ZHIYUN SMOOTH Q3 Review – 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal at $81.99 From TOMTOP

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If you ever needed more proof that smartphone gimbals were primarily designed for vloggers and social media shooters who want to film themselves or others talking to the camera at short range, then this is probably it. Zhiyun has today announced the new Zhiyun Smooth Q3 smartphone gimbal and this one comes with a built-in LED fill light. The Zhiyun Smooth-3Q combo version additionally includes a wrist strap and a protective bag for safer use and easier transport and storage.

Design

The Smooth-Q3 is a compact folding 3-axis stabilizer for smartphones; designed with a built-in LED video light with three selectable brightness levels. It provides stabilized motion along with the pan; tilt, and roll axes to let you capture smooth, professional-looking video with your phone. The gimbal easily switches between portrait and landscape modes at the press of a button, allowing you to shoot both cinematic and social media videos while the LED light illuminates your subjects. The phone holder supports smartphones up to 3.5″ wide, covering most phones. The Smooth-Q3 features an integrated fill light with a touch button. It can be rotated 180° to light up your subject (or yourself when vlogging) from all angles. Three adjustable brightness levels allow you to set the right amount of light for different shooting scenarios.

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Features

The gimbal’s capabilities are enhanced via a companion ZY Cami iOS/Android app; which allows you to set up creative movements such as Simplified Dolly Zoom. The app also offers functions such as Advanced Smart Tracking and one-tap live streaming. The gimbal has an ergonomic design with a nonslip handle; it runs for up to 15 hours on the included battery and fully recharges in approximately three hours. A mini tripod is also included and can be used as a tripod or handgrip extension to allow you to hold the gimbal with two hands for better control of it.

With just a single tap in the companion iOS/Android app; you can activate the SmartFollow feature to automatically follow a moving subject. The gimbal can be set up to recognize a hand gesture, such as holding up five fingers, to begin shooting. With just a few settings applied in the included app; the Smooth-Q3 can dolly and zoom towards your subject automatically as you walk forward; adding high-end production value to your shots.

Conclusion

The Zhiyun Smooth Q3 is a 3-axis gimbal, boasting a range of new features over the Smooth Q2, including SmartMode, gesture control, SmartFollow 3.0 Object Tracking, Instant Dolly Zoom, MagicClone Pano, and, of course, that built-in LED which can rotate from the front for selfies to the back for filming other people. We can buy it from TOMTOP at $81.99 and Delivered by Duty-Free Shipping

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