Best Smartphone Gimbal 2018? (Zhiyun Smooth 4 vs Osmo Mobile 2)

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— Best Smartphone Gimbal 2018? (Zhiyun Smooth 4 vs Osmo Mobile 2) —

A smartphone gimbal (or phone stabilizer) is one of the easiest ways to see a BIG jump in the quality of output when it comes to shooting video on your iPhone or Android device.

Options like the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and DJI Osmo Mobile 2 pack in a ton of functionality, previously available only with more expensive pro-grade gimbal stabilizers. But if you’re looking for the best gimbal for iphone or android, which is the right option for you?

In this review, we put the two head-to-head to see which is the best gimbal for smartphone in 2018. It’s the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4!

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Ali Syed says:

Why can’t you mount the phone the other way so you can charge using the port?

Mobi666 says:

Question: the iPhone XS has 2 cams & 3x optical zoom (as they claim). Can the wheel on the Zhiyun control this ‘optical’ zoom or not?

Harshit Yashwardhan says:

Is there any other leading option

Rick Thompson says:

Another fantastic video, Justin. You convinced me a gimbal stabilizer is essential for improving the quality of my videos. I read and viewed many reviews on the available gimbals and decided to order the new Snoppa ATOM. Have you looked at that one?

sumit angne says:

I am looking for a gimbal for my GoPro Hero 4. I am confused between Zhiyun Smooth 4 and Osmo Mobile 2. Any suggestions will be helpful in deciding which one to buy.

Thank you in advance.

doben tiapon says:

good job on the review bro…….

Jim Walters says:

Well done review- I plan to use a Gimbal for real estate videos so perhaps face tracking while touring a home would be advantageous – do I understand correctly that the Smooth 4 has improved that aspect since you posted this video? Thanks!

Lynn Bambrough says:

Aren’t most of these gimbals biased toward iphones? i.e. all apps and functions don’t work 100% 🙁

Ron Brown says:

Thanks for doing a thorough review of these two gimbals. Very well done.

The Bad Artist says:

well… you made me cancel my order for the dji osmo 😀

Paul Berliner says:

The ZI Play app on Android is a disgrace on many of today’s best selling phones. What good is a gimbal if you can’t reliably use all of the best features.

Dicas de Jon & Nathy says:

Hi! I have a Huawei P10 Plus. Osmo mobile 2 is good for it, or smooth 4? Thanks!

John Tarantino says:

Anyone use the zhiyun with the note 9? I really want to get into gimble use for this phone as it has a great can.

Locky Live says:

Osmo mobile 2 feels like it’s made of paper.

AWDE says:

How do you think the smooth 4 compares to the Osmo 2 as far as time-lapse functions go?

Peter Staszewski says:

Nice review but I would strongly disagree that you don’t want to use zoom on your mobile phone . Mobile phone have wide angle lenses therefore zoom necessary in some cases , that’s why all these modern mobile phone camera has plenty megapixel so you can zoom in without losing that much quality

Leventinik Macofumi says:

I have both. zhiyun is superior. dji really disappointed me. if you shoot with SONY Xperia Z5 Compact, you can see the OSMO in the picture section – it does not work.

VD III says:

So in order to get a good footage and less hustle i need to have not just a stabilizer but also an iPhone. Fuck it ill buy Go Pro 7…

The Melting Pot Family says:

I just got the Osmo and I love it. Just takes some getting use to.

Emmy Van De Giessen says:

I have a question about the zoom/focus option for the Smooth 4, I currently have a Huawei mate 20 Pro. Would the focus option make a huge difference, since the Mate20Pro is a DSLR in disguise??

Moz A says:

Hi Justin, is there an ‘Camera jittering’ issue when using a gimbal & an iPhone that has ibis? Some reviews suggest there is? Cheers

L O T U S L E A F says:

Osmo mobile 2 compatabile for iPhone Max ?


I want to buy gimbal please suggest good one dj or moja or zhiyun for Android one plus 6

Nrag Xyooj Channel says:

Smooth 4 not working with my note 9


I have the smooth 4 and love it.
I use it with my galaxy s9 and app runs perfectly.

Love the trigger on the smooth 4.
Highly recommend it as it is in my view better than the osmo.
I have DJI drones and they are awesome, but as a gimbal the smooth 4 is the winner in my opinion.

Use use FIlmic Pro most of the time.

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