Zhiyun Smooth 4 - 3-axis smartphone gimbal

by Timo8. November 2018
Zhiyun-Tech's "Smooth" series of stabilizers is growing! With the Zhiyun Smooth 4, the manufacturer is bringing another 3-axis smartphone gimbal onto the market. Despite the huge feature list, the gimbal is priced at just $ 139 (~ 113 €). You can find all information in the following post.



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
Weight: 547g

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.

ZHIYUN Smooth 4 - Born for Mobile Filmmakers

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.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 test

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.


Vertigo Shots

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.

Vertigo Shots with Phone & ZHIYUN New Gimbal (Unveiled on 2018/3/8)

PhoneGo mode

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.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 Review

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!

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The most important thing is missing ... This thing is not usable on Android. Only 30 fps are possible because zhiyun does not pay a license for Samsung and Co. Only dj osmo 2 can control the camera with 60 fps so far. Only iPhones work. Support has been lying to me for 2 years .. Even with the q3 it was not possible to make smooth videos with 60 fps .. Since then, people have been working on it .. I cannot recommend the device .. A small gimbal can also do this without stabilizing it App because it doesn't work anyway


What does this have to do with licenses?


That's nonsense! With my note 9 I can even record 4K in 60 Fps. Of course, the same applies to 1080p in 60 Fps.

Black Zero

I think we're talking about the Smooth 4 app by ZHIYUN. When using the app is actually only 1920 * 1080 30p possible. Using the original mobile camera app so all the possibilities of the camera app are available. The app can not be controlled with the gimbal. All possibilities of the gimbal can be used only with the ZHIYUN app, even with the restriction that there is no 4k and no 60p also not for FullHD.