This is the review of the Zhiyun smooth Q 3 axle gimbal.
The gimbal is an amazing tool for stabilization of videos and panoramic shots.
Zhiyun is an easy tool to use, 4 bottoms.
The app for the IPhone is very simple to use, with it you can calibrate the gimbal, and use the bottoms in the gimbal, the bottoms only have functions as it is connected to the app from Zhiyun, otherwise the main bottom ( the circular one) can be use on limited function with the phone camera app.
The gimbal is a mechanic control tool, it uses axles to keep the camera stable in X, Y and DW directions, (vertical, horizontal and some perpendicular movements).
That means it need to be well balanced or the motor works too hard and create noises in the final result, it can also cause it too loose the calibration if not well balanced.
It is very easy to balance, special if it is used with a phone.
It does have a nice feeling when you are caring it during use, for the price it is really amazing.
When using it, the best is to keep it middle height, better support for the arm.
The battery life, it has a very very long life, it can also be used as battery bank.
It cannot be used during filming, as the cable would interfere with the balancing, it is very sensitive as should be.
As battery bank the machine needs to be on, the Bluetooth is searching.
It has a very large battery, even with the Bluetooth on, it will charge the phone and let you use the whole day for sure.
Charge it during the night, takes a long time to charge.
With the app from Zhiyun you can see the battery level for the gimbal
You need to be creative to use it without a phone, example go pro or any other action camera, it will work, but keep in mind the balance and the weight.
Not need to buy accessories from go pro to use with cameras, what is needed is make sure it is well balanced.
Weight has big influence, less weight less work for the motor, better battery life and less noise.
If well balance it can take up to 200 grams.
Balance is the secret, well balanced the motor works less and the final product is nice.
I use my with the go pro hero 5 session, I made my on tool to balance the camera, and it weight all together 185 gr.
The iPhone is easy to balance, but the camera from my iPhone (SE) isn’t good as the go pro.
Using the gimbal has some interesting details, too much video stabilization isn’t good, you should remove the option from the phone camera, if possible use only the gimbal.
With the iPhone you will need to go to 4K, or download an app from the store to record without stabilization, it is 100% free at the App Store.
I also notice the gimbal works better when filming on self mode, seems the firmware is better that way.
I have some samples videos using the hero 5 session at 1080p 60fps, it is the most used format.
It is with and without stabilization, self and straight film, also one with the go pro without the gimbal.
Here is the link from the video of examples
I have to say it was a nice buy, special when Coolblue lowered the price, it makes any GSM camera to keep memories.
It arrived as promised and the customer service from Coolblue are very good, you will notice it if for any reason you have a problem, I hope you won’t find out, answers in questions as well, fast answers and even if not what you want to hear they are with bases.
I do recommend the product.