Nowadays, there are ever more smartphone gimbals on the market. Be it from Chinese or American manufacturers, we really have a lot of choice to find the best smartphone stabilizer and the one which will suit us best. Zhiyun is one of, if not the biggest manufacturer of stabilizers in the world. Its two latests products are really worthy of interest. Are the Zhiyun Smooth 3 and Smooth Q the best smartphone gimbals for the time being ?
The smartphone stabilizers are spreading exponentially
As you may know, Zhiyun has been offering stabilizers for a few years now. Be it for you smartphone, Gopro, or DSLR, you’ll find a solution to get rid of every vibration you may meet when shooting videos. The Smooth 3 smartphone gimbal certainly offers the best stabilization on the market whereas the Smooth Q offers the best performance/price ratio. Are they the bests ? It’s pretty hard to say, but we’re going to have a look at it more precisely.
The Zhiyun Smooth 3
As you can see in our smartphone gimbal comparison table, the Zhiyun Smooth 3 really has a very nice second place. It is just 0,1 point behind the DJI Osmo Mobile, yet, for some reasons, it may be the best stabilizer for smartphone. Why? Well, first, it has the best battery life you’ll ever find on the market. With almost 14 hours of running time, it really pushed the level further away. Furthermore, contrary to the Osmo Mobile, it enables you to recharge you smartphone while in use, which is, for us, a significant advantage.
As far as quality and reliability are concerned, it is a bit behind the DJI Osmo Mobile, but it is still very decent and you’ll not necessarily see the difference between the two. As you can see in our Zhiyun Smooth 3 review, one of the very big strength of this smartphone stabilizer is its stabilization. Indeed, with a 9.3/10 in this section, it really pleased us and offered us the best stabilization we have tested for a smartphone gimbal. Gopro gimbals such as the Removu S1 or the Gopro Karma Grip offer some better stabilization, but this is an other family ! Therefore, if you are looking for the best stabilization, the Zhiyun Smooth 3 is definitely the gimbal you need.
Furthermore, as if all this was not enough, it offers quite a few very interesting functions. Among them, we really enjoyed the little wheel on the side of your grip which will enable you to control different settings of your gimbal and the image such as the ISO, light exposure,… For these two last very good assets, the Zhiyun Smooth 3 can be considered, for some, as the best smartphone gimbal. Yet, if we take our 6 criteria into account, the DJI Osmo Mobile is still slightly in front of it. Don’t forget that these two are exactly the same price, that is to say 300$.
The Zhiyun Smooth Q
The Zhiyun Smooth Q is the low-cost version of the Smooth 3. Definitely, it doesn’t offer such a good performance. Yet, for a certain point of view, it can be considered as the best smartphone gimbal…for people with a limited budget. Indeed, as you may know, this is only 139$ which is nothing compared to the 300$ of the other competitors. So yes, the quality and reliability are not very good… The same goes for the stabilization which is not the best, even though it convinced us !
What is really interesting here is that you’ll get a very good quality price, or performance/price ratio. Indeed, the first very big asset of this smartphone gimbal is its autonomy. As a matter of fact, as you can see in our Zhiyun Smooth Q review, if offers approximately 10 hours of running time. This is just behind the Zhiyun Smooth 3 which can offer up to 14 hours. Furthermore, like its big brother, it enables you to recharge your phone while in use. This asset is not present with the DJI Osmo Mobile or the Feiyu SPG, to name but two.
As far as functions are concerned, we were very impressed during our review to find so many interesting things for a low-cost product. Indeed, you’ll have face tracking, panoramic, time lapses and even a compatibility with Gopro cameras ! This is really great for such a low cost product.
In the end, without any doubt, the Zhiyun Smooth Q is the best smartphone gimbal for people who don’t want to put more than 150$ in a stabilizer for their smartphone. Of course, this is no match for the Premium stabilizers, but it is definitely the best in its price area.
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