Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-axis gimbal hands-on review

BySigismondo Eisenhower 2019-10-23 734

Compare to Zhiyun Smooth 3, Zhiyun Smooth 4 has decided to make substantial changes, not so much in the form, but in the management of movements and available keys. If in fact until now the functions and keys on the various stabilizers looked a bit like everyone, Zhiyun Smooth 4 tries to make a net change with the past and dares with something new.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 package

Zhiyun Smooth 4 

Simple but elegant packaging. White cardboard box outside, gimbal prints on the front, some information and name on the other sides. The package of pressed dark polystyrene is opened and removed. This package is used to protect the gimbal and its accessories from shocks, but also to carry it in a backpack. The accessories increase, the overall quality increases. In addition to the gimbal in the package there is a USB/USB C charging cable and a beautiful tripod to attach under the gimbal that has a screw connection.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 design

The side wheel catch my eyes, which never seen on other devices. This wheel has two uses, as a zoom and as a focus adjustment. On the front there are a myriad of buttons. On the front there are 6 mirror keys, a wheel that integrates another 5 keys and slightly above the power key there is a switch.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 

On the back there are two buttons for PhoneGo Mode and Following Mode. The attachment of the smartphone is spring loaded, so you have to widen the parts and release around the mobile phone.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 

There are also two ports, a USB C to charge the stabilizer and a microUSB that allows you to charge your smartphone while in use.

As a 3-axis stabilizer, Zhiyun Smooth 4 has 3 brushless motors. Compared to the previous version, we have made great improvements. Aesthetically, Zhiyun Smooth 4 is something completely new.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 functions

Timelapse, Motionlapse, Hyperlapse and Slow motion, are the basic shooting ways in the Stabilizer. Zhiyun Smooth bring a new shooting mode - Hitchcock Mode, which can change the visual perspective.

Zhiyun Smooth 4​ 

Another possibility is to set the tracking of a subject on the screen. Activating the command and recorded the subject to follow the gimbal will move by itself not losing the subject. On Android I had some problems with this function, on iOS no problem.

As for photography, instead, Zhiyun Smooth 4 can take 180° panoramic photos or 3X3 photos. 

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