Zhiyun just launched a new gimbal: Smooth Q. I’m very much looking forward to it as not only the price very affordable for a 3-axis gimbal (139 USD), it’s also versatile as you can use it for Smartphone and Action Camera!

As you know, when reading my blog, gimbals are my favorite camera accessories as they add a professional touch to your videos. They are the best tool to avoid shaky footage. Smooth-Q can be used for smartphones and action cameras and offers a wide range of possible use. If you focused solely on action cameras, take a look at my reviews of the mountable/wearable Zhiyun RiderM or the handheld Zhiyun Evolution gimbal.

 

Zhiyun Smooth-Q with iPhone and GoPro

Zhiyun Smooth-Q works with Smartphones and Action Cameras

 

Demo & Review

here’s my comparison with the similar priced Feiyu Vimble C

 

Zhiyun Smooth Q Specs

Battery
Zhiyun Smooth Q holds a built-in 26650 Li-ion battery which allows 12 hours of working time. A USB port at the bottom of the grip supports 5V/2A power output, so you can charge your phone (or camera) while shooting. But you could also use it to power a LED panel to light up your surroundings. On the side of the gimbal you’ll find a microUSB port to charge Smooth Q or power it with an external power source, like a power bank.

Weight & Payload
Smooth Q itself weights 450g totally and can hold a max. payload of 220g.

Pan / Tilt / Roll – Angle
Pan axis allows 360° unlimited rotation, tilt axis moves -135° to +185° and roll axis allows +/-30° movement.

Durability
Smooth-Q is splash proof and works under extreme temperatures (up to 45℃ and -15℃).

Buttons & Controls
The control panel provides a flat joystick to control the head, a camera photo/video mode switch, video Rec/Stop button and zoom controls.

Shooting Modes
You can use Smooth Q to stabilize your phone horizontally or vertically. (Well as a videographer I’m not happy about people shooting videos vertically, but it is required for Snapchat or Facebook Live – so it’s nice to have).
No need to balance the gimbal manually, just insert your phone and Smooth Q will balance electronically.

Zhiyun Smooth Q - Shooting Modes & Buttons

Zhiyun Smooth Q – Shooting Modes & Buttons

 

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

Colors
Zhiyun Smooth Q is available in black, grey, gold and rose.

Zhiyun Smooth Q - available in black, grey, gold and rose

Zhiyun Smooth Q – available in black, grey, gold and rose

 

Smooth Q Compatible Phones

Zhiyun Smooth Q is compatible with a huge variety of smartphones including Apple iPhone (up to iPhone 7 including Plus versions), Samsung, Huawei, Sony,… There is no specific list from Zhiyun which phones are compatible, I was told up to 6 inch screen size and max. 220g in weight.

Special Features

When using Zhiyun App on your Smartphone you can enable some special features like object tracking or face tracking. Select an object on your screen, which will be tracked during a movement and the gimbal’s head will follow automatically.

On a side note: If you use a larger Zhiyun gimbal like Crane with your DSLR, you can put your phone on top of the camera, use Zhiyun App to select object tracking and Crane (incl. DSLR) will follow the object.

 

 

Action Camera

You can mount your action camera without any accessories, simply change the clamp to portrait mode (clamp is sideways) and it will hold your camera. This is big plus compared to Feiyu SPG or Vimble C, which require a foam piece and therefore the shutter button is covered. With Zhiyun’s clamp on the side, the buttons / ports on the side are covered but not the shutter on top. The screen on the backside is not fully visible on all of them. Another option is an optional adapter. This way all buttons and ports of your action camera are accessible and the screen is fully visible.

 

Conclusion

Versatile – for Smartphones and Action Cameras

Low Price

360° rotation on pan axis

 action cam can be mounted without further accessories

Access & visibility of action cam touchscreen is limited

 

Competition

Feiyu has two similar gimbals: Feiyu Vimble C which I compared in the video above. And Feiyu SPG which offers a higher quality but isn’t much more expensive. Here’s a spec comparison:

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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Action Camera Adapter

I bought this adapter for 17 USD at Aliexpress. They are also some available on Amazon. I’ll let you know which one works best:




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