Feiyu Tech just launched a new gimbal: Feiyu Vimble C. It targets the same audience as Zhiyun’s latest Smooth Q, which is a similar gimbal, for Smartphones and Action Cameras. If you don’t want to limit yourself to an action camera, even a specific type of action camera, this could be the right gimbal for you.

Feiyu Vimble C - for Smartphones and Action Cameras

Feiyu Vimble C – for Smartphones and Action Cameras

 

Video Review

Here’s my video Review on Feiyu Vimble C including some Demo Shots:

 

Feiyu Vimble C Specs

Battery
Feiyu Vimble C holds a built-in 2200 mAh battery which allows 5 hours of working time. A micro USB port at the side of the grip supports supports power input via power bank. That way you can extend operational time of Vimble C.

Weight & Payload
Viable C itself weights 420g, I’m currently not sure about the payload.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle
The gimbal allows 320° rotation on all 3 axes.

Durability
It doesn’t look like Feiyu Vimble C is splash proof (the micro USB port has a cover e.g.) but I currently don’t have confirmation.

Buttons & Controls
The control panel provides a flat joystick to control the head. Power button, that works as shutter when using Feiyu ON App, sits below. On the side you can find a micro USB port for charging. On the backside you can find a zoom lever and Mode button when pressing it.

Feiyu Vimble C - Buttons

Feiyu Vimble C – Buttons

 

Shooting Modes
You can use Vimble C to stabilize your phone horizontally or vertically – in portrait or landscape mode.
The gimbal will balance itself upon power up. On the backside there is a knob to adjust the weight of your phone to fine-tune balance.

Mounting
You can mount Feiyu Vimble C on a tripod as a 1/4″ standard photo thread is integrated at the bottom.

Feiyu Vimble C - 1/4" Mount

Feiyu Vimble C – 1/4″ Mount

 

Feiyu Vimble C – Compatible Phones & Cameras

The gimbal is compatible with a huge variety of smartphones including all Apple iPhones, Huawei P9 / P9plus, Xiaomi 5 series, Samsung Note5 / S7, and other 50mm-80mm smartphones in width.
Action cameras such as GoPro Hero 5/4/3 and other action cameras of similar dimension can be used together with the EVA foam pads (included).

Special Feature

When using Feiyu ON App (available for iOS and Android) on your Smartphone you can enable some special features like face tracking. Mark your face on your screen, which will be tracked during a movement and the gimbal’s head will follow automatically. Notice the red square around the face in the image below.

 

Feiyu Vimble C - Face Tracking

Feiyu Vimble C – Face Tracking with Feiyu ON App

 

Conclusion

Feiyu Vimble C is a very versatile gimbal if you don’t want to limit yourself to a specific action camera gimbal. Face tracking is a nice feature, the gimbal will follow your movements and you can focus on acting (only with Smartphone use). The body is a bit bulky compared to it’s competitors. When using an action camera you’ll need to add two foam pieces to the clamp to hold the camera. This way the shutter button on top is covered a bit and the visibility of the screen is limited. That’s the con of not using an action cam gimbal, but on the other side, you can use a smartphone.

Feiyu Vimble C with GoPro Hero5 black

Feiyu Vimble C with GoPro Hero5 black

 

Versatile – for Smartphones and Action Cameras

Low Price

no 360° rotation on pan axis

Access & visibility of action cam touchscreen is limited

Shutter button of Action Cam is hardly accessible

 

Competition

My comparison with Zhiyun Smooth Q:

 

Here’s an overview of the competitor’s specs including Feiyu’s similar priced SPG gimbal:

Feiyu Vimble CZhiyun Smooth QFeiyu SPG CFeiyu SPG (new version)DJI Osmo 2Zhiyun Smooth 3
Feiyu Vimble C - GimbalZhiyun Smooth Q GimbalFeiyu-SPG-symbolFeiyu-SPG-symbolDJI Osmo 2Zhiyun-Smooth-3-symbol
Body: PlasticBody: PlasticBody: MetalBody: MetalBody: ?Body: Metal
Battery:
5 hr working time
Battery:
12 hr working time
Battery:
7 hr working time
Battery:
8 hr working time
Battery:
15 hr working time
Battery:
14 hr working time
Battery Type:
built-in
Battery Type:
built-in
Battery Type:
exchangeable
Battery Type:
exchangeable
Battery Type:
built-in
Battery Type:
exchangeable
can be powered with power bankcan be powered with power bankcan be powered with power bankcan be powered with power bankcan be powered with power bankcan be powered with power bank
n/acan power phone / cameran/an/acan power phone / cameracan power phone / camera
200g Payload220g Payload?g Payload?g Payload?g Payload260g Payload
Pan / Tilt / Roll
320° / 320° / 320° rotation
Pan / Tilt / Roll
360° / 320° / 60° rotation
Pan / Tilt / Roll
360° / 320° / 320° rotation
Pan / Tilt / Roll
360° / 320° / 320° rotation
Pan / Tilt / Roll
320° / 310° / 140° rotation
Pan / Tilt / Roll
360° / 320° / 320° rotation
not Splash-proofSplash-proofnot Splash-proofSplash-proofnot Splash-proofnot Splash-proof
Controls:
Joystick, Zoom, Mode Switch, Shutter
Controls:
Joystick, Zoom, Mode Switch, Shutter
Controls:
Joystick, Mode Switch, Shutter, Zoom
Controls:
Joystick, Mode Switch, Shutter
Controls:
Joystick, Mode Switch, Shutter, Zoom
Controls:
Joystick, Mode Switch, Camera Settings, Shutter
Face TrackingObject & Face TrackingFace TrackingFace TrackingFace TrackingObject & Face Tracking
BluetoothBluetoothBluetoothBluetoothBluetoothBluetooth
1/4" thread on bottom1/4" thread on bottom1/4" thread on bottom1/4" thread on bottom &
1/4" thread on grip
1/4" thread on bottom1/4" thread on bottom
Price: 115 USDPrice 99 USDPrice: 109 USDPrice: 129 USD129 USD (planned)Price: 299 USD
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