Zhiyun smooth Q review | Best budget smartphone gimbal?
If this is your first time here welcome to tech phd where we talk about everything, tech for everyone and today, we’re going to be taking a look at this now, this spinny floppy thing, in my hand, is called a gimbal or a smartphone stabilizer, and this is The xion smooth q – and it is one of the best smartphone stabilizers you can get for the price. This was about uh fifty dollars or you can get it even for less if it’s slightly used and it takes your smartphone videography game to a whole other level. If you don’t believe me just stay tuned check out the video with that said, let’s get right into it. So, first of all, the giant smooth q comes in a plain white box, with a picture of the stabilizer on top opening that you’re greeted with this. So this is a um hard cover carrying case this has seen better days like i said i got this fairly used, so it has been scuffed up a little bit, but you have the carrying case. It has these black straps, which you can use to sling it across your back or across your body, so it makes it like a lot easier to carry around and opening up the carrying case inside of it. You get the smartphone gimbal itself. Now this gimbal is made of plastic all around and it has some metal parts to it as well. It is quite heavy or hefty, whichever you prefer to call it and it’s a three axis gimbal, so it rotates or it stabilizes your videography on three different axes.
When it comes to the i o of this gimbal, you at the back you’ve got a full usb, a port towards the bottom covered by this rubberized flap on the bottom. You’Ve got a screw, so you can mount this to your tripod. If you would like to do that and get some of those really nice tripod, plus gimbal shots and by the side in order to charge the gimbal you’ve got a micro, usb connector now micro usb is not really my favorite connector, but this is a pretty old Stabilizer so i mean you, can’t really blame them plus for the price it’s pretty much expected. The gimbal does come with a micro, usb cable in the box, so there isn’t really much for you to complain about now going straight into the gimbal itself. It’S got some knobs at the back and um what i call this in the middle, and you have to loosen this screw in the middle, so you can extend the gimbal in order to take your phone, whatever the size of your phone may be. I believe if your phone is bigger than 5.5 inches or so you’re going to need to extend the arm of the gimbal, otherwise it will not stabilize when you turn it on now, going straight to the front of the gimbal, you’ve got a couple of buttons. On top you’ve got a joystick where you can manually, adjust the panning up or down of your smartphone or, if it’s in the second mode.
You can manually pan your phone diagonally now i’m, going to show some samples of that later on in the video beneath that you’ve got the mode button, so there are three different modes for this gimbal. The first mode is the free mode, so to say, and it defaults to this mode when you turn on the gimbal, so in this mode it just tries to make sure that your footage is as stable as possible in all angles or in all aspects wherever you Are um trying to shoot from it automatically tries to adjust for any movement that occurs if you’re trying to pan around you need to flick your wrist in order to do that, and then the gimbal will quickly pan around to a new subject. If you double tap on the mode button, it goes into the pan mode or the follow mode where it is focused on one thing, and you can slowly use this to pan around this mode is actually really really good for landscape shots or, if you’re, trying to Follow a specific object or something like that. This is the mode where you get to adjust the tilt of your video diagonally, either left or right by swiping on the joystick or pulling pushing on the joystick, either left or right and in the first mode. If you tilt up or down, then the video tilts up or down as well um when you triple tap on the mode button, it flips the phone around and you get to use your rear cameras for selfie video, as you can see right here.
So this is what most vloggers or youtubers, who do a lot of vlogs that’s vloggers. What am i saying, but this is what most vloggers do, where they’re, showing you what’s in front of them and all of a sudden it spins around and shows their face. They have, they probably have a gimbal like this – that just has a mode where you use your rear cameras to um record your face. Now, if you do download the giant companion app for your phone um, i mean there are a lot of other camera apps which you can use. But if you do decide to use the giant companion app, there is a record button at the bottom beneath the mode button, so you can use this to start or stop your recordings or take pictures. If that is what you decide to do with it um, there are also some indicator lights there is this blue um indicator light that flashes when the gimbal is wait, it actually it always flashes, but when you try to turn the gimbal on you’re going, you need To press down and hold on the mode button and then if there is a phone connected to the gimbal, it will turn on and automatically begin stabilizing. But if there is nothing connected to the gimbal, as you can see you press down and hold it detects that there is nothing connected to it and it just does not do anything so to say the gimbal does last quite a decent amount of time, while um On a single charge, but i haven’t really been able to time it directly, but i think you should be able to get a couple of hours of shooting into this um.
But i doubt you will have the capacity or memory space or even your phone’s battery will. Last up to four hours of continuous shooting, but because of the massive size of the gimbal’s battery, it does charge pretty slowly, especially because of that usb uh micro, usb connector as well. It will take anywhere between two to six hours to charge depending on what level the battery is currently at. So here is some footage of me just casually walking with and without the use of the gimbal. I turned off the video stabilization for my phone. The galaxy note 10 plus in this sample just to um, accentuate just how much help the gimbal does do. The handheld footage is very, very shaky, and even when i do turn on video stabilization, while it is a lot smoother, the only thing comparable to how steady the gimbal is is when i turn on super steady mode on the galaxy note, 10 plus, but not every Smartphone has optical image stabilization, not to even mention super steady mode like on this device. Taking a look at the sample from the gimbal, you can see that it is in an entirely different league of its own. Here i tried going up and down some stairs and walking on some uneven terrain to see if the gimbal did a good job at stabilizing it, and i was really really pleased with the results that i got it seemed like. I was walking on just a normal plane floor.
Meanwhile, i was actually walking on very, very uneven surfaces. Here are some other video samples of the giant smooth q gimbal in action enjoy Music. So with all that said, i believe the giant smooth q gimbal has been one of the most important investments i have made for the channel, as it helps take the quality of the b roll and the steadiness and so on and so forth to an entirely different Level and then there’s so much more, you can do with it if you’re looking into starting out a career or taking up filmmaking as a hobby, then stabilization is something that you’re going to need and for your smartphone, a gimbal is necessary and when it comes to Gimbals and three axis gimbals to be more specific, the giant smooth q is one of the most affordable and best quality choices that you’ve got there.