Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3 Axis Handheld Gimbal for Smartphone Up to 6" No More Counterweight, Freely Switch Standard/Vertical Shooting, 8hrs Run-Time, Buttons to Photo/Record/Zoom In/Out - Black
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- Zhiyun Smooth Q is designed with the 5th High-Precision Stablilizing Algorithm System. 30%-40% Faster Response Rate Compared with Smooth II, More Accurate and Quicker Response.
- Easier to use without Counterweight. There is an Extendable Axis to balance the Gimbal by One Step. Freely Switch your phone between Standard and Vertical Shooting.
- Smooth Q has Buttons to Photo/Record, Zoom In/Out and Get Rear Camera/Selfie Mode Transferred. Updated APP-ZY PLAY APP supports Auto-Tracking, Time-Lapse and Filter Options.
- 8 hours Working Duration, Supports Real-Time Mobile Charging, Portable Power Solution for Your Phone. Controllable Range: Pan: 360°; Roll: ±30°;Tilt: +185° -135°.
- 50g Lighter Gimbal Body than DJI OSMO Mobile, yet with a Maximum Payload of 220g, Smooth Q supports you to attach diversity lens with different focal length, kinds of fill light and many other photography accessories.
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Do not forget to fasten the screw after you balance the gimbal in case of damage on motor's lifetime.
Charging Current: 1500mA
Tilt: +185° -135°
Operating Time: 8-12 hours
Operating Temperature: -10° to 45°C
Valid Payload: 75g-220g
Net Weight: 450g (Without Batteries & Smartphone)
Package Weight: 760g PACKAGE CONTENTS:
1* Smooth Q Gimbal (Battery Included)
1* Product Manual
1* PERGEAR Cleaning Kit
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I did use the app temporarily, but have since deleted as it just felt incomplete. I did however like the fact that I could start and stop recording with the controls on the gimbal if I used the app. That alone however wasn't enough to keep me using it. I'll revisit it in time to see if it has gotten any better. Pro tip: when you first install your phone, leave the gimbal off and see how the phone balances. It should be level, just not facing the correct way. If it is leaning any direction, then loosen the thumb screw behind the phone (not the screw directly on the phone mount, but on the armature behind it) and pull the arm out to balance. Once you find the sweet spot, tighten it up and power it up. It should do a quick (slow) spin and be ready to go. Also, DO NOT hold the gimbal by your phone and allow the handle to free spin, It will hit mach speeds...unknown if this can damage anything but a word of caution.
The gimbal itself has proven to perform very well with the LG G5 in a case. Set up and balance is a snap, and cycling through the modes is quick and intuitive. The functionality of the thumb stick works well, and i have found that my video files are super smooth. This is what earns the Smooth-Q a 4-star rating from me.
(THIS POINT IS NOW MOOT) Now for the biggest con - the android APP...
a BIG reason i purchased this was for the motion time lapse functionality. Well guess what is missing completely from the android version of the app...motion time lapse functionality. Other things missing from the android version of the app (but present in the iOS ver) include panorama mode and manual controls for the camera.
I guess i should have done more research, but learning this fact last night after searching for 2 days on how to get those features to work, was incredibly disappointing. The gimbal is GREAT, but Zhiyun-tech, i implore you...PLEASE bring the android app up to par with the iOS app. Limiting the functionality of 50% of your users (made up statistic) is just not right. this item is 5 stars if the app worked as hoped.
The gimbal does not appear to have any kind of built-in safeguard against overworking or damaging the motors, which can be done by accidentally turning it on without a smartphone or other weight inserted, or if the load isn't balanced, and the axis motors themselves can get very hot if used for longer than an hour. Manually letting the device cool should help the motors function, but it's something you'll need to keep an eye on yourself.
Another important note - the reported battery life of 12 hours appears to be... somewhat unrealistic. I put about 2 hours of nearly nonstop use and roughly another 4 hours of intermittent use on the device straight out of the packaging before it shut off. After charging again (something else to keep an eye on - other users have reported that the device does not protect against overcharging, resulting in a damaged battery) it appeared to delivery roughly another 6.5 hours of use before requiring another charge. This is totally fine for what I'm doing, and perhaps you can achieve better battery life through less intense use, but it's good to know before taking it out somewhere for a long period without any kind of charging solution.
I don't want to sound too negative - I really have enjoyed using the gimbal! For the price, it's been an excellent learning experience and I've gotten some very smooth footage. However I figured others would also like to be aware of some of the potential issues depending on what your use case is. If (like myself) another more expensive gimbal is simply out of your price range and you don't intend to put the Smooth-Q through a lot of abuse or extreme temperatures, it'll probably fit the bill. However, if you can afford the next step up (which as I write this is still the DJI Osmo Mobile) I would recommend investing in that instead.
I think even though the phone isn't passively balanced, the smoothq has the power to level it when powered on, but i assume it will drain the battery faster without good passive balance.
As a result, i use this with my yi4k action camera with a custom made adapter which i use in selfie mode because the adapter faces the camera in the opposite direction as a phone would be oriented.
Modes are a little unclear initially, even after reading the manual, but eventually you'll get used to single, double, or triple clicking the mode button and learn what the modes are.
Produces silky smooth movement, no noise picked up from the gimbals on the camera microphone.
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