Zhiyun have announced a new smartphone gimbal called the Smooth Q. The Smooth Q has a claimed 12-hour runtime and will work with most smart phones including the iPhone 7 Plus with third party lens add-ons.
The company claims that the Smooth Q has a torque range that is twice as as much as that of the competing DJI Osmo Mobile.
Zhiyun also claim that the the Smooth Q is very easy to use and operate, making it a good gimbal for beginners. By using the free ZY Play App offers full control of the gimbal and allows you to enter modes such as object tracking.
1. Easily switch to vertical shooting mode
2. 5th generation Honeycomb processor makes the gimbal more powerful. Torque Range is 40% wider (two times wider than DJI Osmo mobile) and response rate is 30% faster than before. This permits multiple accessories on the phone such as fish eye lens, microphone, etc. It also works well without counter mass for iphone 7 plus.
3. 12 hours operating time with a built-in battery
4. Charging mobile while shooting via the USB port
1. Following faces as well as objects automatically under locking mode
2. Supporting panorama mode and time-lapse mode by connecting to the APP
3. Quick focus adjustment.
4. In the near future it will support video edition, filter, and a sharing platform for YouTube and Facebook
For those fashion conscious users the Smooth Q will be available in classic black, gold, rose gold and space grey.
I have been impressed by the Zhiyun gimbals that I have tested in the past, particularly the Crane (you can see that review here). Hopefully we can get hold of the Smooth Q as it would be interesting to see how it performs head-to-head against the DJI Osmo Mobile.
The final price will be released on March 15th, but Zhiyun claim it will be less than $150US.
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