Zhiyun Smooth 4 - 3-axis smartphone gimbal
Zhiyun Smooth 4
Axes: 3 axes
Material: plastic + aluminum
Capacity: 75g - 210g (PhoneGo max 500g)
Tilting Angle: 240 °
Rolling Angle: 240 °
Panning Angle: 360 °
Running time: up to 10 hours
Charging time: 3 hours
Tripod socket: 1 / 4 inch
Operation: handle + app
Size: 12.3 x 10.5 x 32.8 cm
Zhiyun Smooth 4
After DJI and FeiyuTech, Zhiyun-Tech also releases a new one 3 Axis Smartphone gimbal, which is in the price range at 150 €. Thus, the Smooth 4 costs almost half of the 2017 Zhiyun Smooth 3, Compared to the previous model, the manufacturer has completely revised both the design and the functional scope.
Design and operation
With the material selection started, set Zhiyun in contrast to the previously published models not on full metal. The handle is mostly made of plastic, but the actual stabilizer with the 3 brushless motors is still made of metal. Also the Shape of the handle has been adapted from round to rectangular. According to Zhiyun, this allows a better grip and faster accessibility of the controls. About one 1 / 4 inch thread At the handle bottom, a tripod can be attached additionally.
With the new ones controls is, inter alia, a Focus and zoom wheel, an improved control wheel and numerous control buttons for controlling the smartphone camera functions. The operation of individual camera functions and the gimbal can be done entirely without resorting to the touch screen of the mobile device.
With the focus and zoom wheel, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is capable of a so-called Vertigo effect or Dolly zoom to create. Moving and opposing the zoom to the focused object makes the background appear larger or smaller, whereas the focused object remains unchanged. Here is an example of the official Zhiyun YouTube channel.
PhoneGo mode is a performance mode. At the touch of a button, the full potential of the engines is deployed, which means that even rapid movements can be followed. At the same time, the PhoneGo mode allows scene changes that are otherwise only possible in post-processing.
Furthermore, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is able to actively track objects (Object Tracking), With the help of the Zhiyun app people, faces and other objects can be marked. The gimbal takes care of the persecution completely independently. Various Time-lapse modes (timelapse, motionlapse and hyperlapse) provide for a greater variety of receptions. Over what period of time the gimbal makes a time-lapse recording, the user can freely choose.
Carrying capacity and battery
Align the gimbal both in the vertical portrait mode, as well as in the horizontal landscape mode. Capacity lies between 75g and 210g, In PhoneGo mode, the Smooth 4 reaches one maximum load capacity of 500g and is thus well above one Feiyu Vimble 2 or the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. The operating time gives Zhiyun up to 10 hours at. A multi-level battery level indicator informs you about the current battery or charging status. On Two-way charging system allows both the smartphone (connection to the tilt motor), as well as the gimbal (port on the handle) to load simultaneously. Loading via Powerbank is possible. The charging socket is of type USB-C. The charging time is about 3 hours.
Price and availability
The Zhiyun Smooth 4 should already be released Mid-April 2018, The selling price is about 113 €. As the Smooth 4 next to the also 2018 published stabilizers “Feiyu Vimble 2” and “DJI Osmo Mobile 2” beats, will have to show. A detailed comparison test is already scheduled!