BEST Gimbal for Smartphone? Hohem iSteady X Vlogger Kit Review
You can see that size wise they’re about comparable and they weigh about the same too. So this is definitely a super small compact gimbal and in fact, i’ll show you the first smartphone gimbal that we ever had still have it. In fact, and you can see that this gimbal is quite a bit smaller. So the name of this gimbal is the ho hem eye. Steady, x and they’ve made quite a few strides in terms of size and functionality. Since this older ju win, gimbal first came out several years ago. Another great thing about this gimbal is its price it’s, only which is a pretty good price, considering all that this gimbal can do, but is it really worth paying more to enhance your smartphone when smartphones are already pretty good i’d say it depends a lot on what Kind of videos or content you applied on shooting, but gimbals are great not only for adding stability to your footage, but also for unlocking features such as time lapses. I really love the moving time lapse, feature that’s available on the hohem pro app, and i use that a lot for just filming little transitional scenes that i end up using in vlogs later on. The face tracking feature is also really great for adding that extra element to make it look like you’ve got a camera person with you when, in reality, it’s just you and your gimbal. So gimbals like this, are great for enhancing your creativity and allowing you to shoot different types of footage that you can’t get with just your camera alone.
So first let’s go over some specs. This gimbal weighs in at 260 grams and it’s made of mostly plastic, which isn’t really a bad thing, because it’s still really well built and it helps keep the weight down. There are three lockable axes that you have to unlock before you start using this gimbal. Next, you want to take your smartphone and pop it in on top. There is a little diagram here that shows you, which direction to point your camera phone lenses so be sure to do that, and also try to center your phone as much as possible, because that really helps with balancing the gimbal when you turn it on. In terms of smartphone compatibility, the maximum payload is 280 grams, which is funny because it’s a little bit heavier than the actual weight of this gimbal. But in that case it works with most of the modern smartphones, even some of the bigger ones, and it works with both android and iphones. There is some debate about whether you can use a case on your phone when you’re using the gimbal. In some cases you can, but i find that with my samsung galaxy s10 it’s hit or miss. Sometimes the gimbal works fine. With the case on and other times, the gimbal gets kind of weird and shaky and it’s not very stable. So if that ever happens with your phone, then just pop the case off and stick your phone into the gimbal and everything should work really smoothly.
Once you have your phone mounted go ahead and hit that power button and the gimbal will power on and the motors will kick in and everything is smooth and you’re ready to go. It should be noted, though, that the very first time you use this gimbal, you want to connect it to your smartphone, app the ho hem pro app, and you have to activate the gimbal. If you don’t do that, then your gimbal is going to be pretty limp and it will seem like it’s, not working so be sure to connect it and do that step. First. So once the gimbal is powered on it’s, pretty straightforward, there are only three buttons and a joystick and so it’s, pretty simple to use off the bat one command that you can start using right away is the power button. If you hit that once it goes into vertical modes, that you can shoot vertical videos or photos, if you hit that same button twice, then you can recenter your gimbal in case you get it really off some way and you want to make sure that it goes Back to normal just hit that power button twice, and it goes back to the center. Another shorthand command, that’s good to know, is using a combination of the photo button and the power button to cycle through the four different modes, so this gimbal is able to do pan tilt and follow, which is the default mode. It can also do pan follow all lock and pov mode, so besides using the gimbal as normal.
One other really cool feature about this gimbal is that if you want to use it as a selfie stick, you can easily do that by just locking each axis Music, and that gives you a selfie stick that you can use normally for taking selfies or photos or, If, for some reason, you want to vlog without the gimbal on one of the other great features about this gimbal is the ability to lock each axis, so it becomes really stiff. You can essentially just turn it into a selfie stick. You can use to vlog and walk around, so those are some pretty simple features. You can do with this gimbal right out of the box without connecting it to a smartphone app. If you want to take full advantage of this gimbal, then you really should connect it to that hohem pro app. You can use the app to access tutorials to learn how to use the gimbal or you can also use the camera that’s built into the app. If you do use the camera, then it’s pretty important to double check the settings just make sure that your photo and video resolution and frame rates are set to whatever you want them to be. The app also gives you access to some of your camera. Phone’S extra features such as the ability to switch between the front facing lens and also turning on the flash and turning that into a constant source of light there’s, also, a pretty cool face, tracking mode that works for both photos when you’re, taking a selfie and also For videos, so one of the features i really love about this gimbal is the face tracking, so you might be able to see through the screenshot that i’m, including that this is what my camera app is showing me and it’s, drawing a green box around my face And whenever i move the gimbal and thus the camera phone are moving along with it, so i think this is such a cool feature.
It does have a bit of a limit, so you do have to know how far you can go, but that’s pretty responsive and pretty accurate. Another pretty cool feature about the hohem pro app is the moment section. So if you want to have some pre made or preset videos, you can use the moment templates to make some creative shots. These are really handy for making quick creative edits to upload to social media. There is one little downside, though, to using the hohem pro app, and that is, it restricts your full range of camera lens choices. If you have a camera phone like this one, that has multiple lenses, you can choose from the hohem camera. App only gives you access to the basic mode or a slightly wide shot, but you can’t use all of your camera lenses. The only other downside to this gimbal is the battery life, so it has a rechargeable battery. You can recharge it via usbc. It comes with a charging cable, but the battery life is only eight hours long, which is okay for most people, but in a lot of modern gimbals they’re coming with you know, 20 plus hour battery life, so that might be a downside. So now let’s talk about the hohem ice, steady, x, vlogger kit. This kit comes with the gimbal and it also has an extra feature, which is a bluetooth microphone that also works as a remote control for your smartphone there’s, also an optional windscreen included and headphones, so that you can monitor your audio as you’re.
Recording the microphone connects to your phone via bluetooth, but once you do that, you also want to go into the hohem pro app and make sure that the microphone is connected. It also unlocks a wide range of settings. You can control for the microphone, including gain control and even controlling the amount of noise that is being picked up. All right, we’re, going to start off this vlogging test with a sound test. So, as you can see right here, i have the hohem bluetooth microphone clipped to me and i also have the windscreen on it. We have the gain set to automatic and also the noise is set to medium. So this is what it sounds like and we’ll do a little bit of a mic test, as well with the different noise levels and also trying it without the wind screen to see what it sounds like. So the windscreen is now off. We do still have the noise reduction set to medium, but this is what it sounds like i’m, going to walk around a bit see if we can generate some wind or some other noise and just see how the microphone handles it in that particular case. So this time still have the windscreen off went ahead and put the noise reduction to high. So this is what it sounds like. I have a bit of a breeze coming through but yeah. Hopefully my voice is still really clear, because sometimes this noise reduction can be a little bit too strong, especially when it’s on the high setting all right more sound testing.
This time, noise reduction is over on low and continuing walking through the park here. Looking for some noise to test out how good this microphone is. Okay, last sound test here, the noise reduction is now on closed, which i think means off totally so yeah. This i’m guessing is going to be not so great. You might hear a little bit more noise we’ll see how sensitive it is, but yeah. This is what it sounds like with the automatic noise reduction turned off on the microphone Applause. So the last sound test i want to do is giving you a demo of what it sounds like if i’m, not using an external microphone at all. This is just the camera phone and i actually think phones tend to have pretty decent sound, since they are phones at heart, so the whole point of them is to have decent sound, but this is what it sounds like. I think this microphone is probably going to pick up a lot more ambient sound as opposed to the little bluetooth microphone which is going to be more targeted. So the bluetooth mic is obviously more your style if you’re into vlogging.