Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3: choose which one?

ByAdan Flannigan 2019-10-23 12362

After DJI launched its first foldable smartphone stabilizer - DJI Osmo Mobile 3. Zhiyun also released the new Zhiyun Smooth Q2 gibmal. Both models are improved in the design, functions and other features. While how to choose the right gimbal to record the wonderful moment. We had make a comparison in appearance and design, functions and other features.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3: appearance and design

Obviously, in order to not take much space in the user's backpack, DJI and Zhiyun had redesigned their new products. DJI enabled DJI Osmo Mobile 3 folded to suitable for taking anywhere easily. Even Zhiyun Smooth Q2 can't folded, it also can be hold in one hand and you will not feel tired for long time holding as the light weight.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3: 

Different to the Zhiyun Smooth 4, smooth Q2 simplified the button design which is more friendly to the entry-level photographer. It remained the joystick, power button and photo/video button. The joystick makes you to control the directions of camera lens on the stabilizer and change the shooting mode.

DJI, in addition to the foldable design, the "M" Button offers new functions compare to it previous, DJI Osmo Mobile 3. The power on/off, battery checking and mode switching are integrated into the "M" button. When your Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal is folded, just press the "M" button to activate the Standby Mode.

 Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3:

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3: functions

In terms of the gimbal functions, we offen talk about the shooting mode that smartphones stabilizer offers. DJI Osmo Mobile 3 and Zhiyun Smooth Q2 both have the basic modes: Locking mode, Following Mode, Timelapse, Hyperlapse and Slow mode, and so on. These two new gimbals had upgraded some new modes.

The Zhiyun Smooth Q2 offers you Point of View Mode (POV) and three-dimensional dream mode.

And DJI Osmo Mobile 3 allows you to start track with some simple gestures. As the DJI Mimo APP, the multiple creative templates to make your shooting cinematic videos easily to edit and share with Story mode.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3: 

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3: battery life

The multiple shooting modes allows you recording and create the wonderful life in your mobile phone with the stabilizer. While how long can the creating last. Zhiyun Smooth Q2 has 4,500 mAh battery capacity which running time up to 16 hours. There is an hour gap between DJI Osmo Mobile 3 and Smooth Q2 for DJI's built-in 2,450 mAh battery.

It is doesn't matter that the an hour gap. DJI Osmo Mobile 3 has another features. It can be a power bank in case your mobile phone low battery level.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3: specification

After the detail comparison, let's over view the two models specifications:



Zhiyun Smooth Q2

DJI Osmo Mobile 3


20.4 x 10.2 x 4.2 cm

Folded: 15.7 x 13 x 4.6 cm

Unfolded: 28.5 x 12.5 x 10.3 xm





4,500 nAh


Running time

16 hours

15 hours

Load capacity



Compatible smartphone dimensions



Rotation range

Yaw (Pan): 360°

Roll: 265°

Pitch (Tilt): 305°

Yaw (Pan): 332.8° (-162.5 to 170.3°)

Roll: 337.3° (-85.1 to 252.2°)

Pitch (Tilt): 340.2° (-104.5 to 235.7°)


1 x USB Type-C

1 x USB Type-C (2 A 5 VDC Power) Input

1 x USB Type-A (1.3 A Power) Output

Choose which one?

It is hard to me to make the choice between Zhiyun Smooth Q2 and DJI Osmo Mobile 3. Zhiyun Smooth Q2's mini size and light weight are more suitable for storage and take anywhere. And the simply operation button design is good for the entry-level vlogger.

Both DJI and Zhiyun are compatible with iOS and Android phones. DJI Osmo Mobile 3 offers more shooting mode and features.

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