Feiyu Vimble C Test - 3 Axis Smartphone Gimbal
Feiyu Vimble C
Axes: 3 axes
Material: ABS + aluminum
Smartphones: 5 - 8 cm
Action Cams: Yes
Load capacity: 200g
Tilting Angle: 320 °
Rolling Angle: 320 °
Panning Angle: 320 °
Capacity: 2200 mAh
Runtime: up to 4-5 hours
Charging time: 4 1 / 2 hours
Tripod socket: 1 / 4 inch
Operation: handle + app
Size: 11.6 x 10.89 x 24.5 cm
2x foam pad
1x Micro USB Cable
2x user manual
1x warranty card
First impression of the Feiyu Vimble C
What's in the box
The gimbal is delivered safely packed, so that even the sensitive engines are well protected during transport. The delivery includes in addition to the gimbal another Micro-USB cable, two attachable Foam pads, two Manuals - once in English and once in Chinese - as well as one warranty card, Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not attach a transport bag.
Design and workmanship
The Vimble C has an interesting design. Especially by the massive Plastic handle The Feiyu Vimble differs from competitors' products. At the same time the gimbal is handy in the hand. On the handle itself is a control padwhat allows the rotational movements to be controlled individually. Below the control pad is the power button, which is also assigned a trigger function. On the right side of the handle became a Micro USB socket accommodated. This can be the firmly installed 2200 mAh battery to be charged as well Firmware updates played over an existing USB connection. On the back of the handle is an easily accessible rotating wheelthat in combination with the "Feiyu On" app is used for zooming and what can be changed when you press the stabilization mode. The bottom of the handle is with one ¼ inch tripod thread equipped and additionally upholstered by a rubber layer. The fact that the underside is flattened, the gimbal can also be put down. On the top there are left and right one multicolored LED indicator.
The 3-axis constellation of the Vimble C is made of aluminum. The Smartphone or Action Cam holder is extendable and therefore adjustable in size. A thin rubber padding with profile ensures a secure hold. The application Feiyu Vimble C is still appropriate for the price. The plastic handle, however, looks cheap. A rubberized padding of the handle would have been desirable.
Preparations and commissioning
Before you even think about turning on the gimbal, you should have the smartphone or Action Cam firmly in the holder. If you ignore this step, damage to the motors may occur. The instruction manual already indicates this essential step at the beginning.
The holder itself is, as already mentioned, extendable and thus adjustable in size. Smartphones can be inserted with a maximum width of 8 cm. This is similar to a traditional 5.5 inch smartphone. The maximum load capacity is 200g. If you want to use the Vimble C with an action cam, depending on the size of the cam, the enclosed foam pads must be placed.
The gimbal can be used with the "Feiyu On" app - which is available for Android and iOS smartphones in the respective store - or also completely without an app with pure operation via the operating options of the handle. The gimbal can be switched on by pressing the power button for a longer time. The LED indicators on the top show the current status and stabilization mode. If the inserted smartphone is not balanced, so it still tilts left or right, you have to use the Adjusting screw of the "Roll" engine readjust.
Features and Feiyu-On App
The Feiyu Vimble C offers quite interesting features given the price. In addition to the control via the directional pad with maximum 320 ° tilting, roll and panning There are also 3 control modes.
In this mode, tilting and rolling control directions are fixed. Depending on how you move the gimbal by hand, the left and right swivel movements are followed.
Panning and tilting mode
Here, only the rolling control direction is fixed. Pan movements to the left and right are followed, as well as the tilting movements are followed.
In this mode, the inserted smartphone remains fixed. Movements are not accepted.
The modes can be triggered via the multifunctional control button on the back of the handle. Depending on the key press combination, the modes can be changed. The LED indicator shows the current mode. Another feature is the Change between horizontal and vertical stabilization, If the gimbal is tilted by 30 ° and the multifunctional control key is pressed, the change will be executed automatically.
The "Feiyu On" app is on the one hand the mobile control center of the Vimble, as well as the app includes one Recording function for photos and videos, About the app settings can be made to the gimbal itself, as well as for recording. In the gimbal settings, for example, the rotational speed of the motors can be adjusted. In the recording settings, the image and video resolution can be adjusted and there are settings for face tracking.
The Face tracking is one of the more interesting features of the app. Faces are automatically detected, marked on the live image output of the app and followed the movements. Zooming can be done directly via the rotary knob on the handle. The connection between smartphone and app is via Bluetooth.
Practice test of the Feiyu Vimble C
Commissioning is easy and understandable. Balancing the smartphone is a necessary step and must be adapted according to the inserted smartphone. But this step requires only a few simple steps and is carried out quickly. All functions are explained in detail in the manual, so that you can cope with the diversity of Feiyu Vimble C after a small period of adjustment.
The connection between smartphone and app is made easy and fast. The stabilization itself is accurate and the gimbal was already well calibrated by default. With heavy loads, the engines got along well in the test. Only at extreme inclinations, a slight vibration has made noticeable, which, however, did not adversely affect the video recording.
Improvement is the face tracking. Glasses wearers are rarely recognized correctly. But even with the correct recognition of a person, there were minor dropouts. It would be desirable to have an additional object tracking. The Battery life is not to complain about. Only after a good 4 ½ hours, the battery had to be recharged. Unfortunately, that too is Charge time good 4 hours, You can not replace the built-in battery.