Gimbals – handheld stabilizers for smartphones and cameras

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    Oooooooohhhhhhh! Good thing you shared this!

    Been checking out Gimbals too since I have a phone more often with me than a camera.

    Looking forward to this newer version, aside from the price, the upgrades from the previous model look very enticing.
     
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    Yup... longer battery life (for the DJI Osmo Mobile 2) plus it now uses a MicroUSB (for charging) although I would prefer a USB-C, it's still way better than the USB-A to 3.5mm cable on the first gen.
     
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    I changed the original thread title from "Smartphone Gimbal" because most people wouldn't know what a gimbal is, hence, won't bother clicking on this thread.

    "Stabilizer" would be descriptive, more self-evident. And let's not limit this thread to "smartphone gimbals", for the benefit of many mirrorless and SLR camera videographers.
     
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    Glad I bought the Smooth Q back in September, otherwise I'd be scratching my head now. :)
     
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    Thanks @rbenzon, also realized that it will be better to just have 1 thread for all handheld gimbals.
     
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    After seeing my gimbal stabilized videos, I wondered why it took me that long to buy one... How's the companion app of the Smooth Q?

    I bought a steadicam for my GoPro earlier... It was good but the DJI was much better.
     
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    Not using the app much, coz my Smooth Q is mainly for the Hero 5, with a 3D-printed adapter. I had the Steadicam Curve before, too, but the Smooth Q is much better. But when it's a watery trek up my hometown's mountains, back to the Curve.
     
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    I use Zhiyun's camera app for my Smooth 3 and I find it ok. I don't bother using the app's other features (like the object-following feature). the only reason I use it over the iPhone's stock camera app is I can remotely control the app from the Smooth 3's grip controls directly for complete one-handed operation. Also, one advantage I utilize when using Zhiyun's app is that all media captured is stored on the app first and not directly saved on the iPhone's camera roll. This provides me a "working" space to browse through all the vids/pics I took with the app and just pick the select few I'd transfer to my camera roll for posting, sharing, etc.

    Honestly though, I really don't get to use my gimbal that much 'coz I'm just too lazy to carry it around. Only when I know I'll be taking photos/videos for a special event do I plan ahead and bring it along with me. Otherwise it just stays at home most of the time. But had it been easier to bring along (or me less lazy to bring it all the time), I'd really use it everytime I shoot videos on my smartphone. videos shot with gimbals really does look soooooo much better than the usual handheld shots we all do all the time.
     

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