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MakeUseOf | 4/23/2019 | Tim Brookes
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Gimbals offer amateurs and professionals alike an opportunity to get silky smooth video. While many smartphones include built-in image stabilization, these features are no match for gimbals that stabilize video over three axes.

Gimbals use three motors to counter the shakes, wobbles, and bumps encountered when shooting iPhone video. You’ll be amazed by how much better your videos look. But not all gimbals are built equally, so which is the best gimbal for iPhone users?

Best—if - Best—gimbals - IPhone - Zhiyun - Smooth

Easily one of the best—if not the best—gimbals currently available for the iPhone is the Zhiyun Smooth 4. Zhiyun has a history of making excellent gimbals like the Zhiyun Crane 2 we reviewed back in 2018. The Smooth 4 is the company’s current flagship three-axis stabilizer for smartphones, with a maximum payload of 210g.

The company added a ton of hardware buttons to help manipulate both the gimbal and the camera you are filming with. This includes a focus or zoom wheel, buttons for recording and shooting stills, hotkeys for switching modes, and two triggers. Squeeze the top trigger on the back to activate sport mode, which tightens up the response time for faster pans. Double tap the lower trigger to have the gimbal automatically center itself.

Battery - Life - Runs - Hours - Port

Battery life runs for 12 hours, with a charging port available for charging your smartphone while you shoot. You can recharge the gimbal in around three hours. The gimbal is available in two colors; black and white. It also includes a tripod which attaches to the bottom of the gimbal and a carrying case to boot.

The only area where the Zhiyun Smooth 4 might let you down is in its software. The accompanying ZY Play app is notoriously unintuitive and often crashes. The app’s features like object tracking are inferior to DJI’s offering. The triggers and face buttons make up for this,...
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