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A small, pocket size gimbal is an essential tool for all vlogger using their smartphone. DJI and Zhiyun, both well known manufacturers of gimbals, released their latest version making their gimbals even smaller and therefore easy to carry with you. But which one is better to get Zhiyun Smooth Q2 or DJI Osmo Mobile 3?

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3

 

When comparing the specs both seem to be almost equal, but the difference is in the detail. Therefore pay attention to them as one item on one of those gimbals might be the main item for you to decide!

 

Design

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 and DJI Osmo Mobile 3 are designed to be compact and easy to use. Both have a unique feature that stands out. DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is foldable to make it even more compact for travel:

Zhiyun Smoth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3 (folded and unfolded)

Zhiyun Smoth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3 (folded and unfolded) – photo by Potato Jet

 

But is it really pocket sized? Is Zhiyun Smooth Q2 even smaller and goes into your pocket? Well, this is a photo Zhiyun published:

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3 (vs Zhiyun Smooth 4)

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3 (vs Zhiyun Smooth 4)

 

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 has another feature for easy use: a quick release plate. Remember with older gimbals you always needed to clamp your phone into the gimbal every time you wanted to use it. And then take it out of the clamp for other things to do? With Q2 they added a quick release. The clamp stays on the phone and easily attaches to the gimbal, while the clamp is not disturbing when doing other things like phone calls.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 - Quick Release

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 – Quick Release (click image for preview)

Another note on the design: Both have a standard 1/4″ tripod thread at the bottom.

 

Design Issues

Wide Angle Lens: Due to the design of Zhiyun Smooth Q2 with the motor facing forward you could get in trouble with wide angle lenses. Most newer phones come with that feature, so just to be aware of. You can avoid this problem by tilting the grip forward (Flashlight Mode).

Gimbal Tilted Forward (Flashlight mode): I like to hold my gimbal tilted forward to stabilize the up/down movement of my arm. While DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is tilted 15° forward you can’t hold it titled forward do to the construction of the arm holding your phone.

Controls

One major change done by Zhiyun: For the first time ever, you no longer need an app to control the mounted phone! Zhiyun  Smooth Q2 can connect to your phone via Bluetooth so you can control iOS and Android phones with the native camera. (Without using the ZY Play app). The App still exists for additional features like active track but you can also use 3rd party apps like Filmic Pro or the Moment Pro Camera app. Smooth Q2 simplified all the controls to one LED indicator, two buttons and one 5 way control joystick. The LED light shows the mode you are in: pitch follow, lock, follow and POV, there is a joystick to manually control the gimbal’s head and a trigger button that works, as mentions, also with the native camera app!

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 - Controls

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 – Controls

 

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is focusing on the active track feature with a dedicated trigger button on the back of the gimbal. In contrast to Zhiyun, DJI also offers a zoom lever. DJI has another cool feature, you can browse the functions via app using the buttons and joystick.

 

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 - Controls

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 – Controls

 

Features

Both gimbals offer similar modes like Active Track, a very convenient feature where you can mark a subject on your screen and the gimbal automatically tracks it and keeps it within the frame. With DJI Osmo Mobile 3 there is a dedicated button – the trigger button – that activates active track.

Of course popular features like Panorama Photos and Motion Time-lapse are available on both of them. A feature only offered by Zhiyun is Vortex Mode where you can do a barrel roll.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 - Vortex Mode

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 – Vortex Mode (click image for preview)

On the other side only DJI Osmo Mobile 3 offers a Zoom Lever:

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 - Zoom

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 – Zoom Mode (click image for preview)

 

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3 in a nutshell

So these are the pros & cons of both gimbals:

Zhiyun Smooth Q2

Exchangeable Off-the-shelf Battery

 Quick Release

Unlimited 360° Pan Rotation

Works with any photo app

 Aluminum Body

DJI Osmo Mobile 3

 Foldable Design

 Active Track with Trigger Button

 Zoom Lever

 Menu Control via buttons

 

Video Review

I haven’t had the chance to test them myself, but here are some video reviews you might want to check out:

 

Price & Availability

DJI Osmo Mobile 3

Best option is of course to get it via DJI Website, the gimbal is in stock and available for 119 USD.
(Note: There won’t be a Black Friday Deal for Osmo Mobile 3 on DJI website)
But also keep an eye on Amazon as there are deals from time to time:




 

Zhiyun Smooth Q2

is available at several retailer:

  • Aliexpress (official Zhiyun Store): 119 USD – (Black Friday special price!)
  • Gearbest: 119 USD (Black Friday special price!)
  • Banggood: 139 USD
  • Amazon:



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