The Zhiyun Smooth 4 Review

Sexy, power hungry, and did we mention “smooth”?

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8.7

A revelation to handheld stabilization for the mobile enthusiast, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 grants expert tracking focus and a powerhouse battery life. With lovable features and a sexy design, we can’t help but fall in love with one of the best mobile gimbals on the market in 2020.

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Smartphones pack a lot of power into their small size, which makes them amazing tools for cinematography, though 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 2020 — including the famous Zhiyun Smooth 4. An advanced mobile gimbal still marking itself as one of the best on the market, even two years later. It’s no surprise we love tech gear, so when Zhiyun came out with this Smooth 4 gimbal, we broke away from our desks to take it out for a quick spin.

Spoiler Alert: it works pretty darn swell with our Moment gear! Our Universal Counterweight is the perfect accessory to balance out your Moment lenses, filters, and more. Be sure to check out the complete Filmmaker Collection for all your filmmaking needs.

To Know:

The Smooth 4 reminds me of some of the higher-end DSLR gimbals I’ve shot with. It has that more technical look and feel and a larger payload--it supports phones weighing up to 7.4 ounces. With a universal counterweight, you can balance a full-size phone and a Moment lens and still get balanced footage. The multifunctional wheel allows for manual focusing or zoom, which lets you control your smartphone with full-featured big camera controls. The Smooth 4 has some seriously advanced features that integrate with its app and it allows external charging from a battery pack or it can charge your phone while in use.

What We Love:

Affordable Payload

This is the most affordable gimbal that works with Moment lenses and filters. You will need our Universal Counterweight to balance all the options.

Advanced Controls

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

Professional Feel

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

The Details:

Brand: Zhiyun

Price: $119

Counterweight: Moment Universal

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

Shop Smooth 4

Zhiyun’s long standing reputation compacted into one singular stabilizer for professional mobile creators looking to take their footage to new heights.

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 is the most affordable gimbal that supports Moment Lenses. The body design enables you to still use a counterweight to offset the weight of large phones, lenses, and filters. This is compared to their newer Smooth 2, which folds down but doesn’t leave enough space to attach a counterweight.

It’s certainly seen as a more professional handwheel, bringing you never before seen experience of smooth operation (hence the name!). By simply pressing the FN switch button, the dedicated handwheel is configured into a tight focus-puller mode that changes during real time precision. You can then zoom in or out as much as you desire, as well as focus in on close-up shots.

Similarly to a racecar on a mountain rally, the Smooth 4 can enter a PhoneGO mode, allowing users to unleash potential motor capture at a dashing speed. This mode will allow the handwheel to respond to every particular movement without hesitation or need it about losing any shots. Think of it as a “burst mode”, but better. The best part about this feature is that it holds incredible scene transitions without the need to post-process them in the edit cave. Additionally, the Smooth 4 supports all sorts of manual shooting techniques, including that of Timelapse, Motion Lapse, or displaying the art of “time flow”.

One of our favorite components to Zihyun’s Smooth 4 is the object tracking design. It not only captures smooth footage with seamless efforts, but precisely tracks moving subjects with ease and perfection. You can frame the exact object you wish to track, and the stabilizer does the rest.

But, let’s talk about battery life. The Smooth 4 can run for 12 hours in a row, totally cage free. The battery indicator will show how much power is left, so you never have to worry about guessing. Best part is that the stabilizer can charge your phone WHILE shooting. It adopts the typical Type-C charging port enabling users to use both sides of the cord while charging.

As a gimbal, it’s on the more technical side and reminds us of using a higher end DSLR gimbal. The multifunctional wheel allows for manual focusing or zoom, which lets you control your smartphone with full-featured big camera controls. The Smooth 4 has some seriously advanced features that integrates with its app and allows external charging from a battery pack while in use.

  • Most affordable gimbal to use with all Moment Lenses. You need our Universal Counterweight or buy the Smooth 4 Counterweight Set to save even more.
  • Tilt Mechanical Range: 240 °
  • Roll Mechanical Range: 240 °
  • Pan Range: 300°
  • Payload: Min: 75g - Max: 210g
  • Includes: Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal, USB-C Cable, Storage Box, Tripod, User Manual, & EACHSHOT Cleaning Cloth
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In Detail:

This gimbal officially works with apps, such as Filmic Pro as an alternative to ZY play time. THere’s an integrated control panel design for Focus Pull modes and extremely sharp zoom capabilities. Must know aspects of the gimbal before use are to slide the smartphone in as close as possible against the tilt axis motor. Loosen the Roll (Y) Axis Thumb Screw (which is on the back) to adjust the gravity center by sliding the horizontal arm.When phone stays in level in power OFF status, it is balanced; there are tons of Youtube videos to help wit this process if you’re unsure. PhoneGo is an exceptional tool that enables instant scene transitions, as well as a timelapse expert feature with an additional object tracking available.

What It Has:

  • Phone Go Mode
  • Ability to hold and use Moment Lenses
  • Type-C Charging Port
  • Long Lasting Battery
  • Focus-Mode by the FN button
  • Object Tracking

What It Does:

  • Battery Runtime: 12 h
  • Charging Time: 3.5 h 2000 mA 500 mA
  • Tilt Mechanical Range: 240 °
  • Roll Mechanical Range: 240 °
  • Pan Range: 300°
  • Payload: Min: 75g - Max: 210g

Specs:

  • Product Dimensions (mm): 123*105*328 (W*D*H)
  • Packing Size (mm): 374*157*70mm (L*W*H)
  • Carton Size (mm): 416*356*398 (L*W*H)
  • Product Net Weight (g): 547 /Units
  • Product Net Weight (g): 888 /Units
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