SkyLab - 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Mobile Phones

Keep your mobile device secure with this Skylab three-axis gimbal, thanks to its anodized aluminum handle. It works with select iPhone and Galaxy smartphone models, and the accompanying rechargeable batteries and charge dock ensure that it reliably powers up. Due to its durable construction, you can take this Skylab three-axis gimbal on almost any excursion.
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  • SkyLab 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Mobile Phones

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Overall Customer Rating:
72% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (61 out of 85)

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Features


Intended for cellular phones

For a precise fit.

Motorized handheld stabilizer

Allows versatile positioning.


Overall customer rating

3.7
72%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad straight out of the box

    Posted
    ChrisSneddon
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this gimbal after researching different smartphone gimbals and this seemed like the one for me. Also, it was on sale which made it $100 less than the Dji gimbal which I had considered purchasing as well. When I got home, opened up the case, I unscrewed the cap to the battery compartment to load the batteries. The cap immediately fell apart and the spring flew out across the room. I was on my hands and knees for an hour looking for the spring. I finally found it but was unable to even put the cap back together. The next day I went back to the Best Buy I purchased it at and exchanged it for another gimbal. When I got to the car, I decided to check the cap on the new one before I left. Sure enough, the exact same thing happened. I immediately went back into the store and grabbed the other 3 gimbals in the store and brought them to the return desk along with mine. The Best Buy employee opened a new one and in this one, the cap did the same thing. We opened the second box and that cap was already apart in the box. On the 3rd box, we unscrewed the cap and the rubber gasket that holds the spring and cap together was jammed down into the battery compartment and of course, the cap came apart. One bad cap I would consider a fluke but bad battery compartment caps on 5 of them?! Needless to say I returned it for a refund. When there wasn't an extended warranty/repair plan offered on this gimbal like there is on the Dji, that should have been my first clue. The only place to purchase this gimbal is at Best Buy. You cannot purchase them directly from Skylab. I am not going to drive around to different Best Buy stores looking for it and then opening it to inspect it before purchasing it. On the Skylab website under 'accessories', they sell a replacement battery compartment cap and now I know why. If anyone reading this is considering purchasing one, be sure to open the package first and carefully inspect the cap to the battery compartment and keep in mind that there's no service plan available for this item and only a 15 day return window. Buyer beware.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    not ready for prime time

    Posted
    WillO
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm new to smartphone gimbals, and I wanted something easy to use and working out-of-the-box. This isn't the device. It comes in a very nice case; complete with batteries, an extra set of batteries, a USB charger, the gimbal itself in two pieces (screws together easily, meaning it stores compactly), and a counterweight for larger phones. Installing your phone on the device is simple enough - the spring loaded clamps keep most any size phone secure to the device, including my iPhone 7plus. But on first power on, the device sort of freaked out, turning by itself, eventually ending up upside down. Also, the range of motion is severely limited when angling your arm to the left - you get to a hard stop far sooner than you realize. I read the instructions for the firmware update, which were very clear, but did not work. I reached out to support, who responded quickly, and told me how to perform the update. It seems they would have updated the electronic version of the manual with this new information; having to reach out to support was just a time waster. So once I got the firmware to apply, I installed the phone, and the gimbal powered on as expected. It freaked out moments after powering it on, but I could not get it to freak out again; however, the up-down motion of the joystick was now non-functional. So I reached out to support again to ask the question; again, it was answered quickly, but their answer was not satisfying - "keep performing the firmware update until it works again" which means disassemble it, update the firmware, assemble it, test it, disassemble it, update the firmware, etc., etc. until it works. Sorry, I don't have the time to work out the bugs in your devices. Returned.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Mixed review...

    Posted
    andrew76092
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I recently purchased this to take better video with my iPhone 6+. The packaging is done very well, I was impressed with the quality and look of the packaging/box. After charging the batteries for about 60 minutes, I connected my iPhone and powered it up. Everything worked well and I was able to navigate the controls easily. Very intuitive piece of equipment. While all was going well, I quickly realized a few flaws. The first was the way the phone is connected in the “bay”. There is a small piece of foam above and below the “grip” to protect your phone. After just a few times of inserting and removing, the foam started to peel away. There is no other way to get the phone into the cradle, you literally have to spread the clamps and slide it it. The flaw is the foam and how quickly it will come apart. The 2nd issue is the weight of the gimbal. I can certainly appreciate the fact that they used high quality materials, it feels very, very, very solid. However, that fact also means it is very heavy. After only 15 minutes of me playing around with it, my hand/arm was starting to feel it. I guess I could have taken a rest in between shots but I don’t want to be limited in the future. I ended up returning the gimbal and getting a refund. I would have kept the item if it was lighter and if the cradle allowed me to manually open and close and adjust the tension. Unfortuntalty, with these two design flaws, I am not recommending this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better than freehand

    Posted
    Troy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased this product to make walk through tours of homes. I sell real estate and often make previews of upcoming homes etc, and I wanted to improve the quality of my videos. I've used a similar product, but this is the first one I've purchased. I have a note 5, and after initial setup I was pretty excited. Then I noticed it was just a little off level. I recalibrated and took a few more minutes of video. Next thing I know it needed recalibrated. I toured a 4000 square foot home, and recalibrated 6 times. Very frustrating - slightly off level the entire time is just as hard to watch as my shaky steps. I haven't decided to return yet because when it stays calibrated it is fantastic. Smooth movements, reduced shake when walking, everything you would buy it for. If it stayed level I would give it 4 stars. It is down one more star for the amount of plastic used. The spring loaded grips for the phone are plastic, where metal would make me feel a lot better on an item at this price. Also occasionally it will glitch and the phone will tilt sideways for a second or two. If you can deal with the frustrations it can significantly improve your videos. Maybe it works better with a smaller phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great gadget to record quality videos

    Posted
    briyun
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So lately, I've been trying to record videos with my friends and family. So I decided to get this one. It was a tough decision debating whether I should get the smartphone one or the gopro one. I decided to get the smartphone. The stabilization is pretty good, you might need to play around with it to get use to some of the controls. I love the joystick on it just because when I'm walking around and I want to focus on a certain thing, I can use that to control what I want to record. The weight of the stick is pretty decent, got a good handle grip on it, it wouldn't slip out of your hands. I also love the packaging, it comes with a nice hard case and it comes with the charger, and two sets of batteries. The thing I don't like about this stick is that sometimes when you just start it on, the gimbal starts to act a bit crazy, maybe it's how heavy my phone is. Another thing I wish this gimbal could do is to switch from smartphone to camera to gopro because it would be pretty awesome. I don't want to spend another arm and a leg for another gimbal for the gopro. Other than that, I am really satisfied in my purchase so far. No problems so far. Setting it up and using it is no problem so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    SkyLab - 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Mobile Phone

    Posted
    JustTech
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    SkyLab - 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Mobile Phones is a fun gimbal stabilizer for iPhones and other smart phones. It works as described and is easy to use. I would say this device may not be suitable for children because it is imperative that it be used and operated by the book/ instructions. I uncalibrated my device in the first 5 minutes of use. It was a challenge to download the proper software and recalibrate this item. Also do not try to use this gimbal with a phone case installed on the phone. The video is much smoother than handheld phone video. I really wish that there was an interchangeable head or part available for GoPro/ Action Cams. They make you buy an completely separate Skylab Unit for that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so Great!

    Posted
    TeamG
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this online. I had some issues with calibrating the device. I worked with the support on their website quite a bit. We emailed back and forth daily. In the end I sent mine back and waited for a new one. It took a little while for their new stock to come in but I think this is a quality product. Feels very solid in your hands. If you are shooting video a lot it will get heavy, but it took an hour of shooting for that to happen. It would happen if you were not using any sort of adapter also. I have been using a Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 6P. Videos have been coming out really smooth and customer support has been beyond fantastic. I can't wait to use this product more on our family adventures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Gimbal, Everything I was Looking For

    Posted
    Swad
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was looking for a Gimbal for the longest time, but didn't necessarily think I wanted to spend the money on one. After finding the SkyLab gimbal I am incredibly happy with my purchase, it was absolutely worth it. The device works very well, and was very easy to setup and configure (which I admit was a relief!). The SkyLab gimbal does a great job of eliminating motion blur. I recently took it out hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, and the videos/photos we got were amazing. I plan to use it for all of my family videos going forward. Personally, this device did everything I wanted and at a price MUCH lower than some of the other gimbals I saw at Best Buy and other stores. If you are looking for a gift for someone, I could not recommend this enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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