The Two Best Mobile Gimbals for Smartphones

There are dozens of smartphone gimbals on the market today and tested most of them to find out which ones work. Presenting the two best, most relevant gimbals.

Moment C030114 G Smooth 5 Smartphone Gimbal Lifestyle02
Previous Post Next Post


Out of the dozens of gimbals we tested there are really only a few brands delivering the hardware and software quality we can rely on when shooting, including the OM 5 from DJI, or the Smooth 5 from Zhiyun. While other are sold on the market, we found that these two are really the only ones worth adding to your camera bag for smartphone projects. RIP FreeFly Movi.

Smartphones pack a lot of power into their small size, which makes them amazing tools for cinematography but also prone to camera shake, especially during moving shots. Gimbals bring buttery footage to smartphone videos that create truly cinematic effects. Although new gimbals come out every year, the improvements from here forward will be nominal compared to the amazing features you get in the best smartphone gimbals of our time.

Any one of them will elevate your mobile filmmaking to the next level. Each one has its strengths, but there’s no wrong choice on this list. There’s an option for every budget and payload that can bring buttery, cinematic footage from your smartphone to the big screen.

At A Glance...

  • Best For Beginners: DJI OM 5. DJI’s simple and sophisticated user interface meets a compact and powerful gimbal at a crazy low price. Turn it on and start shooting!
  • Best Value: The Zhiyun Smooth 5 has some seriously impressive controls and features.

Read More

To Know:

DJI’s OM 5 is the latest gimbal to grace their beloved mobile gimbal line. Boasted as one of the easiest, and most affordable gimbals out of the box, the OM5 is all about the single-button user experience. Press record, shoot, and the DJI app will take care of the rest. It’s point-and-shoot camera simplicity paired with modern gimbal functionality. The OM 5 was designed to make filming with a gimbal easy, any phone, no counterweight needed. The OM 5 smartphone stabilizer is a must-have handheld gimbal for content creators. Upgraded from its previous predecessor, this gimbal features a super nifty extension rod, made perfect for low angles and high extensions.

What We Love:

Built-In Extension Rod:

A built-in 215mm extension rod makes it easy to capture low-angle shots or group photos.

Magnetic Design:

Magnetically snap your smartphone into the gimbal in seconds, no balancing or calibration needed. A rubber coating and new flexible design keeps your iPhone or Android secure without the need to take off your case.

New Accessories:

DJI OM Fill Light Phone Clamp is now available.

The Details:

Brand: DJI

Product Type: Mobile Gimbal

Best For: Plug-and-play ease, occasional videographers, and anyone who loves DJI products.

 

What We Rate

Packability

Large Pocket Small Backpack Larger Backpack Pelican Case

Weight Limit

Mobile Phones Point & Shoot / Some Mirrorless Mirrorless & DSLR Cinema

Advanced Features

Basic A couple of advanced features Most Features Cinema Level Features

Budget

Less than $150 Less than $400 Less than $700 Less than $1000

Setup Time

Seconds 1-2 Minutes 5 Minutes 10 Minutes
Moment DJI CP OS 00000167 01 OM 5 Phone Gimbal Athens Gray Thumbnail

DJI

OM 5 Smartphone Gimbal

Does size matter to you? DJI OM 5 is a compact smartphone gimbal that's smaller, lighter than the OM 4, and has an integrated extension rod for more versatility

Buy for $159.00

To Know:

Zhiyun's Smooth 5 makes cinematic filming with your smartphone possible. The industry standard 3 axis design allows movements in all angles to be amazingly smooth, even in extreme angles, Take advantage of the full-control panel, paired with the ZT Cami app to film all you want, all you do, and all you love.

What We Love:

Advanced Controls

The controls are consistent with a DSLR style gimbal with more advanced control for zoom, focus, and shooting modes.

Pro Feel

Feels and looks like a mini-pro stabilizer and offers customizable buttons and controls.

The Details

Brand: Zhiyun

Product Type: Smartphone Gimbal

Best For: Anyone who wants to shoot with Moment lenses. Works with plus size phones, lenses, filters, and our Universal Counterweight.

 

What We Rate

Packability

Large Pocket Small Backpack Larger Backpack Pelican Case

Weight Limit

Mobile Phones Point & Shoot / Some Mirrorless Mirrorless & DSLR Cinema

Advanced Features

Basic A couple of advanced features Most Features Cinema Level Features

Budget

Less than $150 Less than $400 Less than $700 Less than $1000

Setup Time

Seconds 1-2 Minutes 5 Minutes 10 Minutes
Moment C030114 G Smooth 5 Smartphone Gimbal Single thumbnail

Zhiyun

Smooth 5 Smartphone Gimbal

Looking for a great smartphone gimbal? The SMOOTH 5 makes cinematic filming easy with 3 axis stabilization and intuitive controls straight from the handle.

Buy for $165.00

How We Tested

Mobile filmmaking is how Moment got it's start — we wanted to provide a highly-curated shop of only the best products to create a stellar smartphone driven project. There are tons (and even discontinued gimbals) out there on the market, but these two above have proven to be the best ones to date. Available in our shop, now you have access to the gear we use for the art we make.

Are you on the list? You don’t want to miss our weekly email with fresh, inspiring content.

Suggested Posts