This is a two axis gimbal for your mobile phone that fits in your pocket. Quick disclaimer xeon did send me one of these, but i’ve been using their products um. Since the og days of the zn crane. I do think they were one of the best gimbal companies out there. Now i was never really convinced about smartphone gimbals, because smartphone stabilization is getting so good right now in their cameras um. But i did want to try this out and see if it can actually be better than just using a stabilization inside the phone. So just how did they make it so small? Well, basically, they’ve removed one axis of stabilization from the usual gimbals on normal gimbals. You get three axis of stabilization. You get the roll axis, the pan axis and the tilt axis. What they’ve actually done is removed the tilt axis stabilization from this, which is actually what gives most gimbals their bulk. What this does mean, though, is you have to avoid tilting the gimbal forwards and backwards, as it won’t stabilize this um one way to get around. This is, you can actually use this little manual tilt here, um to tilt it forwards, so it’s a bit more natural to hold. I do always recommend holding gimbals at an angle like this. If you want to get the steadiest shots, the other great feature about the gimbal. Is this extendable pole? So if i do this, it gives you a little bit of extra room.
So if you’re vlogging, you want to get more of the background in shot or if you want to get more people in shot um. Obviously it just gives you a bit of a wider angle with the front camera. The other thing i recommend is always extending the pole um just because it gives that little bit more stability. The further the phone is away from your hand unless those vibrations sort of transfer upwards, although if the person you’re trying to get in shot with, you is significantly shorter than you. This gimbal is not going to perform any miracles and you probably still have to crouch down Music and on the handle. Here you have your controls, so you’ve got an analog stick here. If you go left and right obviously controls the pan axis. If you go up and down on the analog, stick, it controls the rotation and then you’ve got the m button on the bottom of that and if you press that once it locks the pan axis into place. So if i twist and move the pan axis, won’t actually change at all and if i press that twice we’ve got portrait mode, which is obviously great for tick tockers, because some people are into that and then next to that you’ve got the record button which fun Fact actually works on any um camera app as far as i can tell, and not just a zen camera app and then finally, on the right, you have the zoom controls.
I’M, not gon na lie. I let this product up before i tested it and there were some shoddy shots, so i wasn’t expecting much but it’s pretty steady. If you use it right, i’ve done some comparisons between filming with the iphone 12 pro on its own and filming with the zn smooth x, run the b roll Music Music, so Music Music. So, having looked at the footage, i definitely think that the gimbal helped um. The iphone 12 footage is so stable as it is. The stabilization is amazing on iphones, but the smooth x definitely helps to get rid of some of those warpy shots that you get when it’s trying to stabilize you walking. You definitely do miss that tilt axis sometimes, but sometimes it can also work to your advantage where you can sort of tilt it forwards and backwards, depending on when you need it, rather than relying on an analog stick to do it, but again sometimes you do miss It when you’re walking – and you can still see some of that bubbling action. I think for some of the sliding reveal shots or some really basic movements. I think maybe using the phone on its own is good enough if you’ve got a steady hand, but for walking shots and things where you may be rotating around something. It definitely is beneficial to use a smooth x and again, maybe you’re, just on holiday or out on a belt, and you don’t want to focus too much on being steady.
You want to capture the moment as it is. The zn smooth x is obviously going to help you get those smooth shots without having to focus too much. The thing is some people don’t buy these gimbals just for stabilization and there’s. Some extra features too that people like and if you download the zy cami app, which is the app you use to connect your phone to this gimbal there’s. Some extra features in here that some people might find useful. One of those features is active tracking it’s only available in 1080p at the moment, so i don’t necessarily think i’ll use it. I like to get the most of my phone camera and film in 4k, but you can, if you want to draw a box around the object and it would automatically track them. You’Ve probably seen it before on other cameras or other gimbals, and you can do that here and it works really really well. You can also use gestures to start, recording and also also automatically start the tracking as well. So gestures are also a thing on this. If you’re, using the z, wire, cami app and one of my favorite features, is motion, lapse it’s like a time lapse, but the camera will automatically pan as it’s. Taking the time lapse, all you have to do is set start point and end point, and the gimbal will automatically turn the camera as it’s. Taking the time lapse, the z wire coming up is okay.
I did find a little bit glitchy at the start. I did struggle to connect to the gimbal while i was out on the belt a couple of times, but now it seems to be stable seems to be working well and it’s got a couple of extra features on top of the usual iphone camera app. One of those actually being manual controls, so you can actually dial in your manual shutter speed and iso, using this app. So on top of the gimbal itself, you also get a nice little carrying case a charging cable and these tripod legs. Now anyone who’s seen my gimbal reviews will know i care about these gimbal legs and these feel out of place they’re much more plasticky and the gimbal is wonky. When it’s on these tripod legs, i fully recommend buying insta 360’s extendable tripod legs as they’re great quality and more sturdy. A great set of legs. So i’ve made a little rig here for recording yourself at head height with the zn smooth x, and i just want to show you it so you’ve got the insta360 mini tripod legs. Then you’ve got the insta360 360 invisible selfie, stick which comes all up here and then you’ve got the zn smooth x, so whatever i’ve just done has identified the tracking mode and now it’s going to track me. So it’s pretty sensitive to be honest. But while that tracks me, i just want to tell you about the link down below in the description.
If you did want to buy this xeon smooth x, then you can click the link down below in the description to amazon and they’ve, been kind enough to provide me with a coupon code. So all you’ve got to do is click the link down below in the description, add the item to your basket and then apply the coupon code and you’ll get a little bit off and that’s until the 19th of march. So let’s do some vlogging on this thing. While i tell you my thoughts as someone who likes to take lots of photos and videos on holiday and somebody’s trying to make a lot more with just my phone camera, i want a small and lightweight setup. I’Ve been using the osmo pocket, dji osmo action, and i never really thought that i’d want a smartphone gimbal just because it would make the setup a bit more bulky and i wouldn’t have to carry it around in a bag or something something about taking the pro Dslr out on holiday and taking photos and videos really disengages me from what’s around me and takes me back into work mode, but i think i might end up actually using this. The pros are that i can use my iphone 12 pro camera and when i update the phone i don’t need to update the gimbal. It’S got a little bit of extra reach for filming yourself like this and also it’s pocketable. So i can take it around with me, um on holiday and it won’t interfere.
I don’t need to carry a bag to carry around in it’s just an awesome package all together. The negatives are that you do miss that tilt axis. Sometimes and again. Those legs are a bit plasticky, and so you might need to buy a different set of tripod legs, but you can pick one of these up for 50 or 60 quid, and for that is great value for money. I’M really happy and sent me one of these i’ll definitely be taking it on my next holiday when we can finally go on holiday and it’s, actually converted me around to the world of mobile phone gimbals, so maybe i’ll start using them more in the future. So i’ve been chris spice. If you found this entertaining or informative, then hit the thumbs up button. And if you want to see more videos like this on being mobile with your camera equipment, then do hit that subscribe button.