ones are heavier and bulkier.

As a result, wearable ones have more mounting freedom, as it’s harder to mount handheld gimbals onto bicycles or helmets when you have the handle sticking out.

A secondary difference I’ve found is that handheld gimbals usually have larger batteries that last longer as there is space to house them.

Without further ado, let’s begin!


Best GoPro Action Camera Gimbal and Stabiliser 2019

Best Gimbal To Mount Or Wear
FeiyuTech WG2X 3-Axis Wearable Action Camera Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Hero 7/6/5/4/ Session Sony RX0 AEE SJCam Xiaomi and Any Other Similar Size Action Cameras 135g Payload Waterproof Mini Tripod
Best Handheld Gimbal
FeiyuTech Feiyu G6 3-Axis Splash-Proof Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 6 5 4 3, Sony RX0, Yi 4K, AEE Action Camera, WiFi & Bluetooth Connect Mode, OLED Indicator, Side Clamp
Best Gimbal For Travelling
Freevision VILTA Best Performance, Stable, Versatile, Durable, Adaptable 3-Axis Gimbal, Black (VILTA-G)
Best Gimbal For Vlogging
FeiyuTech SPG 2 3-Axis Handheld Splash-Proof Gimbal Stabilizer Max Payload 300g Compatible for Smartphone and Action Camera
Gimbal
Feiyu WG2X
Feiyu Tech G6
Freevision Vilta-G
Feiyu Tech SPG 2
Verdict
Durable & Portable Though Lacking Waterproofing
Very Durable & Fun To Use
Ultra Long Battery & Extreme Comfort
Super Rugged & Great Audio Quality
Rating
Best Gimbal To Mount Or Wear
FeiyuTech WG2X 3-Axis Wearable Action Camera Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Hero 7/6/5/4/ Session Sony RX0 AEE SJCam Xiaomi and Any Other Similar Size Action Cameras 135g Payload Waterproof Mini Tripod
Gimbal
Feiyu WG2X
Verdict
Durable & Portable Though Lacking Waterproofing
Rating
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Best Handheld Gimbal
FeiyuTech Feiyu G6 3-Axis Splash-Proof Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 6 5 4 3, Sony RX0, Yi 4K, AEE Action Camera, WiFi & Bluetooth Connect Mode, OLED Indicator, Side Clamp
Gimbal
Feiyu Tech G6
Verdict
Very Durable & Fun To Use
Rating
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Best Gimbal For Travelling
Freevision VILTA Best Performance, Stable, Versatile, Durable, Adaptable 3-Axis Gimbal, Black (VILTA-G)
Gimbal
Freevision Vilta-G
Verdict
Ultra Long Battery & Extreme Comfort
Rating
More Info
Best Gimbal For Vlogging
FeiyuTech SPG 2 3-Axis Handheld Splash-Proof Gimbal Stabilizer Max Payload 300g Compatible for Smartphone and Action Camera
Gimbal
Feiyu Tech SPG 2
Verdict
Super Rugged & Great Audio Quality
Rating
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Bonus (Integrated Gimbals)

Perfect For Yi Action Cams
YI Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for Yi 4K, 4K+, Lite,and Other Action Cameras
Flawless With Mijia 4K
Original Xiaomi Mi Action Camera Holding Platform 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Xiaomi Mijia Small Camera (SV2478B)(Black) 
Gimbal
Yi Action Gimbal
Mijia Gimbal
Rating
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Perfect For Yi Action Cams
YI Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for Yi 4K, 4K+, Lite,and Other Action Cameras
Gimbal
Yi Action Gimbal
Rating
More Info
Flawless With Mijia 4K
Original Xiaomi Mi Action Camera Holding Platform 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Xiaomi Mijia Small Camera (SV2478B)(Black) 
Gimbal
Mijia Gimbal
Rating
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1. Feiyu Tech WG2X – Best Wearable Gimbal

FeiyuTech WG2X 3-Axis Wearable Action Camera Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Hero 7/6/5/4/ Session Sony RX0 AEE SJCam Xiaomi and Any Other Similar Size Action Cameras 135g Payload Waterproof Mini Tripod

The WG2X is one of the best compact gimbals out there because of its numerous features, most noticeably and newest, the ability to directly connect and remotely control your action camera!

Elevated Body Design

For me, the first thing that stood out was the slight arch body shape of the gimbal.

Normally, the arm of a gimbal will block a part of the cam’s screen due to its body design.

However, because of this unique arch design of the WG2X, the screen is more visible, meaning you won’t have to squeeze your fingers the next time you want to use your action cam.

Furthermore, because the arm is not directly behind the camera, you will be able to rotate wider, before you ‘see’ the gimbal’s arm popping out in your shot.

Superior Stabilization

Apart from having a stronger brushless motor which improves the overall stabilization (2000 times/s) meaning your footages are much less shaky, the WG2X’s new feature, rapid shooting, also makes remotely controlling the camera a lot easier.

Rapid Shooting

FeiyuTech WG2X 3-Axis Wearable Action Camera Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Hero 7/6/5/4/ Session Sony RX0 AEE SJCam Xiaomi and Any Other Similar Size Action Cameras 135g Payload Waterproof Mini Tripod

After connecting the gimbal to your action camera via the Feiyu On App, you’ll be able to easily control your camera through the gimbal, eliminating the hassle of manually having to adjust it directly from the camera.

This is extremely useful as very often having to directly interact with the camera messes up the gimbal’s orientation.

Furthermore, this also gets rid of the shake in the beginning and end of the footage which arises when you’re directly pressing onto the camera’s shutter button.

Falls Short in Waterproofing

FeiyuTech WG2X 3-Axis Wearable Action Camera Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Hero 7/6/5/4/ Session Sony RX0 AEE SJCam Xiaomi and Any Other Similar Size Action Cameras 135g Payload Waterproof Mini Tripod

All that said, the WG2X is less waterproof than the former WG2 (probably due to the buttons) as there isn’t any information provided by FeiyuTech about its waterproofing whereas the WG2 has IP67 waterproofing (continually work for 10 minutes within 1m water depth).

Compatible Action Cameras:

Almost all action cameras such as:

GoPro 3-5 /YI 4K / SJCAM /AEE/cameras / GoPro Hero 4/5 Session with similar size to GoPro.


FeiyuTech WG2X

Pros

  • Wide Range of Rotation (360˚ on 2-axis)
  • Useful Dual Connectivity To Directly Control Camera
  • Huge Range of Compatible Action Cams
  • Ergonomic Arch Design

Cons

  • Short Battery Life (2.5 Hours)
  • Not Waterproof


2. FeiYu SPG 2 – Affordable SplashProof Action Cam & Smartphone Gimbal

FeiyuTech SPG 2 3-Axis Handheld Splash-Proof Gimbal Stabilizer Max Payload 300g Compatible for Smartphone and Action Camera

Although the SPG by Feiyu is made for smartphones, I still think it is a really good action cam gimbal as it’s splashproof and a very budget friendly gimbal.

Upgrade Over SPG-C

The SPG is actually an upgrade of the former , for which the main improvement is the implementation of its splashproof body. So even if you accidentally get it wet when you’re out travelling, you don’t have to worry about it suddenly breaking down as it’s already made for that.

However, that does not mean you can submerge it in the water for a long period of time as that requires another level of waterproofness which the SPG does not have.

Another improvement is the calibration method. The new SPG uses an adjustable arm to calibrate for different devices, which is more convenient than what the previous version’s, the SPG-C, use of counterweights.

Mounting Action Cam

FeiyuTech SPG 2 3-Axis Handheld Splash-Proof Gimbal Stabilizer Max Payload 300g Compatible for Smartphone and Action Camera

To mount your action camera, all you need to do is to slide on the EVA foam pads, which is included, onto the grasp and slide your action camera in.

Wide Range of Movement

The SPG has a really smooth stabilization and the best part about it is the 360˚ rotation on the pan axis, which allows you to get a really wide range of shots without getting ‘locked up’.

Superb Battery Life

spg2 connected to battery

As for battery life, the SPG has one of the longest battery life of 8 hours and thus really useful for bringing onto trips and holidays. If that’s not enough, it also uses removable batteries instead of built-in batteries, thus giving you the option of swapping out for spare batteries.

If you don’t like holding the gimbal while moving around, great news! It has 2 tripod thread mounts, one on the back and the other on the side, so as to mount onto either your chest or backpack or even on your selfie stick!

spg2 smartphone app main home screen

To top it off, it has a very well-built smartphone app to customise your gimbal settings such as motor control & strength, shooting modes and for updating firmware!

Overall, the SPG is an awesome 3 axis gimbal for the buck that supports both smartphones and action camera and if you’re looking for an affordable and quick option, and you can’t go wrong with the SPG.

Compatible Devices:

Action Cams – GoPro 3-5 /YI 4K / SJCAM /AEE/cameras / GoPro Hero 4/5 Session with similar size to GoPro.

Smartphones – Almost all smartphones as long as it’s 50mm-80mm in width. Eg. iPhone / Samsung / HTC / HUAWEI

Feiyu SPG 2

Pros

  • Solidly-Built Aluminium Body
  • Flexible 360˚ Panning Axis When Shooting
  • Interchangeable batteries
  • Comes With Foam Pads For Action Cams

Cons

  • Action Camera Shutter Partially Blocked
  • Action Camera’s Touchscreen Blocked


3. Feiyu Tech G6 – Best Handheld Gimbal For Action Cameras

FeiyuTech Feiyu G6 3-Axis Splash-Proof Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 6 5 4 3, Sony RX0, Yi 4K, AEE Action Camera, WiFi & Bluetooth Connect Mode, OLED Indicator, Side Clamp

The previous model by FeiyuTech, the G5, was already a very impressive action camera gimbal with its wide rotation, durable and high-quality body while at the same time being splash-proof.

However, when the G6 was released, FeiyuTech really set the bar high for action camera handheld gimbals to the point that it’s top in my recommendations list.

Elevated Body Design

FeiyuTech Feiyu G6 3-Axis Splash-Proof Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 6 5 4 3, Sony RX0, Yi 4K, AEE Action Camera, WiFi & Bluetooth Connect Mode, OLED Indicator, Side Clamp

Similar to the WG2X, the G6 has a slanted body.

Though it probably doesn’t seem much to you, I found it to make 2 significant differences.

First, the screen was more visible, meaning you’ll have a better time using the camera, which was not the case on the G5 where I had to tilt the camera down (screen was partially blocked) in order to use it.

Second, the arch body presents more flexibility in terms of shooting, compared to many other handheld gimbals in the market as the arm wouldn’t come in the way of your shot.

Dual Wireless Connectivity

FeiyuTech Feiyu G6 3-Axis Splash-Proof Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 6 5 4 3, Sony RX0, Yi 4K, AEE Action Camera, WiFi & Bluetooth Connect Mode, OLED Indicator, Side Clamp

The new connection system allows your GoPro to be directly connected to the gimbal, meaning you no longer have to use voice control or manually press the shutter button to get the shot rolling.

All you have to do after connecting to the camera is hit the record button on the grip of the gimbal and you’re good to go!

As far as I know, the newest FeiyuTech gimbals (G6 and WG2x) are the only ones that allow you to remotely control your GoPro like that.

OLED Display

FeiyuTech Feiyu G6 3-Axis Splash-Proof Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero 6 5 4 3, Sony RX0, Yi 4K, AEE Action Camera, WiFi & Bluetooth Connect Mode, OLED Indicator, Side Clamp

Because the gimbal can now connect to your GoPro, it also lets you do some quick adjustments such as the resolution and frame rate right from the gimbal!

Other than that, it also displays other info such as stabilization modes, battery level, camera shooting modes and wireless connectivity.

New Shooting Mode – Auto Rotation

Another benefit of being able to directly connect to a GoPro is that it’s now possible to film motion time-lapse videos using the new autorotation mode where you can choose your start and end position.

All in all, the G6 is undoubtedly the best gimbal for GoPro cams now due to its intrinsic compatibility all the while having a durable, long-lasting and splashproof body.

** If you’re considering a more compact or wearable option, have a look at the WG2X.

Compatible Action Cameras:

Almost all action cameras such as:

GoPro 3-5 /YI 4K / SJCAM /AEE/cameras / GoPro Hero 4/5 Session with similar size to GoPro.

FeiyuTech G6

Pros

  • Wide Range of Rotation (360˚ on 2-axis)
  • Long Lasting Battery
  • Splashproof
  • Handy OLED Screen
  • Awesome Integration With Action Cameras

Cons

  • No Smartphone Compatability
  • Charging Only Works With Hero Black 5/6/7


4. Freevision Vilta-G – Best 2 In 1 Gimbal

Freevision VILTA Best Performance, Stable, Versatile, Durable, Adaptable 3-Axis Gimbal, Black (VILTA-G)

2 in 1 Use

Freevision VILTA Best Performance, Stable, Versatile, Durable, Adaptable 3-Axis Gimbal, Black (VILTA-G)

Instead of buying multiple gimbals for different uses, you can now settle on the VILTA-G, one of the very few gimbals with a detachable body.

You’re probably wondering, what’s the big deal about this?

To cut it short, you’ll have to try out a gimbal by yourself.

But you’ll be surprised to find out how many times you’d prefer a smaller, portable body when filming such as mounting onto a mini tripod for taking scenic time-lapse.

Or if you’re more adventurous, you can even mount the gimbal together to your chest, your bicycle or other fun you usually have with your GoPro, thanks to the GoPro 3-prong mount at the bottom.

Being able to quickly switch between handheld and compact really increases its versatility.

Meaning you get the best of both worlds, handheld or wearable.

Ergonomic design + High-Quality Rubber Grip

Freevision VILTA Best Performance, Stable, Versatile, Durable, Adaptable 3-Axis Gimbal, Black (VILTA-G)

The Vilta-G, together with its counterpart for smartphones, the Vilta M, both uses high-grade rubber grip.

Together with its ergonomic design, this is one of the most comfortable we’ve worked with.

As even after a long day of use, it left none of us complaining.

Double Battery Management System

Freevision VILTA Best Performance, Stable, Versatile, Durable, Adaptable 3-Axis Gimbal, Black (VILTA-G)

The VILTA-G has one of the longest battery lifespans we’ve seen on a gimbal.

Due to the separate batteries present in the camera, the base and the handle, the system automatically calculates the most efficient way of storing and using power.

As a result, we’re left with a gimbal that works twice as long as most other gimbals out there!

However, to be honest, as a result of its large battery, the gimbal also feels a little heavier (though not much) than its counterparts.


Freevision Vilta

Pros

  • Intelligent Battery Management System – Lasts longer Than Any Other Gimbals
  • Extremely Compact – Great For Travelling
  • Ergonomic Use For Extreme Comfort For Full Day Use

Cons

  • On the Costly side
  • Heavier than traditional
  • Works strictly with GoPros (3 and above)


Gimbals for Niche Action Cams

Everything we’ve covered now works with a wide range of devices and is more of a “general fit”.

Below we’ll be going over gimbals that work for a specific or niche range of action cameras.


6. Yi Action Gimbal – Best Gimbal for Yi action cams

YI Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for Yi 4K, 4K+, Lite,and Other Action Cameras

The new Yi action gimbal, the successor of  is made for Yi action cameras, specifically Yi Lite, Yi 4K and Yi 4K+.

The Yi Action gimbal fits and mounts on perfectly to these cameras as they have exactly the same form factor and dimensions.

YI Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for Yi 4K, 4K+, Lite,and Other Action Cameras

Once you have mounted and connected your action cam to the gimbal using Bluetooth, you will be able to control the shooting modes, start and stop recording, all wirelessly from the gimbal interface.

Upon holding it, I could also immediately feel the lightweight body of it and sure enough, the specs sheet claims that it weighs 310g, which if you didn’t know, is one of the lightest gimbals out there.

Selfie Mode – 180˚ Rotation

 

Furthermore, if you enjoy vlogging, there’s selfie mode made for that. What it does is it rotates 180˚ to point the camera backwards at you, with a single press. With another press, it rotates to point forward to where it was shooting before, all in a smooth and elegant manner.

Oh and just as a heads up, if you were thinking of using it with other non Yi action cams, I would not recommend it as you wouldn’t be able to use the features (wireless Bluetooth control) exclusive to Yi action cams and that’s why you’ll be better off with many other cheaper gimbals out there.

Having said that, if you own a Yi action cam, this would be a great addition to it as it makes it much convenient to control your Yi action cam.

Yi Gimbal

Pros

  • 360˚ Panning Axis
  • Extremely Lightweight
  • Useful Selfie Mode
  • Easy To Use & Set-Up

Cons

  • Does Not Support Charging Via Gimbal
  • No Other Features Like Panoramic Timelapse, Exposure Control, etc
  • Limited Rotation


7. Mijia 4K Gimbal – Best Gimbal For Mijia 4K

xiaomi mijia gimbal front and back

The Mijia gimbal works with Xiaomi’s new popular action camera, the Mijia 4K.

This gimbal is way more niche as it only works with one camera for now. Maybe more in the future, if Mijia plans to release more action cameras that utilise the same body as the Mijia 4K.

Customised Control

xiaomi mijia gimbal different controls

Upon using this gimbal with the Mijia 4K, it definitely stood out how compatible they were together as other than being able to control the camera wirelessly from the gimbal, you are also able to charge your Mijia 4K camera with a flick of a switch and adjust exposure and many other videos and photos settings, all from the gimbal.

Furthermore, the aluminium alloy used also feels very rigid and well-built so you can expect the same or even better quality than that of the Mijia 4K.

Moreover, similar to the Mijia 4K, it houses an extra-large battery life and can be used up to 8 hours. What’s even better is the battery can be used to charge your Mijia camera, so you don’t end up with a dead action camera and an almost fully charged gimbal.

Overall, one of the best integration between gimbal and action cameras I have tested and if you own a Mijia camera, you should really get this gimbal as after using them for a long time, they feel like one.

Read our full review on this awesome gimbal here!

Mijia Gimbal

Pros

  • Wide Rotation Capabiltiy – 360˚ Panning Axis
  • Superb Battery Life
  • Useful Customised Controls
  • Supports Charging Via Gimbal

Cons

  • Rounded Base So Can’t Stand On Its Own
  • No Other Features Like Panoramic Timelapse, Exposure Control, etc

Gimbals Quick Buying Guide: What To Look Out For

Waterproof/Splash-proof/Rainproof: Note that most gimbals that claim to be waterproof cannot be fully submerged underwater.

Compatibility + Adapters: Compatibility is especially important in gimbals so make sure the gimbal is compatible with your action cam, or if not, at least there’s an adapter made for it.

Weight: The lighter the better as there will be less strain on your arms. Anything below 450g is good.

Rotation: Degrees of rotation. The higher the better as the wider it can turn and hence you’ll have more flexibility when filming.

Battery Life: Most have about 4-5 hours battery life, highest I have seen is 12 hours.

Mounts: What are the mounts present? ¼” standard tripod mount is most common but some gimbals use GoPro mounts.

Gimbal Accessories: Any accessories that it comes with, such as tripods, adapters, etc?

Action Camera Mount Plate Adapter

For smartphone gimbals, you’ll need an additional adapter most of the time to fit your action cam.

There are many adapters out there but the one I personally recommend and have worked really well is this:

iKNOWTECH Mount Plate Adapter For GoPro Hero 7 6 5 4 3+ DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Handheld, Switch Mount Plate for DJI GoPro 7 6 5 4 3+ Osmo Mobile Handheld Gimbal Accessories

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11 Responses

  1. Okay, I have a GoPro, but I had no idea what a gimbal was. I see now that they are to hold the GoPro for taking the videos. I actually could see a use for both of them. Since the handheld one has a battery that lasts , then that would be better. I am wondering what the battery is for? Does it work with the GoPro somehow? I can’t believe I knew nothing of these, LOL

    1. Hi Matt’s Mom, the battery is for operating the gimbal as the gimbal isn’t mechanical and needs a bit of power to operate it. Also, for some gimbals with “live charging capability”, the gimbal is able to use the battery, like you said to charge it the Gopro up.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Wow! What an amazing review on the variety of action camera’s and accessories for them. I’ve been wanting to buy a gimbal but with so many in the market to choose from, I didn’t want to waste my money. I know exactly which one I want now. Thanks for the detailed review!

  3. I like wearable gimbals more but it highly depends on your purpose of use. I would like to have a wearable gimble if I was doing cycling or diving.

    But I have a surfing experience and a handheld gimbal seems to come in more handy when you’re capturing a good view when you’re smooth surfing around for fun 🙂

  4. Woaaaaa, we’ve come a long way, they look pretty amazing and as you mentioned prices have dropped a lot.

    Now just need to buy a good smartphone or action cameras to go with.

    I think it was DJI who has launched this kind of accessory first, mostly for professional, so very expensive.

    It’s cool to see nowadays we have a pretty large choice of gimbals at an affordable price.

    I’m more interested in a gimbal that can be both a wearable and handheld, however, the Removu S1 is too expensive and can’t be used with a smartphone.

    Note when I click on the Amazon link from your website, for the Removu S1, it said it can’t find the product. It directs me to Amazon France as I’m in France and looks like this product is not available in France.

    1. Hi Herbert,
      The best wearable gimbal for cycling would be the WG2 gimbal which can be mounted on your chest or on the handlebar due to it’s small compact size and rugged body.
      Hope this helps!

  5. Kai ,, quick help request ,, have an older SJ4000 Sports HD WIFI,, would like to pick up a gimbal stabil for an upcoming trip to
    Europe in July ,, one without breaking the bank and that is more functional than fancy ,, ie , turn on , aim and record ,, any
    thoughts , suggestions, words of wisdom ,,
    Thanks for reading ,,

    Matt M ,, Texas

    1. Hi Matt,
      Thanks for dropping a comment!
      For a start, I’d have to say that there’s no gimbal available out there that can control the SJ4000 remotely, ie. you can’t turn on, record, or remotely control the camera from the gimbal.
      That having said, I feel the Zhiyun Smooth-Q is a great place to start as it’s very functional (long battery life, good quality build) and has everything you need to get started, such as the adapters.
      Check out my overview of it here!
      Feel free to get back to me if you’ve any other queries!
      Cheers

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