Most manufacturers are focusing on the budget smartphone gimbal. Nowadays these are made of plastic. They usually miss some important features like the trigger and they are usually very bulky. This is where I’m glad to see this old school fail tech SPG I have tested with Samsung Galaxy S 9 and GoPro Hero 7 mounted in adapter. In this video we will take a look at the performance and feature set of this gimbal and we will try to find out whether you should get one SP GT comes in this hard foam case. To be honest, I would definitely prefer proper travel case. That is included with fav g6. This doesn’t really work as a travel case for me, but it protects the gimbal very well. Besides the gimbal, you will get a small table, tripod micro, USB cable for charging, the gimbal, USB C micro, USB and lightning cables for charging the smartphone through the gimbal. The build quality on SP g2 is great. It is made of metal and very high quality plastics. It feels very solid and I can definitely say that the build quality is very premium. Fea probably has the best build quality of all gimbal manufacturers, and that also includes their dsl m cables such as a k2000. It weighs 440 grams, so it has some heft to it, but it is not too heavy and it is also splash proof. The grip has very nice rubberized surface overall big thumbs up for the build quality.
I also think that it looks very good just like the g6, which is basically a version of this game. Buffer action cameras, smartphone installation is very easy. You just need to insert the phone and balance the horizontal axis. The payload capacity is 300 grams, so it should work with any smartphone, including Galaxy Note 10 and iPhone 10 s max, even with the case. You can use it in vertical mode, of course, simply by rotating the phone holder and rebalancing the gimbal. You can also use it with GoPro or other type of action camera with adapter. I wasn’t able to balance it properly with this adapter, but it still worked very well. Only the pen, axises, unlimited motion, range tilt and roll axes have 320 degrees motion range, which is generally okay. Regarding the controls, you have the onoff button, which doubles as a mode button and the record button on the front side. On the right side, we have video photo mode button and on the back side, we have the trigger button and the rocker for controlling the raw axis. The control wheel is actually very useful on this gimbal. You can easy to control the motion of the gimbal and you can switch between the axis by pressing the scroll wheel. It is not possible to set the sensitivity of this wheel, but it is very reasonable out of the box. The joystick also works very well and, unlike the wheel, you can set the sensitivity of the joystick, so we can use it for very smooth, panning or tilting.
When you hold the trigger on the SPG, you will enter the sports mode where the camera follows your movement. Very quickly, which is very useful for sports and transitions, I would prefer a lock mode instead of sports mode like on the g6, but the sports mode is useful as well. That will press all the trigger button resets the gimbal position regarding the efficiency of the stabilization. Just like with any other type of small gimbal, it works the best when you combine it with stabilization in your smartphone or camera galaxy s, 9 has very decent optical image stabilization and the results that I was able to get with this combination are very good. It completely eliminates shaking in stationary shots, so it works great for that. Regarding the wall kink, this is 3 axis gimbal like every other smartphone gimbal, so it won’t stabilize the bulk ink, but it adds some weight and therefore stability, and it can also keep the horizon. Leveled so walking shots look very decent in combination with optical image, stabilization in s9, you can also choose from three modes: those are the normal, smooth and motion. Those determine how responsive is the gimbal and you smooth most of the time, because that has a bit of a dead zone, so the footage looks generally better in this mode. In my opinion, you have four motion modes on this gimbal. Those are the painting mode where the camera follows: horizontal movement and locks.
The other two axis second mode is pen and follow where the gimbal follows both vertical and horizontal movement. The third mode is lock mode where the gimbal doesn’t follow any movement, so it just gives the camera pointed in one direction. The third mode is all follow or POV mode where it follows all axis, including the roll axis. Failure on em generally works pretty good. It is sufficient for consumer use. I like that the gimbal will connect automatically when you launch the app it can shoot 4k, but only in 30, P on the s9, 24, 25 or 60 P is not available. You can also use it to access the mode settings, adjust the model, strength and so on. If I should vidi on a smartphone, I always use filmic Pro because it supports much higher bitrate and 25 and 60 p 4k. Recording this gimbal is not compatible with filmic Pro. I would really like to see that Sofia, tech could maybe work on that with filmic to provide this functionality. Spg 2 also has very impressive tracking capabilities. You can draw a square on the screen and it will track the subject. It actually works very well. This is especially useful for motion lapses so thumbs up for this feature. It is also possible to monitor the audio using headphone jack on the left side. That is very nice feature for advanced filmmakers. There is a quarter inch mount on the bottom side, of course, and I use that for mini table tripod.
One more quarter inch mount is on the right side and you can use that one, for example, to mount a mic or a light. Spg tree is one of the few gimbals that have removable battery. It uses 5000 million power battery and the battery life is rated for 14 hours. The battery really lasts very long, definitely more than a day of use. There is also an option to charge the camera from gimbal, which works very well, but it decreases the battery life, of course, as I’ve already shown. In my I study pro 2 video. I also carry this gimbal in PG. Take gimble carry bag, it is padded, so it provides great protection and there is also a lot of space for other accessories. To sum up, FEA tech, SB g2 is a smartphone gimbal with a lot of great features, and it performs very well. It is definitely a premium gimbal and the build quality is probably the best of all smart on gimbals that I have tested so far. It also has very good controls, decent app and great battery life. I like most new smartphone gimble’s. It is not too bulky, so it is easy to carry around it. Doesn’T really have a major disadvantage. Not all of the axes have unlimited motion range included. Hard foam case is not very practical, and I also really don’t like the sound that it makes when you turn it on, but none of that is a deal breaker.
It is currently my most favorite smartphone gimbal. I intend to make more videos about smartphone filmmaking on this channel once I get the new smartphone, so I intend to use this one a lot in the future, so that’s it for this video. Thank you for watching. I hope that you liked this video and that you found it to be useful, stay tuned for more videos and maybe consider subscribing if you don’t want to miss my future content. I appreciate your feedback in form of thumbs up or thumbs down.
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