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Zhiyun Smooth 4


Zhiyun Smooth 4 - 3-axis smartphone gimbal

Zhiyun Smooth 4

After DJI and FeiyuTech, Zhiyun-Tech is also releasing a new 3-axis smartphone gimbal that is in the price range around € 150. This means that the Smooth 4 costs almost half of what was released in 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

Having started with the choice of materials, Zhiyun does not rely on full metal, in contrast to the previously released models. The handle is mostly made of plastic, but the actual stabilizer with the 3 brushless motors is still made of metal. The shape of the handle has also been changed from round to rectangular. According to Zhiyun, this enables better grip and faster access to the controls. A tripod can also be attached via a 1/4 inch thread on the bottom of the handle.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 test

The new controls include a focus and zoom wheel, an improved control wheel and numerous control buttons for controlling smartphone camera functions. The operation of individual camera functions and that of the gimbal can thus be carried out entirely without resorting to the touchscreen of the mobile device.


Vertigo Shots

With the focus and zoom wheel, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is able to create a so-called vertigo effect or dolly zoom. By moving and adjusting the zoom on the focused object in the opposite direction, the background appears larger or smaller, whereas the focused object remains unchanged. Here is a sample recording from 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. The full potential of the motors is developed at the push of a button, allowing rapid movements to be followed. At the same time, the PhoneGo mode enables scene changes that are otherwise only possible in post-production.


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 tracking completely independently. Different time lapse modes (timelapse, motionlapse and hyperlapse) ensure a greater variety of shots. The user can freely determine over which period of time the gimbal takes a time-lapse recording.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 Review

Carrying capacity and battery

The gimbal can be aligned both in vertical portrait mode and in horizontal landscape mode. The load capacity is between 75g and 210g. In PhoneGo mode, the Smooth 4 achieves a maximum load capacity of 500g and is thus well above one  Feiyu Vimble 2  or the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. Zhiyun specifies the operating time as up to 10 hours. A multi-level battery status display provides information on the current battery or charge status. A two-way charging system allows both the smartphone (connection to the tilt motor) and the gimbal (connection to the handle) to be charged simultaneously. Charging via power bank is possible. The charging socket is of the USB-C type. The charging time is around 3 hours.

Price and availability

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 should appear in mid-April 2018. The retail price is around € 113. How the Smooth 4 performs alongside the stabilizers “Feiyu Vimble 2018” and “DJI Osmo Mobile 2”, which were also released in 2, remains to be seen. A detailed comparison test is already planned!



  1. chris

    27. June 2018 at 10: 17

    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

    • ThePrez

      31. July 2018 at 13: 57

      What does this have to do with licenses?

    • Shasu23

      20. September 2018 at 20: 42

      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

      28. April 2019 at 22: 04

      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.

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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

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