If you like recording videos with your mobile phone there is one accessory you have to own, and that is an electronic gimbal stabilizer. It doesn’t matter how steady your hands are, or how much you have practiced keeping the phone straight and level an electronic gimbal stabilizer will give you stable (and professional looking) video footage time after time.
There are a few gimbal stabilizers out there designed specifically for mobile phones so no one company has a monopoly. The most well-known manufacturer of gimbal stabilizers is DJI, and whilst the DJI Mobile is very good (I don’t own one but had the chance to road test one for a while) it is damn expensive and you need to have deep pockets to buy one.
There is a cheaper alternative to the DJI Mobile gimbal stabiliser and this is the Zhiyun Smooth Q. The Zhiyun Smooth Q isn’t as strong and robust as the DJI Mobile, it doesn’t feel as nice to hold in the hand as the DJI Mobile and it doesn’t have the trigger grip the DJI Mobile has, but the results are identical. Video footage captured with the Zhiyun Smooth Q is just as smooth as video footage captured with the DJI Mobile, and the best part is the Zhiyun Smooth Q is a fraction of the cost of the DJI Mobile.
I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical before I ordered the Zhiyun Smooth Q. Despite the positive reviews and write ups I had read, as well as the example footage I had seen I struggled to see how a gimbal stabilizer that was so cheap compared to its nearest rival could be any good. I have wasted money on budget products in the past only to buy the “real deal” (like I should have done in the first instance) and I didn’t want to make the same mistake with the Zhiyun Smooth Q. Consequently, the decision to pull the trigger and buy one took a little longer than it should have.
As soon as I had the chance to get out and have a play with the Zhiyun Smooth Q I thought I’d make a brief clip demonstrating just why you need a gimbal stabilizer if you want to record video with your mobile phone:-
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