com here, the Ultimate online course about smartphone filmmaking and today we’ll compare two of the most popular smartphone gimbal options that you can buy at the moment. I have divided this comparison into seven different categories and the winner of each category will get a point, so let’s actually hop into the first category, and that is price and packaging content. The dji om4 costs about 150 dollars, and for that you get a little carrying pouch, a usb to usb type c, cable, a little table tripod and, of course, the gimbal itself. The scion smooth q3, on the other hand, is only about 120 dollars and it actually has the exact same packaging content plus it also has a very nice looking carrying case. I really like this one because it’s just super compact, yet the gimbal is safe in it. I don’t really like the pouch from the dji om4 because i feel, like it doesn’t, add really any protection if i put this into a backpack, which is why i actually never use it. So the first point goes to the scion smooth q3. So next up is the balancing process. The scion, smooth q3 is a pretty traditional gimbal. When it comes to the balancing part, you just need to slide the back of the gimbal to the top. Then you lock the screw that holds it in place, and then you put your phone into the mount and then you slide it to the right and to the left and also up and down until your phone stays in its position without falling over.
Is it difficult? No actually it’s not, but do you need some practice to get it done quickly? Yes, you do. On the other hand, the dji om4 offers this magnetic clamp. That, basically, does all the balancing for you. You just put this clamp on your phone and the magnets. Do its thing, so this point goes to the dji om4, so it’s, one point’s. All third category is the overall steadiness of the gimbals and i have tested both very intensively in the last couple of days, and i have to say that both are really great. A few years ago, electronic stabilizers always had this issue that the horizon was leveled all the time, but you always had these up and down movements, and also these micro jitters, and with these two gimbals, i had no problems whatsoever, no matter if i was doing push In shots or parallax shots or whatever, i always got great results with both of them, so this category definitely is a draw and if you guys want to learn how you can get similar results with your smartphone, like, i do make sure to check out smartphonefilmmakingpro.com. We are the ultimate online course teaching you how to film professionally, with your smartphone, the actual filming part, technical aspects, creative techniques, as well as the entire editing part, is covered in our full course. Click. The first link below that like button to watch my totally free webinar, where i share the top 5 secrets to shooting cinematic videos with your smartphone alright, so category number four is all about the different modes and how you switch between them.
You know both gimbals basically have the same modes. You got the follow mode. You got the locked mode where all motors stay, no matter what you’re doing you get the pov mode and so on on the scion smooth q3. You change them by just a simple tap on the mode button and through a little led on the gimbal you see in which mode you are currently in, and i love how easy this is on the dji om4. On the other hand, you don’t have any display and no led light whatsoever. You just don’t know in which mode you are currently in unless you use the dji memo app pressing. The m button on the om4 won’t change your modes. Unless you are in the dji memo app that i, by the way, do not like at all the only mode you can access directly on the gimbal without using the app is the locked mode by just pressing this button at the back of the gimbal. And you always have to keep it pressed by the time you release your finger. You are back into your standard, follow mode. So, in my opinion, this point clearly goes to the smooth q3. Alright guys. The category number five is the weight and the payload. The dji om 4 weighs ‘0 grams and has a payload of 230 grams plus minus 60 grams, which in theory means it should go up to 290 grams, at least that’s. What dji claims on their website? I have tested this before and when it comes to the payload on gimbals, it very much depends temperature and the balance play a huge role when it comes to the actual payload, with the dji om4, i could balance my iphone 12 pro plus an add on lens.
Without any big issues – and i also could film with this – the smooth q3 weighs only 340 grams, so it’s definitely noticeable lighter compared to the om4, and the payload is nearly identical with 280 grams. I have also tried balancing my iphone 12 pro plus an add on lens on this gimbal, and it also worked without any huge issues you do notice with both of them that they are at their limits. When you use a heavy setup like this, but it still works for me personally when i am shooting with my smartphone, i want to keep the weight as little as possible. So i personally i’ll give this point to the scion. Next category is battery life and i actually have to say that both gimbals last absolutely forever. I had never had any issues with either of them. The egi claims that the om4 lasts for about 15 hours in ideal conditions and zion claims the exact same 15 hours under ideal conditions, so it’s a draw here, but again both are very great, so you can’t go wrong with any of them when it comes to The overall battery life, so the last category, is the overall ease of use and what i felt more comfortable using. So i think this category is a pretty individual one, because just everyone focuses on different things and for everyone, different things are more important. A huge plus of the om4 is, without a doubt, the balancing part, or rather the lack of the balancing part for quick turnarounds, and especially if you are a complete beginner and you have never balanced a gimbal.
This is a huge benefit. On the other hand, the mode switching on the smooth q3 is miles better than the one on the dji, so it very much depends on what you prioritize for me personally, the balancing part of the smooth q3 is not a huge deal, but also the mode. Switching on the om4 is neither because for about 90 of all of my shots, i use the standard follow mode anyway. So i personally, i still feel like the overall ease of use is a little better on the om4, and this is why this point goes to the om4, but there you have it guys. I think when it comes to those two gimbals, both are really great options, and actually you can’t go wrong with any of them. Like i said before, the balancing on the om4 is just a piece of cake and if you are a complete beginner, this can definitely be a huge advantage for you in case you are a little more advanced and you want to. You know use all the different modes of your gimbal and you want to get the absolute best quality out of your gimbal. I would definitely go with the smooth q3 because mode switching is just super quick and you can use third party apps like filmic pro and still get all the features with the om4. You always have to switch between filmic pro and the dji memo app, and i really do not like this workaround and this workflow in general, but that’s, basically it for this video.
If you guys have any more questions about any of those, two gimbals make sure to write it down in the comments. I am currently working on a full review of the scion smooth q3. So if you want to see anything specific make sure to write it down in the comments, but yeah that’s it for now.