In this article I’ll take a look at YI Gimbal, the first gimbal released by YI Technology. Early 2017 photos of a new gimbal appeared online. Seems it will be called YI Handheld Gimbal 2.

YI Handheld Gimbal

YI Gimbal

 

YI Gimbal

YI Handheld Gimbal

YI Gimbal

 

It looks very similar to the Feiyu WG and Zhiyun RiderM gimbal. It has 3 motors for stabilizing all 3 axes, a bracket which secures the camera and on the bottom a compartment for the batteries. YI Gimbal features two 900 mAh batteries which will last for 3h of operation.

 

YI Gimbal - How to use

YI Gimbal – How to use

 

YI 4K Action Camera is held with a bracket. On the bottom Yi Gimbal features a 1/4″ tripod thread, so it can be attached to the YI Monopod or any other photo/video gear.

YI wearable Gimbal - mounted on monopod

YI Gimbal – mounted on monopod

 

Operation Modes

YI Handheld Gimbal - Modes

YI Handheld Gimbal – Modes

 

Similar to its competition of YI Gimbal it offers 3 Modes:

Panning Mode – Where the gimbal’s pan axis is following the movement whereas the others are locked.

Locking Mode – All Axes are locked and the camera is facing in the same direction whereas the gimbal is turning.

Pan & Tilting Mode – Roll axis is locked whereas the other two follow the movement of the gimbal.

The modes are indicated by the LED.

YI Gimbal can rotate: Panning: +/- 160°; Tilt: +/- 160°; Roll: +/- 42°;

Dimensions are 95 x 77 x 75 mm and weights 210g.

YI Handheld Gimbal - Dimensions

YI Gimbal – Dimensions

 

 

YI Handheld Gimbal with YI 4K Action Camera

YI Gimbal with YI 4K Action Camera

 

The bag is the same YI bag that was introduced with YI Action Camera, the foam inlay is designed to hold camera, gimbal, batteries, charger & monopod with remote.

 

Conclusion

The YI Gimbal is a very affordable electronic stabilizer. Remember electronic image stabilization is not possible in 4K resolution (for most action cameras). Sony’s FDR-X3000 has optical image stabilization in 4K, so this gimbal will show equal results. The price tag is very appealing, but therefor the gimbal lacks some features. It doesn’t have any wireless components (wifi nor bluetooth), so can’t be remote controlled and it doesn’t have 360° rotation. It is available in a bundle with YI 4K Action Camera, but also sold separately.

Competition:

 

Here’s an overview of the YI gimbal competitors:

ModelFeiyu WGFeiyu WG2Zhiyun RiderM
WaterproofnoIP 67no
Rotation320 / 320 / 100360 / 360 / 70360 / 320 / 80
Payload150g130g160g
Batteries2x 880 mAh - exchangeable
operation time: 3.5 hrs
1500 mAh - built-in
operation time: 2.5 hrs
2x 900 mAh - exchangeable
operation time: 4.5 hrs
Remote ControlApp or Remote ControllerApp or Remote ControllerApp or Remote Controller
Mounts1/4" thread on bottom
1/4" thread on back
1/4" thread on bottom
1/4" thread on back
1/4" thread on back
PortsmicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB, 3,5mm (for monitor)
Time-lapse modenoyesno
Price:174 USD
Coupon Code: HTYWG15
228 USD
Coupon Code: HTY40FTW
217 USD
Coupon Code: HTY15ZRM

 

Price / Retailer

  • Gearbest: 475.00 USD (with YI 4K camera)
  • Geekbuying: 499.00 USD (with YI 4K camera)
  • Banggood: n/a
  • Aliexpress: 399.00 USD (with YI 4K camera) – Official YI Store
  • Aliexpress: 199.00 USD (gimbal only) – Official YI Store

 




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