Zhiyun Smooth-4 Smartphone Gimbal
The Smooth-4 Smartphone Gimbal from Zhiyun has been designed to provide cine-style functions to content creators using their mobile phones for video capturing. When using the free, downloadable ZY Play app, the control panel enables Android and iOS users to control both gimbal and smartphone camera functions such as focus, zoom, time-lapse and still photo settings. The Smooth-4’s controls reduce the need to touch your phone screen. This minimises the unintended jostling whilst you are recording. A dedicated “Vertigo” function emulates the perspective-shifting, dolly/zoom effect dear to many filmmakers. The Smooth-4 has a significantly larger focus/zoom wheel than most smartphone gimbals. As well as a PhoneGo mode for quickly grabbing the action, multiple time-lapse functions and object tracking. The Smooth-4 is compatible with almost any smartphones with a payload of 210g.
In a nod to its filmmaker-centric design, the Smooth-4’s large focus wheel even has a witness mark that can be lined up to focus marks you place on its textured band. The wheel is located on the left-hand-side of the handgrip with a button placed on its lower right that lets you to toggle between focus and zoom functions, with a button light indicated zoom mode. Scroll and press to select settings with the central Menu/Return button, or choose the Parameter Display button too switch between close shooting, still photo and full-auto mode. The Smooth-4 offers 300º of pan and 240º of tilt and roll for nimbly capturing your action shots, or for smoothing gliding along more tranquil scenes. Choose between pan-following, locking, full-follow or the full-speed Phone Go mode to adjust your level of axis control while shooting.
It is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and features a maximum runtime of up to 12 hours. A USB Type-C port on the HandGrip enables you to add a separately available power pack to extend your shooting time even further. An LED display indicates your remaining power and an output port enables you to charge your phone while shooting with the stabiliser. The Zhiyun Smooth-4 Smartphone gimbal includes a mini tripod, storage case and a USB cable. A single ¼”-20 female thread on the handgrip bottom can be used to mount the stabiliser onto the included tripod or other support or attach a compatible accessory.