Zhiyun Smooth 3 Unboxing & Review – Smartphone 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilzer
I really do like it. I'Ve been using it quite a lot just for family kind of videos and things just to get stable footage with my mobile phone. Now this one, how it has improved is they have increased the build quality, really that's all made out of metal now, and what that has done has improved, also the amount of weight it can take. Now the gimbal can take an extra 40 grams and the battery will last for for two hours. Sorry more than this one here, which gets about 12 hours battery life. We now have 14, so only minor differences I'm going to compare both of these gimble's get this one unboxed now, which is still in the wrapper and see if it is really actually worth the extra cash to go for the more premium model over the already excellent Smooth Q version, so it give you a very quick look at the retail box here on the back it just points out. Those features are just mentioned: the improvements really over the last one, so fourteen hours of continuous work time. Fifth gen stabilization system, which is the same as the smooth q now the instant manual zone in control. There are extra controls on here too, but that only works with the application, if you pair it up with the app on there, and you can see that yet it's just instant stimulation setting. So it does come with a case and a cable for charging it, and you can see portrait and in landscape modes.
So, just like this smooth Q, it comes with this soft case, which is really good at protecting it, but that, aside for a second there's, a user guide – and this is all in English – which is great because the first version I got the other version – that was The Chinese retail packaging on that one so it's, just turning a lot of how to see things up. A lot of this is covering the application, which I'll briefly show you the Android app of that here we get a strap that's for the case. He can sling it over your shoulder if you wanted to and then lastly, a standard USB to micro, USB cable there, it almost looks like a small, antique, revolver pistol case or cover, or something like that, doesn't it like you're, going to go through customs. I think if you've got a revolver in there or something sir, no, I have it just a gimbal okay, so this opens up and then I can see that the handle grip of it looks a lot like this smooth see that I review now is getting a Bit confusing the C, I think, is the what is the smooth to then the C, then the Q and now the smooth three. So we have very similar joystick layout, that's, now all made out of metal, and we still have that thread at the bottom. So you can screw this on to your selfie sticks, your tripods, which is great.
If you want to get it real, steady, very steady pans and things, then of course you screw that on to a steady tripod and up here we have the adjustment now the farm. I can see is a little different to the smooth Q. The grip to me looks well, I wouldn't say identical but similar, so this all is needed to loosen off and adjust that accordingly, when you balance up your mobile phone you're going to put on it. But if you unscrew this sorry that's to flip around between the portrait and landscape modes, so I'm going to keep that in landscape at the moment – and here is the the adjustment that we need to make along here. So this screw is to slide back and forth when balancing up the gimbal, so this needs to be loosened, and that can be just you can see that sliding in and out there so the controls on the side we've got a settings mode here. So there are some extra buttons here. This is for the application never got the power on. Of course, I won't touch that just yet and then M. This is for your modes there, so you can go through that pan mode, the follow mode and then the pan, the tilt mode. Sorry, you can control the tilt, and here we have a small scroll wheel for the zoom functions with the application when you pair that up via bluetooth and here, of course, that's microUSB to there for charging and our USB port on here.
Actually I've got that wrong. Where is the USB port for charging? That is the con of this model. I can see straight away that it cannot be used to charge your mobile phone at the same time like you can with a smooth cue. I will show you that here look see on the smooth. Cue we've got this right here, so you can plug in a cable charge your phone at the same time, this is handy, but I honestly haven't used it yet. But if you're going to be recording for long periods, you're – probably going to need this to actually charge your mobile phone before you run out of power there and you can see comparing both of them together there that yes there's a difference in quality now holding both Of them, yeah it's, pretty obvious that this one feels better in hand because it is made out of metal and this, of course, being plastic. Although the ergonomics of that grip feels slightly better in hand and you still have access to those controls there, so that's one of the downsides of the newer model as it no longer supports charging your devices, which is a bit of a shame there. Now I can see why they made that design choice of not allowing or having the USB port on this to charge. Other devices is because it has a replaceable battery on here, which is really good, so the handle bottom here that unscrews we can see.
We have a rubber seal around here, which is good, that'll, keep dust and muck from getting inside and here's the user replaceable battery, which is an IMR, 26650 3.7 volts 4600 milliamp hours. So it's going to be a problem that, when this moves, q needs a replacement battery eventually and imagine a couple years time use that. How are you going to actually change you're going to have to crack open the whole thing, this at least very handy to swap out batteries, so you can put another one fully charged in and just keep going straight away. Okay, so let's have a look and see how it handles a very large mobile phone. This is my show me me max at 6.4 inches so it's pretty much the largest kind of phones you'll find out there. I know that I'll slightly larger than this, but it can handle let's, have a look here, put that in the grip. Now it holds that really nice and steady it's very secure this group. I would be perfectly fine having the latest mobile phone in here an expensive one and not worry about that slipping out. That is just super solid, really steady. That is good, so that balance it's completely off balance at the moment, it's hanging down like that, in fact, that should be around that way facing out backwards. So I need to loosen off the hinge here and it will have to probably go to the maximum in position to order to get that to hang on there.
We go sorry out that's the best position there as good as it's, going to get balancing this one and now to power it on so just hitting the power button. There we go. That is now online and that's handing that fine see how that's working so the modes we have you can cycle through them. So first mode is the fixed mode. Sorry, the follow see how it's, following around you can move slightly and if it's happened go into the fixed mode, which I think should be that one see now my hand is moving and it's staying fixed in the same position. This one, I quite like, is quite good, but the follow modes, probably the most use, I would say, if you're following, for example, a dog or your small child running around that's, probably one you would use – and this course gives you control now to pan left and Right there now I found the sensitivity of the stick on the other versions and this one as well to be a little too quick for my own personal liking. I'Ll show you now how, with the Advocate nation, you can control and tweak that back. So here I have the application it's called the young assistant. You can get it from Play, Store and Android now I've already connected up to it. First thing: first, you need to go into Bluetooth mode, connect up to it, of course. Otherwise we can't do anything so it's got some handy information here it tells you you can tell you the exact pitch access role, access, pan access – and here we have the battery life ascent, two very handy to know, because otherwise we've got no way of knowing.
Unless, of course, you'd left it to fully charge overnight, then you know it'll be at 100 control. We can remotely control the gimbal from typical bluetooth for distances. So here you can see now I'm controlling the tilt and I'm controlling now that's, panning up and down and in your course can restore that which I just did now straight away. So going out of this I'll show you the most handy seating, so you've got other things in here, like the camera. Application, unfortunately does not work properly with Android, which is a bit of a con, because you get various other features there, but apparently there's an update. Coming that will fix that soon, but it is working so I've heard with iOS. So if you've got an Apple iPhone, then it should be working for you all those advanced camera features. But for me the best setting is in here so along here. We'Ve got something called the control rate now this is thought that joystick, which I find to be a little too sensitive, I'll, show you that is how fast it hands around which for me, is just way too quick. So you just go along here now and you change this to something like ten. I found around tens a good rate on all of them and that will slow down that joystick. So the pan rate is not so quick there and you can get just smoother nicer. Looking pans just making things a little bit easier, I find so that's slowed right down and once I okay, that that'll save it on the gimbal, I don't need to keep sitting at and you can see that is quite a bit slower.
You can even go as low as five I've found here so at the moment it's just at eleven there you can see so the gibble can accommodate external microphones. Here I have the rode video mech me on here, which is a 3.5 millimeter higher quality microphone. Then you find built into your own mobile phone, so this is a directional microphone and it's perfectly fine on here. As long as you balance the gimbal first, it is going to work with this external microphone on there. So here, I'm, going to test out the stabilisation sounds like galaxy s7 and gimbal the smooth tree and then a galaxy s6 edge, which is on the left of the screen that's. Both of these phones have optical image stabilization, but you can see the difference. The gimbal is making here it's just so much smoother I'm, just going to do a short job now so now using the front facing camera on my galaxy Devin, which does have a little image stabilization. It still does a really good job, even if I was to run along now so I'm, now on what's called the fixed mode, so the camera will keep pointing in the same direction, no matter where I walk so folks move over this way. It will keep aiming more or less about the same place there you can see. The stabilization is doing a really good job, just walking normally I'm, not wearing special fuse or walking in a special ninja ninja way, or anything like that.
Now let's check out what it's, like it doing, some cinematic shots so slope and I set it to quite a slow mo here, it's that's on the faster setting, but of course tweaked it Music. So, as you can see from that footage there, the stabilization of the smooth tree is very good. It is just as good as the smooth cue. In fact, I can see no distinguishable difference between them. The footage the stabilization seems to me to be exactly the same. They both have their first gene stabilization and really do a very good job. If you can peer and look at the front facing camera, it did a really good job of removing a lot of these shapes walking around jumping and things because this front, camera doesn't have optical image stabilization and if you do have a mobile that does have optical Or digital stabilization and things are going to be even smoother, of course, sorry vol it's, a very good gimbal now, which one should you get out of these two to me, the choice is quite easy. Now, if you want to save money, you go for this one. If you want to charge your devices on the go with the USB port on the bottom bear in mind, it does charge quite slow, though it's only one amp or so so it's, not the fastest, then that's the one to go for. But if you want a more premium, build quality and you want, of course, a replaceable battery, which is the thing that's got going for it then.
Obviously, the smooth three is the choice there, because you can remove the cover you can swap out the battery. You can go from empty to 100 straight away if you have a spear, of course, and this one here if that battery eventually wears out in the smooth cue, I don't know how you going to replace it you're going to have to crack open the case. I can't see any screws on it, so it looks like you're going to have to really just pry that whole thing open and hopefully find a replacement for it, so overall, decent gimbals bow for them.