July 18, 2020 – Review – 7 minute read

Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer Review

Zhiyun Smooth 4 is an attractive gimbal with an affordable price tag. But is it good for your smartphone filmaking? We’re talking about it here, so you can decide for yourself.

Zhiyun smooth 4 gimbal for smartphone

Stabilization

If you’re finding it hard to shoot a smooth video handheld with all the shaking then the Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal will help you with that. You’ll be able to shoot a professional quality video that is smooth and stable. The gimbal keeps your picture stabilized and also has a tracking mode where it looks on a subject (say thats you in selfie mode) and tracks you around while moving, making sure your video is smooth. Zhiyun Smooth-Q supports 360 degrees rotation and provides a 3 axis stabilization, which is the norm. When in lock mode, you can use the joystick control to adjust camera angle or pan in any direction.

Unlike some other gimbals there is no need for a counterweight to keep the phone balanced. Usually when a gimbal is not balanced it results in shaky jittery video. That is why it’s important to make sure your phone is balanced correctly when mounted in a gimbal. Until you balance it correctly your stabilization won’t work and the video quality won’t be as good as it could be. But balancing is easy to do and is a fairly straightforward process. Once balanced, your gimbal movement will be incredibly smooth and stabilized.

Compatibility

Zhiyun Smooth 4 will be able to handle most smartphones, even the largest 6-inch size phones. However it won’t be able to carry a tablet but phones the size of iPhone 8 Plus for example, will be just fine. Anything larger than that will be a really tight fit. The maximum carry weight this gimbal has is 220g so anything above that will cause problems for the gimbal. Smooth Q is compatible with addons like soft lights, lenses or external microphones.

It also comes with an official app called ZY Play that allows you to use tools like object tracking, time lapse mode and more.

Zhiyun smooth 4 gimbal active track

To buy or not to buy

For the price range, this gimbal is a great buy. Not only does it have great image stabilization, it has a number of useful features that makes it a great buy. Here’s a few features we liked:

  • It is lightweight.
  • It has a comfortable ergonomic design to hold and use.
  • Battery power lasts for 12 hours and can also be used to charge your phone.
  • You receive a carrying case and shoulder strap.
  • Can handle different weather conditions and temperatures.
  • It has a dedicated app that enables you to use tools such as time lapse mode or apply filters.
  • It can be mounted on a tripod when required.

Who is this gimbal good for? Anyone who wants to use their phones for making movies that are smooth. It is an excellent gimbal to make professional looking videos or if you just want to stabilize your videos when you film family moments. Either way Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a great gimbal to enter the gimbal world. With its very affordable price it performs as good as the more expensive models do and will help you up your pro video filming skills.

Zhiyun smooth 4 Accessories

Closing words

This gimbal has been positively review by many customers. While it is not the best gimbal, it still offers plenty for it’s price range and offers the same quality as the more expensive models. What many really like about Zhiyun Smooth 4 is the comfortable grip and the ability to charge the phone from the gimbal itself.

What some may struggle with a bit, at least from the start is how to properly balance the phone on the gimbal. Another thing that people report are causing them problems are app navigation but it is always getting updated and enhanced.

Overall, the scores for the Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal are very positive. If you want to buy this gimbal, you can use this link:

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jm4Ci2
EU Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CpyAAV

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