Zhiyun - Smooth-Q 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer - Black

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Record shake-free videos with this Zhiyun-tech Smooth Q smartphone gimbal. It pairs with a Bluetooth-enabled phone via the ZY Play app, letting you set capture modes such as time lapse, slow motion and automatic subject tracking. This rechargeable Zhiyun-tech Smooth Q smartphone gimbal runs for up to 12 hours and works as a convenient charging device.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Storage bag
  • Strap
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (268 out of 302)

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Features


Compatible with most smartphones up to 3.3" wide

Fits most smartphones and select action cameras weighing up to 7.7 oz.

Three-axis stabilization system

The Smooth-Q features pan, following, locking, and following modes, and offers 320° tilt, 320° roll and 360° pan rotation.

Object Tracking function

Helps gimbal and phone camera to follow the target and focus automatically, so you can record any live moment while also taking part in it.

Easy switch with two-way mounting clamp

Simply loosen the fixing thumb screw and turn the mobile clamp by 90° to make a quick vertical/horizontal switch of the smartphone.

1/4"-20 bottom mounting thread

Allows you to combine the gimbal with a variety of photography equipment to support your work.

Five-way stepless joystick

Provides convenient control for easy operation.

Up to 12 hours of run time

The built-in lithium-polymer batteries provide up to 12 hours run time.

Zhiyun mobile app

Offers convenient control via Bluetooth connection.


Overall customer rating

4.3
89%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Gimbal!

    Posted
    JazzyC
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    For $125 (on sale), this gimbal is EXCELLENT. During my first few hours messing around with the gimbal, it's proven itself to be capable of matching up to the more expensive GoPro/Smartphone gimbals. I've taken a few videos already using my iPhone and GoPro 4 and it has kept each video as stable as possible even while I was running and jumping around. I've even tried it in different angles including holding it such that the handle was above the smartphone for a low ground shot. Like other reviews you will see online, the very first thing that you NEED to do upon putting your smartphone onto the gimbal is to balance. Balancing the smartphone is a must because leaving it unbalanced will put way too much strain on the motors and the last thing you need is to break the gimbal because you refused to balance it. Another thing that needs to be done is to update the Gimbal's firmware. There isn't much instruction on that part but a short youtube search "Smooth Q firmware update" will lead you to a short tutorial. The Smooth-Q has 3 modes: Pan Following Mode, Locking Mode, and Following Mode. When you turn the gimbal on it'll automatically enter Pan Following Mode. To switch to Locking Mode, press the mode button ONCE. To switch to Following Mode, press mode TWICE. To go back to the PREVIOUS (the last mode you were in before switching), press the mode button ONCE. This whole mode switching thing was the most complicated thing about this gimbal. The Zhiyun App does tell you what mode the gimbal is in while you're switching but when you're using it with a GoPro it just gets a little confusing. Zhiyun has two different apps - Zhiyun Assistant and Zhiyun Play. They both do the same thing but I believe Play is the more recent app and Play's tracking feature works better. Be warned, the apps do need work but everything you need is in there like adjusting the speed of the gimbal's movements. For anyone wondering how you can use a GoPro with this, you can buy an adapter that will let you mount the GoPro like a smartphone. I didn't get one of those but instead I kept the gimbal's smartphone mount on horizontal, took the GoPro out of its housing placed it onto the mount facing me. There was a gap from the top of the GoPro to the upper bracket and in that gap I wedged a pentel eraser which made the GoPro fit perfectly. Of course I had to move the GoPro slightly to the left such that half the GoPro was not on the mount, it's also a way of balancing it without having to move the gimbal bracket around too much. Now, the problem is that the GoPro will be facing you so the simple solution is to press the "mode" button 3-times to put the gimbal in selfie mode. To conclude this long sort-of review, if you're looking for a cheap, quality gimbal that will get you that stable shot then Smooth-Q is definitely the way to go. However, be warned that it does take some getting used to especially the Pan Follow mode. You will certainly have to adjust the speed settings (how fast it pans, rolls, and tilts) of the gimbal in the Zhiyun app to where you like it. But after setting it all up and getting everything together, it works how it's supposed to and it'll get you the smooth shots that you've been looking for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    We love it

    Posted
    shae
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    We bought this to take better videos of our outings and start vlogging our adventures. We tried vlogging with our Sony a5100 camera several times in the past but we hated the shakiness and how close up the shots were. Also we would have too many things with us. Our canon 70D, our cellphones, our Sony and sometimes tripods depending on where we were going. This eliminated all of those factors for us. Now we only need our phones and tripods aren't necessary. For pictures we may bring the 70d, but rarely do. We did purchase a sturdy heavy duty extendable selfie stick to attach to the bottom to add length for those low close to the action shots. It adds enough length without extending. We couldn't be happier. The battery lasts forever. When we took it out the box it was practically charged all the way, we have not had to charge it yet. It comes with a nice case for carrying around. It can also charge your cellphone if it runs low on battery. Our footage from just our 6splus iPhones are amazing, clear, crisp and SMOOTH! I highly recommend if you want to upgrade the quality of phone videos you create. We can also attach our GoPro with a separate attachment. Once we get the full hang of it, we will be purchasing the zhiyun gimbal for our camera. P.S. For those who may not watch tons of YouTube review videos before purchasing. Make sure you stabilize your camera in the gimbal before you operate it. If not you will be putting stress on the motors and could potentially damage it. That goes for any gimbal, not just this one. Also never turn it on without your phone or GoPro already attached. Same deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Priced Gimbal 2017

    Posted
    Dominick
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    As my youtube channel continues to grow, so does the equipment I use to film those videos. Now I'm not a big youtuber who makes enough extra income a month to call this a job, but I'm getting closer to my goal. With that said it was time to look into some sort of handheld gimbal stabilization to take more cinematic footage and I stumbled across this little gadget. It's called the Smooth Q by Zhiyun which has a 3 Axis Gimbal and sells for a great price of around $139 through major retailers like Best Buy. In the past few days I have taken some pretty cool videos of the kids and other clips for youtube and it has performed flawlessly. I have not even had time to really go through all of the features available and will update them with time. The ZY play app for IOS and android will connect the Gimbal t your smartphone for some really cool extra perks, like time lapse, slow mo, moving time lapse and much more. Although using this with the app I did notice a significant drop in battery on my iPhone 7 plus. But the app is not required to use the gimbal. The battery life has a rating of about 12 hours and since I charged it 2 days ago it has continued to work within this range. I also have a GoPro that works excellent with this and has made the footage look crisp and much smoother. It has a bottom mounting thread to support most tripods and monopod extensions as well. Another cool feature is object tracking which helps the gimbal and phone camera follow a target and focus automatically. The Gimbal fits most smartphones and select action cameras weighing up to 7.7 oz and up to 3.3" wide. ​This is by far the best purchase I have made for 2017 aside from the DJI Spark. The price point is great and won't leave your wallet feeling empty after the purchase and it works just as great if not better than the other high priced models out there today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Suitable for Smaller Phones ONLY

    Posted
    Jabaraboosh
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    I had high hopes for this gimbal, but unfortunately, it failed to meet all expectations. If you have a smartphone that is perhaps less than 5.5 inches in diagonal screen size, this gimbal would be perfect. However, if you have said size or larger, look for another product that will support that weight. An IPhone X though works perfectly even with a case, but that is the only exception since it is narrower than the 6 plus lengthwise. I am currently using an IPhone 6 plus, with a standard case(spigen). The instructions says to make sure it balances before turning on the unit. The iPhone 6 plus with a case barely balances the gimbal. The extendable arm does not go far enough to counter the weight of the phone at the camera end. Now the gimbal will still work, but it is using all that power to keep your phone balanced. The supposed 12hr battery life will most likely be cut in half or more. I also used this gimbal with a moment case + lens. It was not balanced at all since the lens just overpowered the counter weight. I still turned it on and it balanced at first, but gradual movements will make it fall. If anything is beyond what the counterweight can handle, the motors overheat and becomes too hot to the touch. Two things could have improved this product. 1. A longer extendable arm or at least be able to swap it with another longer arm. 2. A detachable counterweight design to be able to match the weight at the other end no matter what screen size or weight you have. Again, I used an IPhone 6 plus with a spigen case and it barely balanced. It works fine without a case, but it is simply such an inconvenience having to put my case again and again after I take it off from the gimbal. Iphone X works perfectly though, but I do not have this phone so I returned the unit. I will also be upgrading to the much larger Iphone in 2018 so this gimbal simply would not have supported the weight.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's a good product...but this one had issues...

    Posted
    WayneN
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    1) Upon charge up the indicator light just flutter vs. steady on. Called Zhinyu for replacement. Ended up taking to Best Buy for exchange. Unit was taken in and UPC code scanned to complete process. Replacement unit to be shipped to me. 2) Found out that my confirmation of return was a black unit but what I turned in was grey. Went to have this clarified and BB said that "Jet Black" was being picked up on SKU # label. 3) I was told to order one (grey) thru BB and would complete an exchange upon bringing in the original replacement that was being shipped to me...are you following all of this? 4) I get notification that my ordered grey unit was ready for pick up. So went in and had this ordered grey unit to be used to take the place of the black replacement unit...which has yet to arrive. Furthermore I was routinely checking UPS tracking number it was last seen in San Pablo, CA and handed over to USPS for delivery. Most recent check of USPS tracking number indicates..."NoTracking"...I presumed lost(?). Regardless all is good I was able to get credit on the ordered unit and was able to keep it as my replacment unit...got it? So how's Zhihyu gimbal? Well folks it's O.K. but there are a couple of things that should be done to improve the unit. 1) provide the ability to add weights to achieve center of gravity with the heavier iPhone Plus units especially if you opt to charge your iPhone while using gimbal 2) position of USB should be located at top of handle (like the newly introduced Osmos Mobile 2). Other than that I need to really complete a deep dive into using this...spent too much time waiting for replacement ~ 1 month.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    For what it's worth

    Posted
    Metairieman55
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    Just began in the mini-camera mode with a Hero 5 Black. After trying it out with its related accessories, there is a compelling need for a gimbal stabilizer if you plan out taking decent shots. Most are priced around the $300+ mark. After reading many reviews and videos, the Zhiyun made good sense @ $100 for just starting off and most reviews were positive for the hobbyist. So, why not? I can upgrade later if I stick with the hobby. I have not had it long enough to test durability but just the fact that it could also be used as a power source to extend shooting time is a big plus. So far the only negative is mounting the Hero. Standard mounting will cover the camera screen so you need to buy a bracket (cell phone size and weighted) to compensate but you need to use mode 3 exclusively for the correct orientation forward and screen viewable. Not Zhiyun's fault since it was designed for a cell phone not a GoPro. But it does the job and when using my cell it does work as well with the 3 different modes. However, if you use your cell phone as a monitor with the Hero screen blocked, that works. But you're burning two batteries along with the added drain for bluetooth so you may be limited in a long shoot with just basic power sources. Add more!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better with a compatible phone

    Posted
    JamersonK
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    After a full 24 hours using this device, there are a few things one needs to take into account: 1. Make sure your phone is fully compatible. I have a Pixel 2xl, and the app that is needed to control functions like active track require the native app. It doesn't like the Pixel 2...yet. 2. Know the limitations of a 3 axis gimble. The gimbal does smooth your videos, from side to side at least. There is some motion artifact while walking, but software like Premiere Pro can help. 3. Active track isn't all that great. This would be awesome if it worked as advertised. It's a bit clunky, and I used a compatible phone. If you have a Pixel2xl, which I do, then you can count on this feature to not work at all. Overall, the price isn't bad as compared to the Dji Osmo. The app not working on the Pixel2xl is annoying, but not a deal breaker. The options the app has for a compatible phone isn't something that should deter you. I'll admit that it was frustrating, but after tooling with this for a better part of a day, I was able to get a lot more smoother and professional looking shots. I would recommend with caution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Posted
    Marcos
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    This is my first time using a Gimbal so I didn't know what to expect but man is this nice for video recording. This will smooth out that jerky jumpiness seen in video taken on a device by hand and make everything seem cinema-like. However, it isn't a cure-all and definitely takes a bit of getting used to. You need to walk a bit slower and maintain your balance with your knee's as opposed to just regular walking. There are 2 applications that can be installed on a smartphone, ZY Play for the camera itself and the controls on the device to be used with it, and Zhiyun Assistant to configure and optimize the gimbal itself. It took a bit learning how to use the Assistant app but it's extremely handy to control the speed of the pans and the degrees of tilt to your preferred preference. Apart from that, the gimbal has been fantastic. Make sure to balance out whatever device you're gonna use it with first with the gimbal. Use the dials to adjust the balance of the device before turning it on. That'll reduce the strain on the motors and therefore the drain on battery life. And speaking of battery life, this thing keeps on trucking for hours! And it can charge whatever device you're using it for! I honestly think it's an incredibly good option to consider if you're looking at something like say, the DJI Osmo.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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