In today's review we are going to see a new low-cost gimbal that wants to beat the competition, or the Zhiyun Cinepeer C11.
Will this product have managed to differentiate itself from its rivals or will it also show uncertainties in terms of software like another cheap gimbals on the market? Let's find out in our article.
In the box you can find:
• Zhiyun Cinepeer C11;
• USB charging cable - Micro USB;
• The instruction manual
The design of the Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 is very simple and modern, although it is similar to all the other competitors present within its price range. This is made almost entirely of well-looked plastic, which has been painted with specks that improve the aesthetics and also the grip.
From this point of view we can not complain, the ergonomics are good although the weight after long sessions of use begins to be felt. In fact, the gimbal has the dimensions of 118 x 105 x 285 mm for a weight of 440 grams.
On the front we find the power button, the button to change modes, the joystick to manually manage the movements of the gimbal and the zoom slider, on the back we have a USB input to connect a cable to recharge the smartphone in use, while on the lower part it is possible to notice a 1/4″ socket for use on a tripod.
The horizontal axis can be adjusted in length, while the smartphone housing can be rotated to shoot vertical videos (for Instagram or TikTok for example). The inner lining is made of rubber and manages to keep the device firmly (as long as you remove the cover), so that it cannot slip during use.
Connecting the Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 to the smartphone is very simple, just download the ZY Play app , activate the phone 's Bluetooth and select the “Other” model to start the pairing.
I really liked the fact that every time we open the app the two devices will connect automatically (assuming that the BT is turned on), without the need to search again as often happens on other competitors.
During period of use I was quite satisfied with the gimbal, although it did sometimes throw a tantrum on both the software and hardware side. In fact, often when taking panoramic photos, the arm rotates completely towards the end, subsequently trying to move towards the blocked side.
By pushing the mode button we can switch between Pan Following Mode , Full Following Mode , Lock Mode and POV Mode , which do their job sufficiently. The movements, however, are soft, fluid and without jerks and as if that were not enough we can use the joystick to move the arms.
We also point out that the maximum inclination axis is 320°, as well as that of the roll, while the pan stops at 300°. Among the settings it is also possible to set the speed of the movements of each axis.
The software from which to manage the Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 is quite complete and more optimized than I thought, although some bugs are exist.
Analyzing these aspects immediately, it often happens that the application crashes when we interrupt a Moving timelapse, forcing us to forcefully close the app and reopen it. Also, switching from the rear to the front camera will cause the images to be stretched, but taking the photo will appear normal. Therefore, passing from the app gallery to the view finder, the images will return to the normal (and not stretched) format.
These are just some of the small defects that we can find, but which I do not consider so serious that we do not use the application.
For the rest we can do the following:
• Take panoramas;
• Do photo;
• Slow motion video;
• Timelapse: we can set the shooting duration and interval to our liking;
• Moving timelapse: we can choose between “180° moving timelipse”, “Tilting motion timelampse”, “Panning and tilting motion timelapse”, “POV mode”.
I must say that the latter work quite well and are quite intuitive in use, it will be enough to manually set a start point, an end point and the duration of the timelapse and the Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 will do everything. The movements are clean and the final result is excellent. I would have something to say about slow motion which shows insufficient quality due to the mandatory 30 fps to be set.
We also have a series of filters and the ability to track an object and follow its movements throughout the video.
In the settings we can instead manage the resolution (up to 4K at 30 fps), the grid, the stabilization parameters, OIS / EIS on / off and control the gimbal information.
The Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 has a 4000 mAh battery, which guarantees us an excellent autonomy. The manufacturer claims 12 hours of use, but based on my usage I managed to get around 10 hours. Obviously this varies according to what you are going to do and if the operations you will carry out will require a greater or lesser energy effort.
So using the gimbal sporadically you will be able to go on for days without the need to recharge it.
The Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 is one of the cheapest gimbals on the market, in fact, this is available on Gearbest in a flash sale for around 50 USD! I must say that in relation to the price, the build quality is very good, the autonomy is perfect and the performances are on par with its competitors. Of course, we have software that needs some improvements, but from the first start it is perfectly usable.
Personally I would like to recommend it to all those who want to enter this world for the first time , also because behind us we have the reliability of one of the leading Chinese companies in this sector, namely Zhiyun.
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