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  • Acceptable
    1 year ago
    Good stabilization, good app and good controls on the handle but unfortunately for the clown. I have an iPhone XS Max that weighs just over 200g and films for more than 10-15 seconds, giving the gimbal a fold and the phone collapses. However, worked well with iPhone 7 instead.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Easy-to-do, do it right. The majority of great features in the app. However, have had a few times when the phone disconnects from the app in the filming, but no constant recurring problem. Feels more expensive in use than it is.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    For the price, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a great gimble for the mobile phone.

    To begin or with, the app is quite easy to use and connects to the phone via Bluetooth seamlessly. If you turn Smooth4 off while you're out and turn it back on, it will ask to sync with the phone again, but that just takes a tap of the bluetooth button.

    Alle footage en video's zijn opgeslagen op de app. There is a social sharing feature, but it is lacking. Since Zhiyum is a Chinese company, they have all the common Chinese social platforms, but not many besides that. There was Facebook and Twitter but I was surprised Instagram was not there. Der er også muligheden for at gemme billederne til din telefon.

    Charging was fast out of the box and initial setup was pretty intuitive. Phone feels very secure tested with a iPhone 6s and iPhone 8.

    The equipment itself feels nice in the hand and is the perfect weight. Not heavy but weighty enough to have control over it. Can be hard to adjust in the moment.

    The instructional manual simply described the different modes, however, these are a bit hard to remember when you are out shooting and I often found I wanted to switch between the different settings to get the footage I was looking for.

    I also felt it performed better with the phone in horizontal position over vertical.

    Overall it was incredibly smooth recording.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    This is my first gimbal and one of the reasons I bought decided to buy this was simply that Smooth 4 seemed to give enormous value. After reading a series of tests that compared it to "main competitor" Dji Osmo 2 Mobile, I ended up on this.

    It took a while before I understood how the gimbal itself works, and you need to do some Google search for help as the manual is not helpful. But there are plenty of videos online :). The stabilizer itself works excellent, and all the features it offers besides the actual filming is simply amazingly good! It comes with a small tripod foot that allows you to use the entire boom as a tripod. Amazingly practical when using one of the more advanced photo features.

    All in all, this is a product that I almost do not understand how so reasonable, because it's simply amazingly good. You do not become a pro filmmaker just by buying a gimbal, but by investing in this case, it's not at all the equipment it's on :). The instructions could be better, but the product itself, the connection to the mobile, and the result of movies and photos are very good. Unfortunately, the iPhone can not be charged at the same time as movies are being flown as the charging port faces the device itself. Do not think this is a problem on Android phones, and it's possible that you can "trick" a link on the page.
    I will continue to test the product as it takes time to get to know it.

    Recommended!
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    After testing the product for a week, I'm very impressed. Be skeptical about it when I saw the size, but it will work for it to work as well as it does!
    Despite its size, it is very easy and manageable.
    Very good battery life and it keeps it promise!

    Can real movies bring the phone to look professional!
    A product I would recommend to everyone to bring anything from just a trip to the park for the holiday trip.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Taking this Zhiyun Smooth 4 is very good, just this new technology and usage areas, so there's room for many new ideas how to film and get new clips to their video. You start, it's good if you exercise a lot so you find the buttons and the function without looking so much on it, but the top and super nice my eyes :) will be on my trips in the future // PW
  • Good
    1 year ago
    This is a gimbal that is very easy to use but has many clever features. These are features that are usually not found in this price range. I've used this with an iPhone X and feel I've got very good results! The app seems very stable, and the gimbal delivers very steady recording. With time-lapse possibilities and "follow-focus", the Zhiyun Smooth 4 has extremely much to offer in comparison to its price.
    So this can certainly be recommended for both beginners and experienced photographers. Perfect for creating great content for social media!
  • Good
    1 year ago
    Tested with an iPhone 7.
    Setting the gimbal for the first time is very easy. Screw the supplied stand foot and mount the phone. Then it's a screw that holds the arm to check the length and balance it horizontally. Already there you can start using it but obviously the app makes it much more useful.

    Coupled it with the app went painless, albeit a bit slowly when you boot every time.
    The app itself does not seem completely bug free and I'm a bit surprised that manual settings required when shooting do not stop at all times. Fixed man is in manual mode with locked shutter speed so change exposure for ISO is not locked.
    Have also agreed that everything just closed down in the middle of an hourlapse. However, do not know if it depends on the app / phone or the gimbal itself. The focus / zoom wheel function works really well. However, focuspeaking is missing (at least on iPhone 7) so it can be hard to see where the focus is. However, if you drive a higher framerate and then convert to lower framerate you get really nice focus moves. Buttons and operation work very well but require some practice. Very clever with the front buttons that switch between locked and following functions. Same thing with double click that returns to initial mode. One problem, however, is to switch between locked to the following in a pan, and jump to center mode, so pan can not be switched. However, it works well in vertical movements as you move in the middle of the movement from locked to the following.

    + cheap
    + soft movements and quiet engines
    + good battery
    + easy operation
    + timelapse and panorama function

    - Some bugs in the software
    - can not spin around the entire shipyard but have endpoints
    - The joystick should also check the movement on the gimbal
    - Do not watch the clock in manual settings

    Conclusion:
    Overall, really, but some features I would like to see that they are implanting or improving in the software. It significantly increases the quality of movie material.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    A fully functional gimbal to the phone that works unexpectedly well! Easily connects to my iPhone X and works well without calibration. The battery life is quite crazy too! Highly recommended, especially given the amount of "toy" you get for the money;)
  • Decent
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    Many nice features that extend the ability to take good pictures with your smartphone. Tested most features. Worked well, but it loses contact with the phone a bit often. Then the whole process must be restarted.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    The first time I use gimbal, I am very pleased with the function of gimbal. Have not tested it more than 70%, so I still have a lot to get into. But otherwise I've used it when I've been on holiday with the kids and getting stable movies when kids and myself are running and playing are luxury ! It gets much better memories than shaky movies. Have tested some photos but may think that the pictures you bring with Iphone 8 original apps are getting better than those in the zhijun app, it's like putting too much emphasis on the app. Giving film sharp when you can shoot constantly and you can shoot from many new angles. Phone is easy to mount and sits steadily.

    + Still movies and photos all the time
    + Creativity reaches a new level
    + The product works very well
    + Easy to use once you get into it
    + Many features
    + Functions available from gimbal
    + Tripod included
    + Solid building quality
    + Good storage box

    - The handle you held could have been less creepy
    - Buttons are perceived as a little plastic, giving a rather loud noise
    - Something heavy to keep in, but if you have a tripod mounted, you have to unload your wrist.

    Rekommenderas!
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Have just tried a little home when I've been ill. But it seems incredibly good at stabilization. A little advanced and take some time to come in. I thought, but fine when you've done it a little bit :-) certainly been the money since it's so cheap.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Fun toy on the go.
    Have now tested it a bit on small situations. With this you can easily get lots of good viedeo if you are familiar with how the features work.

    Minus
    - Hard to calibrate or to make the phone lying horizontally (cropped against a page iPhone X)
    - Can sometimes turn off Bluetooth.
    - Missing a little more professional travel bag or the like

    Plus
    - Good and stable filming (regular walk) can be petty bumpy by running or jogging.
    - can be held down to shoot from ground level.
    - tripod and option to mount on another tripod
    - Absolutely decent battery time. Recharged quickly via USB C
    - can lock the camera direction.
    - can control focus or zoom with the steering wheel on the page.

    smooth4 has many possibilities for great recordings that can be combined in different clips. Then put together for a short short film.

    Nice device for those who love getting a good holiday filming or something else.

    In my experience, I recommend this one.
  • Decent
    1 year ago
    I have used it for a week. After some time on YouTube, it's quickly found out how it works. The actual grammar language works fine, but the app needs some upgrades. Additionally, it takes unnecessary time to start app / gimbal. Video material is getting well and the pictures are fine. Easy to enter the gimbal world.
  • Decent
    1 year ago
    Plus: Fine with features, many possibilities for more manual control, good battery, included stand
    Minus: High user threshold, could be more intuitive, take time to get into everything, a little unstable app, hard buttons that emit some audio
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    It took some time to get used to it. After a week, the app began to hang up, and the gimbal itself moved sometimes in corrections it did not have to. Beyond that, it's easy to use easy to learn. The downside is that it can be a little heavy to hold over time and it should have a safety belt / strap.
  • Good
    1 year ago
    Used it for a few weeks and it quickly finds out how it works. Seven grammar languages ​​I think works fine it's the app that needs some improvement. A little cumbersome with syncing and launch of the app, not so "On the go". The image archive in the app could have a little better navigation.

    Cool features for timelapse that work very well!

    At that price, it's a very nice first gimbal!
  • Barely acceptable
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    Have used this for iPhone 8 plus, and even though it's balanced, I sometimes experience a bit of chess with still images and that the gyro stops working after 40sec with filming. Annoying that the buttons only work when using the zhiyun app, misses being able to use it without using the app, diverting in social media or other image / video editing programs. Seems it's less user friendly than other gimbals I've used and weight / size draws a lot down. Seems it's ALT too big and heavy to carry 'in the bag / bag'. Still a fun product where you get a good deal for the money. Recommended for those who like to spend time getting into the technical and want to take the amateur videos to new heights for a reasonable amount of money and do not think it's limiting to use the manufacturer's own app during recording.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Very good product! Take some time and get used to it, but with a bit of youtubing it's easy! Seems it works great for iphone, and it's cool that the cut gets a bit different to the app than on the phone itself.

    It's a pity that they can not be used for snapchat da; p
  • Good
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    Have tested the product for a very short time, type one week's time and I have been well surprised so far. A little hard to get into with all the features, but with some time I do not think there are any problems. I have a plus model of iphone that I put in and place the clamp a little skewed, so it takes clone in my arm so it's not possible to rotate a bit freely.

    One thing to function and design is the choice of buttons. If you start scratching to change focus and other when you shoot, it's very clear in the movie. The buttons could have been made of rubber, thus reducing the risk of having unwanted sound when shooting.

    Overall a good product for the price, but there are of course improvement points.
  • Decent
    1 year ago
    Positively:
    Good battery life
    Like the panorama feature
    Works ok as gymnastics - is better

    negative:
    Hard to hold when it's so big, you need to use two hands for some maneuvers
    Missing joystick
    Poor to follow an object yourself

    I would have chosen another gimbal today.
  • Good
    1 year ago
    Works well, tracking function works like that but it's enough to fix an app update.

    had difficulty getting it completely balanced before turning on my Iphone 8 plus without shell but with glass screen protector would be a bit too heavy.
    However, it stabilizes without problems when the engines have power.
    many features nice to be able to shoot at 4K 60fps
    The app had many great features.
  • Good
    1 year ago
    + Stylish design
    + Good app
    + Value
    + Good battery life
    -Take some time learning all the features
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    An overall good product. Very easy to use, both balancing different mobile types, and changing landscape to portrait mode. Slight vibration in video by walking if you do not fit extra, but nothing significant. Can be easily fixed in a video editing program. Highly recommended if you want a more professional look at your home videos.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Good stabilizer for the price. Easy to use. Many improvements from Smooth Q. What draws down is the lack of carrying case and the ability to charge mobile while filming.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Well built and functioning as expected in total with iOS. You should read or view different reviews videos since it is not very easy to use if you are a beginner. Once you get it, it's great and you can achieve great results. Manual zoom and tighten the cannon controller!
    Well built +
    + Many features
    + Good app (iOS)
    + Good battery
    - Something oergonomic handle
    - Not very easy for beginners
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Amazingly pleased with my Zhiyun smooth 4. Very user-friendly and easy to get into. Feels robust. Your app has several smart features so here are the possibilities many. Timelapse with duration up to 3 hours and intervals up to 1 minute. Panorama 180 degrees and 3x3. Slow motion and long exposure are among some of the features. You can manually set camera (ISO, white balance, shutter speed) so you have a lot of control over the result. The videos look pretty and it has good stabilization. Opportunities to adjust after moving as well, so it stabilizes more if you jump or go fast. Can be attached to a larger stand if you need it. It can be controlled to the right and left by turning the wrists, which I had to exercise a little too little for a steady movement. Per now there is nothing special I miss. Fun to get such a good result with the phone. Recommended!
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Good solid design, battery quite ok.
    Works well without the app, but then it's only an image stabilizer without features like timelapse, subject tracking or 360 panning, etc., etc. think about it before you buy.
    Note, my S A8 2018 does not work at all
    plus other mobiles have no support for the app, and it's up to 99 percent that they work on the following mobiles, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 , IPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X.
    Android fools, Google Pixel2, Google Pixel2, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 6p, Google Nexus 5x, Samsung S8, Samsung S8 +, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 edge, Samsung S6, Samsung S6 edge, Samsung Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Mate 8, Huawei Mate S, Oneplus 5, Oneplus 5T, Oneplus 3, Oneplus 3T, Xiaomi 6, Xiaomi 5, Xiaomi 5s, Xiaomi 4, Redmi Note 4x, Redmi Note 3, LG G6, LG G5, Smartisan NUT Pro 2, Smartisan U1 Pro, Oppo R9s, Vivo X7.