When I’ve been out walking I’ve taken some video snippets with my smartphone but the quality has been severely lacking, the video was wobbly at best and didn’t do justice at all to the scenes I was trying to capture. So I’ve ordered a new piece of kit to help with that, the Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3-Axis gimbal.

I’m no stranger when it comes to gimbals, my DJI drones use them to stabilise the video that’s captured and they really are essential. I understand the practical value of them. As I’m getting out walking I want to catch snippets of the walks in video but using my smartphone without a gimbal has led to shaky footage. It’s not nice to watch if I’m honest.

So I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered myself a Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3-Axis gimbal. For anyone who may not know, a 3 axis gimbal basically cancels out movements and stabilises the camera. It makes for a lot better video footage. I’ve included a video without a gimbal that I shot at the Peak District below and a video where someone was using the Smooth Q. The benefit is pretty obvious.

To actually record the footage I’ll be using my Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge, it records great footage up to 3840×2160 resolution at 12MP so it’s capable of producing clear and detailed footage. Where the S7 does fall down though for what I want to use it for is with the audio. The built in microphone does a decent job in calm conditions but calm conditions are rare outdoors. So I’ll be sorting a microphone with a dead cat cover so the audio is as decent as possible.

The pack size and weight is a consideration for me, I like to travel as light as possible where I can. The gimbal weighs 450 grams, I always carry my phone so that’s nothing additional to worry about. The extra 450 grams is worth it I think for what it can do. The battery life is stated as being up to 12 hours and the gimbal can act as a power bank too, so you can charge your phone from it. Another little bonus there.

The gimbal should be here next week so I’ll have a river walk to test it out and have a play. Looking forward to trying it out!

Here’s some footage I took at the Peak District the other week, this footage was with me holding the phone in my hand:

 

And here is some footage with the same phone but using the Smooth Q gimbal, much smoother and it makes watching the video more appealing.

Boardman Outdoors
03/10/2017