Gimbal and accessory maker Zhiyun Tech—a major competitor to DJI in that space—has just unveiled the Zhiyun SMOOTH-X: a foldable 2-axis smartphone gimbal that packs a lot of useful features into a palm-sized unit that’ll cost you just 60 bucks.
The Smooth X is a lightweight competitor to more expensive alternatives like the DJI Osmo Mobile 3, which offers 3 axes of stabilization, but costs more than twice as much.
With the Smooth X, you get a 2-axis gimbal (roll and pan) with native Bluetooth control of iOS and Android devices, a built in 260mm telescoping extension, and the ability to quickly switch between landscape and portrait shooting at the press of a button. If you use the ZY Cami app, you also get intelligent gesture controls to trigger photo and video recording, intelligent subject tracking, video editing features, and more.
Here’s a quick video intro that shows some of these features in action:
And some… quirky commercials for the new gimbal as well:
In addition to the one lost axis of stabilization, the diminutive gimbal only comes with one other major trade-off that we could find: battery life. While bigger and heavier options like the Osmo Mobile 3 claim up to 15.5 hours of battery life, the Smooth X is rated for up to 5.5 hours max, and 4 hours of “standard” use. If those are trade-offs you can live with, this tiny, functional, and (best of all) affordable smartphone gimbal might be worth a try.