The Best Android and i-Phone Gimbal in 2020

Phone Gimbal:- If you like filming video with your smartphone and are comfortable spending a little more than $100 to achieve more professional-looking results, a smart phone gimbal might be right for you. A gimbal is a handheld mechanical stabilizer that can help you shoot smooth, cinematic footage without the need for a larger tripod or an expensive dolly. After spending 30 hours researching and testing top-rated gimbals for smartphones, we found that the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is the best at reliably stabilizing video. It’s also simple to set up and use, and it’s equipped with the best apps of any gimbal we tested.

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Zhiyun Smooth 4

The best gimbal for smartphones

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 sports our favorite apps and tons of useful buttons, but its customer service is slow.

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 offsets shaky hands and jerky movements, which comes in handy when you’re snowboarding, vacationing, or shooting video for a social media post. The compatible apps offer more fine-tuning of settings, such as aperture and filters than the competition. The apps also integrate smoothly with the handle’s buttons (which are more numerous and configurable than those of DJI’s Osmo Mobile 3) if you don’t want to touch your phone screen as often.

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DJI Osmo Mobile 3

DJI’s customer service responded to our requests within seconds, so we think that anyone who values technical help over app design and button layout should buy the DJI Osmo Mobile 3. It stabilizes video just as well as the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and is similarly able to track a subject of your choice or to handle cinematic shots such as hyper lapses and dolly zooms. The few buttons on its comfortable handle are simple to learn, and its app is clearly designed. We enjoyed using the Smooth 4 more because of how well its buttons integrated with its apps, but DJI’s customer service was easily the most helpful of any of the phone gimbal companies we contacted.

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While you’re walking, DJI’s hyperlapse mode lets you shoot time-compressed videos that look smooth and shake-free, without the need for additional specialized equipment. Video: Signe Brewster

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DJI Osmo Pocket

A gimbal with its own camera

The Osmo Pocket has a built-in camera, so you can skip the smartphone and start filming 4K video faster.

If you’re willing to spend more to ditch the smartphone in favor of a phone gimbal that fits in your pocket, the DJI Osmo Pocket delighted us with its built-in camera and candy-bar size. To start filming, you have to push only two buttons, which means you can pull it out of your pocket and begin capturing important moments in just a few seconds. We found that it stabilized videos as effectively as the Osmo Mobile 3.

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